Crawling across South Dakota

Through a complete lack of planning on our part our itinerary was going to put us in South Dakota during the Sturgis Bike Rally. Luckily we realized it before we got anywhere near Sturgis, so we figured our best bet was to just inch our way slowly across the state and get to the Black Hills… read more...

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My girls have never met a stranger. They love to talk to people, and they will talk to anyone, it’s fantastic. The other night we met this woman in the laundry room at a campground in rural Vermont. She was really sweet, and listened to the girls go on and on. Then she told us… read more...

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Outer Banks North Carolina

Our first stop on our way up the East Coast was the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It's been on my list for a long time ever since I heard about the wild Spanish horses that live on Corolla Island. The Outer Banks wasn't what I expected. I can't exactly even say how I feel about the area… read more...

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Ada’s Quiet Book :: a Video Tour

This is the very first quiet book I made. I designed and stitched this for Ada when she was 3, over 4 years ago. Even though it's no longer in perfect condition, I just love how well it's held up after 4 years of toddler play. This is one reason why I recommend using only… read more...

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I originally wrote this story almost 22 year ago for one of my first college English classes. I like to think I’m at least a little better writer now, and I even considered re-writing this to make it better but decided to share it mostly as it was written then.  It sounds closer to the… read more...

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About five short years ago, Juárez, Mexico was given the ominous title Murder Capital of the World. Between 2009-2012 this city with a population a little over 1 million averaged 8.5 homicides a day. The good news is the city is much safer now in 2015. It still has a way to go, but it's headed in the right… read more...

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Upper and Downer Michigan

None of this full-time traveling stuff actually felt real until we were finally headed out of the state, and parking our house in a Wal-Mart parking lot while we shopped for groceries. It's really the most convenient way to grocery shop. Our first stop was Wells State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  I've been to Michigan… read more...

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We moved out of our townhouse a few weeks before we could actually leave the Twin Cities area.  We still had a few obligations to take care of so we had to stick around a little while longer. Luckily we have a number of gracious family members who were kind enough to let us park our… read more...

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Mice, maggots and a boat load of stuff

A handful of people have made me promise to share all the down and dirty, irritating and generally un-fun aspects of living full-time in an Airstream with 2 kids. Well, this is that. You’re welcome. The Airstream was stored at my father-in-law’s after we purchased it last summer.  It was in a wooded area, so… read more...

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We have curtains!

I. Am. So. Excited! So much of our Airstream is original and in such great condition we can't bring ourselves to change much about it right now. The one thing I HAD to change was the window treatments, they aren't original anyway. Someone obviously loved those dark brown silk damask curtains, and God bless them… read more...

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