February Mini-Adventure: Hirschman Trail – Nevada City, CA

 

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IMG_3938Family hiking is something we have always wanted to start doing, but the kids weren’t really old enough. This was their very first hike and they had a blast! The trail is off Cement Hill Rd. (right off hwy 49 by the police station) in Nevada City, CA. We discovered it through their city website Nevada City Things To Do, they have a list of the nearby hiking trails and how to find them, which is extremely convenient since we still do not know the area very well. It was such a beautiful trail, filled with trees, giant rocks, and a few wooden bridges. There was also a pretty big lake that people were fishing out of. It was very peaceful and the fish seemed to biting.

 

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We went about a mile in and turned back because we didn’t want to wear them out too quickly. We have decided that we want to take the kids on at least one a hike a month since there are so many beautiful areas here to be discovered. We also investigated Nevada City a little. What a beautiful little town!! Next time we are there I will get better pictures.

 

12705768_10153270700192793_6905395903924002363_nThe one very exciting thing I found was my very first Little Free Library! It was sooo cute! Sophie says next time we need to bring a bunch of books to fill it up.

 

 

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Overall, the February Mini-Adventure was a success and we are looking forward to spending more time over the coming weeks exploring Nevada City and its surrounding areas.

RV Mod: Nick’s homemade Fold-down Table

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A dinette table comes standard in most RVs. I don’t know about you, but we absolutely hated ours. For one, it took up so much unnecessary room. Two, it was wobbly. Three, it was way more table than we even needed for the four of us. So we decided to tear it out and build a fold-down table into the side of the island.

1. Tore out that annoying dinette and gave it to somebody building a truck camper.

aug302. Measuring & Gathering Supplies – plywood, hinges, trim, wood glue, teeny-tiny nails, and polyurethane.

3. Attached trim, polyurethane (3 coats), and hinges to perfectly cut plywood.

4. Get into the most uncomfortable position imaginable to attach hinges to the island.

5.Cut and sand the pieces need to create the removable prop – attach!

And done!! It turned out really great and extremely useful. We also purchased a kid’s plastic 20160205_174941fold-away table to use during the day. This fold-down table is about 30 inches off the ground so it is definitely an adult’s table.

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2015 Culinary Passport

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2015 was a good year for stepping outside of my comfort zone in the eating out department. As I said in my earlier post, I spent many many years alternating like the same 4 restaurants because I knew I would be happy with the food and realized after like 8th plate of shrimp linguine alfredo that year (not joking, wish I was!) that there were so many tasty looking things out there that I had never tried because I was scared that I wouldn’t like them. Now, I didn’t get too crazy with it in 2015, but I did try new stuff and I went to some places that I normally would not have gone to.  I’m gonna start with the most amazing one because I’ve been dying to tell everyone and anyone about this place. In July, after a super fun family trip to the Santa Barabara Zoo, our friends suggested we all find a nearby pizza joint to help us recover from the last 3 hours of chasing 4 toddlers around the zoo. We agreed, of course! We ended up going with a place called Pizza Guru right there in Santa Barabara because it had the best reviews on google. It was fantastic!! Turns out they served only “fresh, locally-sourced, organic” pizza and pastas and it was incredibly delicious. I even stepped way outside my box and tried the one that had onions and mushrooms……OH. MY. GOD! Yummmmmmm. And all of that was not even the best part. They had toys and kid-sized picnic tables to keep the kids busy while we waited for our food. They loved getting to sit together without all the grownups. 🙂 If you are ever in Santa Barabara, check them out (p.s. I hear they deliver too! What?! What?!)

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Pizza Guru – Santa Barabara, CA

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“The Dagwood” at Viking Garden Restaurant – Solvang, CA

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“Authentic Fish & Chips” at some rinky-dink place in Lompoc, CA

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“Chicken Fried Steak” at American Host – Lompoc, CA

(seriously, this place was also insanely good! big portions, great service, and delicious food. we went to this place like 4 times)

So 2015 was a pretty decent year for traveling and trying new food, but 2016 is gonna be out of this world! Any suggestions of amazing places or types of food that I just shouldn’t miss? Tell me about it in the comments! Believe me, I will be taking notes 😉

10 Reasons You Should Jump Into Full-Time RVing While Your Kids Are Still Little

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Full-time RVing is becoming steadily more popular among the younger generation and for good reason. It’s awesome!! However, there is still a stigma attached to living in an RV when you have kids. People like to assume that you are either irresponsible with money or nuts. Those assumptions are completely unwarranted and probably fueled by the big green jealousy monster. Living in an RV as a young adult with a family is incredible! Here are the top 10 reasons why.

1. Travel!
If you ditch that mortgage (that you can barely afford…you know it’s true), the possibilities of your living conditions are limitless. Let’s say you can’t or don’t want to quit that job that tethers you to a specific area. That still doesn’t keep you stuck in one spot in one boring little neighborhood with the same irritating neighbors for the next 30+ years. You can park your house at a campground in the woods, near the ocean, or maybe even just in a little nearby, country town. If you decide you don’t like it you can just pick up your house and move on. On the other hand, if you are trying to quit your desk job and make a living from home, you can go anywhere you want! You can really SHOW your kids the beauty that this country (or maybe even Canada and Mexico) has to offer. Most families only get to go explore the country once or twice a year and it’s usually only for a week or two at a time, in one area. Imagine taking your kids all over the country at your own pace. Moving into an RV while they are still filled with that natural sense of adventure can provide a positive influence if your are focusing on raising them to be the type of adults who know how to chase down their dreams and make them come true.

2. Saving Money
The amount of money that you save, even just monthly, on living expenses is insane. Seriously! Monthly camping fees are almost always full hook-up which means they include sewer, trash, electric, water, and free Wi-Fi. Believe it or not, these monthly camp fees average out at about half of what you would pay for all of that in a one-bedroom apartment. Prices always vary depending on the area and how many other amenities they offer. Many of them are “family friendly” so they may offer a pool and/or a playground. That money that you are saving by not being tied to a lease somewhere could be falling into your kid’s college fund or your retirement account or even just on experiencing the biggest and best attractions all over the country.

3. Own Your Home
If you have never owned your own place, this is an opportunity to do it without losing your shirt or signing away your soul on a 30-year mortgage. It may seem like a big leap to take your savings, or sell your current house, and buy an RV to live in, but if you do it’s going to be the best financial decision you have ever made. Trying to become financially stable enough to own something when you are young is challenging especially when you have kids, but if you do your research, you can find something that fits your needs and spend the same or less than you would on a down payment for a traditional home to raise your family in.

 4. Eliminates Hoarding
We all know how terribly easy it is to just keep filling your house with stuff that you think you need until you put it away and forget about it for 5 years. Downsizing into a space that will most likely be a fourth of what you were living in forces you to let go of those 8 boxes of old Christmas decorations, clothes that fit you when you were 16, and books that you didn’t even like but kept anyway. This is especially beneficial for your kids because they will be growing up in a home where you keep what you need unless it is super-duper special and you have a definite place for it. Little kids can get so easily attached to things and that can be a lifelong habit that just worsens with age.

5. Less to Clean
Keeping your house clean when you are working a busy schedule and raising happy kids can be a major trigger for stress. The bigger your house, the more you feel like you spend all of your free time cleaning and if you don’t do what needs to be done you feel like you are living in a trash heap. When you are residing in a 400 square foot (or smaller) space, you can clean your entire house top to bottom in less than 2 hours! Some people spend that just trying to keep their kitchen in order. Instead of spending every single weekend cleaning your house, you will find that all of a sudden you have loads of free time to spend with your kids or your hobbies.

6. Less “Screen Time”
An appreciation for nature is becoming obsolete with today’s generation of youngsters. They have their little faces pressed up to any screen they can get their hands on and hardly ever want to go outside. What kind of adults are they going to grow up to be if they do not have any attachment to the awesomeness of this planet? This type of lifestyle is more likely to inspire your kids to grow up loving physical, outdoor activities. RVs have TV’s, of course, but you will want to spend more time breathing in the pine sap air when your living quarters are smaller.

7. Closer to Nature
Living in an RV allows you to choose your background and change it at any time. This is a great way to go for people who have a passion for outdoor hobbies like hiking, biking, and fishing. Many full-timers have said that they made this lifestyle change in order to be able to make those activities more of a priority in their lives. It can also awaken a passion in you for something that you never thought you would be interested in like photography or art and if you are the type of person that loves to camp, it allows you to camp every day of the week. Not to mention it will give you an excuse to have s’mores and a bonfire as many times a week as you can handle.

8. Sibling Bonding
Now a move like this will require your kids to share a room and that may seem unfair at first, but you will find that transitioning them from having their own room to sharing with their siblings usually inspires them to bond in a new way. If you shared a room as a kid, you may already know how that feels. Getting your kids to bond in today’s technological world is a challenge, but in a smaller space, they will spend more time playing and making decisions together when they normally would have been doing their own thing.

9. Problem-Solving Skills
This may seem like it’s pointed at your kids, but this is something that will improve for the whole family. Once again returning to the aspect of small space, you have to work out your disagreements as they occur due to the fact that you don’t have many places to go when you are upset. This may seem a little scary at first, but it is a very good thing. Too often people, adults especially, will walk away from their problems without solving them because it is easier, but that leaves behind a residual anger that can sometimes be unleashed on those we love the most. Making the time to fix your problems instead of bottling them up is a skill that you will want your kids to learn early. As we all know, it’s harder to change your habits as an adult.

10. Family Togetherness
The most important reason is the reason why we do any of the things that we, as parents, do: to raise happy kids. Making the move into a smaller space eliminates that habit of splitting up into different rooms to do whatever we want. When your house consists of mom & dad’s room, kid’s room, and living space, you will almost be forced to spend the majority of your time as a unit. Creating long-lasting, loving bonds is the best thing you can do for your family. Some families really appreciate the aspect of “personal space” and that IS important especially for the parents, but the average person’s idea of how much space they need is excessive. Don’t go assuming that by moving into an RV you will be living on top of each other, however. Selecting an RV that has a sufficient amount of space per person is all part of the buying process, but we tend to think that the biggest house we can afford will make us happy and usually that is untrue.

So if you have been lustfully eyeing RVs online, but putting the idea of full-timing on the backburner because of your young family, give it some more thought. Any changes we make in life are scary at first especially if we spend too much time calculating the negatives when we could be planning for positives. Take a chance! Your family could find ultimate happiness living the RV lifestyle.

How to Set Healthy Rules to Live By

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When I first decided that I wanted to try to lose some weight, I was 60 pounds over my pre-baby#1 weight and had no idea where to start. So, of course, I started with Pinterest. I researched like a mad woman. I was surprised to find that I knew almost nothing about healthy eating and working out. I kind of thought it was a no-brainer, if I eat less, I will lose weight. Well, growing up in a family of big meat and pasta fans, I never really learned how to portion control or structure my meals without bread or pasta. There is a wealth of valuable information on Pinterest about how to eat healthy, but I still struggle with making good choices on a daily basis. The biggest issue I had in the beginning though was following the “diet” guidelines. I tried tons of different diets and just couldn’t stick to them. They were too complex and the cooking was too advanced for me. It wasn’t until 6 months into my journey (and starting over 6 or 7 times) that I realized the problem was all of the plans I was following. They weren’t working for me because they were made to fit someone else. It was then that I sat down and made my own plans. Now everytime I start to get bored with my routine or fall off the wagon, I change my rules, but I always follow the same guidelines.

The plan I follow is simple. I always set only 10 rules, this way I don’t get overwhelmed with all of them.  I make the first 4 rules easy health rules that I have trouble following like “drink 8 glasses of water a day”, “veggies and fruits every day”, or “workout at least 3x a week”. These are more of a reminder of what I should be doing. Then I set 3 rules that target my weaknesses. Some examples are “no second helpings”, “stay away from white bread”, “no ramen noodles”. This is where I usually address unhealthy habits I have been letting myself fall into. The last 3 rules I focus on are challenges, a few I have done in the past were “no alcohol”, “work out 6 days a week”, and “run 3 times a week”.

IMG_3770The part about setting your own rules that is the most important is posting them up somewhere in your house where you will see them all the time. I put mine on my fridge or my pantry door, but in the past, I have put them up on my motivation board too. If you do not have a motivation board yet, you should consider making one. Even in my tiny home, I have one set up by my front door so I see it right away when I step out of my bedroom and when I am walking out of my house. The picture to the left is my motivation board, I print off inspiring things I find online and change them up every couple of months.  I have also seen people who post their healthy rules in their planners, journals, and the lock screen of their phones.

I truly believe that taking the time to create and write down your own rules can be the turning point of your journey like it was for me. Living a healthy lifestyle is tough, but it can be done and moderation of unhealthy things is easier when you have a plan to follow.

Journaling <3

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Just as a little background, from 2005-2014, I was a diligent, obsessive, crazy Journal-addict. My journals kept me sane through Jr. High and High School and I love them dearly. In fact, I have begun backing them all up digitally (scanning them onto the computer one by one) and keeping them on a flash drive in my firebox because they mean that much to me. However, when I had my second child, I kind of let everything fall by the wayside because I was so busy taking care of two kids a year and half apart. Those 2 years that I only wrote sporadically really hurt me emotionally and as of a month ago it was really starting to show. So along with rededicating myself to health and fitness and this blog I turned my everyday planner into a “bullet Journal” of sorts. I have only been at it for like two weeks, but I can already see the 20160101_194810difference in my day to day outlook. I like how the bullet journal concept prompts you to make more lists and organize things more efficiently. When I was journaling in the past, I was keeping everything in there, but it was all spread out and kind of hard to find sometimes because as the days would pass I would leave those pages alone and 20160101_195228continue writing things down as they came to me. I am really enjoying having things divided into sections and then having the middle part hold my daily planner pages and journal pages. I absolutely adore being actively productive and seeing all that hard work laid out on paper. Here is just a small sample of how things have been going with that lately.20160101_194839

 

 

Culinary Passport

Though I’m sure the concept of a Culinary Passport is pretty self-explanatory, I will explain how I came up with the idea. A few months ago, I was realizing that every time my family and I went out to eat we would go somewhere that we knew we loved like Perkins or Red Lobster and though we were almost always satisfied with the meal, I was never trying anything new. So I started the Culinary Passport to challenge myself to try new places and foods that I wouldn’t normally try. The first place we went to was a total bust. It was a breakfast style eatery that ended up having exceptionally bland food and very rude waitresses. It almost discouraged me from trying new food all together. However, the second place I went to was a bar in Sturgis, SD where I tried deep fried steak tips. WHOOOO!! Yum Yum Yums! Since then, I’ve been pretty obsessed with it. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a legit food critic, but I figure I should share with you the greatest places I find simply in support of local businesses. One of the best parts about traveling is trying food in strange places and so far it has been a blast! Also, I would like to apologize in advance for my novice photography skills. I am trying to teach myself some basics and am saving for a DSLR. 🙂 So, here is a basic list of some of the things I am hoping to try while I continue this Culinary Passport:

  • Pit Barbeque
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Beignets
  • Tamales
  • Chocolate Croissants
  • Bloody Mary topped with food
  • Fishbowl sized Margarita
  • Gumbo
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  • Pho
  • Rabbit
  • Mission style burrito
  • Chicago style pizza in Chicago
  • Creme Brule
  • Chocolate Souffle
  • Shark
  • Cronut
  • Fondu

Healthy & Fit

As you may have guessed by the title, I will also be posting quite a bit about health and fitness. In the last two years, I have really fallen in love with health and fitness. To explain that a bit, let me just quickly tell you my weight loss story.

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In January of 2014 I had just had my second child and was very overweight. I am 5’8′ and weighed 193 pounds. Before I had kids I was around 145 pounds, but not at all healthy. I never paid much attention to what I ate and never even considered working out. Physical activity has never been held in high regard in my family so I avoided it all costs through junior high and high school. I had no idea where to even begin to lose the weight. So I started with Pinterest. I started researching how to eat healthy and how to exercise correctly. I didn’t really start dropping pounds though until I wrote down my own “Rules” for eating. I began with doing moderate body weight workouts at home 4-6 days a week (about 30 minutes) each session, drinking a ton of water, and eating lots of veggies. In January of 2015 I had lost 40 pounds and joined the YMCA to take a whack at strength training. I put together my own workouts from reading what worked for others on Pinterest and started going to the Y four days a week with my girls in tow. It was the perfect set up because they loved going to the childcare and playing with all the other kids. So for 12 weeks I did that and reached my goal weight of 145 pounds with a body fat percentage of 25% which I’m sure is the fittest I’ve ever been in my life. I felt amazing and looked pretty great too 🙂20151215_175647

    Unfortunately, in June of 2015 we had to make our first big move with the rig from South Dakota to California. In all of that madness I started slipping up hardcore. I was neglecting my workouts, not eating nearly as healthy, and letting stress and depression get the best of me. So here it is, 6 months later and I’ve been back on the bandwagon with health and fitness for about 2 months and loving it. To the right are my current Rules. (I update them every time I feel myself falling back into laziness) I have also gotten back into journaling again (following the path of “bullet journaling” this time) and have so many big goals and plans for 2016. This is my year!! I will be keeping record of my progress fitness-wise because I am going to push myself this year. I want to try new things and hit a new Personal Record for Body Fat Percentage. If any of you out there are looking for an accountability partner or just looking to make friends with someone who has similar goals, feel free to reach out to me. I will be here kicking butt 😉

About Us

We are a full-time RV family originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota with a passion for adventure and learning. About six months ago we were given the news that Nick would have to go to California for school and initially that meant leaving me and the kids alone in South Dakota for three months. The idea of that was horrifying for all of us since our two daughters are very young and adore their daddy. So we decided that even though we would probably have to take a hit financially, we were going to figure out a way for all of us to go with him. The first thought to go through my head was renting a house or apartment at the new location (boy, that was an expensive thought!), but the idea of packing the entire house and moving just to do it all again three months later was exhausting in itself. At that point the answer hit me like a Mac Truck—An RV!! If we bought and moved into an RV, both moves (and for that matter, any future moves) wouldn’t be nearly as stressful since all we would have to do is unhook and go! Why didn’t I think of this before?! If I had known how much I would love living in an RV I would have done this years ago. Since then it has become so much more than a convenience move. We have developed a passion for getting the most out of life and since we are not tied down to a conventional house, we are doing it!

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Chelsea

Being a stay-at-mom, I run the house. My husband calls me “The Plan Master” 🙂 I have so many interests, it’s hard to keep track, so keep in mind that this is an Everything Blog. I thoroughly enjoy planning, research, writing, adventuring, and self-improvement in general. I feel the most alive when I’m making my dreams become reality. Becoming a mom has really caused me to look at my own childhood and realize how much hard work my parents put in to make it happy and memorable. As a child of divorce, there were many ups and downs, but having two families made my life interesting. All three of my parents are amazing and adventurous in different ways, but it’s their demonstration of hard work that has really stuck with me. My childhood was filled with all kinds of adventures simply because my parents knew how to make things happen. The “hard work mentality” seems to be more and more scarce with each generation and I want my girls to have it. I want them to grow up seeing that your life will be what you want if you are willing to put in the work required to make it that way!

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Nick

My super bestie <3 He is seriously the smartest person I know. We have been together for almost six years and his intelligence never ceases to amaze me. Most of the changes made on our RV have been done by him with minimal know-how. He figures out how to do things in his head and then does a bit of research to make sure he’s doing it the most efficient way. When we met, he introduced me to the concept of self-sustainability (which honestly never really occurred to me) and it has become one of my biggest interests. In the weeks to come, we are gonna be experimenting with growing our own food and reducing the amount of energy we consume i.e. switching to solar energy, less TV-more outside time, trading in our minivan for bicycles. We hope to one day buy a house on some land and build a completely self-sufficient homestead. Since meeting we have embarked on some awesome adventures, but the greatest being Parenthood. He is a wonderful daddy and seems to be happiest teaching the girls new things.

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Sophie

Little Miss Independent. He favorite phrase is “Me big kid, me can do stuffs!”. She has just started to really absorb information and loves learning. Her favorite part of the day is Learning Time where we spend time together with her pre-school workbook. She won’t start real pre-school until next year so for now we are practicing the basics. She likes pre-writing the most and is getting very good at it. She also adores kitties and dressing up like a princess.

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Rosie

My little explorer. She gets into everything! She definitely has that adventure bone. Every time I turn around she is investigating something new (and usually something off limits). She doesn’t really talk yet, but I’m almost positive it’s because she doesn’t want to 🙂 pretty soon she will be talking nonstop like her big sister. She is in love with Winnie the Pooh and books.

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Lux

My big sweetie!! She is my oldest “baby”. We rescued her about a year before we had Sophie and she plays big sister to the kids and the kittens. She loves sleeping on my pillow and walking all over my folded laundry.

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LeeLoo & Lola

The newest editions to our family. They are currently 5 months old and so ridiculously adorable. We adopted them in Las Vegas in the middle of our move out to California. LeeLoo is very social and Lola likes to be left alone, for the most part, but they are both very sweet.

What to expect:

  • RV family life
  • Indoor container gardening
  • Adventuring
  • “Culinary Passport”
  • Parenting
  • RV modifications

Our First Big Trip: Rapid City, SD to Lompoc, CA

     First real move!! Wooooooo!!! RV trip!

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At this point, we had only been living in our fifth wheel for a little over 2 months and had not yet moved it farther than 20 miles.  I was extremely nervous because Nick was pulling the house and I was driving the minivan with the kids and Lux (we had not yet adopted LeeLoo and Lola). The idea of driving so far by myself with my kids was terrifying, but it ended up not being as bad as I anticipated due to my dad buying us a DVD player with 2 screens that strap to the headrests. I do not think the girls would have handled the trip as well if they hadn’t had access to Frozen and The Little Mermaid :).

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The first day was a real doozy. We took a bunch of back roads in Wyoming intending to boondock in our fifth wheel for the first night, but the campground I found courtesy of freecampsites.net ended up being inaccessible due to rain. Thankfully, the website included the information that it was closed when the roads were wet so we didn’t go too far out of our way. We ended up making the horrible decision to try to make it to a truck stop on the Utah side of the border before stopping for the night. At this point, it started pouring rain to a ridiculous amount. The roads were steep and full of turns, but the worst of it was that there are no truck stops between Evanston, WY and Salt Lake City, UT so we had to keep going. I pulled off the highway about an hour north of Salt Lake crying because I was so stressed out about the rain! It was awful awful awful! We made it to the Flying J in Salt Lake City at about 11 o’clock. My poor girls had passed out from exhaustion by then so we pulled in, put them in their beds, and finally went to sleep. I gotta say, it felt incredibly weird to be going to sleep in our house with all the slides in. I ended up getting up in the middle of the night and sleeping on the couch because Rosie kept crying out in her sleep.

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So the next morning we get up semi-early, 7 or so, and snag some filling breakfast at the Denny’s attached to the truck stop. The second day of driving was not as stressful because we were planning to stop in Las Vegas for a few days mid-trip. It must have been six or seven hours from Salt Lake to Las Vegas. The drive sure was beautiful, by the way! Utah is soooo pretty!june44

Upon arriving in  Las Vegas, we were surprised (although we shouldn’t have been since it was June!) at how hot it was!!!! We were really looking forward to taking the evening to hookup everything and relax with our kids after that long drive. Unfortunately, it was not going to be that simple. Is it ever, right? So as we are putting out our slides, Lux gets clipped by a door and I, of course, start losing my mind with worry because she is dragging her back leg so I rush her to the nearest animal hospital to be looked at. Thankfully, she was perfectly fine. The doc said she just had a close call and most likely a sprained foot. She wasn’t babying it hardly at all by the time he saw her so I’m sure he thought I was being an over-exaggerator. Needless to say, Lux is going to have to ride in the van (no matter how much she hates it) for ALL future trips. However, while we are leaving the animal hospital, I noticed these 2 sweet little kittens playing in a cage on the front desk. We ended up adopting them on our last day in Las Vegas, we couldn’t get their cute little faces off our minds!

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The next 3 days were quite relaxing. Since we had our kids, we didn’t do much of the sightseeing on the strip. That’s way too much walking for two toddlers. We did go check out the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus though. What a blast!!! This was Sophie’s first time going on rides of any kind, she was just barely tall enough to be able to go. It was definitely more expensive than we anticipated, but it was worth it. We also spent an evening at Boulder Station casino because they had a Kids Quest attached. We usually don’t do a lot of gambling, but we saw it as a great opportunity to have a date night and we all had a really great time doing that as well. The girls were sad when we picked them up cause they had made some little friends in the dress-up corner 🙂 and I won enough money on a machine to pay for the entire night!! Covered childcare, dinner, and all the money we put in plus $3!! Woop Woop!

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After our mini-family adventure, we prepared to depart for California and hit another snag. Our power jacks went out! Bad luck, right?! It took us much longer to leave Vegas than we thought, but we got on the road and it was relatively smooth sailing from there. However, we did not expect the 55 mph speed limit for vehicles pulling any weight so we did not arrive at camp  until 9:30 pm.