Our RV Home Tour: Come on in!

Since sharing with you all our family’s choice of living this year, I have gotten a ton of questions.  One of those is how do you live in such a small space with 5 people?!  Haha!  That’s what I thought too…. before we actually did it.  Believe me, it was a process to transition our family for this year of adventure!

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So I did a little video for you all of our ‘little home on wheels’.  You are all officially invited to come visit. 🙂

You can view the video HERE on our travel blog….

 

 

 

 

Then come back and let me know what you thought!  Could you do live like that for a year?  Any great idea for our shoe situation?? 

Thanks for watching 🙂

claire

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Family Hike: Carlsbad Caverns

Our family loves to hike. 

Recently during our travels, we went to the famous Carlsbad Caverns located in

White’s City, New Mexico.

Here is a view of the natural entrance to the cave. 

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The cave is home to hundreds of thousands bats that fly out every sunset to find food.  Thankfully, we went when they had migrated to Mexico for the winter.  The boys, however, were disappointed.

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This is Clark and I at the mouth of the cave.  It is a 1.2 mile long switchback trail to get down to the bottom.

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You can see the start of the switchback trail here. It is not strenuous, just steep.  Our 9 year old was able to do it easily.  We also saw people of all ages on the trail.  However, if you have knee issues, etc. they do have an elevator that will take you down to the bottom if you need.

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Most of the path was really open, but there were a few spots like this one.

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Down at the bottom we toured the Big Room. 

It is one of the two self guided cave tours and is 1.5 miles long.  The path is flat and somewhat lit. 

We did bring a few flashlights that were helpful, but not necessary.

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The view of the inside of the cave was incredible!  

Over time, moisture and water have created these stalagmites and stalactites.

It was breathtaking to view how nature had created this over time.

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My best hiking tip is to bring water and wear good shoes.

Our boys each have a small Camelback so they can carry their own water.  This has worked super well for us and is definitely worth the cost if you hike several times a year.  They wear it as a back pack and it has a straw tube to drink from.  It eliminates water bottles (and mom carrying them).

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{ the blue backpack is a Camelback }

We all loved the cave hike, especially the boys!  My youngest told hubby and I thank you for bringing him here twice.  He’s too cute. 

If you go, White’s Cave has an RV park, campground and hotel all located within 10 miles of the cave entrance.  The town also has a Water Park that looked super fun for kids (and adults, too) if you are there in season.

What about you?  Do you like to hike?  Do you hike with your kids?  Where have you been?

claire

Fall Pumpkin Patch

I love going to the pumpkin patch every fall.  While visiting with friends in Kansas, we were able to go together to a really fun one!

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Aren’t these pumpkins gorgeous?  I love the different fall colors.

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Here is my oldest son in the corn maze. 

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They had sling shots and some cool guns to shoot mini pumpkins with.  This was the boys favorite part.

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The zipline was also fun.

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Because we live in such a small space right now, this pumpkin was too big for us this year!  We decided to get a couple of mini ones instead.

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Do you go to the pumpkin patch every year too?  What’s your kids favorite part?

Happy fall!

Claire

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Blogger Girls Meet in ‘Real Life’

Since my family and I started our year long US tour, we have been able to meet and visit with so many people!

We just spent the last (almost) 2 weeks with the Branscom family in Kansas.  My good friend, Erin and I actually met through blogging and we have been able to ‘meet’ each other in real life twice before our family invaded their family and parked our HUGE 5th wheel in their driveway.  Seriously!  How cool are they do let us do this??? You can find Erin’s blog HERE.

While we were there, Erin and I made sure to get as much blogging and girl time as possible!

We jam packed it in and had so much fun!

We started every morning off with coffee…..

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…..and a protein shake.

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We wrote down our ideas for our blogs and business for the week.

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One night we used our favorite beauty masque cream.  Our kids thought we looked silly so we just told them we were going to be mimes for Halloween.  LOL

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We got pedicures.  My feet sooo needed this!

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We had a blogger night at Starbucks and drank salted caramel mochas. YUM!

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We played at Target one night and had a little fun with Instagram!

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We had so much fun!  Stayed up waaaay too late, laughed a lot and even worked too. 

You rock Erin!!!  I miss you already.

Have you ever met a blogger online and become ‘real life’ friends?

Claire

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Virtual 5K Fundraiser #cancersucks!

Livin the Fit Life is sponsoring this amazing young man, Colton, in his fight against Leukemia with a virtual 5K.

My family and I are joining in, too!

Here is Colton’s story and all the details……

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Many of you have read about our friend Colton who was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia in 2009.  He is one of the reasons I am so passionate about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My other reason is my wonderful sister Claire who survived her own battle with Lymphoma.   You can read about her experience here.
Colton is my friend Suzy’s son.  His is 12 years old and here is what he has gone through within the past 3 years:
-Diagnosed with hypo-diploid Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.) on 9/11/09
-Bone Marrow Transplant 1/6/10
-Relapsed 12/20/10
-Stem Cell Transplant 3/5/11
-One year follow up – shows his body in REMISSION!! 3/22/12
-19 months of remission & cancer strikes for the 3rd time
**Starting chemo on 10/23/12 and preparation for 3rd transplant
We found out last week that the cancer is back for the 3rd time.  At this point, all treatments are experimental.  Doctors don’t have answers, so they are trying something that hasn’t been tried before.  Unfortunately, this means that insurance is sketchy.  Insurance doesn’t like experimental anything. 

After the thousands of dollars my friends have raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this time they are the ones who need a fundraiser. 

So, I am hosting a virtual race, "Colton’s Army Virtual 5k", to raise money for Colton’s ArmyColton’s Army is a group of hundreds, maybe thousands of people who love and support Colton and his family and pray every day for him to be cured.  All proceeds will go directly to Colton’s medical fund.  Everyone can participate, but, since this is a fundraiser, in order to be eligible for prizes, you need to make a donation of at least $10.  For every $5 increment over $10 you will receive an additional entry.  After your donation, additional entries can be received by:

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*Tweeting about the race (1).  This can be done daily.

ex.  "Coltons’s Army Virtual 5k" @livinthehikelif help raise money to save Colton’s life! http://livinthefitlife.blogspot.com/2012/10/coltons-army-virtaul-race-cancersucks.html

*Writing a blog post about the race (2)

*Posting about the race on facebook (1)

For those of you who are unable to contribute at this time, please join in on the racing fun and pray, post, tweet, and facebook to your hearts delight .  Just because you aren’t eligible for the prizes, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and help get the word out at the same time.  Come back and tell me all about it and send me your pics to post:) 

Just as an FYI, orange is the color that represents Leukemia, so if you want to wear orange during your 5k even better!

Here are just a few of the prizes I have gotten so far.

Workplaybags Fleetfeet II running bag
$30 giftcard at Sparkleskirts
Energybits tin
Honeystinger (5)
Honeystinger chews (4)
Noodlehuggers headbands
Nike running shirt (Size small)
Colton’s Army t-shirt
Mill Creek Hot Yoga gift certificate
Shaklee Performance Drink Mix
Shaklee Protein Mix


I am still working on more prizes!  

I hope you all can participate and help raise money for Colton’s medical fund.  Colton is an amazing kid and throughout his entire battle, he has remained positive and always has a smile on his face.  His strength is amazing and so inspiring:)

After you donate, please email me your amount to rachelleq1@gmail.com so I know how many entries you have earned.  Also, keep me posted on your tweets/posts/facebook entries.  The race goes until October 31st!

Have a great day and happy running!

Rachelle

My family is so excited to help Colton in this way.  Let me know in the comments if you are participating too!  Be sure to click the link to donate and head over to Livin the Fit Life to let Rachelle know there too.

Claire

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Family Fun Night

We have been visiting friends in Wichita, KS.  We pulled up in our 5th wheel and are currently parked in their driveway.  Here’s a picture of us backing in our HUGE rig!  They measured their driveway before we came to make sure we would fit.  lol

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Friday night our families had a pizza and game night.  All 10 of us!  Such an inexpensive and FUN way to get together with friends.

This is my hubby and I eating our pizza and breadsticks.  {totally off subject, but my hair has gotten so long! I think I am going to put some long layers in it.  What do you think?}

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Between us we have 6 kids.  Aren’t they cute?

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After we ate our dinner, the power went out for a few hours. So, my hubby brought in our propane lamp.  lol  We didn’t let it spoil our fun.

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We had planned to have popcorn with my friend’s hand crank popper and when the power went out to our 5th wheel in the driveway and used our gas stove.  She also uses Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil.  I just LOVED this healthy popcorn!  It was fun to use AND really inexpensive to buy a bag of popcorn.  So much better for you than microwave!

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Look at this cute popcorn set she has!  Isn’t it adorable?

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The four adults and my two older boys played cards while the four younger kids played with some glow sticks we had.  Our game of choice that night was Rummy.

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Just as we were finishing our night the power came back on. 

Do you do family game nights?  How do you make your popcorn?  What do you think about my hair? LOL

Thanks for reading!

Claire

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Our First Week of School

As you may know, our family is taking this year to tour the US in our 5th wheel.  The second most asked question we get is…’What about school?’  We are blessed to be in a school district that has an online school and they are willing to work with our unique family situation!  So we get to Live the Adventure and our kids still get teachers and coursework all via the web.  I don’t have to come up with curriculum and the boys can keep up for when they come back next year.  How cool is that? 

Since it is a new experience for us and the school, it took a little longer to get them set up officially for school.  So….we started our own little 2 hour school day to get us through the first 3 days.

Here is what it looked like:

9am: PE …bike riding

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Playing catch and playground

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10am: Reading

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10:30am: Driver’s Ed. for our oldest

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Math Review for the other two

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11am: done for the day.

Not very much, but it eased us into a school routine. They now have access to their online classes and are working on assignments.  Time will tell how many hours a day they need.  To start they worked 3 hours a day for 4 days and they are farther than they would be back at school!  They are loving it so far.

What do you do for school?  How did the first week go?

Have a great day,

Claire

Window Shopping Fun!

Happy Monday!  Do you ever go window shopping for fun?  I love to go and check out the new styles and sometime WILD styles. Here are some pictures from my latest window shopping trip to Nordstrom.  Enjoy!

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Fall is here in the department stores!

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Little known fact: I worked at Nordstrom from the time I was 15 – 24.  I started in the teen dept. putting away clothes (boring!) and moved up to sales in jewelry during college.  I worked mostly seasonally and when I was home from college.  It was a great job for making some quick money for a few weeks. Then I worked a few sales in lingerie when we moved to Oregon until I had my first baby. Working there definitely taught me about great customer service!  I get annoyed when I don’t get it at other stores.

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Jewelry. Jewelry. Jewelry.

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I LOVE circles!

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The fall scarves and hats were out.

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Then I moved on to the shoes!  I love these, but I have trouble in heels.  lol

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I have Toms in black and I love them!  They are actually comfortable.  But for my next pair I want something more fun.  I am thinking the pink! 

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More sparkles…but I think I will stick with the flats.

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And of course, I hit the coffee bar. 

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Window shopping is more fun while sipping my vanilla latte’.  Do you drink yours with a straw too?

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Do you ever window shop too?  What about shoes?  Flats or heels?  Sparkles or none?  Leave a comment below to let us know what you like.

Have a great day!

Claire

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Our Weekend in Arizona

We visited family in Mesa, AZ last week.  It is HOT there!  Up to 110 degrees! 

We drove from New Mexico and being from Oregon, the land really is different here.  You can read more about our family travels on our WeeRV blog.

[Warning:  LOTS of pictures in this post!]

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The boys keep entertained on their electronics. They are really good travelers.

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We swam a LOT at Uncle Pete and Aunt Elissa’s house but only at night because it was so hot during the day. They are all so competitive!  Clark and the boys tried to throw around some ‘Leighton power’ like they usually do…BUT then realized Pete and Haley are Leighton’s too.  LOL

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Isn’t Caden cute?!  They all slept so good at night after hours of swimming.

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The sunsets are so gorgeous here.

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The boys raced with Uncle Pete and cousin Haley on the Wii.

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Here is Haley with her dog, Tia.  So cute!  Haley was 8 the last time we saw her.  She has grown so much and is now 10.

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The boys and Clark visited Uncle Pete’s RV biz everyday.  They loved it there!

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Clark was able to repair our air conditioning in the truck.

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I love this picture of Clark and his brother, Pete. Clark is younger by 3 years and taller….Pete tried standing on his toes.  lol  Makes me wonder about my 3 boys and if the younger will be taller than the older?

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This giant bear is in the office right when you walk in!  Pete won it for Haley and he seems to have moved in.

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The bear is Oregon Beaver colors and Connor refused to get in the picture!  lol  He is a total Oregon Duck fan…as you can see from his shirt.

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Uncle Pete’s office.  Where the magic happens…  Aunt Elissa’s office is next door.  They work as a team.

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Haley does competitions with her horse.  She is really good and loves it!  Here is a picture of her after she won.  Isn’t that picture amazing?

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Here is a picture of the kids all together…after swimming of course!

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…..and here they tried to get the dogs in the picture.  lol It didn’t work out too well.

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Here is Elissa and Me.

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Saying goodbye to Aunt Elissa….we will be back in the winter!

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I was able to get a pedicure and go shopping with Elissa and Haley.  Haley needed school clothes and I was shopping for my upcoming Las Vegas trip for the Annual Shaklee Global Conference.

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The girls’ clothing section was full of 80’s fashion!  Such a flashback to high school!

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But the boys favorite thing about our visit was being able to ride in the razer and drive the golf cart!

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