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Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Moments

All in one day.
To say we're proud is an understatement...


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's Baaackkk!!!

The RV has been in the shop for some tender lovin' care the last few weeks, but it is finally back in the drive so that I can put the finishing touches on it.

What's better than that is that even though I have NEVER even been able to RIDE in the vehicle (I was always the driver behind the rv, while my husband drove it to and from storage or the mechanic)...


Not only that, I BACKED IT INTO OUR DRIVEWAY and did not hurt any small children or animals in the process!



Friday, April 15, 2011


We are a homeschooling family. We are a pretty relaxed homeschooling family.  We aren't relaxed in the academics that we pursue, but we are relaxed in our daily schedule. 

I have always been a night owl, coming from a strong night owl lineage. :-)

While Viper has always been a good sleeper, he was also one to wake up easily and relatively early to get going on his day. 

Charger, on the other hand, is my SLEEPER.  Granted, the boy can wake up automatically every Saturday morning by 7:30 to be sure not to miss his favorite cartoon. But, he has mastered the art of waking early, realizing it's a school day and then sleeping as loooonnnnggg as no one else wakes him up.

I have vacillated between making him wake up early (early being around 8:00am) to get started with work and letting him wake when he was ready. Ready for Charger could come anywhere between 9 and NOON!  I would feel guilty for allowing this, then justify it with the theory that if a kid sleeps like that, they probably need the sleep!  Plus, the boys both know that they must complete all of their daily schoolwork before being allowed to go out and play.  If you wanted to start at noon, you dealt with the consequence of not being done until dinnertime or later.

But still, the guilt at admitting to my public school friends that my kids slept in 'til after their kids were already plugging away at school gnawed at me.  Sure, I loved to sleep in right alongside them at times. Or better yet, reveling in the quiet time I got in the mornings while they snored in their beds. But, the "shame", "you're a bad mom", "lazy" feelings just kept coming my way...

Until, this week. 

Charger decided this week that he would set his own alarm clock for 8:00am everyday so that he could get up and complete his schoolwork in plenty of time to be able to play with his public school friends who get home around 3:30.

HE decided.

HE told me this morning, "It's just easier to set an alarm, wake up and get going. I like getting my school work finished and knowing I'm going to be able to play at the end of the schoolday."

HE figured this out on his own. I have not been waking him up every morning, forcing him to get ready, getting food into him and making him either go to school or get out his books for homeschooling.  HE realized that there was a better way - a way that made him feel more in control and on top of things. HE realized HE needed to make the decision to be responsible and not just lay in bed putting off the inevitable work waiting to be completed.

I think this is a big deal. The fact that he realized this was important and resulted in a less stressed day makes me feel that he will be able to handle life outside of this house.  Sometimes, I worried that by allowing him to follow his own sleep schedule, I was doing him a disservice. But now, I think something great has come from it.

HE will be able to get up and get to work on time because HE knows inside it's the better option.  Plus, he'll never miss his favorite cartoon.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The First Casualty

My friends, we've experienced our first casualty in the "Carolyn vs. Coronado War"...

Yes, that is a nasty gash in the wall that occured during the "Carolyn vs. the TV Box Battle".  In the back bedroom of the RV, there was a nearly 2 foot protruding box on the wall just as you were rounding the corner to get to the bed. It held an old TV that we did not want to keep.

I know that I have hit my head on that box at least 99 times since we bought this RV, and number 100 was just the last straw!  The wooden box had to come out! But it did not surrender easily...I took a direct hit as a gash was ripped into the bedroom wall.

But, in the end, I was victorious! (and I'll just put a cute picture right over that nasty little hole)

My head feels much better already!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Floor Update

Progress Progress Progress!

The Allure laminate wood floors are in!!! They look so good, so much cleaner and fresh. It is a laminate floating floor which will allow for the movement of the RV and expansion due to temperature variations.  The floor is silky smooth and makes you want to be barefoot!  It's waterproof to boot!  I'm just hoping it holds up to the doggie's claws up and down the hallway.  We shall see...

For a better comparison...



Now, I just have to employ my son to be my brain when cutting mitered corners for the trim...

The plan is to complete the floor, carpet the front cab area, install bunks for the boys, and complete the upholstery for the dinette and THEN FINALLY GO! GO! GO!

One day...I promise!


Saturday, April 2, 2011


Well, we have been making some major progress in the RV department. I have finished re-upholstering the two chairs. We have removed the sofa which I have started to tear apart, and...

Goodbye to the UGLY mauve carpet. We'll miss you but you just HAD TO GO!!!

It's been so exciting, everyone's gotten in on the action.

Thank goodness for good helpers!

It looks so much better without all that pink carpet!

Maybe we'll just sand the sub-floor, paint it and call it a day!