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Old 12-14-2011, 02:35 PM   #11
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:52 PM   #12
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Lorna,thanks for the write up.
I understand (in my mind...atleast) the need to just go and get away...taking care of two sets of grandparents is rough,when we have weekend day free we just go,normally we head a couple hours here or there always waiting for the phone to ring.
I was raised with exploring in my blood(military folks) every 3 years...lets move,I loved it.
We have done the tent camping,moved up to a 20' camper...and now are back to simpler times.
One vehicle,hook up the kayak trailer and roll.
People laugh at first when we pull up to a winery(really enjoy that) setup awnings attatched to our suv,breakout the stove or grill(custom rear bumper) and do a sea food boil or meatballs and enjoy the hot cheese and sausage dip while waiting for food to cook.(gotta love invertors,crockpots ad solar)
All the winery owners love it,and normally kick back with us and...well....just relax with us,we always say wanna join us? Even to absolute strangers rolling in 50k cars/trucks......they enjoy it...but in there mnd we know they tell the friends about the two "rednecks" with good food and fun times......and they are jealous...at least we think so...we can't wait to move up to our bus
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:34 PM   #13
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yes , thank you lorna for the write up, I guess that makes you a free sprit someday when I retire , we plan to wonder off south, maybe work camp, then come back spend the summer here at our camp. for now I can dream about it.

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:13 PM   #14
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:27 PM   #15
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If I thought I could actually home-school my kids in the bus we'd be on the road, but I know that can cause issues so for now we are stuck in one spot. As a kid every summer was a road trip. 5 of us would spend 2-3 weeks on the road crammed into a conversion van with a wheelchair lift. My dad believed that vacations meant getting the hell outta town. I put toe to dirt in every state but Alaska and Hawaii. I even spent time in both Canada and Mexico. That old wanderlust still flows through my veins. I can't wait for the day that I can join all the full-timers out on the road.

Lorna I enjoy reading your posts. When we finally hit the road it will be as a working couple. You give some great insights.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:57 PM   #16
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The homeschooling comment wasn't anything against homeschooling it was more intended that I couldn't pull it off. My current health issues, which unfortunately include an increasing lack of concentration, prevent me from undertaking such an exercise. Pulling the kids out of whatever "proper" school is deemed by some of my family would also instantly cause lots of problems for me. I really don't feel like going through another Child Services Investigation cause I am not raising my kids the way some people think I should. The accusations were baseless, but the State still had to look into it. I never lost my kids but it was still a major headache. It's definitely not something I wish on anyone that doesn't actually deserve to loose their children.
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The museum trips are one of my kids favorite activities that we do as a family. We have gotten season passes for many of the museums, zoos, and science centers around the area. I've done a lot of the research into the homeschooling and I agree with you that there is a lot that the kids can learn outside a standard school setting. My girls love the work books you are talking about and spend a lot of their free time with either reading or working in a puzzle or workbook. I'm even saving up to get them each a decent tablet to make things easier to take along with them. There are some great apps out there now that the kids love and are educational. I do what I can to teach the girls to think for themselves and to actually learn to problem solve rather than just memorize the answers for the next test. I agree that public schools need to rethink how they do things.

My primary reason for not homeschooling is my own health. Before my health started to deteriorate I was maintaining and installing medical imaging equipment. Stuff like MRI's, Cat-scans, and X-ray machines. All pretty advanced stuff. Now, on my bad days, I'm lucky to be able to concentrate well enough to fix a toaster. Before my health problems started I would have home-schooled the kids in a heartbeat. We were even looking at picking up a converted MCI and hit the road at one time. But now it's just a waiting game until the kids are on their own. Then the wife and I will be out on the road. The plan is to have a base-camp piece of property. Not a house, as much as a place to come back to when we want to take a break from campgrounds. Basically a piece of land with outbuildings and utilities where we can hook up the bus and just be able to relax.

As to the family, since my wife and I've been married we never really lived close to them. I spent several years in the Air Force then traveled a lot when I was working at the hospitals. Even now being two states away from them thought they still seem to be able to mettle. Not all of my family is that bad though. Just a select few. And I can't cut off contact with the pain-in the-*** ones unless I leave them all behind.
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