We are now an RV family

In 2005 we went to Alaska for two weeks. A was only two months old at the time and we decided to rent a class C RV for the duration of the trip so we could minimize unpacking and moving all our junk from place to place with all the kids. The RV fit us comfortably, with T co-sleeping and A swaddled and tucked away in the shower. My stepsons all fit in the dinette and over cab beds.

Ever since then, Hubby has had in the back of his mind that we would eventually buy an RV that would allow all 7 of us to fit comfortably and allow for some expansion as the kids grow and have families of their own.

He has a dream that our house and our vacation spots will be able to entice the kids to spend time with us as their lives draw them away. I love this dream.

We planned what we figured would be our last real whole family vacation to Disney and Universal this summer and had rented a class A RV for the trip. All the while Hubby kept researching for what would be our future vacation home on the road.

An unexpected call arrived from the local RV retailer to take a look at one with a floor plan Hubby had identified as meeting all our needs by having 3 spaces that could be separate (one for us, one for A and T and one for my stepsons because we are all on different sleep schedules). A week later we are the proud owners of a sweet Canyon Star RV.

It was a whirlwind. We fully didn’t expect to do this for at least another year or more but when an opportunity that feels right presents itself, you go all in.

Now we get to take our own vacation home on wheels on our trip this summer with all 7 of us getting the full effect of how we can spend vacation time together for years to come. Bring on the future wives to be (yikes!) and grandchildren (OMG!!) and let’s take a trip wherever you want to go.

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Hopeful and Hopeless

migraineI’m sitting here with ear plugs in because we have power tools running every so often in the house and the sound is just enough to pierce my brain. I have my neck warmer on and a can of caffeine. I already zapped my brain with my Cefaly device and now I’m calculating how long I wait before I give in and take medication for the pain.

It is a typical day.

I break out the various tools in my toolbox for dealing with the pain. Try to determine if it is a day worth taking medication and risking more rebound headaches or do I push through and try to give my system a rest from the chemicals. Funny thing how you have to keep on functioning day after day regardless of the pain in your head.

I have an appointment in a few weeks at a headache center that I’ve been to before but it was back in the beginning, at least 15 years ago. The doctors are different, the options are different, maybe my results will be different.

I never give up hope completely.

The last preventative I tried did not work out. Again. The side effects made me distrust my own thinking. I could handle tiredness or a funny taste or even trouble sleeping but something that messes with my thinking and exacerbates my anxiety, I can’t handle. That’s not good for anyone.

So I’ve been trying supplements and this and that while I wait for the next doctor to use me as a guinea pig.

Hopeful and hopeless all at the same time.

Migraines, oh how I loathe thee

I’ve reached the point where it is hard to remember what those glorious days were like just after my IV infusion therapy.  Actually, I reached that point not very long after the therapy.  I am so sad at how little difference it made afterwards. Probably the one plus is that my rescue medications work better […]

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IV Infusion Therapy For Migraine

I saw my neurologist early this month and told him that I have reached a point where none of my normal medications are working for my pain.  Although I try to keep from taking too many, the sad reality is that I have been taking more and more as preventatives have not worked.  I still […]

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas


Now that Thanksgiving is done, it’s time to decorate for Christmas.  Our youngest really loves decorating for any holiday but Christmas is her favorite.  We used to get live trees (with the tree ball) so that we could plant the tree after Christmas is over. Once we had several in the yard, we decided to […]

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Where I’m From #NaBloPoMo

I saw Alexandra use this template on her blog and thought it would be nice to put together my own. —————————————— I am from a VCR with wired remote, from a floor model TV the size of a twin bed and family time watching Family Ties.  I am from the laughter filled and loud one story […]

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Happy Thanksgiving #NaBloPoMo

Every year my SIL shares this video and every year it makes me laugh so I figured I would pass it along. I love Thanksgiving and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Like this:Like Loading…

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The Boys Are Back In Town #NaBloPoMo

Our two oldest boys are back from college for Thanksgiving break.  It makes me so happy to see them and hang out with them. We went to my MIL’s house for dinner and will go to my aunt’s for Thanksgiving day. We spend the late evening talking about the world, current events, what’s going on […]

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Feelings on Ferguson #NaBloPoMo

Sick Angry Sad Helpless Confused Exasperated A whirlwind of emotions I felt as I watched the press conference concerning the possible indictment of the officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson. As it started you could see where it was going.  It seemed as if it were a long explanation in an effort to soften […]

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Parent Teacher Conferences #NaBloPoMo

In the last few years the parent/teacher conferences at the elementary school have gotten later in the year.  They have moved them to the same week as Thanksgiving instead of early October when they used to be.  In some ways it is good because the teachers have more time to get to know the kids […]

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