I keep getting requests/demands/pleas for blog posts. It’s so much easier to update to Facebook, I’m sorry I got in the habit of just doing that quickly since it takes seconds. Wish blogging was as quick and easy…I need to figure that out, surely it can be.
So I’ll TRY to post some picture here that I’ve not posted on Facebook. Why do I not update here more? Well, it’s just not as easy. No unlimited wifi, not always having access to a great computer for that, and then time…fitting in travel, school, work, sight-seeing, visiting some folks along the way, and the normal life things (cooking, cleaning, snuggling etc etc) well….I tend to just crash at the end of the day instead of hooking up the camera and logging on. This post alone has taken me a couple states and I never got several of the pictures I wanted for it to upload. But I’m just posting it anyway in hopes of those few of you that have been watching, just MIGHT forgive me.
There is no way I can go fully backward without starting right where we are I don’t think at this point. I mean…our last state I posted on was Maine. Sigh…and now we are moving through Arizona. So I’m going to start with some of our most recent wanderings. THEN, I’ll try in my spare time to throw in some major backtracking and share with you the amazing things we’ve seen thus far that I just never took the time to post. Will you forgive me then?? Maybe?? Pretty pretty PLEASE (with sugar on top)??!!
We first stayed outside of Houston in the Lake Conroe/Willis area. We stayed at the Thousand Trails park there on the lake. We loved it! What a great couple of weeks (made better by the folks we met). Our travel is largely based around Hubby’s work schedule. His work schedule determines how long we stay somewhere often and also what days we travel. We get asked a lot IF he works. Although he jokes that he’s a bank robber when we’re asked what on earth he does from the road. He’s not (as far as I know) and yes he DOES work. He works hard, to make this adventure a possibility for us! So our travel is planned around making sure he is able to do his job…well. We were fortunate to be able to stay in Houston two full weeks…and a little more. Good thing…we got a stomach bug. Ick!! Are you planning for your grand RV adventure with children onboard?? Make sure you have SOME sort of puke bucket! You will thank me later. Even if you won’t have kids on board…have a bucket. Trust me!!
- Seeing our friend Freeda after so many years!!! What an enormous blessing this was! Worth the trip to Houston right there.
- Seeing Brandy Walker and meeting her girls…sad our trip to the zoo got cancelled, but thankful to have had even just a few min
- NASA visit
- Sam Houston Museum (we loved this)
- Trips to the library to work on research papers
- AWESOME Salvadoran food (papusas!!)
- Honduran banana soda and Jamaica Zuko
- Wolf Sanctuary (with other full-time families)
- Blue Bell Creamery factory tour (also with other full-time families) and getting more ice cream than we could eat…for FREE!
- game nights with friends (HUGE highlight)
- yummy potlucks with friends!
- greeted with open arms in 2 welcoming congregations
- being a part in a small surprise b’day celebration
- nighttime walks (and alligators crashing into the water as we approached…okay we don’t know they were gators..but a couple of us were CONVINCED)
- Shipley Donuts
- Meeting lots of new friends
It was a GREAT visit!! We would recommend the campground, although we’d add to lock up your car and rig. We never felt unsafe, but we did have some things stolen (although thanks to our ‘find iPhone’ app we were able to get just about everything back…the important stuff!!).
We could not have planned a better stop. We felt so blessed to have met some WONDERFUL other full timing families. We are so thankful for the group we are members of “Fulltime Families” (link to right). It helps us connect with others that might be in our area. We had SUCH fun with these families, so much so we hope to meet up with those that are traveling (a couple families were somewhat stationary for a time) along the road in the next few months sometime…if they were just not going to stinkin’ slow. We’re just too fast for them. HURRY UP guys, we look forward to more potlucks, Peanut, MadGab and Wits & Wagers!!!
(Blue Bell factory tour….pre-ice cream coma)
(Fulltime Family potluck…meeting new friends…who are on similar adventures making it happen in various ways. It’s always so cool to share stories, learn what things they’ve seen that you might want to, and just have the spirit of camaraderie that is created because of this lifestyle we’ve chosen)
Why yes, that is Santa Anna’s chamber pot (Sam Houston Museum…we seriously LOVED this museum and grounds)
Terrible picture, but the kids were interviewed for the Sam Houston State University newspaper about the scavenger hunt they had going on in the museum.
Space Center Houston Tram Tour of NASA buildings and grounds…a must do if you go to the Space Center!
Oh yes, that’s a wolf nuzzling my baby boy…and him giggling nearly uncontrollably. This is the owner, who was even more fascinating then the wolves to me. Which says a LOT. I wish I could have videoed one would who wanted out of his run so badly to get to Jeremiah. Not in a harmful way. They were fascinated with one another. All during the presentation this Jeremiah watched this wolf’s every movement. Then as we started moving and prepared to leave “Romulus” (the wolf) did everything he could to attempt to get his attention again and get to him. Again, not threateningly in any way, it was actually amazingly endearing. Promise. Really. I’m not insane. Well…maybe I am, but I promise I wasn’t threatened. Of course he was behind a couple of layers of fencing. But it nearly made me want to take him home because I felt like Jeremiah would have a protector for life!!! It was actually really neat the way to two seemed to have oddly connected and truly impossible to describe in words.
So there you have it…just a BIT of our Houston fun (and pix hopefully not shared on our Joy in Simplicity Facebook page).