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Thursday, November 13, 2014

As Long As I’m With You

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This bittersweet moment has finally arrived. Through tear-stained eyes I write this to you…our loyal friends and beloved family that have stuck by our sides through thick and thin. To the friends that we’ve made along our journeys…both in real life, and online. To our readers that have found ways to redecorate or renovate their RV’s from looking at our pictures and numerous blog posts. To the readers that have gained the courage to take the first steps into this lifestyle. To the countless readers that have written me in the past, wondering how to start RVing, can their kids come too, how do you Roadschool, can you paint over the “wallpaper” in an RV? Haha. To all of you that have sought our advice, our friendship, our counsel…thank you for reading. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us personally and to become our friends. We always knew our lives on the road wouldn’t be permanent. So it is with a heavy heart, and yet also a heart filled with joy, that I announce to you all…

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…our time on the road has come to an end.

My Husband has been called back to work at his company’s headquarters. We have been told that this move will be permanent, so it’s time for us to find a place and settle down. We have made the decision to put our RV in storage and find a house for rent.

“Why couldn’t you stay in your RV?” you ask.

We are pretty certain that our RV can’t keep us warm in the Colorado Rocky Mountains for the Winter (the only place we’ll live). For starters, as we head back home to Colorado Springs, one of the biggest things we have learned throughout 18 months of RVing, is that we HATE living in a city. Although we absolutely LOVE Colorado Springs, and all it has to offer (not to mention our closest friends and family reside there), our hearts have always belonged to the mountains. Those mountains give us strength, joy, and serenity. But, those mountains also come with a LOT of snow and subzero temperatures. Our RV isn’t even CLOSE to 4-season compatible. Although we have spent lots of money to insulate our tanks with heat tape and insulation…the same on our lines…and we have gone to all the trouble to custom-fit it with skirting, we fear it won’t be enough to keep out the cold. Although we DO have insulation in our walls, it isn’t much and we’re fairly certain that it won’t be enough to keep in the heat…

…we’re also REALLY looking forward to taking a super long hot shower again…without going to the trouble of installing a propane-sucking endless (tankless) water heater in our rig. I’m looking forward to being able to do jumping jacks without breaking my wrists on the ceiling. (Yes, I’ve nearly done that before.) The girls are looking forward to having a real, full-sized bathtub again. And I’m looking forward to FINALLY having a countertop back (not to mention a dishwasher…and a garbage disposal). Yes, we can live without all of these things. We’ve done it for 18 months with minimal complaints. But, we feel this chapter is closing and it’s time to begin a new one. A new chapter…in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

I did some searching online through Homes for Rent, Craigslist, and a few other websites. After a couple weeks, I found THE CUTEST home in the forest of the mountains. I have ALWAYS wanted to live in a quaint house in a location like that. I’ve been having a very hard time coming to terms with the fact that we’re going off the road. However, I figure that if we have to do it, settling down in my quintessential dream house couldn’t hurt.

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Our little family unit has come a long way in the past 18 months on the road. RVing has brought us closer together both figuratively and literally. It has been the most wonderful experience of our lives, and we will always be grateful for the opportunity. We are from Colorado, but we have lived in Virginia, Arizona and New Mexico while on the road. We have traveled through 14 states, made a bunch of friends, experienced many different cultures, seen a LOT and have learned even more.

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Colorado Sunsets before we finally launch.

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Launch Day! June 11, 2013.

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We arrived to Americamps RV resort in Ashland, VA (near Richmond) on June 15, 2013. It was to be our home for the next 5 months.

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We were definitely enjoying our newfound freedom!

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My eldest daughter learned to ride a bike in Virginia. I quit smoking in Virginia. My youngest weaned from nursing in Virginia.

My Husband finished his first project as a Field Operations Supervisor in November. We all achieved a LOT in that state.

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Peppy   cracker barellel ducks  

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Monster High Girl caught her very first fish in Virginia…on the Fourth of July!

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me girls beach   Nic body surf

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Visiting Uncle Sal in Virginia Beach!

Us with Sal

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 NC State Sign

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Georgia.

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Visiting Uncle Ron, Mike and Bailey.

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Colorado.

We got to stop in Colorado for a week long visit before finishing our journey to Arizona.

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New Mexico.

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Arizona.

palm trees and pools

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Thanksgiving.

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February headstand me backbend Jan 1, 2014 DFD standing mermaid pose

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xmas 2013

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New Year's Eve 2013   New Years Kiss 2014

Happy New Year 2014

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Still in Phoenix, moving to new RV park though.

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Swimming in February…never got used to that.

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Hiking Thunderbird Mountain Conservation Park in Glendale, AZ.

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Papoo flew down to visit us in March. We were smack dab in the middle of another large remodel of our RV. We swapped bedrooms.

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Friends.

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New Piercings!

New Mexico.

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We visited the Aztec Ruins National Monument in Aztec, NM when our buddy Pip came down to visit us.

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We rescued a Puppy. He was being trained as a bait dog, and the owner never claimed him after a week. So we did.

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1 year nomadiversary

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The Macs came down to visit us over Memorial Weekend.

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That time I blew up a Black Widow that was less than 2 feet from where my daughter sleeps.

And my Mom came down to visit with us for 2 weeks.

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Family 2014

I drove my Mom and the girls back up to Colorado at the end of her visit. Then we had a week visit with Nic’s family.

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I made myself a Vegan birthday cake from scratch…with a little bit of ingenuity.

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The day after we celebrated our 10th Anniversary together (9th Wedding Anniversary), I began the process to Dreadlock my hair.

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The Barbarian came down to see us too!

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Seeking out the local natural arches. This one was named Zig-Zag Arch by the locals.

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Celebrating one more Halloween/Samhain on the road. This time, with friends that we made here at our RV park.

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Time to say goodbye and head home to Colorado…for good.

We sure miss everyone already. Everyone from Americamps back in Virginia, all the way to these friends of ours at Desert Rose.

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Thank you for following along with us on our amazing journey these past 18 months.

We love you all!

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