There are very few things I miss about our “sticks and bricks” lifestyle. Overall, living the life of a nomad suits our sense of adventure and we don’t mind the inconsistencies that come with it. Everyone once in awhile though, I get to photograph a family and realize how much I loved it. I photographed […]

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  • Cynthia Armstrong Budhisetiawan - Beautiful family photos!ReplyCancel

We’ve had an intense social streak this last month! I feel like we’ve met some amazing people the last couple of weeks and turned Instagram friends into real life friends. One of my favorite parts of traveling is meeting like-minded people and Minneapolis gave us a huge dose of this! Over a period of about […]

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  • Jen Olson - welcome to minneapolis! (er. rather … hope you’re enjoying it here!) we’re a family about to embark on full-timing it. as soon as i can find us a vehicle. oh.holy.goodness. what a crazy trip trying to find something! love to see how you’ve set your family up in your airstream! thanks so much for sharing your adventures! (also fun to see your photos too! i’m a photographer as well … i specialize in birth photography … and i’m super sad to leave it behind while we travel for a bit … but there’s no time like the present!)ReplyCancel

  • Meg - It was great to finally meet you in person!ReplyCancel

Someone I had in my head a vision of the Great Lakes region being relatively cool during the summer. Everyone is just out frolicking on the lakes, sailing, and cycling in their free time in amazingly temperate weather. Turns out it gets hot. And humid. We’ve had a couple of really mild weather days, but […]

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  • Bianca Dumas - Hi! I don’t think we’ve met, but we have a lot of people in common. My kids write TurtleTells. We thought just like you did, that Minnesota, Wisconsin, and etc., would be chilly, and it was! We were there in June, and it was cold!

    We saw that you’re from Lehi. We’re parked in a friend’s driveway in Highland right this very minute…ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Hi Bianca! Thanks for commenting. How fun that you are in Highland! We’ll be back in Sept to visit my family that still lives in Sandy. I can’t wait to see the mountains again. Make sure you take a drive up American Fork Canyon as its gorgeous!ReplyCancel

I honestly knew it would happen sooner or later. I’ve heard horror stories of friends forgetting they had bikes mounted to the top of the car when they pulled into their garage. Since we are frequently carrying all 5 bikes around on the back of our truck, I kind of forget they are there sometimes […]

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  • Danielle - Yikes! I am glad you worked it out. I probably would not have handled it well. Making quick decisions or changing plans fast is one of my stress triggers while when traveling!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Dolan - Ugh, I can just feel the panic. Glad you got it worked out.ReplyCancel

Many of you may not have even heard of Golden Spike Historic Site outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s actually located west of Brigham City (which is north of Salt Lake City) and there’s really no seeing it on the way to somewhere else. I’m pretty sure its out in the middle of nowhere , but […]

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  • Danielle - That looks like fun!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Dolan - Wow, how cool! We will have to check that one out on our next trip through Salt Lake.ReplyCancel

We had a great vacation with my family in Minnesota a few weeks ago and it led me to some deeper thoughts about our life, distractions, and keeping it all in perspective. I posted this thought to Instagram and I had a friend respond with, “To me it seems like your mobile life has eliminated […]

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  • Jen Plank - That is definitely my to distraction too, and one that I want to break. I think I justify it because social media is one of the ways I keep in touch with friends and family back home. And I always have my phone with me to take pictures. But really, I’m spending way too much time just surfing around and reading blogs. I’d love to hear more about your efforts to control this distraction.ReplyCancel

  • Meg - I am guilty of spending to much time on social media. However, I find that as a stay at home mom that social media is also a way to help me feel connected to a broader and more diverse group of adults. I don’t have co-workers. I don’t have school mates. I have the parents of my kids’ friends, family and a few best friends. I think social media is a great way to fill the gap, give me some adult interaction, expand my community and also find a community of people who are interested in similar things as me so our common thread isn’t just that we live on the same street or our kids’ go to the same school… we actually have something in common!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - I totally agree with helping me feel connected! I’ve definitely met some great people through social media. 😉 I think sometimes I give more attention to that than other things.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - I get on too much or I end up reading too much probably :) I feel like things like that are a lifeline sometimes. It is hard not to feel isolated with where I am right now in life. Glimpses into others lives(real or fiction) make me feel a little less alone. It seems like my friends are harder to pin down right now to visit with. I know to everything there is a season. I am working to enjoy this one but also looking forward to a different one at the same time. I do love to it when my husband and I go backpacking or camping and do not have a signal though :) Forces our world to become really small and just about us.ReplyCancel

We rarely have campfires, but when we do my kids love to roast S’mores. After seeing the “So Much S’More to Do” book in a half dozen National Park visitor centers, we decided to buy one. We loved it so much that we gave a book, plus a dozen or so S’more fixings to all […]

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  • Danielle - We came from a big peanut butter family and had bonfires regularly so our favorite was a typical s’more but with peanut butter on the graham cracker. We also tried the same but with chocolate chip cookies! You could only eat one!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Mmmmm peanut butter! That sounds fantastic!ReplyCancel

We get asked quite frequently why we chose an Airstream to travel in full time. Many people love how they look, their functionality, their definitive “American-ness” but don’t see them as practical for full time families. Originally, our plan was to buy a Class C RV (the ones that look like a truck cab with […]

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  • Bob Pavlechko - good readReplyCancel

  • Holly Friedt - Enjoyed meeting you and your family tonight. Safe travels!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thanks Holly!! Per your suggestion we rode the trails at Cuyana State Recreation area and it was AMAZING! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

Many times over the years Sam and I have had conversations about family identity. Out of everything we do and are, what actually defines us as “Currens”? When our kids get asked about their family, I want them to know exactly what we are and what we do. For me, family identity is right up […]

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  • Meg - I think about this a lot too when we are treading water and just trying to keep up. I want our family to be so much more than just “surviving the daily grind”. Right now our thing is “being outside as much as possible” and of course “Renovating Alice while kids play on the rope swings and slackline in the backyard” :)ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - Exploring, hiking, canoeing, trail running, faith. Those are our things. Although in recent months some have taken a back burner and might have to for several years. Grace is our thing right now. I keep coming back to seasons. I never saw my life looking like it does and it takes a lot of grace but even in the mess, there is so much beauty.ReplyCancel