If you are one of the five people who has read this sporadic blog of mine, you might be wondering what ever happened to the wedding. Wasn't that supposed to be in September? And you would be right because we had originally planned to have a wedding in September and then we started pricing all of the things: the venue, food, photographer, circus goats. You know, the usual. There was a lot of "$1500? That's a trip to Europe!" So two things happened.
1. Kai accepted a travel contract in Washington so we spent the summer in PNW
2. We decided we'd rather spend the money on the bigger adventure we'd been dreaming of.
The plan is to still get married of course, but we want to do it when we can do it right and to do it right, we need to do some other things first. So here is the new plan, in case you are following along at home.
Yep. We are becoming full-time RVers. Like those homeschooling Christian folks you see with 12 kids in a fifth wheel, or those retired couples with 150k rigs posted up in Palm Springs playing croquet. Or not so much like them but with the spirit of having less stuff and more experiences.
I've dreamed of doing this since 2008 when I bought my first motorhome and then economy tanked and I was scared to quit my job so I sold it and put the fantasy on the shelf. But this year, the kids are doing online school and Kai is able to accept travel nursing contracts all over the country so we can literally pick anywhere we want to go for 8-13 weeks at a time. If we are ever going to do it, now is the time.
STEP ONE: PUT SHIT IN STORAGE, MOVE INTO MOM'S, BUT FIRST TAKE AN EPIC ROAD TRIP
The first step in the plan, happened back in June when we sold a bunch of stuff, put the rest in storage and took off on a 5,000 mile trip to the PNW and back. Two teens and a puppy in our SUV. We called it the #marblefamilyadventure after our dog, Moosey Marble.
When got back from our trip, we were even more confident that we could maybe make this a bigger reality. If we could survive a trip like that, crammed in my Mazda Cx9 and camping in tents in the 30 degrees of the mountains, then we could definitely live in a comfy trailer for a while.
We are lucky enough to be able to live at my mom's house while she is living at my grandmother's house so we can save money to buy a truck and travel trailer.
We're not in love with living here, other than the location and her amazing kitchen. Mostly, because there is barely any room for us (and maybe because everyone has issues with their childhood/teenage home. Don't they? Or maybe that's just me) but we are making it and so immensely grateful that we have this privilege. It makes it feel like the timing of this plan is especially good.
STEP TWO: BUY A TRUCK TO HAUL OUR HOUSE
Step two of the plan was to get a truck. Boom. We did that this week! Here is our new to use 2010 Ford F250 that will pull our house. We wanted a diesel for two reasons. 1. It's better for towing and lasts longer. 2. We may decide to get super crunchy one day and run that shit on biodiesel/waste vegetable oil. I had a friend who did that and his car always smelled like yummy pho.
For now, we aren't gonna be much crunchier and sustainable than downsizing our whole lives to a 300 feet travel trailer and being as conservative as possible with energy usage. Frugal living as activism type shit. Baby steps.
Now that we have the truck, the kids are getting excited. For a while now, it's just been this distant idea and kind of like Yea Yea Yea we've heard this idea before, but now it's real.
STEP THREE: GET A BUNKHOUSE TRAVEL TRAILER TO LIVE IN
Here is where we are right now. We decided on a travel trailer or fifth wheel rather than a Class A motorhome because we need a bunkhouse layout for the kids to have their own space. (Quad Bunk if anyone is in the middle of researching. It took me a while to realize we needed a QB model so that it's not just two tiny bunks stashed on the side. Once I realized that, it made researching so much easier.)
It just so happens that Kai's sister has a QB style bumper pull trailer. We won't have to finance it and we can just pay it off in chunks. When we get it (hopefully by the end of November) I can spend December renovating it and getting it road ready for January.
Until then, I am going to get rid of more of our stuff and decide what we will need to not kill each other after the first week.
That's the current update. I will go back to wedding planning at some point but adventure planning is so much more fun.
PS. We are most likely going to be on the west coast from Jan-March and the east coast from April to June so if you or anyone you know are in those areas and would like to book a show, hit me up! laurenzunigabooking.com