Just got home to Beaufort after being evacuated for a week due to #HurricaneFlorence.
As we drove up Hwy 70 to Kinston, New Bern, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City... then finally to Beaufort, our hearts starting weighing more heavy.
The destruction is absolutely terrible. It is worse than we could have imagined in these coastal towns. The flooding, the trees, downed power lines, the lack of resources, torn buildings, roads torn away from their foundation- it's terrible.
As we pulled into our drive, we noticed shingles and siding all over the ground. A neighbor's fence was blown into our yard, debris ft other houses were scattered around our house, and our garden appears to have been pulled out by Florence herself. It seems trees no longer line the streets of Beaufort. It looks like winter, except the humidity and heat remind you quickly that the barron look comes from the horrific storm that came through.
We walked in to find a roof leak that caused our bathroom to be flooded. Water got into a closet we have so we lost some items (all replaceable). Things were shaken off the walls, which was surprising, as it seems much like an earthquake in Florence's departure. We were pretty bummed though, and the power wasn't on, so the mood was meloncholy.
As we started to pick up the pieces, neighbors came out to check on us, people telling stories of being here during the hurricane, and when we came inside and started to clean up the mess, the power came on.
We've spent the whole night cleaning, getting things back to somewhat normal, thankful for what we do have, the irreplaceables, and us. I went into the bathroom (where I keep the @crazysexykris love notes) and chose a new one from the top of the stack.
This one was it. A lesson to notice the blessings. Tonight, we most definitely do.
Cuddle vibes. Is there anything cuter than cat toes? That was a rhetorical question. There is nothing cuter than cat toes.
This week has been a slower one. I (Alexis) came back from our glorious anniversary weekend with quite a nasty cold. So I’ve been nursing my germy body back to health the last few days 🤧😷.
I also went to my graduate school orientation on Monday and got properly terrified for this journey I’m about to embark on. Any back to school people out there? Raise your hand 🙋🏻♀️.
Also, if anyone has any advice for work/life/school/health/fun balancing, I’m all ears. Please, leave me your sage wisdom in a comment below!
Coolant flush for #jacquesbusteau today! This was the second flush, and I did two more after this. Then a refill with fresh coolant (12 gallons...yikes!)
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Van life was something we imagined (thanks to Instagram and YouTube 😉) long before we started. We pictured things like renovating a van to create a space we would love and mapping roadtrip itineraries. The freedom of finding a new place to call home everyday. 🚐🌲
But by far the biggest surprise has been the people we've met - other van and bus lifers. People like @kierenbritton - who we met in a Canmore carpark insulating her converted school bus (how cute is it? 🚎) and offered to help. Over the next few days we adopted Kieren into our little family, sharing breakfast, lunch, dinner, countless cups of tea and lots of Leo cuddles.
Then last night in Jasper we shared a campfire and pizza with @lilielle17 and chatted until almost midnight.
Traveling to beautiful places is incredible but by far the most beautiful gift travel has given us has been the people we've met. 💗
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We’ve switched out some of the pillows and this is what we’re working with for now. I’ve always thought of my style as mostly neutrals and solids and...plain. But doing this renovation, I realized how much I’m really drawn to bold patterns and colors. I’d never be caught dead wearing something this “loud” (as my grandmother would say), but I feel so happy when I see all this colorful brightness. (I don’t feel the same sentiment each morning when I have to set all these pillows up😏). Also, do you see our tacky twinkle lights? We are suckers for the look they give at night but does anyone know where I can get some that actually look decent during the day? Help a sista out🙏🏼. Oh, and also, SWIPE for before pics!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
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You really get to know someone when you are in stressful or ever-changing situations. Let me just tell you how our marriage and our relationship with Bryce is tested and challenged daily!
Since we don’t really have a strict routine and we can’t look to other families to see “how it’s done”, we just make it up as we go and deal with the consequences or outcomes of our intentional decisions. Not easy peeps! Mike was someone who needed to know exactly what we were doing and when and what the potential results would be. BUT, he has had to learn how to let that control go. He still is working on it and I am really proud of his willingness to change and grow.
He has been in Florida since the beginning of August working and more importantly, working on himself. He has lost over 20 pounds and is eating healthy but the most exciting part is his self awareness and growth of who he is and his role as a husband and a father.
We have been through so much together including our partying 20’s, the birth of our son which almost led to my death, financial issues, doing this parenting thang, starting businesses and finding our faith....I could go on and on. We have managed to stick it out and are learning that the challenges and hardships will make or break us and the good times should be embraced and strived for. ☀️
"Women are the fastest-growing subpopulation of the military and veteran communities, representing more than 15 percent of active-duty military and 10 percent of veterans. Yet according to a landmark report released by DAV (Disabled American Veterans), despite recent progress, some women veterans continue to face significant barriers accessing health care and other earned benefits, and do not receive proper recognition for their service to the nation."
Our upcoming project with Valiant Seed will be helping to address these very issues, by contributing to their mission of building a tiny home village for women vets struggling with housing instability and PTSD in Oregon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can read more of the report by following the link in our profile.
Heading to a wedding tomorrow in the bus.. AIN’T THAT RIGHT! 🚎 Had so many amazing conversations with people since being back in the UK about what life is like living in the bus.. guys... this life is AMAZING! It’s affordable. It’s cheaper than living in a house or a flat/apartment. It’s literally so many peoples dream to live in something like this, yet it’s more doable than getting your own house. If you want to do this, even if you have your own place already, get yourself into Vanlife! I really feel passionate about helping you guys get on the road and get into your own vehicle. If you have any questions, write them as a comment below. Whatever it takes to help you join the dream team on the road, I’m willing to help! ❤️
How many of you are like me and wake up and don’t make your bed until bedtime? I sometimes like to believe I’m one of those well put together people that wake up way before your scheduled time to work, make a healthy breakfast, put some makeup on, and head out the door and arrive to work 10 mins early gracing everyone with my well put together presence.. 😂 and then morning strikes and and I’m lucky if I get to work on time with my hair brushed and a coffee in my hand. Shout out to my work family for not bothering me until they’ve seen a morning cup of happiness transform me into a decent functioning human being, you da best 🙌🏼😘. I stayed out til 1 am last night playing ice hockey so I’m taking it pretty easy tonight and doing light research on how to NOT burn down my camper by rewiring some electrics, like lights. So any rookie YouTube tutorials that explain some simple electrics for a camper is so much appreciated! ❤️
Electrical boxes are in for the wall sconces. It was terrifying to cut through my siding, but it’s going to be worth it. There will be light bulbs that mimic flames and old-school lanterns hanging on the wall when it’s done #oldschool#viking
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afternoon inspiration\\making the shift to living minimally and off the power grid has been a big change. but, surprisingly not as difficult as some may think. especially when you live in an area that gets A LOT of sun.. like Colorado. my solar panels are maxed out on most days..allowing me to charge my appliances and live comfortably. although I have a lot of power most of the time that doesn’t mean I can use “big appliances” like hair dryers, my laundry machine, or blenders.. if I want to use things like that I can start up my generator and then can use appliances that use up a lot of power. I have white outlets through out my home that are specifically for my solar power and then grey ones that are for my generator.if I turn my generator on outside all of the grey outlets then have power to them..allowing me more freedom inside my home to use appliances that I could not otherwise use off of solar power🦋 it’s been a shift.. but, so far a rewarding one. #tinyhouse#tinyhouseliving#tinyhouseonwheels#tinyhousemovement#tinyhouse#tinyhousenation#offgridliving#sustainableliving#roamtinywolf#colorado
Over Labor Day weekend my husband and I hopped in our Subaru to headed up to Mammoth Lakes for a weekend in the mountains. It was our first official camping trip together as a married couple, and was exactly what we needed. Although this season has been incredibly joyful living the newlywed life, it has also come with the very real stressors of huge life change and living the every day grind in Los Angeles. And because of that, in the months leading up to the trip, I had been struggling with anxiety in a very real way. But having that weekend alone with my husband, living out of our tent and making our meals over a campfire, reminded me of the power of simplicity. Really every time I go camping or backpacking I have this same, sort of visceral experience. It's often very easy to get caught up in the rat race of our society…and to succumb to the idea that more is better. Every time I’m in nature however, I’m reminded that for me, less is better, and in actuality I don’t need much to be truly happy. Give me a tent, a mountain lake, and my hubby, and I’m a happy camper. All of this has led to a new discussion between my husband and me, reanalyzing the way we do life. For years my husband has been intrigued with the whole tiny house movement... and just recently I have begun considering it as well. There's something intriguing and alluring about going against the grain, and downsizing so that we can live a more simple, self-sustainable lifestyle. This is all just talk at the moment, but it’s a very possible future for my husband and me. And I would love to hear your thoughts! Has anyone else ever toyed with the idea of living tiny? And pursuing a true minimalist lifestyle?
Utah you have our hearts!
This area is just incredible. While we stuck to southern Utah this trip, the terrain is so different just from Zion to Bryce Canyon (It has me itching to plan a trip back so we can get to Arches and Canyonland too). The West is truly amazing. There’s so much land out here that’s been preserved for National Parks and public use. Plus, there are so many different places/things to see so close together!
We’re headed on to Arizona and the Grand Canyon now. I can’t wait to see what new views lay ahead! What’s your favorite part of the USA?
There are going to be a lot of adorable tiny homes to tours, vendors to check out, and food, music and beer to enjoy at @tinyfestnorthwest ... BUT there's also some great advocacy, education, and inspiration happening too! Among the many presentations and workshops at the festival is this very important one presented by @americantinyhouseassociation!! After all, having a tiny house is more enjoyable when have a legal place to park it!!! 😁
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FIVE 🤚FACTS ABOUT THIS BIG GIRL
1. Her name is Maggie, she was born during Thanksgiving dinner 2014. She’s a dogo argentino and was given to us by a friend who couldn’t care for her anymore.
2. Loves all the veggies and fruits she can get her nose on. Watermelon 🍉 & sweet potatoes 🍠 are her favorite.
3. She has recently discovered that chickens are her friends. She loves running around and snuggling with our chickens 🐓
4. She is such a natural nurturer. She stuck by and took so much care of her brother Mylo (our other dog that passed) when he was weak from the cancer. If she sees any animal/person hurt or sad she’s sticks by them and nurtures them with kisses.
5. She was a city dog before we moved to the country, but she’s really grown to love being a country dog. She knows the daily routine and loves helping me find any lost chicken eggs around the yard.
Tell us about your fur babies! Any other dogo parents out there?
Flash back to one of the most stressful moments of my life! This was when we were pulling the tiny out of our build site for the very first time. Everything ended up okay in the end, even though I was a nervous wreck! 💛 and yet again, we can’t say how much we love our builders - always fabulous! @backcountrytinyhomes