April 8, 2017

update

I haven't updated the blog in a while because Brent left his laptop in Tennessee accidentally when he flew out there for his last test.  I'm going to be visiting him soon and will hopefully get some pictures uploaded and can finish updating the blog! Because we all know I'm useless about journaling without pictures associated with it.... I really should work on that deficiency.  😜

March 1, 2017

Our Last Week in Oregon

We were having mixed feelings all throughout our last week in Oregon.  We were SO excited to be done with the trailer.  The tight spaces and propane smell and other smells were starting to get to us.  But at the same time we really didn't want to be done with our time in Oregon.  It is so beautiful there and the climate is so much more agreeable than the harsh winter climate in Utah. Sigh.

A few instagram pictures because I can't update our good pictures for a while...


Brent got an interview in Coos Bay our last weekend in Oregon. We got to spend Thursday night through Sunday nights sleeping in comfy hotels instead of the trailer.  While Brent interviewed, the kids and I had great time playing in hotel pools, watching Disney Channel, and wandering around the area falling in love with it all.
Brent was offered the job, we accepted and now we are counting down the days until we can return!

February 15, 2017

Redwood Magic

Life in an RV can be hard at times.  Add the stress of applying for jobs and trying to study with very crappy wi-fi into the mix and yeah it all gets even harder.  My dear husband has so much to deal with and he was closing up last week. I hadn't seen him smile or crack a joke in a few days and I was starting to worry majorly.  Well we started for the coast Friday morning and as soon as we finally got to the ocean I saw that stress start peeling away. Then we looked at this property we really want and I saw it peeling away even more.  By the time we got to the redwood forest in California I had my happy husband back again. There is something magical about the Oregon Coast for us. The redwoods are just our absolute favorite.  I wish we could build our house right there in the middle of Jedediah Smith State Park.  

My hubby knows the right time to get out there and he sure knows how to capture things beautifully.  It was a wonderful wonderful morning spent exploring.








Chico wanted to take pictures and videos with my phone.




The kids love the redwoods as much as we do.



The kids had a blast standing up in the car with their heads out of the sunroof. Made for an awesome view as we slowly drove through the forest.


We got out at Stout Grove and had a nice little walk.  The cool thing about this next picture is that the trail they are walking on is actually a fallen redwood tree.




It wasn't raining at all but some of the trees were dropping a bunch of water and it almost looked like rain. It was really neat.

Is it seriously February? We had the most amazing weather that weekend. Almost forgot it was still winter.
After we left the Jedediah Smith State Park we drove them down to see the giant Paul Bunion statue.  Chico saw some awesome waves from the highway and convinced us that they HAD to go swimming.  We had their suits in the car so we let them. Their version of swimming is more like jumping up and down in the water.  They didn't get past their knees I think, ha ha!  If it had been a good swimming beach though Brent would have joined them in there.

After we left the beach we took the kids back to the hotel to shower off. Then Sanna and I went to the store and got some food and pizza for dinner. Then we watched cable tv for the rest of the evening. So weird for us since we don't normally have tv.  But Brent had a bunch of work to do on his laptop so the kids and I first watched Property Brothers, then found the end of the Lego Movie, and then watched Chopped.  Kind of fun but also mind numbing with all the commercials. Bleh!
Then the next morning we hurried off to the Redwoods one more time before church. Just incredible again!


We rushed home from the redwoods so we could check out of the hotel and get to church by 11:00 (the website said it started at 11:00).  We got there by 11:05 and found out they had changed it to 11:30 recently but hadn't updated the internet. So we were actually early (shocking) which turned out to be great because we were able to talk to people AND we got to see our friend Tammy!  She was in the 9:00 am ward but when she found out we were there she said she'd catch us after sacrament.  She came and talked after the meeting and invited us over and invited us to even stay the night! She and her family were so hospitable. We needed a break from tiny spaces for sure (and it was nice to save some money since we needed to spend one more night)!  They fed us good food, had a movie with popcorn and one of my guilty pleasures graham crackers with frosting on it. They had good wi-fi for Brent to use. They showed us a few cool places in town (the Lookout and the pier by the lighthouse).  The next morning Tammy let the kids and I swim in their hot tub pool. It was so much fun!
That morning while the kids and I swam and packed, Brent was off dropping off resumes in town and then we headed back home dropping off resumes on the way.  We stopped at Five Guys for dinner that night which we haven't had in a few years. It was gooood. :)
All in all a great weekend and I am currently counting the minutes until we get to leave again tomorrow after work to go down to the Coos Bay area again this weekend!!!!

February 14, 2017

Halfway there

We have made it just about halfway through this 5 week rotation.  It has at times been quite stressful but exploring Oregon and the coast has made it all worth it. We love it here so much and hope so much that we can get a job out here when PA school is all done.
This has been what we've been up to for the last two weeks since I last posted:

Some journaling from Instagram:

Starting out our time in the trailer has been rough. With all the issues with leaking plumbing and the resulting dirty laundry piling up and laundry facilities closed today and trying to teach homeschool while stressed about those things, I was not a nice mom today. I don't know how the kids handle it. They're so forgiving. They believe tomorrow will be better. Somehow they still love me when I'm a jerk.

Today has been better. All the leaks are fixed, I got the bathroom smell out of the trailer, I got the laundry done, I got to work out, and I got the kids all showered. Then it was gorgeous outside so we went on a walk on the trail that goes around the perimeter of the rv park. Now we're doing some homeschool and there haven't been too many tantrums. Dinner is in the crockpot and smells really good. Brent will be home soon so yeah life is good. ☺️



  • We made it out to the library in Salem on Wednesday. It's awesome! Chico was reading to his siblings but they looked away right when I took the picture. Ha ha. Anyway, it was really fun and had dress ups and all kinds of puppets and fun toys. The kids had a blast.


  • Staying sane. The kids are playing uno while I work out. The game room is combined with this tiny little closet they call their gym. It works though. It also has a bathroom with a shower so I can shower the boys without them having to come in the women's room or without me having to send them into the men's room and worry about them the whole time. Plus, they can sit out there and play chess while Sanna and I shower. Now if only one of them knew how to play ping pong with me we'd be set. (There is a ping pong, fuse ball, and pool table in the game room)

  • Remember these things!? Kids had a blast on it. They have their helmets on because we came upon it while they were riding bikes. I kind of like having wear helmets on this thing. Feels a bit safer ha ha! Wish I'd gotten Chico in the picture too, he had a blast on it.

  • It was a fun weekend. We saw Moana on Friday night (finally). It was really good! When we went on a walk at the ocean after church today all the sudden the music from Moana came pouring back in my memory and I couldn't get it out of my head. I was totally singing it at the top of my lungs (embarrassing my children because I couldn't remember all the words) "see the wind and the waves da da da da da da da AND IT CALLS ME!!!"  Our family is like Moana, the ocean calls to us!
  • We could SO get used to Sunday walks along the beach.


  •  We went exploring out onto the rocks at this beach. There was a college group there too and they taught us a few things about the tidal zone. The kids taught Brent and I a few things they had learned from wild kratts too. ;)



  • Sanna was a  bit obsessed with this kelp. Such a determined girl pulling it along.
  • These next pictures don't really do this next place justice. It was just WOW, breathtaking. I mean the pictures are beautiful and all but BEING there is so different. Feeling the wind and having the view be from the edge of the cliff looking at the sheerness of all the cliffs. It's incredible.



  • We found this park at a campground that the kids just LOVED. They had such a blast on the teeter totters and the spinning thing.  Brent was a good dad and played out with them for part of the time too. He got them spinning super fast.

  • Sunday was really nice. We went out to Lincoln City for church again and were invited to dinner by a really nice family after church. They are a PA family too! They were really fun to talk to and it was great food! The kids had fun getting casted by the dads. Ha ha.

    Monday was fun. I only took this one pic during the day (it's of the kids having a tea party.) but we did a lot more than just that. Anyway, we visited our fellow PA student friends at their place which is only 45 minutes from us here in Oregon. So funny that we met in Tennessee when we moved out at there at the same time and now our paths continue to go on the same course out here. I had fun catching up more with Angela while the kids ran amok and she let me do a load of laundry. Then we drove up past Portland to my cousin Beverly's house. She's more my moms age and she took good care of us. She let me do 3 more loads of laundry, take a NICE warm bath while she and her teenage granddaughter played with the kids. Then she fed us some good food and sent home even more food for our fridge. Spoiled me for sure! It was wonderful!

    We finally had a break from the rain this afternoon. We went out for a walk in the sunshine and wowza! The river is flooding the trails we walked on that first week we were here. Craziness! Griz was mad about it. As if the river was personally attacking him.

January 24, 2017

Oregon Trail

We hitched up our wagon and headed to Oregon! Luckily for us we aren't pioneers and our "Oregon Trail" took about a day total and we had plenty of good snacks and sat on our butts the whole time and no one died of typhoid fever.  Ha ha. 


Ironic that this trailer is called "Wanderer Wagon".  Here we are "wanderers" looking for where we want to live in Oregon.
Primarily we are staying in Salem, Oregon so Brent can do a 5 week rotation out here but while we're here we will hopefully do some job hunting along the coast for when school is done this summer.  
I'm posting pictures on Instagram of our adventure but I'll do more journaling on here documenting it all and what not.

1/20/17...Today we embarked on phase 2 of our adventure (phase 1 was moving from a small 3 bedroom house in TN into a one bedroom basement apartment in UT). Phase 2 is taking the bare minimum of what we need for the next 5 weeks and fitting it all into this 34 foot trailer which we will live in, in Salem, Oregon. The roads haven't been great and the truck and trailer gave us a few hassles as we  got started but we're making it! Luckily we traded vehicles with my Mom so I'm not in a mini van, I'm in an SUV instead. Also the truck we're borrowing from my uncle got new tires put on it this morning.  We've made it to Meridian, Idaho without having to use chains.

1/21...Still in route to Salem Oregon for Brent's rotation. This morning we had to make a pitstop in Baker City, Oregon. It turned out to be a really cool little town. The Oregon Trail Diner caught our eye and we just had to go there for breakfast. The whole feeling of the place was so friendly and everyone seemed to know each other because it was this town that hasn't changed in the last 30 years. It kind of reminded me of diners you see in movies. And the waitress made our hot cocoa pretty dang awesome. She calls it her "oh my gosh hot chocolate". The whole town is covered in snow and everyone was just driving on top of the snow. Not a single plowed road. It reminded Brent of Sweden. It really cheered us up too. Brent and I didn't get great sleep due to some issues with our heater last night as we slept in a Walmart parking lot in Meridian, Idaho. Freezing cold with only one blanket makes for very little sleep, so we needed this fun diversion that the diner provided.


Crappy phone pictures, but man there were some pretty scenes as we drove across Oregon.

Almost to our final destination. We have made a lot of pitstops along the way. The pooping on the side of the road one was especially fun for Griz. Ha ha. Maybe it's because I'm not in the same car with the boys but they seem to be having a lot of fun together on this trip. We don't have a DVD player with us this time around so they're having to keep themselves entertained the old-fashioned way. I think there has been less fighting, but maybe that's because Sanna and I are in a different car.




Sanna has been doing better today than she did yesterday. She was Miss cranky pants yesterday for sure. Today she's been happy about 90% of the time when I took when I took a picture of her she said now will you take one of you? She sure loves being with her mommy. I don't know why, but she prefers me for some reason which can be really frustrating for Brent. I'm doing my best to try to get her to ask Brent for things or be nicer to him in general. He is the nicer parent anyway so it's kind of funny that she wants me.



We arrived in Salem around 3:30 or 4, and Brent got straight to work (in the rain) getting the trailer hooked up.  I got straight to work getting everything put in it's place so the kids could play Legos.   Their play area is tiny but they had good attitudes about it.
Brent and Griz left for Home Depot to pick up some supplies we didn't have that we needed to hook up the water and sewage or whatever.  Brent continually amazes me with what he is able to figure out and do.  If it were me I'd throw my hands up in the air and say, "welp guess we won't have running water!" but he makes it all work.
We discovered two leaks in the plumbing. Both around the toilet area.  It made for a very stressful couple days as he figured out the problems and how to fix them.



To help relieve some of the stress from setting up the trailer we just knew we had to go to the coast for church on Sunday.  It was a must.  We were a little late because Brent was trying to fix the leaks before church.  But the Lincoln City Ward was really nice to us and then afterwords we drove straight to the ocean. Man were the waves raging! It was awesome! When we first got to the ocean it started raining pretty hard.  We drove around for a bit finding a better ocean access. And boy did we find one! You can drive straight down onto the beach! It was the best!!! And bonus, the rain stopped and a beautiful rainbow appeared.
While we waited for the rain to stop though we were throwing goldfish crackers to the seagulls. It is so funny what the kids find entertaining.
Luckily I had brought their boots and the boys had a change of clothes (their clothes they had worn before their showers before church were still in the car) so Sanna was the only one who didn't have warm clothes. So I stole Griz's sweater and put it on her and tucked her pretty dress into her tights.  It worked!
 These kids love the ocean as much as their daddy!

And enough of my phone pictures... luckily we brought along THE camera!


The seagulls were standing there waiting for more goldfish just staring down Chico in the car.  He was scared to come out, I think he thought they were going to attach him.  He's seen too many movies, ha ha.







This picture of Griz is awesome but makes me shutter too. He is too brave.



Some of those waves were so big, Chico was just SO sure one was going to be a tidal wave. Ha ha.  They were out on the rocks closer to the water and got a surprise larger wave splash up on them. It was funny.  They also found a hermit crab shell which they were way excited about.
When the boys feet and legs were too wet and cold to keep having fun we finally headed home.  We got a little lost (due to us thinking we knew the way, ha ha) so it took longer but the scenery between Salem and the Coast is just too darn beautiful to complain too much about getting lost.  We're just in Heaven being out here again.  We love it so much.