2015 a farewell to a year where I can relate to Charles Dickens,
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–…”
The past year really was the best and the worst all wrapped up into one.
In a nutshell, it has been a wonderful year, really a best of time. And at the same time it has been challenging, a few worst of times. I have had moments of frustration and anxiousness and reached my limits more than once.
Living in an RV with three kids and simplifying our lives to accommodate this new adventure has been a wild ride. I hope this next year I can get myself put together enough to share my adventures of RV life on the blog. For now you can join me on Instagram or Facebook for little tidbits of our crazy life!
Here is a best and worst list from 2015….
January: Best… Sold house #2. Moved the hubs to California to start a new job. Angels watched over us as we moved our 38 foot bumper pull RV 700 miles to the Bay area. Clear roads, safe driving and a found grandpa. Many stories just from that move alone. If I ever start blogging again I will give the full details.
Worst… Selling the house was like a torture process. Played single mom, while I started prepping to downsize even more to join the hubster in the RV.
February: Best… Celebrated Tino’s first birthday and daddy came home to celebrate.
Worst… Injured my foot, never did find out if it was a break or a sprain, but was summoned to “The boot” for 6-8 weeks.
March: Best…The hubs was able to come recue me for a week and keep me off my feet while we continued to pack up and prepare for our move. Many helping hands, especially my friend Erin. She helped me many days as a rational voice of reason as I held yard sales to downsize to fit in our new 400 sq ft space. At the end of the month I took a solo trip to California to get some things figured out for the future move and got some much needed R & R.
Worst…. The boot was limited me in getting all my projects done for our house. Organizing I wanted to get done, didn’t happen and new floors in the kitchen didn’t happen as well.
April: Best…Lil’Miss turned 6 and we celebrated with family right before we headed out town. She lost her first tooth on her birthday. We all survived the long drive down from Idaho, again many miracles and angels watched over us. We were finally all living together and my foot had mostly healed.
Worst… What??? Did I just move my family of five into 400 square feet of tiny living??? What a journey lies ahead! Getting the kids enrolled in the public schools here was a bit of a nightmare. Our $1000 on-demand water heater is a joke. Many months later, we have figured out a system to get the hot water we need, but certainly will never be buying any more Atwood products. Their customer service is a joke as well!
May: Best… The kids are enrolled in school and they are loving their new classrooms. Running and playing outside every day. We are renting a back part of a property, South of San Jose in the country. It is wonderful to be far from the crowds and the city.
Worst… Dang this place is hot!
June: Best… Traveled back to Idaho to prepare house #1 to sell. Was great to see family and friends again.
Worst… returning to house #1 to see the damage left by our bad renters. Burnt carpet, spray painted patio, demolished mailbox, two years’ worth of Christmas trees and lots of garbage. A Lot of money down the drain!!! Boo!
July: Best… Summer break means… let’s hit the beach! I love being 45 minutes from the beach. The kids loved playing in the sand and sun watching dolphins and sand crabs!
Worst: It was a long, hot summer in the RV with many triple digit days. The hubs was working a lot. We hardly saw him for over a month.
August: Best… We got a pet! For a few days we had a pet frog that let go in our garden. Then a bit later we got a real pet, our bunny Rosie a Netherland dwarf rabbit. She is a sweet little bunny.
Worst… Dealing with the woes of living in a small space. Tripping over clutter, shoes and each other.
September: Best… Kids are happy to be back in school. We finally made it to Gilroy Garden’s Theme park. The kids LOVED the roller coasters!
Worst… Our House #1 in Idaho has not sold. We have had a ton of views and one low ball offer, but we decided to take it off the market and begin renting it again. Not what we wanted, at all. On the California RV side of things, we have a leak in one of our slides. The problem with a leak is, we address it and think it is fixed… until the next rain, then we do more adjusting and trial and error to get it fixed and dried out. This has been a long process, such is the nature of RV life. Always new learning and surprises!
October: Best… My mom came up for a visit and even braved staying with us in our tiny space. It was fun to have her here reading books, celebrating Bean’s 5th birthday and taking her to the beach and other fun places.
Worst… Had a scare with Tino. He had a fever and ended up having a febrile seizure, losing consciousness for a bit. A scary moment for me, and thankfully my mom was here so to assist as we took him into the ER. No serious complications, but a very scary time.
November: Best… Bean had his 5th Birthday. He lost his first tooth a few days before his birthday. I am amazed at how much he has grown. I can’t believe this is the same little guy born just under 5 pounds who has struggled with developmental delays. He has grown up so much over the past several months. We took a road trip to Las Vegas for a very non-traditional Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time.
Worst… Rain=mud. One thing about living on a back lot surrounded by a field, is dirt. Lots of dirt, that turns to mud when wet. I do not have enough shoes to keep up with my kids. My boys cannot resist the mud and you can find them many days wearing their Velcro sandals with socks on because their other shoes are all caked with mud.
December: Best… We had a wonderful Christmas. We kept it simple and decided that the kids would get one toy from Santa and one from Mom and Dad. There ended up being a few other little things thrown in, but it was wonderful to keep it simple. Part of our Christmas was to take the kids to San Francisco. We stayed in a hotel just south of the city and took the train in our first day and went to a Children’s museum and walked the busy streets. The second day we went to Fort Point located under the Golden Gate Bridge. We drove Lombard Street (waited 1 ½ hours to do so), but the kids have had a wonderful time connecting with the movie, In Side Out and the sites of San Francisco on the movie.
Worst… Now where to put all the new Christmas treasures???
Looking forward to a New Year and many adventures ahead. Perhaps I will begin blogging again. I am afraid this blog has turned into a blog of catch up lists.