Our New Adventure: The Beginning

It’s about time I get around to writing a blog post about this new adventure!! I’ve had quite a few people ask me how this all started, so I thought I’d start there.

Back in December 2015 James came across a blog about a family that traveled full-time.  They had 2 boys that they “road-schooled” and the husband did the same type of work James does.  He brought it up to me with excitement and said we should do that some day. We’ve always enjoyed traveling and have had a desire to see more places!  I thought it sounded pretty awesome, but at the time James worked at Gamestop HQ in Grapevine.  So I told him that we could really consider it when he had/if he got a remote job.  Fast forward 4 months later, he left Gamestop for a remote position with 352, Inc.  We then paid off our school loan debt in May (2016), which had been a goal for us since we got married.  After that happened we felt our options really opened up.  Besides the idea of traveling, we had also been discussing (for some time) that we’d love to live on some land for the boys to grow up on…we’d love the space, a garden, and some animals.  We began looking into both options, but really leaned towards wanting to travel for at least a year before we settled down on some land.

In June, James got approval from his work for us to travel, so we began to brainstorm how we wanted to go about everything.  We came up with many different plans through out the summer, but finally settled on steps to take instead of a specific timeline. Our steps were to sell James’ truck, buy an RV, buy a truck to tow our RV, go on a trip or two, sell the house, and travel while we looked for land or a house on land. However, in the second week of August our steps kind of got flipped around!

One night I was looking on Zillow and found some beautiful land in the location we wanted and quite a bit under our budget.  We went to look at it a day later on Saturday and loved it.  We were told that it already had several offers on it and that we had until Monday at 3pm to get our offer in.  We gave our best offer at Monday noon and at 6pm that day our realtor called saying our offer was accepted out of EIGHTEEN offers!!! We were in complete shock and excitement.  This land was just what we were looking for; it has trees, a hill with a beautiful view, and just enough land to have all we want (2.6 acres), but not too much to take care of.

So now, not only were our plans going backwards, but they also sped up.  About 2 weeks after we were under contract for the land, we put our house on the market.  Three days after our house was on the market, we had 3 offers at or above asking price.  We accepted an offer on our home and were then under contract.  All of this going on, while we were going out of town for various things 3 weekends in a row!  A couple weeks later (September 16th), we closed on the land.  Then on Saturday, September 24th, we bought a truck and on Wednesday, September 28th we bought  our new home-on-wheels! A whirlwind!!14424953_10100562214610396_8736180326749547753_o

The following week me, my mom, and the boys went to Iowa, while James went to his Dad’s to work on making a bunk bed in the Airstream. We both made it home a day before we closed on our house.  On October 7th, we closed on our home!  We are doing a leaseback until November 13th.  So we have until then to start & finish some Airstream renovations, sell quite a bit of our things, move a few of our things to storage, and move into the Airstream!  I will do another post on our Airstream renovations, what our plans are once we’re in the Airstream full-time and what we’ll be doing with our land.

While this is a really exciting adventure, one that we will NEVER forget, it has been quite stressful and really emotional at times.  We have and are making a lot of huge changes in a very short period of time and it is some times very hard to process.  We are personally growing as we part with so many material things.  Parting with our home has been the hardest, and we haven’t even officially left it yet!  Knowing in about 5 weeks we will walk away from this house is extremely hard.  I tear up almost every time I think about it.  This home has held so many amazing and life-changing moments for us.  We brought 2 of our 3 boys into the world literally in this house.  All 3 of our boys have taken their first steps here, celebrated so many birthdays, had tons of play dates, etc. etc. But I have to remind myself that it’s the people and the moments that I hold dear, not the actual house.  And moving on from this house, we will continue to make wonderful memories in SO many different places!

We are so incredibly thankful that we even have the opportunity to do something like this!  And we are thankful to have the support and excitement of our family and friends!!  I truly hope and plan to keep this blog updated with posts on our Airstream renovation, the big move, all of the places we go, and eventually the building of our home! Thanks for following along!!

Aiven is FOUR! (Part 2)

We had a birthday party for Aiven the Saturday after his actual birthday.  He wanted a Superhero themed party.  He loves wearing capes & fighting bad guys!🙂 But of course, he didn’t wear a cape or mask for his entire party!!

I didn’t do too much for decorations.  My mom and I just hung up some black streamers to look like a spider web and put up some “pow!” signs.

IMG_4867 I also grabbed all the capes we had (which was quite a few) and threw them in a basket with this sign above:IMG_4868Out back we had a small bounce house and a little pool and our newly made (by my mom & step-dad) outdoor kitchen!!!  The kids had a blast!! And luckily it wasn’t too hot in the shade, so us adults enjoyed visiting outside & watching the kids play.IMG_4895IMG_4888 IMG_4894IMG_4906 IMG_4909 IMG_4913I bought blow-up “fighting” toys at Dollar Tree – those were fun. haha :) IMG_4883 IMG_4880IMG_4879 IMG_4881The boys also got to chase a “bad guy” (aka my step-dad) with their inflatable weapons and then tied him up with streamers!  I didn’t get any pictures because I was too worried the kids would hurt the “bad guy”.😉

Then we opened presents outside.  Aiven got some wonderful presents that he has really enjoyed playing with ever since!! IMG_4922 IMG_4928 IMG_4925

IMG_4935 IMG_4937 IMG_4941IMG_4947IMG_4953He even got something to punch (something other than his brother)!!IMG_4956 IMG_4957IMG_4959And THEN all of a sudden…SPIDERMAN CAME TO THE PARTY!….and scared all the kids! lol!  He’s in the background in these pictures – but these pictures are pretty good of Mikey shooting Sarah with a water gun!! IMG_4968IMG_4969IMG_4972IMG_4976Then we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and had rice crispy treat cake & cookies!IMG_4996IMG_5002IMG_5001IMG_5007It was a great birthday party and all the kids had a blast!!  
Thank you SO much to everyone who came!!!!!

Aiven is FOUR!! (Part 1)

Aiven’s 4th birthday was on June 23rd.  I can’t believe my baby is four.  The past four years have gone by so fast…yet so slow.  I think only slow because we’ve had 2 other kids in those four years, haha!

Tuesday morning I set this up for Aiven to come out to, and of course he was the last of his brothers to wake up – which never happens!!20150623_061742 20150623_072836He told me he wanted party hats – so we all wore them.🙂 Sawyer didn’t like it too much…20150623_07274520150623_073438 20150623_074219 IMG_4714 IMG_4723James worked from home that day, so when Sawyer went down for his morning nap the boys and I went to Hypnotic Donuts on the Square!

IMG_4731 IMG_4747IMG_4752IMG_4753OPTIMUS PRIME!!IMG_4756IMG_4735IMG_4739IMG_4733When Sawyer woke up the boys played in the pool in our backyard…naked.20150623_124011 IMG_4781 IMG_4777 He wanted corn-on-the-cob for lunch!IMG_4771When his brothers took their naps, I let him stay up to make a cake and do a puzzle gift that he got.  But first he had to put Optimus Prime and Cody to sleep too.🙂20150623_142907IMG_4791 IMG_4796 IMG_4798IMG_4802 IMG_4809IMG_481120150623_14360920150623_144234Then when the other two woke up we picked up pizza and headed to the water park!! On our way there he got a Batman mask!!  So he showed up to the water park in his underwear with a Batman cape and mask on! (Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of it).20150623_170839Friends and family came to hang out with us at the water park – eat pizza and cake too!20150623_175405Doing push ups in the water haha!20150623_19502420150623_19503920150623_19443720150623_19441020150623_19420420150623_17541920150623_19482620150623_200028Aiven is such a joy to our family.  He has such a sweet heart and is so thoughtful towards others.  He’s hilarious and crazy too!!

May Recap

Only June 3rd and I’m doing the May Recap – that’s pretty good!! Here was our month of May:

Here’s Aiven happy to help dad fix the van:


James fixing Carson’s hair for church🙂IMG_4464

My silly pirate boys🙂IMG_4492

And poor Sawyer getting stabbed…IMG_4498

We took Aiven to Six Flags! He was excited!


We didn’t do many rides.  Tried to take him on Mini Mine-Train and he freaked out before it started so we got off.  But he got to play at the park!20150503_140730(0)

And we did the Water Rapids.  It was fun but he got a little nervous during the ride, especially when we got soaked.  So to keep his mind off things we told him we had a surprise for him when we got off – then we went and bought him a Batman cape.🙂 haha20150503_13520220150503_135211

Train ride:20150503_130647

He got to drive a car!!20150503_114129

Us waiting while Daddy rode the Superman ride!
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Mother’s Day: I woke up to breakfast in bed.  Bacon, Reece’s Puff’s, pancakes, and coffee.  And I got to snuggle all my boys:
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Then we all got to huddle in our SMALL hallway closet because of a tornado:


Poor teething baby:20150502_172831 20150502_172743

Beautiful days spent at the park!20150501_121158


Aiven saw the heart in this cucumber slice:IMG_4501

Aiven checking out the lizard Cider caught and played with (consequently breaking 2 of its legs)IMG_4512

Garage sale find: Ninja Costume!!!!!!!

Silly faces…IMG_4381

DLSR camera class mom paid for us to take!! (obviously needed it..)

Brothers:  :)IMG_4384 IMG_4431 IMG_4423 IMG_4399 IMG_4395

Aiven enjoys drawing!  He can now draw a person, complete with hair and arms and legs that come out of the head.🙂 He can also draw a spider!IMG_4459


Carson puts on  his sunglasses, hat, and shoes multiple times a day, every.day.20150506_122949 20150504_103219

My sweet Aiven boy reading a book to his baby brother🙂

Silliness!:  (Carson’s in that pile of cushions somewhere..)20150508_080921 20150509_180020 20150509_180131 20150511_123501 20150513_133502 20150513_135008 20150514_161204

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The wonderful kid-appropriate cage:20150506_081010

My sweet Soy-Soy’s curl!!


Getting stuck in the rain while walking to garage sale’s with these two!!:20150509_095324

Took the boys to the Perot Museum with Aunt Bev and my mom!

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Got to witness this sweet GIRL being born!!!


Memorial Day weekend at the Faske Lake House:IMG_4520



Carson loved the mud🙂IMG_4561IMG_4576IMG_4572IMG_4629IMG_4635Aiven out there on the fishin’ boat


Carson fishin’ with Daddy on the dockIMG_4596IMG_4589

Last Memorial Day we were all pregnant!


This Memorial Day we’re holding sweet babies:IMG_4616Ice cream!!!!!!!!


It was a great month that seriously went by SO fast! (Yes, I know I say that about every month…)

April Recap

So…it’s almost the end of May and I’m just now posting my April Recap!!! We did so much this month that it went by faster than the other months this year.

EVERYDAY Carson puts shoes on, a hat, and goggles or sunglasses.🙂


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Breastmilk Popsicle!

20150401_162903 This is how I found Aiven outside🙂

20150401_153212I went to the store with just Carson…I looked down and found him leaning over with his head in his hand…he’s bored with out the others!20150403_130657Aiven taking a nap on the couch – how do kids sleep like this?!20150406_152901Big brothers dressed him up like Jake the Neverland Pirate and gave him a sword🙂
20150405_080126Just to give you an idea of how huge Sawyer is🙂Easter Day (boys)Easter at my mom’s house:IMG_4130IMG_4148IMG_4154IMG_4157IMG_4185Balloons were in their eggs – they had a blast when we blew them up! And they got so hot, they started losing clothes🙂IMG_4194As good of Nana & Poppy + Grandkids pictures we could get!IMG_4208IMG_4213Easter at our house:IMG_3981

IMG_4018IMG_4039IMG_4062IMG_4063IMG_4075Probably the cutest 3 boys you’ve ever seenIMG_4085IMG_4098IMG_4120IMG_4103A rainy day!
IMG_4269IMG_4271Lunch & a movie in a fort🙂IMG_4284We signed Aiven up for a soccer class!!
IMG_4217Catharine and I threw Taylor a Blessing Way IMG_4221IMG_4258IMG_4229IMG_4231IMG_425420150408_13072820150409_17544920150410_19265220150410_080827What happens when  you have big brothers…20150413_13192520150413_131823This kid loves to eat!20150413_17385720150414_08410820150414_075703Went to visit Auntie Kim (she helped baby sit me when I was a little girl).20150417_124103(0)20150417_124330Carson being…Carson🙂20150417_154955Bounce house at the Red Bud Festival20150418_12391220150418_125354Aiven rock climbing!! He did great till he got to the top, then freaked out for a minute. 20150418_13043920150418_130531Story time before bed🙂20150419_200132Battled pink eye…with breast milk!! (Worked great by the way)20150421_172512Just two birthday buds chillin’ on a trampoline…hiding the orange they stole from the kitchen!20150420_131839Sawyer started doing this:20150407_173247Then this…20150421_173735Then this…20150422_071129The view from my kitchen…20150422_074719Hanging out with friends20150422_19074520150423_095727The sweetest big brother🙂20150423_153556Went to a Birth Boot Camp Retreat!!  We’re famous by the way…20150425_132535The boys “hiding” from me:20150426_100719Aiven’s person he drew!20150427_140406Spending time with cousin Wyatt!! (And his mom Christina!)20150428_144957Lunch in the bath20150430_113208Had the best night EVER!  Booked a hotel for the night – ate dinner at Olive Garden, relaxed in the hot tub, and had drinks and junk food while watching Parks & Rec with this girl!!!!!  Can’t wait to do it again but for a whole weekend! 20150428_085403
It was a great month and seriously went by so fast!!!!! Hopefully I’ll get my May Recap out before late June! ;) 


March Recap

I have been so bad about blogging consistently!  Just busy doing other things I suppose!  But here’s a recap of what we did in March:

At the beginning of the month we had yet ANOTHER snow day!!  Here are the boys making snow angels:



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Carson trying to be a baby again🙂


Sawyer turned 7 months old

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Sawyer LOVES to eat!! (Avocado, squash, sweet potato/ground beef hash, cucumbers, apples, chewing on raw carrots & bell peppers, spaghetti squash)


I started my first Birth Boot Camp class series of this year!  My class has 3 couples and they are all so great!!  These are the student manuals that each couple gets:


The boys playing with real legos, thanks to their friend Bennett leaving them at our house!😉


My early morning buddies.  They LOVE each other🙂


My sweet boy brings me flowers he finds in our yard every day.  Carson has now caught on and does the same🙂  Now I always have fresh flowers in the house – I tear up almost every time they come to me with a new flower!20150311_113041

Cousin Kayla came to stay with us for 3 days during her spring break!  The boys LOVED it!! 20150313_17034320150313_09164220150313_09040820150312_124335 20150312_124449 20150312_124423

I bought a whole coconut for the boys and we went through the process of opening it.  They were excited🙂
20150316_10284320150316_102857Aiven noticed a smiley face on the coconut!


Right after this picture was taken Carson may or may not have gotten hit in the face with the hammer as Aiven went to hit the coconut….so mom did the rest of the cracking.🙂20150316_10420820150316_104458They loved the water we got from the coconut!
20150316_10505720150316_110848We also learned about space/solar system this month!  They watched a 30 minute video of an astronaut giving a tour of the Space Station!
20150316_113741And we REALLY enjoyed the great weather this month!!



Aiven & Carson enjoying their spaghetti outside – Aiven is praying for them before they eat🙂20150316_18265920150316_183305

And they definitely needed a bath after that dinner. 20150316_192445We also went to a FUN Touch-a-Truck event here in Denton.  We all had a great time!20150307_120600IMG_3607IMG_3602IMG_3592IMG_3581IMG_3544IMG_3538IMG_3534IMG_3531

Then we had Sawyer’s baby dedication (not a baptism) at church.

IMG_3618IMG_3665IMG_3650IMG_3636I had an Easter Egg Hunt play group at my house at the end of March!  It was so fun.🙂


Carson tried to eat the entire chocolate egg…wrapper and all. IMG_3809IMG_3803IMG_3800IMG_3799IMG_3796IMG_3791IMG_3790IMG_3815IMG_3829IMG_3827IMG_3825IMG_3824IMG_3820IMG_3817

Everyone brought some food – we enjoyed eating together and opening eggs! IMG_3830IMG_3853IMG_3849IMG_3845IMG_3842IMG_3840IMG_3834It was a great month!!

{Late} February Recap

I have not had time to blog in over a month! I have been so busy getting
ready for my childbirth class, becoming a leader for Denton County Birth
Network, oh and taking care of 3 young boys. :) Hopefully I will start blogging
more again, especially since I take pictures of the boys daily (they are so 
cute and funny) and I want to keep the grandparents up-to-date!  I know it's
now the end of March, but I didn't want to miss out on what we did in 
February, so here is my (super late) recap of February 2015:

Peggy got the boys a 3-month subscription to Kiwi Crate for Christmas. One
craft was making snowmen out of boxes and knocking them down with 
Then they got a chef's hat and apron to decorate with crayons:
20150204_095650 20150204_10035720150203_15411220150203_155824 Aiven's new "quiet time" spot is either the couch or mommy and daddy's bed 20150203_132536 Haircut for Aiven!20150205_132207 20150205_13330320150205_133927Sticker head!
20150206_102642 My sweet cuddly baby in his zipadeezip!  20150208_182347 Our full bath tub :)20150208_17075220150210_174717And somehow my BABY turned SIX months old.  That's half a year y'all!
20150206_164619Then we all (except me!!) got the stomach bug :(
20150209_19334920150212_100623 Cider probably didn't have the bug, but she didn't want to feel left out with all 
the laziness...20150211_103149 Then I came outside to find this:20150210_163310 and got surprised by this:20150210_163318 And this kid can't stay clean for anything...20150213_11400520150213_114011 Sawyer rode in the stroller for the first time like a big boy! 20150214_16320720150214_171250Carson was my little helper while Aiven was at Nana and Poppy's20150215_17400220150219_17500920150215_152114ALL the Grandkids at Nana & Poppy's house
20150216_110942My little super learners!20150219_090817Sawyer got a new highchair and he loves it!
20150218_152825Mimi came to visit for the weekend!!  We went to Trail Dust and Carson 
stuffed his face. :)  James also took the boys down the steepest slide ever. :)
20150216_183356We also celebrated her birthday while she was here!
20150220_143647And went to the park!
20150221_16101220150221_155850Then we went to TJ's FUN gymnastics/Jake-themed birthday party!!  We
ALL had the best time!!! 
20150222_16265720150222_17254620150222_17060420150222_17060020150222_16404020150222_16380220150222_16332820150222_163324Then we had fun with mustaches!
20150223_08280620150223_082840And ties :)
20150224_07311020150224_072904Eye-spy books with Nana and Papaw
20150223_183538A fun snack with their Jake boxes from TJ's birthday party!20150223_150306Fun get-together's with friends 
20150225_18574120150225_190543Sawyer found his toes :)
20150226_184901And really started sitting up! 
20150226_133641And then snow...lots of snow fun!!
20150225_07412920150225_085509Sledding in the icy street and down our neighbors driveway :)
20150223_12304720150223_12042820150223_12042420150223_12041320150227_131146IMG_3356IMG_3367IMG_336520150227_131353Nana and Poppy made the 40 minute drive from The Colony to Denton 
(picking up Reagan, Kayla, and Elaina) just to sled with the Grandkids! 
It was SO fun!!!!!!
IMG_3472IMG_3491  Sawyer was walked around by Nana almost the whole time and eventually 
fell asleep! IMG_3460IMG_3447IMG_3436 Even Hudson got to sled :)
IMG_3427IMG_3430IMG_3409IMG_3406IMG_3397IMG_3391IMG_3414IMG_3423IMG_3377 Carson trying to sled down the hill, without a sled...IMG_3394IMG_3462IMG_3481 Our street and home covered in snow :) So beautiful.
20150228_17080420150228_170824  So that was our February!!  How was yours?!