Saturday, December 19, 2009

Today Is The DAY!!!

Hey, everybody!  We are leaving TODAY!!!  We have a few things to finish up, then we are out of here!  We are heading to Flagstaff (Hi Cheryle!!!) and then I think we are going to Las Vegas.  Bring it on, baby!  All plans subject to change without notice!!!  I will post some pics after we are really ready to go!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Demolition, Baby!

The kids and I were moving things around and we decided we really didn't like the wall covering in the living room of the fifth wheel.  So, we were checking it out and it turns out that someone just covered the wood panelling with wallpaper.  Ugly wallpaper. 

So, we decided to rip it out!
The kids, of course, were in heaven with the idea of demolition of anything.
They are also entranced with the idea that we may paint the walls in the living room.
Everyone has their own ideas and they are very excited!

Of course, there are still places where we have to finish. There are lots of small bits that we have to scrape off. But, it has been fun!!!

This morning we woke up to find that the children's bathroom in our stick house (if you can call it that) has a leak and it has leaked through the wall.  So, there is more demolition in our near future.  Ahh, the joys of owning your own home.   In the meantime, we will continue trying to get things moved and rearranged.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Almost There!

Today is the first day of December.  That means our journey is soon to be underway.  It also means that my oldest child will be 14 on the morrow.  How did we get here???  My middle child will be 9 in 12 more days.  Yikes!

We brought the fifth wheel home last Friday night.  The kids are so excited.  Except for Kendra.  She got motion sick due to the movement of the trailer while the other kids were bouncing and enjoying their new surroundings.  Kendra had been having a bad day on the motion sickness front after going Black Friday shopping with Wade and me.  Poor thing!

Wade standing next to the trailer for size comparison.

Here is Kendra lounging on her new bed/dining table. ;-)

View from the front door

Living room/boys bedroom

Ayden lounging on the new bed/couch!

View from the living room.


Some of the kids outside the trailer.

So, as you can see, we are excited and ready to get this show on the road!  Hopefully, we can start moving in this week, but with Wade working for his stepdad right now, it may not happen.  We'll see what we can do.  We hope we can be on the road on time, but if we can't, no big deal!!!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Getting Ready

Well, we are trying to get to a point of being ready to go.  We have paid for our fifth wheel travel trailer.  We will pick it up later this week when we have more time.  We are getting the house cleared out and ready to go and hoping that we will have room to put everything away!!!  The garbage cans are never empty and our local thrift store has seen us way too many times these last few weeks!  Slowly, but surely, we are getting everything ready for our trip.  Soon, we will be all packed up and ready to hit the road.

I am very excited!  I cannot wait to hit the open road and visit the places we have not seen or haven't seen in too long.  I want to visit with my friends and family that I haven't seen for a long time and I want to have some relaxation after all of the work we have been up to.  Wade has been working hardest of all, but the kids and I do try to do our share. ;)

We have been working on books this last week or so....we have so many books it seems ridiculous!  But, we all love our books and wouldn't be able to give them up.  So, they are going into storage.  We have taken 9 bookshelves out of our house and put them into storage.  We have one more large bookshelf and 4 small bookshelves to take out and there are 2 built in bookshelves that will be left where they are.  We still have books on all of the small shelves and on the built ins. 

Wade has been working with his stepdad setting tile the last couple of days, so he hasn't been here to help much.  The kids and I are doing all of the work on these things at the moment.  But, we are all happy to do it and excited to be on our way.  We take plenty of breaks and goof around and laugh and play.  Tristan has been telling knock knock jokes this afternoon and all of the boys keep riding bikes and playing frisbee in this nice autumn weather!

Hopefully, soon we will be able to post that we are all moved out of the house and into the trailer and ready to begin our journey.  Wish us luck!!!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Music

Wade thinks this song is appropriate for our travel journey:  What do you think?  Any other suggestions???  Thanks for the help!

A Trip to the Capitol to Learn About Citizenship

Our family has 2 wonderful additions from Venezuela; two of Wade's brothers married sisters from there. We absolutely adore our new family members and learning about their traditions and culture. It has been a great experience in the life of our family. These two wonderful ladies bring such joy to our extended family.

The older sister has been in the United States for six and a half years now. She has been working on getting her citizenship for quite a while. There are many hoops to jump through. It was terrible trying to get through the hoops to actually bring her to the United States six years ago, though, so the family was used to it. Our sister in law has been through paperwork galore, interviews, and so much more....

Finally, her dreams are coming true! Wade and I were able to take all of the children to Phoenix, AZ on Thursday evening to have a short getaway and stay in a hotel. We made it a mini sort of vacation. BUT, the REAL reason we made this journey was to be at the 4Th District Court (Sandra Day O'Connor building) to watch the Naturalization Ceremony for our dear, sweet Sister in Law. It was a beautiful thing to see and we were able to take some amazing pictures and learn about citizenship all at the same time as we shared a wonderful day/experience with a terrific family.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

9 For the Road

This is the official family blog for our travel adventures starting in December. We are a family of 9 that is going to start travelling across the country in two trucks and a fifth wheel travel trailer. We also have 5 dogs and 2 cats....whether or not they are all travelling with us has yet to be decided.

Our family consists of:

Wade, father of 7, teacher, handyman, and CEO/CFO of our family.
Kami, mother of 7, chef, laundress, teacher, confidante, lover, friend.
Kendra, 14 year old daughter, attitude filled teen, helper, teacher, friend.
Tristan, 12 year old son, adventurer, helper, boy scout, fighter, friend.
Hunter, 10 year old son, fantasizer, adventurer, storyteller, helper, cub scout, friend.
Darien, 9 year old son, complainer, adventurer, fairytale maker, cub scout, helper, fighter, friend.
Ayden, 6 year old son, storyteller, adventurer, helper, wanna be cub scout, sweet man, friend.
Makaylee, 4 year old daughter, lover, storyteller, princess, sweet doll, elf, mischief maker, kisser, friend.
Eislyn, 2 year old daughter, lover, storyteller, faerie princess, snuggler, peacemaker, friend.
Ginger, mischievous 3 year old Beagle and mom to Trouble and Buddy.
Jewel, cuddly St. Bernard that is sooo loveable.
Bailey, sweet spirited Chocolate Lab that has earned a special place in our hearts.
Troublemaker, a sweet little Jackabee (beagle/jack russel mix) puppy that is always finding trouble!
BuddyBear, a cute little male Jackabee that is just like his daddy and Trouble's best friend.
Candycane, sweet kitty that came to us on Christmas Eve 2008 scared of big dogs.
Oreo, sweet stray kitty that came to us by way of family members a few months ago.

Our large family is loving the homeschool life and ready to take the show on the road and visit our country's famous and historic places as well as the lesser known beautiful, peaceful, or fun spots we find along the way! Roadschooling, here we come!