Have you ever needed to borrow clothes or shoes from someone, maybe because you were caught in the rain or spilled something down the front of you, but it didn’t quite fit? You’re so thankful because someone was willing to loan you something in your hour of need, but at the same time you’re uncomfortable because it isn’t really right. It works in a pinch, but it just isn’t you. I can think of several Continue Reading →
Posted in Simplify and tagged chores, family, home ownership, RV living, small spaces by Christine with no comments yet.
Once again, it’s been much too long between blog posts. We appreciate your patience and understanding. This transition has been intense and demanding on our time and our energy. It seems there hasn’t been enough of either left at the end of the day to sit down and put it all into words. Today isn’t the day for that either. Today we simply want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and assure you all that Continue Reading →
Posted in Simplify and tagged Christmas, family, RV Christmas by Christine with no comments yet.
We long for a time in our lives when outdoor adventure, travel and exploration will be “normal life” and not just vacations. We are actively working to pursue that dream, but we’re not there yet. In the meantime, there’s dance class and meetings and stopping for groceries on the way to pick up one and drop off the other. Don’t misunderstand, there’s beauty and value in the season we’re in now and we don’t want to Continue Reading →
Posted in Explore and tagged family, finding time, geocaching, nature, recharge by Christine with no comments yet.
Peter had his first birthday during our stay in Houston. Despite the amazing experiences we were having as a family, I’d be lying if I said my mom guilt didn’t kick in over not being able to give him a first birthday party surrounded by grandparents and other family. Mom guilt is a tricky, dangerous thing. Our friends really stepped up and helped us make it a fun birthday. We had cupcakes and ice cream, Continue Reading →
Posted in People along the way, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged birthdays while traveling, family, first birthday, mom guilt, Texas by Christine with no comments yet.
The first real American Halloween for our kids! It was such perfect timing that we were staying with our friends, so we were in a family-friendly neighborhood and had another family to go trick-or-treating with! What a fun night! The hardest part for our little princess was deciding which princess costume to choose. No surprise, Cinderella won in the end. Since we correctly assumed that Peter would fall asleep after only a short time, he Continue Reading →
Posted in People along the way, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged Cinderella, El Paso, family, Halloween, Texas, trick-or-treat by Christine with no comments yet.
Southbound again to another border town. El Paso is very rarely on recommended road trip lists and responses when we included it in our itinerary ranged from confusion to fear for our safety. No one shared tips for things to be sure to see, but we got a few suggestions of places to avoid. Admittedly, El Paso would probably never have made our list if not for a big claim on our hearts: friends. Good Continue Reading →
Posted in People along the way, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged El Paso, family, road trip, Texas by Christine with no comments yet.
While Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast, we were high and dry in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico. Our media exposure was limited and while we’d heard there was a big “superstorm” back east, it took us a few days before we understood the impact the storm would have on our route. Recalculating route… Recalculating route… Our plan had been to start heading north just east of New Orleans, visit some friends in Continue Reading →
Posted in Route Info, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged family, Hurricane Sandy, road trip, Travel by Christine with no comments yet.
Welcome back! My apologies for the recent blogging hiatus. I realize it wasn’t clear whether the blog would continue to recount the rest of our adventures even after we have returned home. I will continue writing it for myself even if no one continues to read. But I hope you will, because there’s still about a third of our trip left to share. Now that our kiddos are semi-recovered from jet lag, it may be Continue Reading →
Posted in Campground Reviews, USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged California, California travel, campground, family, San Diego, San Diego camping, Sweetwater Regional Park, travel with toddlers by Christine with 1 comment.
In Santa Barbara we were hosted by the Parsons, some of the sweetest, most encouraging, most hospitable people we’ve ever met. Also some of the busiest – though they always seem present in the moment and you never get the sense that they’re overwhelmed or stressed when you’re with them. Someday I would like to learn that skill. Among other things, they oversee the Former Soviet Union region for Young Life and spend a whole Continue Reading →
Posted in USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged beach, California, California travel, family, pop-up camper, road trip, Santa Barbara, travel with toddlers by Christine with no comments yet.
Our next stop was a visit with Staffan’s cousin, Olof, his wife Brandy, and their sons Henrik and Lukas, who live outside of San Fransisco. As we drove south from the Albion River, following the directions on the GPS toward their address, we suddenly found ourselves approaching the Golden Gate Bridge! Except just before we got on it, really thick clouds rolled in and we couldn’t actually see very much of the bridge. It was Continue Reading →
Posted in USA Roadtrip 2012 and tagged alcatraz, bay area, California, California travel, family, golden gate bridge, play, road trip, san francisco, travel with toddlers by Christine with no comments yet.