Comfort ZONE Obliterated
Honestly I had been praying for quite sometime for something to change in Clay's job arena. I could see him dying a slow death while chained to a job where the writing was on the wall. So on February 25th, after 11 years of loyalty to his company, he was let go from an oil and natural gas industry job.
When I had been praying for such a bold and scary thing and then it happens, CRAP it took my breath away when he texted the words, "I'm OUT!"
Our world has been comfortable to say the least for the last several years when it came to provision for our family. We had settled for easy and comfort. It is kind of amazing what kind of excitement fuels in your soul when you are pushed to be creative in your endeavors.
A Dream Born Five Years Ago...
So almost to the week, five years ago I graduated from the Pathways CORE Training program. The program in a nutshell is what I describe as:
"An experienced based emotional intelligence training. You go through a series of classes (5 weekends over 4 months) that help you cast off the negative conditioning or life circumstances that have been dealt your way up to this point. Once you work through that to get to the heart of who you were created to be, then you start working on self awareness of habits and relationships that stand in the way of living life to the fullest. Pathways gives you tools to live your life by design instead of living it by default. It honestly changed our lives, our kids lives and now our family and friends lives. Where we were once just going through the motions, living life by default, we are now enjoying life with people on a heart level."
During the training you are asked to design a life plan that spans out at least five years or more. One of the top items on my life plan was to take a long road trip camping style with my family!
It's NOT Crazy to Chase Your Dreams!
When we took a breath and stepped back from the swirling emotions of what we are going to do for work, we realized that this was really an opportunity to rest, relax and rejuvenate ourselves.
Life is a vapor, and who knows if we will EVER get a whole month or so to spend on an adventure with all of us together. And as if it were already planned for us, our March was one of the lightest months I have seen as far as our schedule is concerned than we have had in years. Seriously, other than a few homeschool and karate classes and one Jenks Community Education Class that was easily rescheduled, there was no reason we needed to be home for the month of March.
So we immediately went to work on Plan A (upper west coast area) which didn't work out due to cold weather, travel trailer limitations and such. So Plan B quickly became and option and we are SUPER excited to jump at the opportunity to see the road with our clan.
We simply have a pop up tent trailer, so south was a better option for the timing of this adventure!
Stop One: Memphis, TN The home of the Blues and Elvis Presley!!!! (We are Elvis fans here in the Peevyhouse Clan, I mean we have a dog named Elvis...)
Oh The Excitement and Planning!
What will you NEED in the tent trailer camping vs. what you WANT is quite the painful thought process when you are planning a 3 week trip and multiple states.
Clothes and shoes for six people and approximately three weeks and two fairly different climates, layers and laundromats are both in our future.
The goofy girl in me really wanted a "happy camper" shirt but couldn't find one in town I was happy with so I batted my eyelashes at my AWESOME Karate Master, Mr. Reyna who just so happens to screen print and vinyl print by moonlight to make this shirt for me in the last minute. It couldn't be more perfect!
Our plan including a few different climates = many shoes. PLUS the need for shower shoes (A.K.A. cheap flip-flops) means approximately 18-20 pair of shoes! The ones who will have the most problem with this limitation will be Clay and Rosi, they both love their shoes and having a plethora to choose from.
Yep, Dub's 3-in-1 sleeps all of us pretty comfortably! And the kids were fairly giddy over their new sleeping bags because last time we camped out in the pop-up it was fairly chilly with just our blankets. And to make our experience even warmer, the kiddos are packing their footed pajamas!
Budget Travel = More Memories
So as we are obviously doing this road trip as budget friendly as possibly so that we may experience the things that actually cost a bit of money to get into.
Most of our meals will be simple, quick and easy items that can be made in our camper or on the road. We may never want another sandwich, trail mixes or smoothie for the rest of 2016. BUT it will be a memory our kids will never forget. "Remember that crazy road trip when..." they will say.
We had to go check out our new Trader Joe's to grab our food and snacks on the road. The kids and I were over the moon excited to see all the new choices TJ's brings into our life!
3500 Miles Wouldn't be Complete Without Books
We honestly are bit nerdy when it comes to good stories. I attribute Payton's love of books and drama honestly to audiobooks which we have listened to since she was very young. So with approximately 3500 miles to look forward to we had to make a trip to two different libraries and my dear homeschool friend-sister's house to find our selection.
So as we begin to set sail tomorrow of course we are organizing (which is not something we come by naturally) and planning.
Our precious moms are trading off and on to say with our dogs at our house, so if you see some wild parties going down at the big, white, house just know that they are enjoying life while we are gone!
The sink plumbing went caput last night, so there is that repair...
The girls are helping me put together some homeschool lap books on each state we will be driving through.
Headed to the bank for some change to be converted to paper. We have been saving in a gallon jug for several years now, not really knowing for what reason, but just understanding there would be a time and we would know. NOW is the time. We do have a bit of a wager between all of us on a guesstimate on who is the closest to guessing the total amount. The winner gets $5.00 in pocket money!
Excitement Is A Choice!
So we ask you to join us on this adventure! Come along and watch and live life through our adventures over the next three-ish weeks. I am hoping to post to our blog every day or so. The good, the bad, and the awesome!!!
Life has handed us some lemons and yet we have decided to make some lemonade.
And as I posted on Facebook the day after he was let go, fear and excitement are the same emotion located in the brain, we just have a choice in what we label it. We are declaring it to be EXCITEMENT!
So my dear friend and up and coming street photographer, Kathy turned me on to a new style of cameras this past month. This is a mirrorless XT-1 Fujifulm and I am in LOVE!!!! I had plans to purchase it before Clay got laid off and I decided not to immediately after the lay off.
Long story short, God opened the door to do it anyways...via a dear friend and fellow photographer in NYC, Kent Meister sold me this beautiful 35mm 1.4 lens and KEH had a fantastic buy on this used body for about the same amount I had saved up for in purchasing the camera!
So this is the only camera other than my iPhone that I will be taking on the trip!!!! I am over the top excited about what images I will be sharing with you along the way!
All the images in this blog were taken with my new "baby" and I hope to make another post very soon about all the love I have for this sweet thang.
As always I am still scheduling classes through my 24 Frames Photography School and One on One Mentoring sessions. Click on the button above to learn more.
Right now is the time to schedule a story session with me for this summer before life gets too busy and you forget! TODAY, March 8th is the last day of my $100 off any package purchased for 2016, so call today!
Feel free to read into this, "We are now unemployed and need work to put food on our table" because that is the truth and reality of the situation.
Last But NOT Least
Please pray for our safety and sanity during this trip. We have witnessed the doors being flung open to allow us to step into this adventure, but none the less we ALWAYS appreciate prayers and traveling mercies.
We would LOVE interaction here and comments or questions so please leave them in the comments below. Also, if we mention we are headed in the direction of something you believe is a MUST SEE on our trip, please, please speak up we are all about roadside tangents.
Love, Grace and Peace,
Holly, Clay, and the Clan