We've officially traveled over 4,500 miles in the past 8 months! The beginning was quite possibly the most difficult part of our lives, but now, we're really loving it! We persevered and are in a great place now, we feel so lucky to live this lifestyle. The ability to see some of the most beautiful places in the nation and meet tons of awesome people has really opened our eyes. In the early days it was easy to think about giving up when everything was breaking, we were in loads of debt and Nick was transitioning to running his own business, but now I couldn't imagine giving up anywhere in the near future. All we can think about is our itch for more exploring!
Let’s talk: favorite and least favorite parts of #rvreno...
👍🏻Our favorite: seeing it all come together, and comparing before/after photos. .
👎🏻Least favorite: pulling up the carpet! The nooks and crannies, the slides, the STAPLES. SON OF A STAPLE GUN there are so many staples. We did the main area before we moved into the RV full time, but we waited to do our bedroom thinking it’d be fine. It wasn’t. Paint, chocolate milk, and nail polish have all been spilled within two weeks! So Kade is out doing a tattoo for someone, so I (naturally) took on a huge job while he was gone thinking it’d be a breeze. Little did I know the carpet in the bedroom GOES UNDER THE BED. So picture me, slicing the carpet at the foot of the bed with a SERRATED STEAK KNIFE and then individually pulling up those dumb little staples with needle nosed pliers. . .
Do you have a renovation horror story? Let’s hear it!
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We started the day in Lockhart, TX to visit the Texas Hatter and have lunch at Kreuz. Lockhart is know as having the top bbq in Texas (not sure if this is self proclaimed or legitimate). Next, we headed to the hill country and the neat town of Wimberley for shopping. Wimberly was full of wonderful shops and a beautiful creek with cypress trees all around.
We were wanting some live music and were told to go to a restaurant called Hays City Store for excellent food and music. It was off season for live music but we had a fantastic meal and a fun atmosphere.
All and all, we had another fun day even though the weather was misty....but still in the low 60’s.
Today in Austin was exactly the type of day that we had envisioned when we were contemplating taking this adventure. It was sunny and 75, so Gina was very happy.
As we were leaving the campground we came across some long horn steers that shared a fence with our grounds... very impressive & they walked right up to us.
From there we went to Covert Park which overlooks the Colorado River and also various parts of Austin. Beautiful views for sure. The park was smaller than anticipated so we didn’t get the steps in that we were hoping for, so we drove to downtown Austin and Zilker Park where we walked a path along the river for a bit over 4 miles. It was absolutely beautiful and there were people everywhere!
At the end of our river walk, we ended up coming across the original Chuy’s Tex Mex joint. It was on our list of restaurants to try, but we had been warned that it is impossible to get a table. We got lucky, walked in and there were two seats at the bar, so we snagged them and each enjoyed a couple margaritas & plenty of chips / salsa / queso. It was a great environment and a great end to the day.
Oh yea... got the battery issue all figured out in the RV and got the table fixed, so we are sitting good now.
Does anyone who lives with their #rvcat or cats have issues with them scratching where they shouldn’t be? I have provided many places for my cats to scratch yet Arya my blind Siamese continues to scratch places she shouldn’t. I try to positively encourage her to scratch on her appropriate places but she is so stubborn. 😂 I keep her nails clipped and encourage her when I can to scratch the other spots when I catch her doing it in an inappropriate area. I know of a family with a beautiful class A that has 2 cats and they don’t really scratch at all, @mountainmodernlife As you can see for whatever reason she has had several spots in my RV that she loves to scratch at.
1. Used to be the couch arms and ottoman corners. I switched out the fabric on the ottoman after she tore up the cover it had purchased to a canvas drop cloth I got from Home Depot. She hasn’t scratched there since. She also stopped scratching the arms of the couch when I changed out the couch cover to one with a texture on it.
2. My closet. She loves to scratch the edge of my closet floor. As you can see she has completely torn it up and it’s not as easy to replace as the ottoman or couch cover were.
3. Her third spot is the carpet that is exposed where the two living room rugs do not cover. Just that little tiny strip. Which of course over time she has completely destroyed. I try to keep the rugs covering that portion when guests come over. I have no intentions of getting rid of her, declawing her is DEF not an option, yes I have tried deterrent sprays and I don’t have patience for those little claw covers on any consistent basis. I have just learned to live with it cause as many people say to pets and kids alike “this is why we don’t have nice stuff”. I understand it’s just what cats do and you can’t always find solutions to it. So I just wanted to share my experiences and see if anyone else with felines goes through the same thing so I know I’m not alone 😜
Also make sure to visit my blog post that I have written on living with cats in an RV. ***LINK IN BIO*** #rv#rvlife#rvwife#fulltimerving#fulltimervfamily#fifthwheelliving#rvmilitarywife#rvcats
Yowsa... what a day. We had a pretty good night of sleep, but had no heat again, but it was much warmer in TX than it was in KY & I figured out the heat issue so we should be good moving forward!
Why not drive into Dallas and see my cousin and her family? Well, we did and had a wonderful lunch and even got to take her daughter Charlotte with us from Dallas to U.T. in Austin. Couldn’t get into downtown with our rig so we took her to the football stadium and she Ubered from there.
We are now at a KOA campground for the next 5 days or so. My new best buddy Homer made sure we got everything hooked up right & was a HUGE help!
Oh yea... apparently 1500 miles was too much for our kitchen table to take so I will need to fix that tomorrow.
Supposed to be about 70 degrees & that sounds real nice.
I spent 4 hours yesterday being a student. I sat and listened and took notes and reflected for FOUR HOURS, y’all. I don’t think I’ve done that since college 😂 And even though two of those hours were chaotic because I was also trying to entertain a toddler 🙃, the time I spent on my growth was so incredibly good for me.
Since becoming a mom it’s hit me hard how important self-care is. And I’ve also learned that self-care HAS to happen daily. It doesn’t have to be in the form of a massage or a pedicure (although those are some of my faves 😍) or even something you buy. It can be meditation. Stretching. Reading a book. Relaxing with a cup of coffee. A long run. Watching the sunset. Learning new things. Whatever connects you to yourself, THAT is self-care. And it matters because your needs matter. You cannot pour from an empty cup.
Yesterday, I made time to really think about me. My life. Who I am as a human. As my own person. Not a wife or a mom. Just Aly. And y’all, I feel so refreshed.
Especially if you’re a wife and/or mama, you need time to connect back to you. You’ll show up better and more fully for the people you love when you’re loving yourself well.
P.S. This space still needs some work (its actually under construction as we speak 👏🏻) but shout out to the hubs for removing the bulky RV window treatments pronto 🙌🏻
P.P.S. I didn’t even notice Aus put the vase on top of the cake stand until just now. Aaand the cake stand doesn’t even go there... #bless#teamnosleep 🤣
So me and mark are wanting to do our first adventure in this baby once our real baby gets here (10days till his due date)! We live in central/northern Ca where are some pretty places to go camping and to have activities to do?? 🗺🏔🏖🏜 #fifthwheelliving#california
We survived night one, but not without some challenges. Here is the quick tour as promised.
Mason....notice I’m wearing the top you gave me for Christmas. Thank goodness because I locked myself out of the RV and it kept me warm until your Dad was able to come back from running some errands. Also, my phone was in the RV and had to ask some guy in the parking lot if I could use his phone 😮
Thankful for our General inverter which got us all powered up so we could be operational again this morning. #generac#rvlife#weranoutofpropane#fifthwheelliving#weranthebatteriesoutofpowertoo#itwas40drgreesinsidethecamperthismorning
🛠 Renovations are almost done! We’ve been so busy working, renovating, dry camping, and visiting loved ones before we take off! ➡️ Swipe for before!
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We took a break from posting progress photos while we finalized some design decisions (which means redoing most things 2-3 times). Living and running a business in a construction zone under 200 sqft is super hard y’all. —
Now it’s finally time to share what we’ve been working on — take a peak at some in progress before and after photos! #camperrevamper@rvinspiration#rvinspirationphoto
Camper renovations are coming along great! We are settling into our new lifestyle & even taking our home on the road this weekend for a camping trip. The best part... we don’t have to pack a thing! Swipe to see the before and after of our living room area.
Swipe for before ➡️😴 I’m so ready for a long break off work! We are planning on camping away in a quiet state park next week. Either Palo Duro or Caprock Canyon!
Update: we are currently stationary until we finish selling our remaining big ticket belongings (one of them being a car). After we sell those things we are free to take off to go camp in the Arizona desert for a while! 🌵 #livingtinyproject