Loving our time in “Teddy” our Little Guy Max at Elephant Butte State Park in New Mexico.
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We were over the moon. New van, new job, new life of adventure. We were officially leaving Houston and our hearts were filled with dreams of what was to come. We had two weeks before Luke was to start his first project on the new job, and we would take a the coastal route through Florida and slowly up the coast to North Carolina.
We were following Luke in the new van, about an hour east of Houston on a two lane interstate, with no shoulder due to construction, when flaming pieces of metal began flying out from under the RV towards the van. I immediately used the walkie to tell Luke we had an emergency. He stopped in the middle of the highway and ran Josie and the dog back to me. Then ran in the RV to grabbed the fire extinguisher. The truck was on fire. He crawled under to put the fire out and then jumped back in to try and drive the truck to an exit. The next exit was five miles. The truck would not go more than 15mph and we began to back up traffic for miles. This time we had no travel angels. We did have people cussing at Luke as they drove by and honking their horns, as if we were going slow for our own amusement. We managed, somehow, to make it to the exit. This time, the kids had the comfort of our van, and we found an acceptable RV park just down the road. We were waiting for our insurance company to haul us, but they said it would be two hours because it was a Saturday, so we continued on ourselves and kept the same pace of 15mph to the RV park. We were stuck in Texas, for who knows how long. .
Hello. I’m Alyssa and I’ve just started an #rvrenovation for #fulltimerv living in North Texas. I don’t LOVE social media but I do LOVE project planning and free exchange of knowledge. Making this account to document all things #rvlifetransition
Couple things to set the stage:
I’m mid-late twenties with a solid career in #engineering that I don’t plan on leaving to blog and selfie around America in my white-painted cabinet hipster den with my Jesus-looking life partner. Quite simply, I just don’t want to spend 200k (+interest,taxes,etc = 300-500k) on a cookie cutter house, footballz-deep in revolving neighbors or a leaning farmhouse with asbestos and no insulation on a barren acre. Those are my summation of choices for single-income living, close to DFW in 2019 for <200k. I’m going to try #tinyliving instead. The speadsheets are telling me it’s a reasonable path toward debt freedom. Having been a Texan my whole life, experience tells me I need to build a tornado shelter.
Enjoyed a beautiful drive today from Joshua tree through the Mojave desert. Imagine our surprise when the snow started coming down. It made the drive even more incredible. Snow in the desert? Yet another experience we were not even aware was possible. #westcoastlife#mojavedesert#godswork
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Brad and I fell in love with this small town; and it’s the first to go on our list of “potential places to live”. It was filled with art and creativity — from the building architecture to 50 cowboy boot sculptures (painted by local artists). Swipe ⬅️ to see a few of them.
(how to train your dragon spoiler!)
We have been reading the How To Train Your Dragon book series with our five year old since the summer of last year. They are not small books either as most are 200+ pages while the final few are 300-400 pages. Most of the time, I put him to bed as books have always been a love of mine and are now a love of his. Tonight we got to the middle of the 12th and final book. Tonight we reached the moment we have been waiting for. Tonight I could barely breath because I was so excited. Finally the little scraggly runt of a boy became king. As soon as I read those words he let out a squeal and we hugged tight as I said over and over “He did it! He did it!!” It was one of the sweetest moments I will have with him.
On Saturday the final movie will come out and I have explained that it will be different. That they cannot put every adventure in the story. Oh how grateful I am that we chose to read the books first. For in our minds we have grown a deeper understanding of this tiny hero and all that he has gone through. So many times we thought we would lose him. My son has learned endless lessons about walking out your calling, never giving up, the importance of friendship and what it means to be made a hero the hard way. We have learned of good and evil, of betrayal and redemption, of sacrifice and victory. Tonight through a bond we have formed over books we celebrated his first favorite hero being crowned king in a world of dragons far far away. May we always remember to travel the lands of imagination with our littles.
“There is no such thing as im-POSSIBLE, only im-PROBABLE Hiccup. The only thing that limits us are the limits to our imaginations”
8 years ago today this pretty little pup was born & made me a fur mama for the first time! 😍 Your the best trail leader, big sister, adventure buddy & even at 8years young you can still run circles around all of us. 🐶
So today we celebrated with birthday treats & toys, playing in the snow & spending the entire day outdoors - your favorite place to be. 🌲
Happy 8th Birthday Lady your the best fur daughter a mama could ask for! 🎂🎈🎉 #LunaPupAdventures#DogBirthdays
Took a fun tour of the K. Spoetzl-Brewery, and even got to sample some of their delicious homemade lemonade.😋😂
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Austin, TX 🌺
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Some nice pics from our visit to the Texas Capitol Building! 🇺🇸
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Visited the Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham, TX today! We got to view the production floor, and had some delicious ice cream!
10 2659:12 PM Feb 4, 2019
Campground Review! 🚍
Westwood Too RV Park
This is going to be a pretty short review because there is almost nothing to talk about. 🤷♀️ The park is only a few months old, and the office is still being built, which is why it has no amenities. Despite that, we had a nice stay, it was really quiet and is really close to multiple grocery stores and restaurants. It is also about an hour from Dallas, and 20-30 minutes away from some other smaller cities and towns. Also, I figured I would use some of the drone photos courtesy of one of our friends at the park. 😃
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Here are some more city/building related photos from our trip to Fort Worth yesterday. 🏙
11 3289:22 PM Jan 22, 2019
Campground Review! 🚍
Lakeside RV Park
*this is going to be a longer review than normal. Sorry! 🤷♀️*
I really hate to be so negative, but this was honestly my least favorite campground that we have been to. First, I’m going to list the pros of the park.
It had a ton of amenities, including a game room, a bath/shower-house, walking path, adult lounge, community room, playground, and a giant lake for fishing and boating. Ok, onto the cons. Our site was backed up to a really busy road with only a small fence between the two. The traffic noises at night were incredibly loud and obnoxious, and my family and I agreed that we did not get one good nights sleep throughout our stay. There were also a few instances of a man, who was staying a few sites down from us, coming back very obviously drunk sometime between 1 & 2am. He made tons of noise (slamming doors, blasting his outdoor tv, talking loudly to himself, driving his VERY loud truck around, etc...) and was being very disruptive. The first time this happened, we called & left a message for the office. By the time they sent security out he had already gone back inside, and they said since they didn’t catch him doing it, there was nothing they were going to do about it. It happened again on another night, we left another message about it, and this time, they completely ignored us. My parents were obviously not too happy about that. 😂 Overall, there were definitely more cons than pros. The park was pretty pricey, and was definitely not worth the money or the aggravation. We wouldn’t stay there again.
9 2938:35 PM Jan 15, 2019
If there is one thing that New Orleans has tons of, it’s crypts! There are so many crypt sites throughout the city, including one with over 100,000!
9 3178:08 PM Jan 14, 2019
Campground Review! 🚍
Anchors Aweigh RV Resort
We had a great stay at the park! We were lucky enough to even get a spot because they get really busy during the winter months. The park itself is very nice and noticeably clean. They had several activities going on weekly, like bingo, poker games, exercise classes, breakfast on Saturday mornings, and even an ice cream social. There are also a lot of things that you can use on your own time, like, a pool and hot tub, playground, dog park, fishing pond, basketball hoop, horseshoes, and a community room. The park is conveniently located, and there are tons of shops and restaurants just minutes away. Overall, it is a really nice park with great activities and we have already scheduled a second stay towards the end of our trip.
8 2445:54 PM Jan 8, 2019
Jackson wishes everyone a VERY Happy New Year! 🎊🎈🎆
16 4414:06 PM Jan 1, 2019
A little bit of a different post today 😂 But this pizza was so good, so I had to share a pic. @mellowmushroom NEVER disappoints.
26 50611:42 PM Dec 28, 2018
I’ve always wanted to be at the beach on Christmas day, and this year that wish came true! Merry Christmas y’all!🎄🌊
11 3938:03 PM Dec 25, 2018
Mobile, AL Part 2 💙
9 32010:16 PM Dec 22, 2018
Checking out Mobile, AL today! One thing I learned is that the squirrels there are super friendly. 😂
13 33010:10 PM Dec 22, 2018
Went with my family to see a cute Christmas light display at Rainbow Springs State Park!
14 4601:34 AM Dec 9, 2018
Hanging out in Cedar Key at Cedar Key Park Beach! We had the place almost all to ourselves! 🙂
16 3838:42 PM Dec 7, 2018
Fort Island Beach was absolutely amazing! It was gorgeous & clean, and we had a great time!
23 45312:28 AM Dec 5, 2018
Kind of random post today. We were driving and saw 2 cute, old churches, and I had to take some pics! ⛪️💙
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All this Tennessee ☀️ shining in is glorious. Windows are open, cheddar garlic bread is baking, everything is getting cleaned, and after a trip to the Smokies yesterday, the pups are napping. 🐶💤 Hope you're all having a blessed Sunday 😁
Here’s a shot of our dinette table, that doubles as a work station most of the time. We rarely sit here to eat but oh well! The cushion cover is actually just a blanket that I have tucked in around it, because, well I’m indecisive 🤣 I was planning on getting the cushions reupholstered but the blanket has worked well because I can switch it up when I want to. We also kept the existing table top, just flipped it over (more info on this in my “projects” highlight. There’s also storage in the bottom, which is a plus! Swipe for the before and Happy Friday!