I can’t believe it has only been one week! It feels like so much longer. We have seen some strange things and some really cool things, and learned a little bit too. It has definitely been challenging, but we have seen some success as well. We started out not really knowing what we are doing, and well, still don’t really know. We are taking it one day at time.
We are finding the work/life balance to be extremely difficult.
Although we have been blessed to travel, we are not independently wealthy and Eric has to work 40 hours a week. Between driving, trying to see local sights, and getting his hours, time management is proving harder than we thought it would be. So the tough realization is that the kids and I may have to go and explore without Eric and that’s kind of a bummer to me. With that being said, It has only been one week, so we still have time to figure out what works best for us.
Although we are traveling, it is not a vacation.
It’s just a new way of doing life. We still have a budget we must follow. Even though we have set aside some monies for the fun things it is hard to stretch that for 7 people. We cannot afford to do all the cool touristy things, so we have to be creative to still experience local areas and have fun. We plan on seeing state and national parks which usually have modest entrance fees, so if we take some balls or frisbees and pack our lunch, it makes for an economical solution for a large family. Also we have been brainstorming ways to make additional income. I hope we have an epiphany soon!
things don't always work correctly
Oh my stars, our hitch! I have written about it a couple of times, and we have had two successful hitch ups with minimal time and effort. However, it has cost us more money. On our way to New Mexico we found ourselves in tight spot and we scratched Wanda again. Poor girl. I think this one will buff out unlike the South Padre incident. The hitch is an auto-slide and it didn't seem to be doing its job. I called the manufacturer and they were Johnny-on-the-Spot with a solution; we needed an adapter for our RV kingpin. By God’s grace, we were able to find a local distributor who was able to order the part and get it the next day and get it installed. I’m hopeful we have it all figured out and I won’t have to write about it again.
sometimes you have to go with the flow.
We are changing our attitude to one of gratitude, and realizing there may be time we need to go with the flow. Because we had to stay an extra day in Las Cruses, NM we were able to go the White Sands National Park and it was amazing! We didn’t know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised.
Our family thrives with routines and structure.
Since we take our house with us, most of our daily routines are intact, we’re just in a different location. However, just the fact that we are in different locations, doing unscheduled activities does disrupt the delicate balance but we have seen some growth already with the kids. We try to take votes to decide on activities which usually leaves at least one child not getting to do the activity they want. We’ve had some moments where we were able talk through without tears and bring the child to other side. And on another occasion, having a child not want to do the activity, but then love it so much they didn’t want to leave. So we are excited that the kids are giving things a chance and willing to experience new things.
we are so blessed.
Every day we are astounded and amazed that we are on the road and traveling. And today we have made it one week traveling and have traveled a little over 900 miles pulling the trailer and over 1400 miles if you include exploring miles. We are excited and looking forward to what the future brings.