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Day in the Life of a Full Time Traveling Family: State Park Edition

Recently, I did a “Day in the Life” series on my Instagram feed. It turned out to be quite popular so I thought I’d share over here. We’ve also posted a Day in the Life: City Edition if you want another peek at what full time travel is like!

7:50am: This is my usual morning wake up view. So grateful for @telegramsam and how hard he works to provide for our family! I consider it my job to guard the bed, and to snuggle the kids when they wake up and come climb in.

This is my usual morning wake up view. So grateful for @telegramsam and how hard he works to provide for our family!%0A%0AI consider it my job to guard the bed, and to snuggle the kids when they wake up and come climb in

8:15am: The kids get dressed and make their beds while I cook breakfast. Today it is Guilt Free, Whole Wheat, Dark Chocolate Chip Pancakes.  Other days we have eggs, oatmeal, toast, or cold cereal.

815am The kids get dressed and make their beds while I cook breakfast. Today it is Guilt Free, Whole Wheat, Dark Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Other days we have eggs, oatmeal, toast, or cold cereal.

8:30am: School time! I try and do a reading lesson with Cara first as she usually has a better attitude about it. The other two get started on their books and I help them as needed. @telegramsam does their math.

830am school time! I try and do a reading lesson with Cara first as she usually has a better attitude about it. The other two get started on their books and I help them as needed. @telegramsam does their math.

10:30am: Snacks, Recess, and my chance to work out. I basically kick the kids outside to play and they know they have to leave me alone for 30 min. Today I did Beach Body PiYo with a few extra arm weight exercises after.

1030am Snacks, Recess, and my chance to work out. I basically kick the kids outside to play and they know they have to leave me alone for 30 min.%0A%0AToday I did Beach Body PiYo with a few extra arm weight exercises aft

11:30am: After my workout, the kids and I scrambled over rocks for half an hour and then they even packed up their sandwiches to eat in the house they found. This campground is seriously the best playground a kid could ask for!

1130am After my workout, the kids and I scrambled over rocks for half an hour and then they even packed up their sandwiches to eat in the house they found.%0A%0AThis campground is seriously the best playground a kid coul

2:00pm: Dishes are washed, Rachel is done with school, Cara is back to playing with Lego’s and I snuck in a quick shower. Andrew is still struggling getting his school finished and my patience is gone. Time to give up and go exploring!

200pm Dishes are washed, Rachel is done with school, Cara is back to playing with Lego

3:00pm: Looked around the visitor’s center for a bit and then took the small trail to see Hanging Rock (Balancing Rock) Which in reality we could see from the road, but an up close view was nice. Decided on a few hikes we want to do while we are here, and then headed back to camp because I realized I hadn’t gotten the meat marinating for dinner. Oops.

300pm Looked around the visitor

345pm Dinner prep. We are having Asian Beef Skewers tonight and the meat is supposed to marinate for 4-6 hours. Well, today we get 2. Still going to be amazing though!!

345pm Dinner prep. We are having Asian Beef Skewers tonight and the meat is supposed to marinate for 4-6 hours. Well, today we get 2. Still going to be amazing though!!

4:50pm: Attempted a sunset shot with the big camera and tripod. Learned I really just need to hang out with @thejarvie or @sethkhughes and get some pointers.

450pm Attempted a sunset shot with the big camera and tripod. Learned I really just need to hang out with @thejarvie or @sethkhughes and get some pointers.

6:00pm: Dinner time! These didn’t last long. Sometimes I feel a little self conscience eating inside all of the time and not outside with all the “campers”. Most times though I watch them all bundled up by their fires and am grateful for inside seating!

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7:00pm: Just enough time before bed for a movie! Some nights we play games, others we read, but usually once a week we’ll let the kids watch something while Sam and I sit behind them at the table and work. Tonight’s move is “8 Below”.

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10:10pm: @telegramsam looks outside, sees the brilliant sky and decides we need to do some night photography. Problem is, my LED panels to light the rocks are underneath our sleeping child. Good thing she rarely wakes up.

1010pm @telegramsam looks outside, sees the brilliant sky and decides we need to do some night photography. Problem is, my LED panels to light the rocks are underneath our sleeping child. Good thing she rarely wakes up.

Sam and I usually get to bed between 10:30 – 11:00pm. Most nights we are up working, blogging, but occasionally we’ll watch a movie and be lazy as well.

So, what did you think? Our days aren’t THAT different from normal, right? Some food, school, activities, outside time and work. Not everyday is amazing (we do have long chore or driving days occasionally) but I love that even those tend to be in beautiful places.

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  • Karilyn - Great to read about this! I always wondered how structures your days were. And what about homeachooling- do you follow a curriculum and take tests? I’ve considered doing it for my son. Glad to see you get some down time too!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Boerman Wisley - Hi jess! Hope you guys are well! We have almost made it back to Indiana! The day we left you in Death Valley the RV alternator broke and left us stranded on the highway going into Kingman AZ. We ended up getting towed into an repair shop and the nice couple that owned the company took great care of our family. It was fixed the next day and we haven’t had any more issues! The boys were excited about the tow though!
    I was excited to see that you are doing the 100 easy lessons book with kara! I am doing that one with Jake as well and love it! Take care!ReplyCancel

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