The deets (did I really just say that? Lame)

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You guys are all so nice! No one even really called me crazy (to my face at least)!

Selling our house in this market has been a horrible, soul-sucking venture. So while we are determined to go SOON, we have not nailed down the time frame yet.

No worries, though, because this leaves me lots of time to obsess publicly about how many shoes to take.

oh my gosh, y’all, you don’t EVEN know how bad I wanted to tell this secret while dithering over what to sell/pack/store! I needed a committee of some sort – “Deb, seriously, when are you going to ever wear Hammer Pants?”

My biggest concern is, of course, the kids. And all their stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. The books alone! They are too young for Kindles, and books are an even bigger necessity than clothes, practically, so we will be trying to figure that out. There could be lots of indecisive whinging and whining in your future, so brace yourselves.

Here are some more details about our plan:

We are not going to buy an RV, because that would be VERY EXPENSIVE when we don’t even know how long we will do this – what if I cry all the way to Wyoming and change my mind?

Actually, when we moved from Colorado to Seattle with no job and no place to live and a paid off credit card that we pretended was the same thing as money, I DID cry all the way to Wyoming (see? it’s not my first Crazypants Rodeo).

Plus, even though Jim works from home doing mysterious computer geekery, he spends a lot of time on the phone. A LOT. A 4 year old, a 6 year old AND a daddy on the phone 6 hours a day talking to other basement-dwelling geeks in a tiny RV does not seem like the ideal situation.

We are planning on buying a small cargo trailer and loading it up with all our most prized possessions. We will tow that behind our SUV and stay in Vacation Rental by Owner houses. We want to stay in each location for a month or two because a) we can see and experience everything each place has to offer; b) I want to make sure the kids do okay with this and moving every week seems more chaotic than they could handle; and c) Jim does not want to be loading and unloading all our stuff constantly. I mean, he does have to work. Working interferes with all the fun, don’t you think?

We rented a tiny UHaul last weekend to take some stuff to storage and I drove the car and totally did not hit anything! I even backed up the trailer – twice! AND one of the times other people were watching and I still did it without hitting anything!

Listen, backing up a trailer is a skill. Not hitting stuff is a pretty important part of it.

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16 Responses to “The deets (did I really just say that? Lame)”

  1. Marcie Says:

    Backing up a trailer is a skill!!! I can pull a trailer like no ones business, but to back it up is a whole other story. I CAN get one stuck like you have never seen though.

    I hope everything falls into place soon for you and you are able to get started.
    Marcie´s last blog post ..Our Newest "Pet"

  2. Michelle Says:

    I’m totally impressed with backing up the trailer. I can’t even drive my Escape in reverse.

    Oh, that is the exact reason I stopped freelance writing. Phone interviews with little ones in the house were nearly impossible to manage. The husband and I were talking about all of this last night, and you know, he didn’t use the word “crazy” either. In fact, his brain started running in high gear trying to figure out if he could take HIS job on the road (believe it or not, traveling musician is not quite as do-able as it sounds). The final verdict was no, we can’t do this. Not now, at least. But it reminded us of all the places we want to visit with the kids and why we bought the tents. Yeah, vrbo’s are probably a better option than traveling around in a tent, right? 🙂
    Michelle´s last blog post ..A Typical Day

  3. Kristy Says:

    Ok, first off…it took me minutes to figure out what “deets” were. You and your ghetto slang can be so confusing for us suburban girls.

    Second, impressive job with the trailer. I can not for the life of me back up our boat trailer, even when it’s empty. I am trailer-impaired.

    Your kids are young enough that they will love this grand adventure. As long as they have mom and dad and some legos, they will have a blast.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..Hail, hail, the gang’s all here!

  4. Connie Weiss Says:

    I am loving this idea MORE AND MORE!!

    And now I’m jealous.
    Connie Weiss´s last blog post ..Remember Me…Not My Calves.

  5. Eddie Says:

    Seriously? You backed up a trailer? I can barely back up my van!

    I love the idea of experiencing the different areas. I think that alone will make wherever you end up closer to your “ideal” spot, because you’ll already know the good and the bad.
    Eddie´s last blog post ..Homer Price (BYFIAR and extras)

  6. Rose Says:

    it will all be fine!!! just keep trusting in God and stay patient!!! Great job on the trailer!!!
    Rose´s last blog post ..The Dining Room Saga…..

  7. Donetta Says:

    I’m so glad you joined my blogroll!! I’m hooked after just this post and can’t WAIT to read more! I don’t exactly know what’s going on yet based on this post but it sounds exciting! lol!! Looking forward to reading the rest!!!
    Donetta´s last blog post ..What our school day looks like

  8. April@M3RH Says:

    I’m actually kind of jealous and brought up the idea to my husband last night. It went sort of like this: This friend of mine is selling her home so her family can travel the country. Him: What friend? Me: Her name is Deb. (I couldn’t very well say it was a blog I read.) Him: What does her husband do? Me: He works from home. Him: How old are their kids? Me: Close in age to ours.

    I’m glad there are others with crazy ideas like me so I can present and support my case.
    April@M3RH´s last blog post ..Not Back to School Blog Hop: A Day in the Life

  9. Jimmie Says:

    Wow. Read the last three posts and I’m amazed! This sounds so stinking fun. We often dream about buying an RV and traveling around USA. But then that whole JOB thing comes up.
    Jimmie´s last blog post ..Glamorizing the Mom Notebook

  10. Tressa Says:

    I can’t back up my car. I am impressed! I think this is a grand adventure.
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Just me and the kids. In the snow. In August.

  11. Applie Says:

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  12. tracey Says:

    Getting rid of books is probably a bad idea. Getting rid of hammer pants if probably a good idea.

    What other problems do you need me to solve?
    tracey´s last blog post ..Too long for Twitter

  13. Kathy Says:

    Warning: Unsolicited Advice!
    I have lived in Maryland all my life and never been inside the White House. Everyone here lives close,so it is hard to get tickets. You must obtain them in advance through a member of Congress. I bet you are far enough away that it would not be so difficult to obtain them. If you are going to be in the area and know when, it might be worth the effort. Best Wishes on the Grand Adventure.

  14. Cindy Says:

    Oh, my goodness. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed just unloading the groceries from the car! I am far, far too lazy to move around as much as you are. It does sound like quite an adventure, though!
    Cindy´s last blog post ..Scheduling, Or the Lack Thereof

  15. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa Says:

    This is soooooo exciting! Well the adventure is exciting not all the packing-up. Yuck!

    You know I love VBRO. Let me know when you have beach questions! I bet I can answer them. I could definitely stay in Florida for a month.

    I have a series on San Diego as well from our summer trip. So much to do for FREE with kiddos. We had such good adventures (and it’s always 72 degrees). Highly recommend it. 🙂

  16. Cherie Says:

    No kidding backing up a trailer is a skill! We have a 30 foot RV and my husband spent a while practicing in the church parking lot before we dared tow it anywhere. 😉