Road Scholars on an Eduvacation!
Yes, we're moving on again, but this time like we mean it. In an RV.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

An overview of Revolving Front Door's 6-week history, from FB posts. Just for posterity.

August 17th, 2013Today felt like a really productive day. Announcing the plan made it more real, and we all spent a lot of time talking, talking, talking. Rhanna and Thane (ages 16 and 11) are so engaged and happy to be a part of budget talks, RV particulars, etc. We also organized Evernote and started making lists, read RVer blogs, checked out RV-related iPhone apps, organized a ridiculous pile of recipes (which will likely be put into Evernote anyway, but still a good chore to finish), and worked on a lot of dolls. (Kel)

August 19thClass A Motor-homes, Class C, Super-C, Vintage Luxury, 5th Wheels with a new truck.....ahhhh, the choices! On the plus-side, I am feeling good about the technology solutions...some AT&T, some Verizon, hotspot-phones, something called a ranger...we should be Wi-fi connected 80-85% of the time. (Abe)

Aug 20thI think Abe considered buying us an actual semi for about an hour today. o_O  (Kel)

Aug 22ndWe've gotten quite a few emails like this, so here's a little Q&A for the day. 
Q: What made you guys decide to do this? Will Abe be working while you travel or did you come into a pile of money that will allow you to coast for awhile? Do you plan to live this way for years - what's the time frame? Aghhhh! Give me more DETAILS!

A: We actually wanted to do this a long time ago, and had been out looking at RVs and planning it out, but then I got pregnant with Emrys, and so we decided to wait, and then Emrys was Emrys, and life has been on hold in the meantime. This was always our dream of homeschooling, to show the kids the world this way. The world is our classroom, and all that, right??

Abe works from home, so it doesn't really matter where 'home' is, as long as he has internet access. There have been no windfalls; we'll sell our cars and live paycheck to paycheck like we do now, but overall monthly living costs should be less than they are now, if projections don't lie too badly.

Right now we can see doing this for a couple of years, maybe up to 5, but it depends on the kids' desires as they grow. Rhanna has dreams of her own, and Thane wants to settle down on "our farm" at some point, so who knows. All I can really say is that, if Emrys has taught us anything, it's that Planning Ahead is a pretty futile exercise. We'll just have to see what happens! 

Aug 22nd: Discussion about how to do souvenirs; spoons, patches on a banner, or spoons and patches on a banner, or spoons as a windchime. Whichever, Scott wants his share.

my old spoon collection

September 7thEmrys has had his backpack packed for weeks now, and each day demands that we "Hurry up and move the house into the big truck!" We're just not moving fast enough for him. (Kel)

Sept 9th: Awesome Horoscope for this week says: 
"Awaken your spirit to adventure~ Hold nothing back! Learn to find an ease in risk. Soon you will be home in a new rhythm, for your soul senses that the world awaits you!!"

Sept 15th: The universe decided today was not the day for us to make a decision on the truck....and even though, we kept persisting we were thwarted. Here are the hurdles we faced:

1) Severe thunderstorm warnings made us question our 1 hour drive to the dealer - but we went anyway

2) Got to the dealer at 9am, only to realize they didn't open until 11.

3) Decided to go check out 5th wheels - Entered 'Camping World' in the garmin only to have it take us into some small neighborhood in Tacoma (the 'E' on the street) was missing.

4) Finally, got to an RV dealer and found 5th Wheels both HUGE and too small all at once

5) Headed back to Dealer at 11....only to wander the lot and realize the truck we wanted was offsite being detailed about another 20 minutes away.

6) Sat in a different 2011 Ford to get the feel....decided that was good enough for the day and headed home.

We will try again Wednesday....perhaps the stars can shift in our favor by then. (Abe)

Sept 17thHere's the horse, which is really a dragon named Norberta. The cart will come after, in a few months.  Abe needs to practice backing this thing up. 

Exactly one month after answering the question, "Hey, you guys want to get on the road?" we got our truck. That's a good pace, I'd say! 

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