• The drive into Washington state from western Idaho… 
Because we're working on the road (we're not on a perpetual vacation, despite how it might look), we have really specific routines about how and when we drive. I thought some of you might find this interesting, so read on for how we handle drive days.

First, we try to only drive once a week, if possible, contained to a Saturday or Sunday.  This allows us to have several "regular" days in a place where we just do normal routine things - working most of the day while the girls entertain one another, then having family time with the kids around lunch and from dinner to bedtime. If we spend 5 or 6 nights in a place there's less pressure to go out and do things or see sights every day, which ensures we can get work done and still have fun too, and not spend too much money.

If we do drive more than once per week, we don't drive two days in a row simply for sanity's sake (outside of the first and last weekend of the trip). With the trailer and stopping so the kids can go to the bathroom, it takes us 1.5x the time Google thinks it'll be to get anywhere. Driving two 6 or 8+ hour days with a 2 year old is not my idea of a good time, so we just don't do it.  Last year we decided that secondary drive days, when they are necessary, should be Wednesdays and sticking to that has really helped us both from a work standpoint and also developing a routine with the kids. Limiting drives to a Saturday or Sunday and rare Wednesdays does mean that we don't get to see as much in a summer, but it works pretty well on all other fronts.

Are you a digital nomad? How frequently do you move around? Leave me a comment, I'd love to know how it works for other families.
  • This is the face Pocket gives us when she thinks it's time to stop working and go for a walk...
  • The Idaho Capitol Building in Boise was our 10th state capital. Addie was in run all around mode and a great mood because of the hour long nap she took in the car on our way into to Boise from where the trailer was parked, so we ended up with a very energetic  photo of a toddler who just wanted to run around. 😁

Swipe for a peek inside the building + check out my stories for more.
  • Our bumble bee turned 6.5 over the weekend. I decided a long time ago that I wanted to celebrate half birthdays with the girls. We don't usually do anything crazy - a cupcake with a candle and two books - but it's a special little thing for our family that they (and I) love.  I think that the time flies by much faster than we want it to - especially with the craziness of owning our own business, school year activities, and summers on the road. It's important to slow down for little moments and make some magical memories when we can. ❤️⠀
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This is Zara at 6.5: a goofy girl with an infectious smile, who loves to read, do art, and dance. She's a die-hard vegetarian - eats even less animal products than I do. She loves to help take care of her little sister and does her best to keep up with her older sister as much as she can, despite my best efforts to keep her "little." Zara's like my mini me more than any of the other girls, and she and I most definitely have very similar personalities (for better or worse). 😀 ⠀
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Swipe to see photos from her dance recital + one of her cute chubby cheeks from 6 years ago when she was 6 months old.
  • One more drone video because I actually have somewhat fast wifi tonight! Can any of you beer drinkers (❤️'s like me) recognize these fields? ...⠀
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Ding, ding, ding if you said #hops. 👍 South Western Idaho was filled with hops fields.  #drone #dronevideo #Craftbeer