May 18, 2020

Personal, Travel

We made it to Wisconsin!

family in front of wisconsin sign
Created by Ali Coşkunfrom the Noun Project

Boy what a freaking adventure.

family in front of wisconsin sign

To say the least, the last few days have been super stressful. Moving is never easy and it’s never without it’s ups and downs. I’ve got more experience than most when it comes to uprooting myself and my family. As a recap: this was our 12th move together in 17 years; we have lived in:

  • Yucca Valley, CA
  • Palmdale, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Minot, ND
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • A different spot in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Yucca Valley, CA
  • Peyton, CO
  • Kingsland, GA
  • … and now Burlington, WI

That also doesn’t include the broken up year where we have lived in our RV, traveling around.

Clearly, we have moved a lot over the years and this list doesn’t even include the 6 moves I had in 2001 and 2002 after graduating high school but before getting married. If moving was an Olympic sport, I’d at least get the silver medal.

Over the course of this move though, our truck broke down not just once, but twice. We had to replace all of the injectors in the engine plus the brake booster and filters and God knows what else, we camped out in the parking lot of two different diesel mechanic shops in two different states. We even got a police escort through a small town in Kentucky driving sluggishly along at leass than 5 mph.

2003 ford excursion fuel injector problems

But … we made it to Wisconsin!!!

And now we are camping in our RV, totally alone in a campground because Wisconsin just opened its doors from the pandemic. Randy had to fly back to Florida to finish up some work, so I’ve been on my own with all the kids and all the dogs, in our getting-smaller-by-the-minute RV, as it pours rain outside. It has basically rained for the whole week or so that we’ve been here and our dogs refuse to go outside to do their business, so that has been a lot of fun. And by fun, I mean, “pass the bourbon.”

we made it to wisconsin camping

We also found out over the weekend that closing might get delayed a day! Super!

But it’s okay, right now I’m just excited to have made it to Wisconsin. Randy started to head home to Wisconsin last night, we’ll be in our house by the end of the week and we’ll finally get some normalcy! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to cook a meal, and plop on the couch afterward. I can’t wait to send the kids to their own rooms. I can’t wait to restock my fridge and pantry. Shoot, at this point I can’t even wait to just take a nice, hot shower!

I also can’t wait to give you guys a tour of the new farm, and start work on it!!! Stay tuned!!!

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