That’s Where You’ll Find Me

by Stefani on 7-December-2008

Sorry for the disappearing act, y'all. 

It's just that, well, things hit a fever pitch around these parts, and it was time to get out of Dodge. 

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful, truly – but loud and full and messy and a little nutty. 

And it has been really fun to welcome our new little cousin. We reveled in giving him a good old-fashioned homecoming, including lots of good food and a squeaky clean house so that his mama and papa could do nothing but sit on the couch by the fire and gaze upon him. 

And of course it was crazy good fun to celebrate our boy turning four with pizza and cupcakes and friends and packages… but as fun as all this was, the lists and the rush and the have to dos and the piles of this and that, were wearing a little thin on the nerves. 

We needed a time out. 

Luckily for us, we had a friend who had parked his RV down at the lake, and wasn't going to use it until the weekend. He, very generously, called and said that if we were so inclined we could go down there and "get it warmed up" for him. 

And, you know, being civic minded and all, always looking for ways to help our fellow man, we were happy to oblige. 

So, with very little preplanning (think a change of underpants and fistful of toothbrushes), we headed to the lake. 

And oh!

The cookies and hot chocolate and card playing,

The giddy little men, all crammed into the sleeping berth, up and giggling far too late, 

The wind rocking us to sleep, as we lay warm and snuggled under piles of blankets,

The stillness, 

The smell of bacon cooking in the morning, at the hands of my dear sweet man and his little chef in training, 

Getting to watch a WHOLE movie (and an old black and white one at that!) in BED, with a gorgeous view out my window, and the people I love close at hand,

RV With a View

An early, shivery walk in which we bid a good morning to a great blue heron, a black swan, and a fussy bunch of persnickety geese, 

The watery reflection of real, honest to goodness fall color that has graced us Texans this year by some strange, once in a dog's age, atmospheric magic, 

Tree Huggin'

Well, suffice it to say that a girl could get used to that life. 

She really could. 

Apparently, a few boys could too. 

The maps have come out, folks. Maps and atlases and now lists of places we "simply must see!" 

So far, the consensus is that we should buy an RV "like now!" and make our way west, taking in the desert and the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, the Redwoods, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. 

That's what they think we should do FIRST anyhow. After that, they want to know if there's "a ferry that can take our RV to Japan." 

Just a wee little taste, and we now, all five, dream each night of a rolling home that can take us wherever our imaginations can lead.

Lakeside

Molly December 7, 2008 at 8:49 pm

There’s just something very fun about a house on wheels!

Sarah Jackson December 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Just don’t go towing a Hummer behind that RV like I saw this weekend. I’m just sayin’. That’s one big waste of scarce resources, no matter what the price drop may be.

Sounds lovely – all of it.

molly December 7, 2008 at 9:18 pm

yes, a rolling home of one’s own. sounds perfect. so glad you could warm up your friend’s RV for him.

amanda o December 8, 2008 at 5:00 am

wow…lovely views

elissa Finger December 8, 2008 at 5:36 am

oh girl, i am drooling at the pictures again! now you are going to have to add “bake liss a pie” to your list of things to do 😉
i could sure use a quickie get-away like that; thanks for sharing it. i dream myself of a rolling home in which to tour the world…. only mine’s a vintage airstream. wouldn’t go for that up here right now though, it’s FREEZING! happy week to you!

Mama Urchin December 8, 2008 at 6:18 am

We have some cool stuff out East too. We don’t have an RV, but we do have a spare room. Just saying.

lora December 8, 2008 at 6:25 am

I am so glad this is where you were. SOMEBODY has to be having those weekends! =)
i told my husband on Saturday morning, if we had our RV (which we don’t yet) we would be in it someplace for the weekend right now”.
this WAS just the kind of weekend that called for exactly what you and yours were up to.
Good for you.
=)

Cassandra December 8, 2008 at 7:45 am

Oh. I wish I were in your shoes! I need one of those fine quiet time outs…

jenny December 8, 2008 at 8:25 am

Sure sounds like a rolling good time! (get it? rolling? Ah-hahaha.. ahem!)

I lived in an RV for 4 years, so I am quite done with RVs thankyouverymuch, but I am more than willing to go camping! Maybe we can join you next time, and we’ll camp beside the RV?? lol

DeerDominique December 8, 2008 at 9:44 am

Sounds fun! Our family travel route would take us east! As we are living in the northern California coastal redwoods. We want to do it in tinker/gypsy wagons; travel bug bites!

Donnad December 8, 2008 at 10:11 am

At our last year’s Winter Unschooling Gathering, we met a family that was traveling around the US in an RV with their two (I think) teenage kids. I tried to find their blog, but can’t seem to locate it right now. It sounds as though it could be fun, but I’m not sure I could tolerate that close a living space for a very long time!

emily December 8, 2008 at 10:18 am

same dream happening here. we’ll meet you someplace in oklahoma, ok?

Lynnette December 8, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Gosh, I don’t remember Texas being that beautiful but we camped during the hot days of summer. The Rockies are wonderful! My husband brought me here in 2005 and truth be told Texas has lost its charm on me. When you come camping even in the summer remember it is freezing at night. I’ve enjoyed hearing about all your adventures with your sons.. mine is two and I have been nervous about how to raise a boy so I’m taking notes! Thanks.

Kelly December 8, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Should you ever indulge in a rolling home and should you ever roll that rolling home into the Pacific Northwest, consider yourself invited to the Boise area for a refueling stop. Can you imagine the fun SIX boys would have?

Butzeballchen December 8, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Nobody ever made an RV sound so good!

Taimarie December 8, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Mmmm, we have such dreams ourselves (though mine involves a vintage Boler trailer- oh, how I love those beauties!)It is beautiful in your part of the world- I forget already what the land looks like without snow!

Lisa Clarke December 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Just imagine the homeschooling that could be done in a home with wheels! What fabulous adventures you could have, wherever you wanted to have them. Sounds like a really nifty life.

heather jane December 8, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Just after my husband and I were married we sold all of our belongings. We bought a 1964 Oasis travel trailer. We attached it to our 1974 Ford pickup truck. We bought ourselves a book called Free campgrounds of the USA.

We hit the road.

8 months later we landed in Arkansas. I got a scholarship to finish my degree and there we stayed until our first little one was born. Then we headed back west.

Our lives were changed forever by those 8 months together. Time for reading, writing, daily yoga practice, elaborate (but CHEAP) meals at our tiny propane lit table. Time for us and all the beauty we could hold.

I dare say it was those 8 months in a 15 foot travel trailer that bound us together for life. 10 years and two kids later we are as happy as can be.

Getting away like that?

Priceless.

Thank you for the reminder.

Miriam December 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm

That sounds lovely. My girls and I just had an impromptu trip to the beach… just a change of underwear, toothbrush, and the Scrabble board. I’m right there with you on the enjoying the here and now. They grow up so quickly.

Qalballah December 9, 2008 at 3:37 am

Oh that sounded gooooood. Every family needs an adventure once in a while at least. Go for it!

On a selfish note – I’m glad you’re back 🙂

Thimbleina December 9, 2008 at 5:24 am

Sounds like a really great time. I would love to do the touring in an R.V thing.

Christina December 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm

The lake looks amazing! Especially on a day like today- blowing snow and 25 degrees! Ahhh, RV-ing. One of the luxuries that we as a homeschooling-family-in-training can take advantage of one day…lucky you guys!

Relyn December 10, 2008 at 11:12 am

Now that is the life. So glad you had such a lovely break. Last year was the first time I ever watched Christmas in Connecticut. I loved it, and am making it a new holiday tradition.

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