Adventure Awaits.

We are spending our last few hours in phoenix at a great little coffee shop while our trailer gets road ready at the shop. Long story, but we took it in for maintenance a few weeks ago and got it back with no brakes and a broken jack…hummm???? Anyways, we are headed to Tucson then will make our way to White Sands NM then Austin TX.

Our time in Phoenix has been great. It’s always so nice to be with friends again and to be able to do life with others and have community again. It’s lonely traveling just the 6 of us sometimes( may blog about that later). 2 of our friends had babies while we were here and we got to be with a bunch of friends for thanksgiving. Our church is going strong at the property and looks beautiful all decorated for Christmas.

Our plan is from TX we will make our way to Florida and stay until winter and snow is over everywhere else. Then we will explore the whole east coast and hopefully visit my family that is over there.

Enough words. Here are some pictures.

What…Its March already?!?!

Wow I am not sure what has happened but some how its March already. I don’t even know what to jot down because its been a while but every day seems to just blur together in the normal mundane everydayness that even in a trailer wears ya down. We have been enjoying our time in Phoenix. The boys are so tan as they have been spending most of the days outside jumping on the trampoline, riding bikes, building forts or just turning sticks into guns and downed trees into jets. Aveayh has changed alot. she has 2 bottom teeth that have just poked through, she is 7 months old now and despite my attempt to keep her in unmobile she is sitting up, rolling, scooting backwards and pushing up to hands and knees. Once is she crawling everything on the floor in our home will be a danger…small legos, dropped food, dog food, rocks. How do you baby proof a tiny home with 6 people in it?

We are preparing for a trip to Tuscon on the 15th for an RV Escapees Boot Camp where we hope to get back in to the feel of traveling with our home, learn more about trailer and traveling saftey and gain advice from other folks we meet doing the same thing. We really hope that we get to chat with other folks and families.

We have still been dealing with trailer issues. currently we have a sewer smell that we cant figure out where or what its from. Its not in the bathrooms but coming up from underneath in the living room and kitchen area. Maybe the new sewer line we dug is not right or air is coming up through the tank, or maybe it overflowed or something.

Her first 2 teeth.

We have a lot of flies in our house. I would give the boys a nickel for everyone they kill but since they can’t remember to shut the door I am going to charge a quarter everytime I find the doors open. They are letting the flies in faster then they are killing them.

she is up on hands and knees…oh no little one not yet!

real life= full sink after one meal and a cute girl who likes water, and also needs a bath.

Destination Phoenix AZ

We packed up all the stuff we needed from my mom’s house into 2 carry on bags and one checked bag plus each boys personal bag, and headed to Missoula. While in Missoula we got to see so many friends and family before we headed south. It was busy but great. Shane and Brayton also has their Birthdays.

Sunday morning we headed for the airport. Here is a picture to try to capture what it looked like for us to move to Phoenix in via airplane. 2 adults, 4 kids, 1 suitcase, 2 large backpacks, 4 little back packs, one heavy laptop bag, 2 small DVD bags, 1 stroller,1 baby carrier,2 booster seats, 1 car seat and 1 infant car seat with base. 

( Bad picture, Blake is trying to make a shocked face at all our stuff, Shane and I are looking at a different camera)

Thankfully we made it through everything without losing anything or any one this time.

We have been in Phoenix a few days and have had some fun times. Play date at the park. Kids jumping  on the trampoline and riding bikes all day. Birthday dinner celebration with friends. Good coffee from Elevate. We are also  experiencing  some not so good things. First our truck batteries were dead(2 big batteries). We had to replace those immediate because Scott was to work in the office the next day. The master bedroom closet slide out is broken so we can’t get to, or in pack our clothes,  so they stay in a suitcase on the floor. The dirt bikes leaked oil in the back room and the oil is so sticky I can’t even clean it up. I have tried lemon oil, baking soda and scrubbing. That’s a bummer because the boys can’t play back there. 

Then last night we had to evacuate our trailer in the middle of the night due to a toxic smell Scott and I had smelt all night. After  investigating where the sulfur smell was coming from Scott checked the outside of the trailer and found the batteries were not working right and the sulfur gas was being off gassed which just happens to be under the master bedroom. I guess it’s highly flammable and super poisonous if touched. It’s bad to breath to and since we are confined into such a small space we knew we couldn’t stay in there so we packed everyone out and into our friends house at 3:45am. We need to pray over our home. Sitting for 4 months has been hard in it.

Some things we are looking forwards to is getting to have our dog Diesel back. Blake’s birthday on Thursday. A party on Saturday and getting to go to Church Sunday.

The Adventure continues.

Here are some pics.  Aww maybe not…Still learning how to make them under 2MB.

Our 2016 memories

Our 2016

Our 2016 memories
Our 2016 memories

Now that 2016 is coming to a close, I like to spend time thinking about all that has happened over the year. For us we always have so much change each year

I don’t really think about all of it until I start to list it out.

Travel from AZ to MT
Buy a truck that Scott and Blake drove back to AZ
Scott working full time
Move into house on church site that we remodeled Nov and Dec of 2015
Boys turn 2, 5, 7
Buy a 5th wheel
Travel 11 states
Move in with with my mom
Find a church and community here
Have a baby
Frequent visits to Missoula
Prepare to go back to AZ.
Plus all the fun adventure we go on as a family off-roading, camping, exploring, traveling, and seeing friends.

I want to make a video of our pictures as a little recap/reminder of our year. So I started the video and got all the way to July and had over 300 pictures in it and the shortest I could make it is 12 minutes. I made part 1. January- June 2016. OH NO. The file is to big for this web page…

Things I need to do:

  • learn how to make images and videos smaller so they work on this blog
  • make part 2 of 2016 video