Friday, August 07, 2009

Home on the RV Park

It is amazing how sleeping seven people in a tiny RV, then in the tiny RV and the office floor, then a bigger RV … all makes two RVs feel like you’re in a MANSION!

We have four of our kids in one. Michael, one kid and I are in the other. We have a little accordion curtain to separate off our “bedroom.” If you are familiar with RVs, you know this is pretty much the equivalent to a thick pull shade. However, I do have a loud radio right next to our child's head and a full supply of Benadryl, for nights we’re feeling amorous.

The kids’ trailer is the best place for cooking and cleaning up. There is much more room in the kitchen area. Yet, we are out of propane in that trailer. I know I have already noted how much we screw up and forget things. We have yet to leave a kid somewhere, but forgetting to take in the propane tanks to get filled is now a regular thing. So, I cook in one trailer right now and have every other kitchen item in the other trailer.

If I did not have 4 million other things to think about, I would already have this worked out. Perhaps when my “To Do” list is whittled down to the 2 million mark? We’ll see.

We have a great laundry room. The kids take their showers down at the park facilities, because they can spread out. While it is a lot of fun showering in an RV (unless, of course, you want to say … turn around!) they enjoy the wide open spaces of our restrooms. We also have a strict “no taking a dump in the RV” policy in our two trailers. When you have that many people in close proximity, and some children with behavioral issues, and seven people needing to relieve themselves regularly, you have to draw the line.

We also have a sink and toilet in the back room of our office. In those ways, we have a LOT of room. The toughest part is when you are in bed for the night, and you forget something and have about a 6” space to maneuver (and the 6” space is still full of the box labeled “night stand” and “Mom’s clothes”). Those are the moments you lose your NICE.

We really thought we might be able to swing a house in about two months. Now, we realize it will be at least four months. I would say the red tape is strangling us, but the reality is this:

We are currently living just like the average American.

Most Americans live in very small spaces. Most Americans have things breaking down constantly they either cannot afford to fix or don’t have the time (unless they don’t care about any R&R). We have been blessed beyond belief over our lifetimes. The truth is, we have absolutely everything we need. Everything. We are crazy rich.

Cramped, yes. Frustrated with things constantly, yes. However, every single need is met.

Can’t beat that.

Come visit me. Make me laugh. Laugh AT me. I'll put on the coffee, and I promise not to take a dump in your RV.

16 comments:

Llama Momma said...

Nice website! Makes me want to buy an RV just so I can come visit you. Then the "noise factor" of your park can be the three screechy boys of some lady who loves your blog. :-)

(And I just noticed the label on all of these posts. LMAO.)

lana said...

You are so close to us now! I am guessing we will have to come for a visit. I'm praying for you all, I love the pic of you and the kids at the courthouse. I am so happy for you all.

kristal said...

love the website. especially appreciate that you included pics of the bathroom. i need to SEE the facilities that will, uh, facilitate me, before i trek anywhere:) seriously praying for you guys and plotting when will be a good time to be in the shade of the hill.

Elizabeth said...

thought of y'all as I drove past Gonzales last weekend.

Ericka said...

What a freakin' adventure!
Sooooo Cool!

Laura Staum said...

This place looks great! I loved looking at the website and seeing some pics of where you are now. I hope living in the RVs for a few months is fun and not too stressful... Good luck!!!

PS Proofreading is probably not top priority right now, but just in case it's helpful - if you are messing with the website sometime, you might want to just fix up the spelling of "clean restrooms" and "handicap accessible" in the sidebar. When your to-do list is down below 2 million! :)

Brenda said...

This is one time I hope you are wrong and are into a house much sooner. Beautiful campground. I love the website.

Summer said...

Now you know I'm going to pimp the website all over the internet, right? :) I so envy you, then I don't. My organization skills are so lacking we'd all be eating nuts and berries growing along the side of the road. LOL Take care!

Mrs. Roma said...

Christine, I definitely want to come and visit and I'm in a "testing my limits" kind of mood- I think I'll take a dump in YOUR RV! I wonder what my consequence will be! LOL!!! Keep up the good work, this is such an inspiring adventure!

Little Wonder said...

You're a bigger woman than me (Well must be quite a bit smaller to live in cramped quarters) I like open spaces and room to breath and i have many "leave me alone" moments.

GOing to check out your site! :D

Brenda said...

You know I dont even like camping but would camp there!! Beautiful spot. I bet it will be nice in the fall! Hmmmmm.

Cammie said...

OK, seriously, can I come next Friday (the 14th)? I could help do some things. My kids will be with me, but I am willing to do whatever you need help with. Send me an email and let me know...

denie heppner said...

what a beautiful peaceful place. if i ever come to texas (or the US for that matter) i will try to look you up. actually, i'm laughing at your situation because it sounds a lot like missionary life (which i am intimately acquainted with, having been one for 23 years) in a third world country. minus the hot showers and PLUS a lot of nasty bugs and about a thousand people living next door. enjoy enjoy enjoy your lovely inconveniences!

One Future At A Time said...

Great start to the website!! Congrats on your purchase! :) :) It's great to see such happiness in a post.

Well done indeed!

Michael
http://www.rad-online.org

Life's Mom said...

What an adventure! I love your positive attitude about it all. You are also close to one of my favorite cheap getaways - Krause Springs. Well not superclose, but it could be a fun "staycation" day for your family.
http://www.briangreenstone.com/austin/krause/

Wavy's Mommy said...

Love the campsite website...

You are a woman after my own heart...pics of a super clean bathroom! That really will keep them coming. Nothing is worse than a gross camp toilet. I want to make the trip down from New York just to pee.