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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Good Way to End the Month

We spent the week in our usual way – hanging out at home, me hitting Curves a few times, cross stitching ornaments, computering, watching TV; Randy keeping our home in good running condition, computering, watching TV. Just our normal routine of living.

Yesterday we had a lovely change of pace. Sam's parents, Donna & Steve, invited us to their house for the weekend to join them in celebrating two birthdays – Steve's and their eldest daughter, Casey's. Randy & I really like Donna & Steve. They are easy folks to be around.

The birthday party was very laid back – just good friends and family plus some really good food, too. :) We felt very much at home.

Of course, the best part of the weekend was getting to spend lots of time loving on AubreyLynn! We hadn't seen her for a couple of weeks and she'd grown so much. She is really responding to you now and her smiles and giggles are priceless.

With her Mommy & DaddyMommy lovin'

Daddy's taking care of business

Gangsta in her hair hat :)Gangsta AL

And just plain being adorable!AL - 10 weeks

Tomorrow is a get-ready-to-travel day. I'll hit Curves, then go to the laundramat. Randy will be getting the rig ready for travel. We also need to get a propane tank filled. We've had to turn the heat on since the weather has turned so cold (30s at night – yuck!) and the propane is flowing!

Kevin, Sam, and AubreyLynn are going to come over for a good-bye dinner tomorrow night. Sure will be hard to say good-bye, but we'll see them in the summer – at their new duty station, Ft. Lewis, WA! Yep, we're gonna get to the Northwest after all. :)

After going to the bank on Tuesday morning, we'll get on the road. The plan is to travel for a couple of days; spending Tuesday night on the road and arriving at Tom Sawyer RV Park on Wednesday. We'll stay there for a couple of days, hopefully getting in some sightseeing. Then, we'll travel Saturday and Sunday, arriving sometime Sunday afternoon at Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, AL.

It's going to be wonderful seeing our Alabama “family!”

So, we say good-bye to another month and hello to new destinations. We live a great life!

Beautiful way to end the weekend

Until the next time . . .

Monday, October 24, 2011

Oz Museum

Don't faint! Yes, two blog posts in two day!! Don't get used to it, folks. :) We just happened to do something fun and interesting today.

In the cozy little town of Wamego, KS, you’ll find the Oz Museum. As we drove down the main street of the town, I was figuring we'd come out on the other end of town and there would be a stand-alone building housing the museum. Nope! Right in the middle of town, located among shops, banks, restaurants, etc., is the museum.

You can't miss it – its sign is bright yellow. Hmmmmm . . .

Oz Museum in Wamego, KS

The museum is just the right size. We were able to meander through it in less than an hour. And we didn't feel we'd rushed. That's my kind of museum! And the price was very good – just $7/person. They do offer a small discount to AAA members, military personnel and a couple of other groups that we didn't belong to. But, when you're only paying $7, it's hard to complain.

In addition to the requisite displays featuring the main characters of the movie, there are many cabinets filled with more memorabilia there you can imagine there could be. And call me ignorant, but I didn't realize that the “Wizard of Oz” was only one book in a series of books about Oz! Okay, don't call me ignorant, just keep it to yourself, okay? :)

L. Frank Baum stuff

The pictures can tell you more than I can – plus you can always go to their website. Enjoy.

Dorothy in Munchkinland What's left of the Wicked Witch of the East Flying Monkey Scarecrow Tin Man Cowardly Lion Wicked Witch of the West Autographs of the Witches Glinda, the Good Witch

Theater shows the movie on a continuous loop P1130850 

And last night we had a lovely dinner with Kevin & Sam. AubreyLynn was with Sam's parents, so no snuggles with her. But it was really nice having Kev & Sam to ourselves, actually.

All in all, a good couple of days. :)

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ch – ch- changes!

I hope I'm not frustrating anyone out there in blogland who reads our blog. I know I've been very sporadic in my posts, but truly there hasn't been anything going on that is post-worthy. I found it very boring to write the same things each day, so I figured if I find it boring and I'm living it – readers will be bored reading it!!

Anyway, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. :)

We have made some decisions over the past couple of weeks that completely change how we will be living over the next six months. One is exciting; the other? Notsomuch.

First, we've decided to move on come the first of the month. We've enjoyed seeing the kids and AubreyLynn, but it's time to travel. We've looked at the finances and spending the next couple of months in Alabama at Rainbow Plantation will help us save on site fees. While it will be hard to say good-bye to Kevin, Sam and AL, we'll see them again next summer.

To round out the decisions for this year, we made the very, VERY hard decision not to go “home” for Christmas. I know most of you full-timers don't travel during the Christmas holidays, but this will be the first time in the seven years we've been on the road that we will not be with family. When we made the decision to full-time RV, one of my non-negotiables was that we go home for Christmas. But, again, finances have dictated that it's foolish to spend the more than $800 it would cost to do so. Let me tell you, it wasn't easy to tell our kids and folks. But, everyone was very understanding and we are grateful for that.

Dang! Being an adult and making adult decisions is NOT fun sometimes!!

The exciting decision we made is to workamp this winter from January through April! Again, this is financially driven, but it will be fun to do something different. We will miss our Alabama buddies and the activities we've gotten involved in there, but we get to make new friends.

We'll be working in panhandle of Florida in Bonifay, at Florida Springs RV Resort. In exchange for our site, electric, and discounted propane, we will work about 12.5 hours/person each week. I know, that's a rough schedule, huh? :) I've talked with Alicia, one of the owners, a couple of times and enjoyed our conversations. I think it's going to be a good fit.

Plus, it's only a couple of hours away from the Plantation, so we can make playdates with our friends!!

And I apologize if this post came across as a “poor us” commentary. In no way is it meant that way. But, like many RVers, we've had some hits this year with repairs so it's time to refill the coffers. We just continue to be grateful that we have the flexibility to do that in unconventional ways. Life is such an adventure!

Until the next time . . .

Monday, October 17, 2011

Another Sleepover!

After a quiet weekend in which the highlight was breakfast at Cracker Barrel after church yesterday, we had a nice treat.

Kevin, Sam & AubreyLynn came over for dinner yesterday evening. After dinner, they asked if we'd like AL to spend the night. Well, of course!! :) So, we have been enjoying her company since.

Talking with Pop Big eyes Funny face!

AL will be spending tonight with us as well because, unfortunately, Sam came down with a horrible migraine during the night. Poor thing! She finally gets some time to herself and she's sick. Ugh. Thankfully, she's feeling somewhat better this evening, but we're going to keep AL one more night to help out.

Oh, the sacrifices Nana and Pop make! heeheehee

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Being Lazy in Kansas

I haven't been posting because there's nothing going on. We've been really lazy so far this week. I told Randy we have to stop that and get moving, doing something – ANYTHING – next week. :) There is an Oz museum close by (after all we ARE in Kansas) so we may check that out.

Our weather's been pretty good, we've had mostly sunny days. It got chilly overnight; was 48* outside this morning and only 56* inside! Could it be time to run the furnace? I am so not ready for that. I'll just turn on the electric heater and take the chill off. How's that for denial?

Okay, I can't think of anything else to ramble about, so

Until next time . . .

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Big Weekend is Over

And it was a great weekend! My mom, Lindsay & Reagan arrived at the campground about 1pm on Friday. Kevin and Samantha were kind enough to drive to Kansas City (a two hour drive) to pick them up. While they were doing that, we were on AubreyLynn (AL) watch. Not a bad trade, I'd say. :)

Once everyone arrived, it was all about Mommy, Lins and Reagan getting to know AubreyLynn.

Reagan and Gma meeting AL and Aunt SamGreat Gma's turn Aunt Sis getting her lovin' P1130814

She was definitely the center of attention all weekend long. Reagan did really well with that considering she's used to be the center of attention – especially with her mom and me.

I can't begin to express how great it was to have so much family together in one place. It has been three years since Kevin & Lindsay have been in the same place. Add to that, having my mom there, too, was just icing on the cake.

Was the RV crowded? Sure. Was it chaotic at times? Absolutely. Did I love it? YOU BET I DID!!

And it was oh, so very hard, to say good-bye when we took Mommy, Lins & Reagan to the airport yesterday. I still find myself tearing up when I think about it. Okay, only ten weeks 'til Christmas!

Now, I'll just let the pictures talk.

P1130819 What a great smile! Nana and her little girlies IMG_0937 Uncle, Aunt and cousins Cousins!

Oh, and we were interviewed by Shane of If you're interested, here's the link:

Until the next time . . .

Friday, October 07, 2011

Beginning of a Big Weekend

Last night AubreyLynn had her first sleepover at Pop and Nana's! Kevin has a four-day weekend this weekend, so they took advantage of us (which was soooo tough!) and left AL in our care overnight. She was very happy to be here!

Happy to be at Pop and Nana's

Of course, we were beyond delighted to have AL all to ourselves. She is such a sweet baby. After eating around 8pm, she fell asleep at 9pm and slept until about 6:15 this morning!! And she's only seven weeks old. Now, that's a good baby.

We had a nice morning; well, hour, during which she gobbled down her bottle, talked to me a bit, and then promptly fell back to sleep! And this is where's she's been ever since:

Sleeping off breakfast

Dang. This AubreyLynn watching isn't such a bad gig. :)

This afternoon my mom, Lindsay, and Reagan will arrive. Kevin & Sam are going to pick them up at the Kansas City airport. That was so nice of them to do that. KC is a little more than two hours from us, so I wasn't really looking forward to the drive. However, it would have been worth it to have them here. I'm sure we'll do the return trip on Sunday.

Lindsay & Mommy have already started a “baby hog” war. Both of them plan to have AL all to themselves. Not quite sure who will be the victor, but no matter what, AL will get lots of loving this weekend.

Many more pictures to come, I'm sure. Soooooo looking forward to family time!

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Reunited . . . and It Feels Sooooo Good!

We left Mark Twain Landing Resort a few minutes past 8am Friday. That's really good for us – we usually get on the road about 9am. But, we had a long (for us) drive ahead of us so we wanted to get moving.

Once again, we were blessed with an uneventful trip and arrived in Junction City, KS at Owl's Nest Campground about 3:30pm.

Owl's Nest CG, Oct 2011

With the loss of an hour by entering Central Time, that was an eight hour travel day. Whew. We got ourselves set up and vegged the rest of the evening.

This morning we went to church at First Southern Baptist Church of Junction City. This is where we worship when we are here. It's small church with a big heart. We really enjoy Pastor Nate's messages and the people are very friendly.

After church was over, we made a quick run to WalMart to pick up something for tonight's dinner and then it was back home for lunch. We also “personalized” our campsite – got out the banners, chairs and awning. I love it when it's all “homey.”

Site 13P1130799

The site is nice; a pull-through with lots of room to park our truck behind the rig. This allows room in front of the rig for a visitor to park.

And we were waiting for our visitors!!

We weren't sure when Kevin, Sam, and AubreyLynn were coming, only that they would be here for dinner. I'll admit it – I was antsy! I couldn't wait to have that little one in my arms again. After all, it had been more than a month since we'd seen her!

They finally arrived and as soon as Sam got AL out of her carseat, my arms were stretched out. I got her snuggled in and didn't share her for the rest of the evening. Poor Pop didn't even get a chance to hold her. My defense is that he didn't ask! :)

These pictures are from a week or so ago. I didn’t get any tonight because I was too busy. :)

AL - six weeks Daddy and his baby girl

The kids stayed for a couple of hours and then it was time to go. AubreyLynn was fussy and needed to sleep and Kevin & Sam were tired, too. They had been at Sam's folks this weekend which is a couple hours away and had just come back this afternoon. Plus Kevin had to do a repair on his truck this afternoon as well.

Yes, our time together this evening was just too short, but that's okay. We're here for several weeks. I'll get plenty of AubreyLynn love. :)

Until the next time . . .