Updated: Jul 22, 2018
Well we did it! Our first few weeks aboard Edna Newmar. It’s almost not as if to say something congratulatory as “we did it” because it didn’t really feel like we did anything. Not in a blahs-a manner. Rather, it was because have been sacrificing, saving, planning, dream building, and experiencing all the ups and down that came along with getting where we are now, that when we finally got our home on wheels, we felt complete. Almost as if,
“Ok, let’s go now!”
People ask about her name and I'm always curious to find out why people named their RV what they did. So when I started coming up with a list of names, I knew I wanted something meaningful. And yes, I took the reigns on picking out a name because otherwise my kids would have name it something like Campey or Tony would have named it something like Cougar. (sorry Babe). I decided to go with Edna because its my Grandmothers name. My Dads, Mom. She never went by her real name because she hated it. She went by her middle name Faye. I remember finding this out when I was really young and never understanding why because I loved her name. I always thought it was so beautiful. So when I presented the name Edna to the rest of the family, they were right on board. Not to mention the way my Dad lit up when I told him.
To say we’ve learned some good things along the way would be an understatement. Since July 3rd, when we pulled off the lot with Edna, we all finally felt at home. In just the few short weeks since we called her home, we have camped in a family members drive way, a KOA, a private campground, and boondocks at Cracker Barrel. All have been uniquely different and adventurous. There are a lot of really sweet people that do extended stay camping at smaller camgrounds and they are always there for advice and help. Also Cracker Barrel rocks, and they are very accommodating to RV families, Just please be respectful of their lot.
We’ve had some curveballs thrown our way already too, and were learning more everyday.
- De-cluttering Is Going To Happen… A Lot.
Once we stared bringing all of our belongings into Enda the first day, I remember looking at Tony and saying “I already need to downsize". I had to laugh realizing I will be doing this forever. The good news, no matter where your going, there are always places to drop off the things you no longer need, whether it’s a Planet Aid drop box or a thrift store.
- Get Out & Explore
This one is can be a tough one for me sometimes, whether its because the kids are not on board to check out a local market or because I’m having an introvert day. No matter what the situation, forcing myself to go do something regardless I end up loving it and end of growing as a person. I found some really cute spots to check out also, some yummy vegan spots!
-You Don’t Always Get What You Want
A new one for me. I find that I fall in love with places all the time and very quickly. Whether its the cute little towns, or the national parks, theres always things I feel like we didn’t get to do and it’s hard to say goodbye. For example our latest stay in Connecticut. Due to Tony’s schedule, we could only stay for a few days. Although we were able to see his Grandma Nonnie, which was so wonderful, we weren’t able to see much of the town or the sites. But one thing I have learned about life on the road is
you can always go back again.
- Things Break
I remember reading blog after blog and article after article about full time RV life while we were still living in our brick and mortar home. One of the biggest things that they always said were that Things Break…like all the time. I remember thinking “Well that’s going to suck. How am I going to get parts to fix it?”. Worried about how we were going to fix it. Then, once we were actually in the RV and within the first week the hinge to the second drawer broke. I laughed with an “oh well” attitude. We ordered the part to fix it and had it delivered to my parents house in Ohio with plans to get it… whenever. That’s the thing, when something breaks, its more of an “ok well lets fix it and move on” attitude.
- Learning to Adapt is a Great Life Lesson
Adaptation has been a valuable life lesson for full time. Learning to go with the flow is a big obstacle for me in life. When you're in an RV, it’s a must. Learning to adapt to whatever life throws at you. Not going to make it to your destination in time? Prepare to sleep in a parking lot somewhere. Did you run out of propane for your stove? Better make a salad instead. Your black tank full… you better grab a leaf and head to the woods until you can dump it. Adaption in key.
- Meeting New People Is Enriching
There’s one thing all RVers can agree on, the people you meet are some of the nicest in the world. They would give you the shirt off their back if needed. Especially at campgrounds. I don’t know what it is but I’ve found is fascinating. Could it be because your both camping? Because some of you are on vacation? Or is it because you both love the travel? Whatever it is, I love it.
- Enjoy Every Minute.
Sitting here writing, it’s been over two weeks (almost three) and I have no idea where the time went. One thing is for sure,
time flies when your on the road full time.
Even when things get chaotic, and they do, I’m slowly learning to
love every weird, smelly, beautiful, intense, stressful, blissfully perfect moment.