Just "monkeying around Mommy!" 😂🐒
I’ve seen such a change in our Riley girl just in the one short month we’ve been traveling. She’s so well mannered, kind to everyone, and has such an awareness of what is going on around her that she picks up on everything! She’s quickly learning that there is a great big world outside of home that’s full of adventures and lots of GOOD people. I just know that she is going to do great things!🦋
#bethechange #butterflyeffect #travelfamily #rvlife #rvwithkids #wanderlust #travel #mygirl
One of our most favorite reasons for being full time out on the road is that we love to see new and old places, and learn about them all that we can. Most places like that have the greatest childrens areas, and activities for children to do, to help them learn on their own levels. .
About a week ago, we went to River Discovery Center, amd learned all about the Riverways within the US. It was so much fun. .
They had an area where they had antique furniture, that decorated the spaces of the building, much like they had in years past - back when the area was used as a large riverway hub for all of the employee's of the riverway system.
The kids got to do a scavenger hunt throughout the discovery center (see what I mean about awesome kids activities?!) So if you swipe left a few times, you can see the prizes the kids picked out for completing the scavenger hunt!
Once we were finished, we walked along the street, and saw the 'Wall of Murals,' which were all absolutely beautiful! We got to see a huge train as well. .
It was all beautiful, as we walked to see the murals, along the very river that we just learned all about, in the museum. That is our favorite thing about being on the road. More opportunities for moments like these.
Last year my girlfriends and I spent the weekend camping in Staunton, VA. I was a bit sad we couldn’t go again this year but we did the next best thing. All five of us got together, had drinks, ate junk food, and watched football 🏈
Also, the campground was beautiful!! The staff was very nice and helped us locate our spot when we arrived after dark. We definitely plan on going again.
We have made it home with a Fall greeting. Now the real work begins. I have to continue to build our business and we have to get to work downsizing and selling our property and home.
We we're lucky that The Land Between the Lakes just happened to have a Homeschool Day at the Homeplace Homestead, the exact days we were here!
If our original trip plans (with our old pop-up camper) hadn't gone awry, we would have completely missed this. It's interesting when you think about how good things change, and open doors for even better things to happen!
The kids had a very fun day at the homestead! They did so many hands on activities - I was very impressed. They learned how to pick the seeds from cotton, toured all of the buildings from the 1800's, learned how to help work on the farm, learned how the people got water to all of the animals and people on the farm, by carrying buckets of water from their shoulders, got to feed the pigs, if you have seen our stories, you've seen that they got to play with the chickens🐔... and ALMOST got to watch one lay an egg, make an old fashioned toy, and I'm sure I'm leaving something out.
I learned many new things as well! I love love love events like this, and am so glad we were able to attend. .
This is Homeplace Homestead Post 1 of photos. Swipe left ⏪ to see more, and look out for post 2!
Sun and Fun! We should all be as happy as a 5year old basking in the sun at a playground.
We stopped in at the Land Between the Lakes Nature Center, and had a grand time! We got there just in time for the Opossum program, in which we got to learn about Opossums, and watch them be fed at their meal time!
We continued on and did a self-tour around the rest of the nature center, and were lucky enough to be able to see a coyote, deer, a bald eagle, a bobcat, multiple various kinds of owls, a red tailed hawk, bat roosting boxes, a red wolf, a groundhog, deer, snakes, various turtles, and fish. Phew! Lots of things to see and explore.
I always really love places like this, where the kids can learn, and openly explore...and yet not even realize they are learning or doing 'school'. We had a really neat nature center in Springfield, and the kids always loved it! This one was a bit different, although I get that this one here is the Land Between the Lakes specific nature center...so they've got lots more visitor's and traffic, and therefore have lots more to offer! It's actually like a mini-zoo! ✴✴Swipe left for more photos from our day at the Nature Center✴✴
Do you and your family love these types of places like we do? Any really cool ones you've visited, that stand out to you? If so...where is it located?
The last Revival Camp kit from Illustrated Faith is here! This one is my favorite of the three 😍 You don't need to have the first two kits in order to do this one, so don't let that stop you from digging in to this one!
The devotionals this month are on Courage, Leadership, and Praise. You can see my unboxing video on my channel now, with the link in my profile!
To be with those I love is enough for me. 💕 I hope Riley always remembers this trip. Even though she’s young, I hope that when she’s older she at least remembers all the fun we had together!
We went to a nearby Marina, at - you guessed it - sunset! Big surprise, huh? 😉☺
This marina was beautiful and there was a pier there that we wanted to walk down. We got some awesome pictures, and we also got to enjoy watching people go fishing from their boats. As we were walking back toward the car, we noticed a ton of fish jumping out of the water! We thought that was super cool.
Life on the road isn't always vacation-y, but we do get to experience more of this Earth's beauty. It's so amazing!
If you want to see more of the beauty, swipe left.
What is your favorite time of day?
After a wonderful time with family, it's good to be back on the road again. If only it wasn't raining!
This is a very quick little visual summary of our last month! Obviously there was a ton more to it! But...this is fun! ❤
I have a longer one actually coming! This'll do for now. .
Have you ever done one of these video compilations? ☺
We absolutely loved going through Grand Rivers, Kentucky. It is the most adorable little town, with the most lovely little shops. .
We came across this little duet of shops, but were bummed when they were closed for the day. It's such a small town, that they weren't even opened this particular day. We loved it so much, and wanted (still want to) see inside of the shops, so we may be going back. .
I fell in love with the vivid colors of the outside of the shops, and the general atmosphere of the outside front area. Of course, when there are two very inviting white rocking chairs, the kids are going to run up and sit down in them...and bam... a cute little photo op. .
I was amazed at how many sales and specials there were in the various little shops that were open. I found a really cute pair of fancy little flip flops in one boutique for $2.50! There were so many other truly great sale prices on things (many 75% off), that I wish I could have taken advantage of (and I mean cute boutique chic clothes and shoes... jewelry...purses and bags... *sigh*) but...we want to keep the money for other more important things. .
Have you ever found any little towns like this, with lots of charm and character? Any specific places I should know about, in the off chance that I'll go through the area?
Collecting "she-shells" at Assateague Island. Nope, I'm not correcting that one. She can just call them "she-shells" for the rest of her life. 😂 😍 #mybaby #slowdown #beachday
Roadschooling rocks! The kids helped Grandpa make art. Lessons using a torch, a sander, and paint sprayer. How cool!?
One thing that we notice a whole lot more now that we are living full-time on the road, is the sunset each night.
Sure, there'd be many times that we would see it back home, but so often we had so much to do IN our house, the cleaning, the cooking, the cleaning after the cooking...you know how it is.
I would miss it many many evenings. Or some evenings, I would get a quick peek at it through the windows. .
Now, let me tell ya. Life isn't always glorious while out on the road. Many moments feel very ordinary, like the day-to-day we knew back home. There are some stark differences however.
Because of living in an RV, we are basically forced to live outside more. It is a chosen forced way of living. We want to be outside more. We want to see more of the world around us, and not be as confined to the same four walls.
We are outside much of the time - meaning outside of our camper, and off exploring the nearby parks, towns, and sights that there are to see.
So naturally - being outside to witness sunsets, just happens.
I love having the daylight of all day to strive to accomplish all that needs to be done. But...my favorite time of day just has to be sunset, hands down. Because...magic!! 🌅
❔❓Do you often get to see the sunset? Sunrise? What is your favorite time of the day? ... and why?❓❔