We had some really awesome, beautiful days this last week, as well as some so rainy we couldn’t get out. I’m learning that is what life is like in the Pacific Northwest. Still trying to roll with it, but not being too successful. We spent the weekend at Fort Stevens State Park, exploring both Ft. […]

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We love listening to audio books as we drive. We’ve worked our way through the Percy Jackson Series, the Enchanted Forest Series, and now we are on book 4 of the Heroes of Olympus. Even though we don’t drive 10 hours days (ever) listening to a book is an easy way to keep kids entertained […]

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  • October 23, 2014 - 5:36 am

    Boyink - Have you guys checked out Libravox? It takes a bit of exploration to find titles and then get used to some of the (non-professional) readers – but we’ve been mining their library for a couple of years. More for MsBoyink and I to fall asleep to at night. But they have some Nesbitt, Prisoner of Zenda, the Greek Classics, etc.ReplyCancel

    • October 23, 2014 - 6:57 pm

      Jess - We haven’t but I will! Really the only time we listen is when we are all in the car driving so they have to be pretty entertaining for the kids. We tried a version of Charlotte’s Web once that didn’t go over so well. :)ReplyCancel

Dear Rachel, You are turning in to quite the young lady! I’m so proud of you. As the oldest there’s kind of a lot of responsibility, but you shoulder it well. You are good to your brother and sister and are great at organizing play and having fun! Like your brother, you also LOVE to […]

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During our time in Portland, several local friends recommended that we visit Chapman Elementary School and watch the birds. This seemed both unique and local, which are two of the best reasons for us to try something during our travels. ‘The Birds’ turned out to be Vaux’s Swifts, a variety of bird that roosts at […]

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People seem surprised that we have kept our Costco membership even while living in such a tiny space. Either we are crazy, or there is more to Costco items than large, bulk purchases. I prefer the latter explanation. Truth is, we are probably addicted to some of the items they carry, and even though the […]

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  • October 16, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Betsy Groh Ptak - The flat ham steaks (only available in Western states I think. Slip flat into the freezer, fast meal, great snack leftovers. Some states sell 1 gallon milk, keep looking for those. ReplyCancel

  • October 18, 2014 - 2:19 pm

    Malinda - Hi Jess. Love your blog!
    I was at target yesterday and saw nick and Nora Jammie’s for women with air streams and pink flamingos on them. Thought of you. Check them out.
    Safe travels.ReplyCancel

    • October 21, 2014 - 8:13 pm

      Jess - Thanks Malinda! I’ll have to look for them!ReplyCancel

  • October 20, 2014 - 3:58 am

    Mica Hale Hauley - Is that a new photo on the top! That waterfall has been on my bucket list since I saw a stock photo of it! Where is it!? Love it! Love costco too :-) have you had their tri tip steak they have? I think it’s omaha but I forget… amazing! Splurge for sure though. Love the fruit leather too.ReplyCancel

Our visit to Patrick’s Point and the Trinidad area was most notable for it’s amazing blackberries. I’ll get to details there, but first, let’s talk about fun on north coast beaches. When We Visited: August 10-14, 2014 Ages of Kids: 8, 6, 4 Where We Stayed: 4 Nights at Sounds of the Sea RV Park, […]

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I’ve had to revamp the budget. AGAIN. I hate budgeting. What I was doing was just not working – see that “Bonus Item” category? That’s for everything that didn’t exactly fit int he budget (Rachel’s new bike, birthday presents, workout DVD’s, Amazon orders, etc). Notice how large it is? Yeah. That needs to stop. Lol. […]

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  • October 14, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Lauri - I’m really trying to keep track of expenses. Camping and gas is easy, it’s the bonus items that sneak up! And so far I’ve learned expenses are going to look SO different from month to month!ReplyCancel

We spent last weekend cuddled up in our Airstream listening to our church leaders and their inspirational messages centered around Jesus Christ. It is always a fulfilling weekend for us, leaving us spiritual uplifted with a renewed determination to be better and do better. The last address, given Sunday afternoon, took me by surprise. Elder David […]

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Ahhhh…Whidbey Island. You stole our hearts with your beautiful coastline, amazing state parks, and peaceful atmosphere. The kids asked if we could stay forever. We loved being able to listen and watch General Conference last weekend. It was a weekend full of hanging out in the trailer in our pajamas, eating yummy breakfasts, and feasting […]

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We were recently interviewed by Michael Boyink for his Ditching Suburbia project, and our conversation has led me to a few realizations about our town travel and our motivations to travel. Many of the travelers that we know, and those interviewed for the same project came to travel because of their dissatisfaction with the typical […]

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  • October 11, 2014 - 5:00 am

    Boyink - Thanks for the mention Sam! We feel a bit newbie-ish to travel getting rolling again after 5 months down.ReplyCancel