Casino Camping

Bossier City Casino camping

After exactly a month in Texas, it was time to start working our way back north and east. Our flight reservation from New York back to Sweden for the summer was just over a month away and we wanted some time with family and friends in Pennsylvania before we left the country again. It was sad to leave our friends in Dallas, but thankfully we had another visit with friends to look forward to in Continue Reading →

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I’m Not 20 Anymore

Catan

I’m definitely not 20 anymore. But it was fun to pretend for a while. It’s a real thing documented by social scientists – when adult children visit their parents, for example, everyone reverts to their old familiar roles. You know you’re not a teenager anymore but find yourself acting like one. Similarly, when you are hanging out with your friends from college, without thinking you revert to your 20 year old self. It’s lots of fun Continue Reading →

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A Tale of Two Campgrounds, aka the Dallas Wifi Quest

Texas

One bittersweet Monday morning, we packed up our things, hooked up our camper, and waved good bye to friends new and old in Houston. It was sad to leave but there were more good times to be had and more memories to be made. We were headed to the Dallas area, where we planned to explore a new city and visit with more friends that we hadn’t seen in far too long. There are four Continue Reading →

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Houston Area Thousand Trails

Thousand Trails Houston

We truly enjoyed the two weeks we spent in the Houston area, visiting friends and some of the city’s many attractions. In our previous post, we shared more about our favorite family-friendly activities. Thousand Trails members looking to visit the Houston area have two choices of member campgrounds in the Houston area: Colorado River in Columbus and Lake Conroe in Willis. Because of availability issues, we spent a week at each of these campgrounds during Continue Reading →

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Family-friendly Houston

Kidtropolis art

There are so many fun and interesting things for families to do in Houston! It was hard to choose how to spend our time while we were there, but based on tips from friends, our kids’ interests, and chances to visit with friends, we chose to visit the Children’s Museum, the Houston Zoo, and Hermann Park. Children’s Museum of Houston After the pleasant surprise of finding a reasonably priced parking space just a short distance Continue Reading →

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Sam Houston Jones State Park

kids campfire

Our next destination after leaving Gulf Islands was Houston, Texas. But it’s a very long drive to Houston from Ocean Springs, MS. To break it up we spent a night at a wonderful state park in Louisiana, also named for Sam Houston. Or rather, named for someone who was named for Sam Houston. Sam Houston is a man with a lot of namesakes, as it turns out. Anyway, we stopped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in Continue Reading →

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

giant cannon

Our next two stops were both at Gulf Islands National Seashore. This beautiful area of protected coastline along the Gulf of Mexico is found in both Florida and Mississippi. The two sections of the park are very different in character from one another, but both well worth visiting. Gulf Islands Florida Across from Pensacola is a long strip of island that is so narrow that at times you can see the water on both sides Continue Reading →

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Favorite Things for International Family Travel

travel tired

For most of May we were focused on our trip back to Sweden for the summer. We were sorting and reducing stuff (yes, there is still plenty of reducing to be done!), packing, and preparing our camper to go and live with its summer foster family. Then we crossed the Atlantic and spent the end of May in that familiar, uncomfortable, jet lag blur. It seems only fitting that our favorite things in May are Continue Reading →

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Camel Lake Camping and Florida Caverns

Florida Caverns

Touring a cave always feels like an adventure! Something about leaving the warm air and sunlight behind and knowing you’re deep underground just gives it an other-worldly feel, and yet every cave seems to have its own personality. We like touring caves! When we heard about Florida Caverns State Park, we knew we wanted to add that to our itinerary. In addition to cave tours, the park also had plenty of hiking trails and a Continue Reading →

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Making the Best of It at Horseshoe Beach

gulf sunset

If you were looking at a map of the Gulf Coast of Florida, and you saw a town labeled “Horseshoe Beach,” what would you expect it to be like? What images would come to your mind? If you, like me, were picturing a beautiful west Florida beach community, then noticed that there was a county park right along the water that offered RV camping, would you be excited? Camping on the beach. For only $20 Continue Reading →

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Our Favorite Things – Homeschool Resources

favorite homeschool resources

I started out homeschooling determined to do it for free, or as close to it as I could depending on how you count supplies like paper, crayons, scissors, etc. There are so many resources available for free online and whatever I couldn’t find I could just create. It would be like college! Spending hours creating fun, creative lesson plans on a dime… I loved that! I was excited and ready to run with that plan. Continue Reading →

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Swimming with Manatees

pontoon boat Crystal River

One of the many advantages of spending time with other people who travel full-time is finding out about places to see and things to do that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Swimming with manatees at Crystal River in Florida was one of these things for us. We met another family during our stay at Peace River who told us about this amazing place where you can go and swim with manatees. About two months Continue Reading →

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Boondocking at Flying Eagle Preserve

Flying Eagle

Once we had spent a few days in the Everglades without hook-ups, we were itching to further explore boondocking opportunities. Florida is a great place to do that, both because of weather and availability, so after a few days of resting and recharging back at Peace River, we chose a boondocking site near our next destination. What is boondocking? Definitions vary and in some circles are hotly debated (Seriously? Find something better to spend your energy Continue Reading →

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Exploring the Everglades

Coopertown airboat

  The Everglades region in southern Florida is a place we’ve always wanted to visit. The nature and ecosystem of the southern tip of the Florida peninsula is so unique and important that most of the land area down there is protected by two national parks and a national preserve. We spent four nights in the area and were able to explore all three. Everglades National Park Campground Our home during our stay was at Continue Reading →

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Highlands Hammock State Park

Over and over again it happens: we pick a random park along our route to stop and camp so we can break up a long drive to our next destination. Usually we’ve never heard of it before and we don’t even research it much since we’re only staying for one night. We’re looking for a place to sleep that isn’t too expensive and doesn’t take us too far off our intended route. And then we Continue Reading →

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Disney Baby

it's a small world

In this third and final post about Disney World, I wanted to write a little more about visiting Disney with a baby. It was something that I was concerned about ahead of time and something that we’ve gotten a lot of questions about. I was concerned that it would be difficult to both meet his needs well and let the older kids fully experience everything. I worried that we wouldn’t have the energy we needed Continue Reading →

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Favorite Things in February and March

Maclaren

February and March were full and eventful, and our favorite things this time around are things that make daily life a little smoother, and that have allowed us to better enjoy big events like the Full-time Families Rally and our Disney vacation. Once again we are using Amazon affiliate links when possible. If you’re interested in any of this month’s favorite things, we’d love it if you’d use our link when you order. 1. Our Continue Reading →

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Our Disney Favorites

Mickey Mouse Tusker House

On our sixth and last day at Disney World, a sudden rain storm was the final factor and we left the park early (as in, around 6pm instead of 8 or even later). The lines were long and we were exhausted. Once we added wet to that list, it was time to go. We wanted to leave while the mood was still good and this had the potential to go downhill fast. So we headed Continue Reading →

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Disney World

Once we’d recovered a little from the Ftf Rally (though honestly, had we been to a rally before, we would have left more recovery time) it was finally time for Disney World. To thoroughly write about our week at Disney would take at least a half-dozen posts, but I’m going to see what I can do with two or three. The first thing I learned as we started planning our Disney World vacation is just how Continue Reading →

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Our First Full-time Families Rally

FTF rally 2017

“Is this your first rally?” someone asked us. We nodded. “I thought so. You have that lost, wide-eyed, deer in the headlights kind of look about you. Don’t worry. You’re going to be fine. This is going to be great!” It’s taken me a few weeks to be able to write about our experiences at our first FtF (Full-time Families) Rally in Tallahassee in February. Those weeks have been full of their own experiences, but Continue Reading →

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