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Throwback Thursday – Our Backyard in New Jersey

Some of my favorite memories are the simplest. So simple that I rarely photograph them. It’s easy to remember to pull our your camera when Old Faithful is erupting. Unfortunately,…

Some of my favorite memories are the simplest. So simple that I rarely photograph them. It’s easy to remember to pull our your camera when Old Faithful is erupting. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to remember to capture the ordinary moments you’ll want to remember in 50 years. Moments like when your kids share stories and laughter.  Our 8 days in South New Jersey were simple days and, coincidently, are some of my favorite memories.

We really didn’t do much those 8 days and I don’t have many photos. Brent worked a lot. The boys and I took up jogging together. (That lasted a week.) Thing 2 got a new nickname, “Little Boy Long Long Legs”, when he kept pulling his shorts up high. I worked out under the pines. We explored the lake by paddleboat. We stumbled upon a delicious restaurant, George’s Place, in Cape May. We played in the water slides at the campground. We took sunset walks.

There weren’t any grand vistas or historic monuments but there was love and laughter and being together with my favorite people. That was enough.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Our Backyard: Driftwood Cabana BBQ in La Connor, WA

Sure we love visiting  iconic places like Yellowstone National Park  or Washington DC. But simple “backyard” moments built from driftwood, salty air, laughter, and the smell of bbq are the…

Sure we love visiting  iconic places like Yellowstone National Park  or Washington DC.

But simple “backyard” moments built from driftwood, salty air, laughter, and the smell of bbq are the moments that send my soul soaring. I wouldn’t trade these sort of days for a trip to see the Taj Mahal.

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Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Our Backyard in Gettysburg, PA

We often dream of owning a farm. The next best thing to owning a farm is staying at a farm especially a farm with full RV hookups. I think this…

We often dream of owning a farm.

The next best thing to owning a farm is staying at a farm especially a farm with full RV hookups.

I think this has been my favorite campground. It’s right up there there Bahai Honda. (You know you’re crazy when it’s a toss up between white sand beaches and baby goats.)

The baby goats were the stars of the show but there were also horses, llamas (one spit on Thing Two), cows, ducks, and chickens.

The whole place was just…perfect. Yes, my idea of heaven has leaping goats and magical sunsets.

Not only were there animals but we connected with some friends who we had met in Florida and the kids had a blast!

So much to be thankful for…

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the RV Not a creature was stirring except for Ni-jee. (Short for Nigel) This is our first Christmas away from family since…

RV Christmas Stockings

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the RV

Nigel the Christmas Pug

Not a creature was stirring except for Ni-jee. (Short for Nigel)

This is our first Christmas away from family since Brent and I have been together.

It makes us all a little sad.

Despite the loneliness, we’ve kept busy.

Christmas Star

Decorate RV for Christmas

Little Santas RV

There has been decorating,

Homemade Snowflakes

snowflake making,

Christmas cookies

Making Christmas Cookies

Making Cookies with Dad

baking,

Fort buidling

fort building,

Thing 2 Chess

game playing,

Cat on Wrapping Paper

and wrapping.

Christmas in the RV

Rv Christmas

Jr Ranger Christmas Wreath

We even found a use for those Jr. Ranger badges.

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Jr Ranger Wreath Badge Mammoth

RV Christmas Tree

A hundred memories hang on our humble little tree with the scotch taped star.

Each one reminding us that the seasons are fleeting and to breathe deeply.

Merry Christmas!!!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Remembering Our Backyard in Colonial Beach VA

As a family on the road we see so many wonderful places but you know what? It’s the small things I really want to remember. I want to remember… Each…

As a family on the road we see so many wonderful places but you know what? It’s the small things I really want to remember.

I want to remember…

Each campsite we call home for a few days or weeks.

Reading around a morning campfire before we go to George Washington Birthplace National Monument.

The sweet faces of these five (and Meow Cow whose not allowed out.)

The smell of campfire and the sound of young voices in harmony which is not often enough.

Our little neighbors.

My backyard gyms.

I even want to remember the mundane like laundry.

And amazing soft serve from random ice cream stands in small towns.

especially want to remember Brent bustin’ a move at the Saturday campground shindig.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Our Backyard in the Eastern Shore of Virginia

The Eastern Shore of Virginia is seperated from mainland Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay and for four days it was our home. We saw the wild horse of Assateague Island…

The Eastern Shore of Virginia is seperated from mainland Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay and for four days it was our home.

We saw the wild horse of Assateague Island but mostly we just lived and explored our backyard.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Family on the Road and Our Backyard in the Outer Banks

As a family on the road, I write a lot about our lives as “tourists” but what is it really like to be a family living in an RV? There…

As a family on the road, I write a lot about our lives as “tourists” but what is it really like to be a family living in an RV?

There is so much more to the fulltime RV lifestyle than National Parks and museums. A few people have referred to our trip as a vacation. I understand how it would seem that way.

But it’s not a vacation.

Just ask Brent about how many hours he works a week. And ask the boys how they feel about school. And just because our toilet is in the RV doesn’t make it any more fun to clean.

My point is this is our life and much of our life takes place at “home” and in our “backyard”.  An ever changing backyard is the second best thing about being a family on the road. The first best thing is slowing down and just being together.

With this in mind, I’m starting a new series of posts called Our Backyard. Our Backyard is to remember the simple moments that happen in and around our RV, to capture what it’s really like to be a family on the road, and to share the campgrounds we call home.

Don’t worry. I won’t be taking any pictures of me cleaning the toilet.

Thing Two enjoying his quill and ink.

Thing One walking the dogs.

An after dinner walk to watch the sunset.

Sunsets make everything magical even a beach covered in trash.

An abandoned camper.

There were a lot of choices for camping in the Outer Banks. We stayed at Sands of Time campground because they gave us our Passport America discount (50% off) every night. It was the least expensive campground we could find in the Outer Banks.

While it wasn’t fancy it was clean, quiet, cute, and the staff were super nice. It is also near the middle of the Outer Banks making it an easy drive to many places.

Our backyard in the Outer Banks.

It’s good to be a family on the road.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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The Three Amigos

One of the best things about full time rving with kids are the little surprises. We had an overnight stop at a campground and we had fun making some new…

One of the best things about full time rving with kids are the little surprises.

We had an overnight stop at a campground and we had fun making some new little friends.

We already know how much I love miniature mules.

It may seem silly but waking up to find a corral of little donkeys are what makes living on the road so much fun.

Playing on jungle gyms before breakfast is fun too.

Even Meow Cow likes full time rving.

That is how he often sleeps on the center console when we are driving.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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