Another beautiful day in California! Sunny and high 60’s. Still stuns us that it’s warm in January!
Today was a “home home” day – just sticking around the rig to get a handle on the homeschooling, relax, journal, read, exercise, make a good dinner. We started homeschooling Monday and it’s a little different than our experience years ago, so it will take a couple weeks to get into it. We are SO glad we have two computers now and if anyone is thinking of doing this, you have to have a computer for each kid. We shared at home and were happy to do so because we wanted them to learn to share, but bought a new Mac before we left because we know this old laptop is about to croak. It turns out to be a good idea to have both. Lucky us.
Talked to yet another kind person today who said, “oh, I want to do that” and of course, I encouraged her to do so. Now! Before you cannot get up the RV steps! Before everything else in life seems more important than living your dream. Now that we’re on day 20 and it’s getting easier, I am even more glad we took this crazy step.
Getting easier in every aspect – sleep, food, dogs – but the funniest one for Nate and I has been hitting our heads, arms and knees on everything. We didn’t have a slider in the last rig, and you get used to stepping over the dogs, around each other, waiting for people to pass. No big deal, again, to us, it’s called sharing.
So I didn’t even consider that this rig would take getting used to space-wise because it’s so much bigger. But we bump our heads, bump into things, leave a door open and whack it. Nate started out hitting his head in his bunk about 5 times a day. I still have bruises from my first hits. Nice that they are happening less each day as we get used to the space.
Took a tour of the Jelly Belly Factory yesterday with my Dad’s brother Bob and his wife Jean. We tried to do the tour with them 8 years ago, but the kids were sick. Yesterday was great. Huge factory, nice tour, yummy jelly belly samples throughout. Neat to see how they are made. They make 35,000 every minute! We wanted to know who is eating all of them?! The only downside was the hats they make you wear while you tour – dorky. Of course I saved mine. Holler if you want to borrow it.
After the tour, we went to Bob and Jean’s for dinner. They built a gorgeous house a few years ago and the sunset was priceless. The dinner was even better. We gorged on edamame’s sauteed in garlic and butter, a divine beet salad and the most incredible manicotti I’ve ever had. Nate and I are going to learn to make it because he had several helpings. So fun to spend time with them and almost surreal to hear Bob talk and see his mannerisms that are exactly like my Dad. Really fun evening and I’m sure it will go down in trip history as one of our favorite meals.
So we’re settling in to life on the road, the total freedom, and the joy of the fulfillment of our dream. That’s a good day.