Debt Free

It is officially summer in Colorado.  We have a mini garden started with some veggies and berries, we've taken our first trip to buy delicious things from the farmer's market, and this afternoon Chris ... View Post about Debt Free

Hello 30

One year ago, I posted of a list of 30 things I wanted to do before today: Pay off my school loans Go to Wanderlust Colorado  Get Boudoir Photos Taken  Go to a Movie Alone ... View Post about Hello 30

  • A lot of people have asked me why we decided to do our first big trip around the middle of the country.  It doesn't sound especially thrilling when there's mountains and oceans, and all sorts of "destinations" to go to in other parts of the country.⠀
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There were two main reasons why we decided to start our grand adventures with a tour of the middle of the country.  One was that it just seemed to make sense to save the big drives and far-away sights for later summers when we already had a feel for traveling with three little ones and a giant travel trailer.  The second was family.  We moved to Texas last fall so we could make our RV life possible and to be closer to Chris' family.  On this trip we made some much-needed visits to spend time with my family.⠀
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In Kansas, not only did we get to spend time with my mom and her mom (swipe to see a four generation photo), but we also made it to a giant family reunion in honor of two of my grandmother's cousins, who had a double wedding in 1953.  All four spouses are still alive and this year they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.  It was amazing to see that room packed with people I hadn't seen since childhood, all celebrating an amazing feat of good health and partnership. ❤️ ⠀
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On Chris' and my 65th wedding anniversary, I'll be 87.  I hope we'll be surrounded with as much love and joy on that day.⠀
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  • My little beach baby and our slowest walker.  Addies still prefers to crawl, although she will walk with us and has taken a handful of steps on her own.  Normally, at almost 15 months, I'd be rushing her along, but since she's our last baby I'm not feeling the need to push the milestones.  She'll walk in her own time, and in the meantime carrying her means all the more snuggles. ❤️ . . . 
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  • Black Eyed Susans at the Kansas State Capitol Building. 
I always love the flowers and want to take a million photos of them.  I think the biggest downside to #rvlife and #traveling all summer is that we don't get to have a garden.  Every summer before this one, I had a garden with tomatoes, peppers, beans, and other tasty veggies, and flowers to enjoy.  I miss the garden and the act of gardening, and need to figure out how to fit it into our new lifestyle.  I've been thinking that since we've claimed central Texas as our basecamp for the school year, maybe I'll be able to make a winter garden work?

Are there any Texans or southerners out there that have advice about winter gardening and what I can grow between September and May in the Austin area?  If so, leave me a comment - I'd love to pick your brain! .
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  • Last one for today - Kansas State Capitol Building Dome.  Did you know that the Kansas State Capitol is the second tallest in the country and is even taller than the US capitol building? It's true.  #funfacts . . . 
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  • This summer we traveled all around the midwest, from Oklahoma up to North Dakota before heading to the mountains.  In each state, we tried to take the girls places where they could learn about the state's history and economies.  We're all about learning on the road - this is our version of summer camp, after all!⠀
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In Kansas and Iowa, that meant giving the girls a taste of #farmlife. Every time I visited my grandmother in #OverlandParkKS as a child, she would always take us to the #DeannaRoseFarmstead, where we got to watch milking demonstrations, feed baby goats bottles, ride horses, and pretty much run free amongst the cutest farm animals.  This summer I got to share the farmstead with my three little girls and it was just as magical as I remembered from 20-something years ago.⠀
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I'm pretty sure this place cemented my love of farm animals and #farmlifedreams.  If you're ever in the Kansas City area with little ones, it's well-worth the trip!⠀
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Swipe to see the coolest rockstar chicken ever and swipe twice more for laugh... I had a goat friend who thought my shorts looked tasty! 😂 😂⠀
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