Is there a forest around these trees?

Life may be a tad bit on the busy side right now but I still want to document it.

This week we’ve been painting, sanding, painting, sanding.

From how much we’ve I’ve been painting you would think that we are moving into a 3000 square foot house not a 300 square foot trailer.

I may or may not have had a breakdown in the bathroom last night over….


Yes, there was lint in the polyeurathane and it nearly sent me over the edge.  Good times.  Good times.

I’ll just let you imagine how I felt today when Brent told me today after driving home from the LA fabric district that the polyurethane (I spent an entire day applying to the cabinets) didn’t dry clear and everything has to be re-sanded and re-painted.  I thought I was done with the kitchen cabinets and now I’m almost back at square one.  I basically wasted an entire weekend.

Except I didn’t because…

…I spent precious time with this guy.   His hard work blows me away.

I’m really trying to see the forest through the trees and remember what this trip is really about.


Who cares about a little lint.

We are hoping to leave October 9th, our 12 year anniversary.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

But…there’s the to-do list.

Finish paint and Hang Cabinet Doors (we took them off to paint)
Paint Living Room Walls
Install Wood Floor
Build Brent’s Desk
Sew Curtains
Find Upholster for Cushions
Upholster Couch Frame – We were going to take it somewhere but it won’t fit out the door!
Install Closet Organizer
Install hardware
Paint Fan
Paint (or Find New) Light Fixtures
Re-upholster headboard
Buy storage bins
Install and plumb new bathroom sink
Purchase various small items

Sell, giveaway, or burn stuff we are not taking.  (This is a mile long list in and of itself.)
Sell Car
Pack RV
Clean and repair current house. (Another list as long as this list.)
Trim bushes at current house
Fix stuff at the rental house. (Our tenant just let us know there is an opossum living under it.  Awesome.)
Order a few more school books

See friends
Keep up with laundry

Oh and that video we shot in July?  The deadline is fast approaching. When I think I’m working hard, I remember how hard Brent is working.

How many days to October 9th?

Don’t remind me.

But I’m not complaining because it’s all going to be worth it.

I think.

I hope.

with love,


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I'm Jenn and I'm so happy you stopped by our little corner of the web. My favorite moments are cuddling with my boys, listening to the purrs of my cat, and sipping warm cups of tea. The smell of orange blossoms conjures up delightful memories of childhood even though I grew up in Indiana hundreds of miles from citrus groves. I love animals and when I'm stressed I dream of owning a goat farm. I love art, road trips, books, and food. Vintage clothes make me ridiculously happy. Red lipstick is my friend.

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6 Responses to “Is there a forest around these trees?”

  1. Jess Says:

    You can do it!


  2. Lisa Says:

    Wow…..that is a crazy long list, but I think the easiest way to check things off would be to just leave the RV as it is. Does it really need new paint? New upholstery etc….can’t you just live with it the way it is and take all that stress off your plate? (jk….I know I know…but it should would be easier!)


  3. Lacey Q Says:

    Oh, I am so excited for you! I can’t wait to see what you’ve done to the RV…can’t wait for pics. Maybe it’ll give me inspiration to spruce up our camp trailer!


  4. [email protected] Says:


    That’s what it’s all about and that’s why it’s all worth it! 🙂


  5. Boyink Says:

    Ugh. Makes me exhausted just reading that list.

    We had similar pre-trip goals. It’s hard to look at the interiors of trailers where some basic remodeling work was done and *not* want to do the same.

    Then as we got closer and closer to our desired leave date our mindset changed from “how can we make this thing look the best” to “what’s the least amount we need to do to get mobile?”

    At the time we still had the “this is for a year” mindset so investing copious amounts of labor and money into redecorating the RV didn’t make sense.

    Now after being in the thing for almost that long I don’t even “see” the cruddy wallpaper and boring color scheme anymore. Our attention is either focused on what we’re going to go see (today the Badlands of SD) or it’s online attending to our clients.

    I *might* think about pulling the wallpaper border off and buying some decorative decals, but at this point still wouldn’t invest any more time/$$ than that. These things just aren’t made to last and if it all falls apart tomorrow I don’t want to have a bunch of emotional investment in it.

    Ultimately the trailer – like the house and other possessions you’re divesting of – is just stuff. Don’t let it become just a smaller version of the lifestyle you’re trying to move away from..;)


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