Chicago Skyline seen from the Museum window
When we found out we were coming up to Indiana for a job it was not only last-minute, it was fast. I made the decision to leave my SUV as it needed an oil change and just didn’t feel like making a 1500 mile trip in a truck with no one to help me drive just yet lol. So since I didn’t have my car here I haven’t done a whole lot of getting out and about which to be honest I am perfectly fine with and since Mark only gets one day off we chose to use it as a time to go see Chicago.
I’ve always wanted to go see the windy city. I’m not really sure why, maybe just to say I’ve been, but its been a desire for as long as I can remember. We have only ever been close enough once before and just didn’t have the budget or the time so I’m really glad we did it finally. We decided we were going to go check out the Field Museum because our oldest is pretty fascinated with history and the like. Now if only we would have remembered to check the NFL schedule! 😉 Since the game that Sunday happened to be in town we had to park the truck over at Millennium Park and can I just say I have never wished we had a car so bad until that day. Marks truck is huge and underground parking garages are SCARY! But we made it work and found a spot. Luckily (or not so luckily) we just dealt with tailgating traffic after we parked the truck. We left the Museum we left before the game ended. I do have to say its kind of cool to be so close to the stadium that you can hear the announcers that you were normally only see on TV, but I still was not interested enough to stay haha.
If you’ve never been to Chicago go and definitely check out the Field Museum it is great and very educational for the kiddos. I actually enjoyed it and I HATE history. We were there for hours and still never got to see everything. (THREE STORIES y’all!) We were able to check out one of the 3D movies they had there and all I can say is I wanted to take a nap. Not because it was boring, but because I had just been walking enough. lol
After the Museum we walked back to Millennium Park to see the Bean and hopefully find something to eat. The Bean was awfully packed and the kids did NOT enjoy to long walk back. I have to say I was pretty exhausted too. I will say I didn’t want to leave the city I wanted to see more. We thought about going back today but we were just not feeling up to a lot of walking. Maybe next time. I still want to go see Navy Pier, the aquarium and just see the sights some more.
From here we will head to Iowa sooner or later I will get my truck back haha. Check back soon! 🙂
So I know I said we were going to be stationary awhile, but things change only for 3 weeks though. Though I can’t say I’m disappointed ;). I am going to thoroughly enjoy the cooler weather. We had to come up here so my husband can help finish a job that needs done quick. We signed up for this lifestyle so while the 1500 mile trip seemed daunting we were up for it.
We left out Saturday for Oklahoma so we could visit my mom for a day and can I just say that trip was a nightmare. We only made it as far as New Braunfels before one of our RV tires blew. We had signed up for Good Sam roadside assistance back in July while on vacation in San Antonio so we of course called them to help us out. What I figured would have been a quick fix turned into a 4 hr nightmare and we just ended up having to replace everything ourselves. Yay! So by 6:30 pm we were back on the road and on our way to Oklahoma. Made it to Waco before the other tire on the same side blew, by then we were so exhausted and frustrated we just got a hotel room and called 24 hr tire repair. So what was supposed to be a one day trip turned into two.
We finally made it to Oklahoma Sunday afternoon and proceeded in being lazy the rest of the day. 🙂 Mark had been having some pains in his right side and we were worried it was his appendix so we got him in to the DR as soon as possible. Turns out he just strained a muscle or something at work a few days prior. Thank goodness he didn’t need emergency surgery. So that was a few extra days, Nana and the boys sure didn’t mind.
We headed out to Indiana Wednesday morning and made it in around 1am. That was fun setting everything up and trying to be quiet. We finally made it to bed by 3 am and can I just say it was freezing! I needed like 3 layers of blankets to warm up lol.
It is beautiful at this campground lots of trees, everything’s green! I can’t say I’m disappointed waking up to the smell of trees and campfires. 🙂 My youngest has already exclaimed that he loves it here and he doesn’t want to leave. I sure do wish they had wifi, but I guess I will look at it as a way to help me disconnect some from the internet. As I edit this post I’m sitting in a Chick Fil A freezing my butt off! LOL Still working on getting a ATT hot spot device for home use. Hopefully soon! Bare with me as I am slow blogging for now. 🙂
So whoever had the bright idea that one AC in a 36 ft RV was a great idea…was dead WRONG!! I’m dying over here. All is well in the morning for while in fact most mornings I’m freezing and need my blanket, but come afternoon I’m literally sweating my butt off. No amount of fans or little clothing can help this chick out. I told my husband today that I will be glad when fall and winter come around so I can actually not dread being in my RV in hottest part of the day haha (polar vortex why did you miss us??) Now it doesn’t help that South Texas has little to no shade trees in their RV parks. Why?? I have no freaking clue!
We are toying with the idea of upgrading our AMP system and installing another AC unit above our bedroom, but we all know that costs money. Why can’t money grow on trees? If we really had known what we were getting ourselves into we may have passed on this RV. Now don’t get me wrong I really like this RV it has everything we needed plus some wants, but the 30 amp system and one AC are BIG negatives for us at the moment. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve blown the breaker and of course the HEAT. I’m sure things would be looking different had we been in a cooler climate for the summer time, but we aren’t. We do know that upgrading those items are still cheaper than buying a different RV so obviously we are sticking it out ;).
Of course we are still adjusting to life in a RV and we all know it’s completely different then a house life so there are definitely some big learning curves. We try not to have so many things plugged in when we need to use the microwave for longer then 1 minute or when we know we are going to use the hot water and it in turn turns on we make sure to not use the microwave or have too many things running. We have been running our water heater on the electric lately because we have no idea how much propane we have and haven’t filled it since we bought it. I know right? We are slackers ;).
It’s been so hot lately I’ve turned to sheets covering the windows and paper blinds. I will so enjoy being able to have real curtains and windows open when it cools down. I think I may have found some fabric to make curtains out of to match the big curtain on my sliding glass door. Now I need to just decide on curtain rods and how I want to hang said curtains. My sewing machine and I have a love hate relationship so the less sewing the better. 😉 I am going to be putting a black out fabric on the back so I can block out as heat as possible when needed and sun. Next on the redo list is the bedroom! I’m considering making a headboard to block the window above our bed. It’s just not realistic for us to have it not blocked. We never use our windows in our room as my husband loves a dark bedroom and can’t stand any lights when he sleeps. So I’m on the search for fabric for that and the curtains on the opposite window in the room. 🙂
I hope y’all stick around since some exciting changes are going to be happening soon hopefully! Don’t forget to go check out my Facebook page Sweet Home RV at http://www.facebook.com/SweetHomeRV. I’d love to have y’all over there too!
I haven’t been around lately, though I’m sure y’all have noticed. We really haven’t done much besides for the 4th. We went to San Antonio and spent a few days with family and seeing some sites. It was definitely a nice change of pace. Normally we would either sit at home and shoots off fireworks or we went to someone’s house and had cookouts.
While in San Antonio we went to the Natural Bridge Caverns, The Alamo and the Riverwalk. I can successfully say we throughly enjoyed ourselves.
Also it was my youngest birthday this past Friday. He turned 6 years old! Crazy! I feel like these past 6 years have went by so fast. We just had a small pool party for him with some friends we have made down here. It was a great day. It’s safe to say he’s pretty happy ;).
Not much else going on here. We moved RV parks a few weeks ago so we are closer to Mark’s work which is nice since we can now see him at lunch. But we have honestly just been RV bums and hanging out at the pool. Hopefully I can have more interesting posts in the next few weeks and I won’t try to run off again 😉
We’ve made a few updates throughout the RV lately one major one was getting rid of the hideous blinds that cover our front door. That also meant getting rid of the big valence we had over head. I was way too giddy about it, but what I can say it makes a huge difference in here!
I had my husband do the muscle work for me! Love him! He installed a cheap curtain rod I found at Wal Mart. Then it was my turn to play. I had found a really cute shower curtain at TJ Maxx the day before so I bought some curtain clips from Wal Mart and went to work. I love how it turned out I only wish I would have bought the other one that was there so I could make some curtains for the rest of the windows in here. I may just have to find some fabric that works with the colors. We shall see.
We’ve also changed all the lights to LED lights, the others put off too much heat in here. We also replaced a few fixtures in the bathroom. Starting with the shower head the old one was tiny and never gave enough water. The new one we have is so much better! All the faucets in here except the kitchen sink are ugly. So I found this pretty oil rubbed bronze sink fixture and it looks tons better, next will be the shower with a matching one.
We have also went to the beach a few times. I personally dislike the sand and sun so I usually stay in my shade. The first time we went I had thought I put enough sun screen on, but apparently it didn’t work so needless to say I was a lobster by days in. I’m still peeling!
A few days later a friend came to visit so we went to the beach with our dogs. We only took our boxer this time because our dachshund is still healing from his broken paw. I was pleasantly surprised to see our boxer love the water. Heck he loves everything and everyone. He sure gave us a run for our money. I probably should take him out more often lol!
Mark and I bought the boys some boogie boards because they have wanted some for a while. Well over the weekend they finally got to try them out. We had a late start to the beach and I chose one farther away from the hotels this time. I was pretty disappointed to see the seaweed hadn’t been cleaned up out here like it usually is on the hotel front, but we made do with what we were given. Since we had such a late start we didn’t stay too long because we didn’t want to get stuck in the horrible traffic the island has on weekends. We luckily didn’t have to sit in traffic for too long and avoided the huge mess it normally is. We tend to stay home or away from the island as much as possible on weekends because of it, but the boys stay pretty occupied with the friends they’ve made here at the RV park. 🙂
I have to say it was really nice getting out and about a bit on the weekend. We spent Fathers Day at the RV just being lazy all day. Most likely the way my husband prefers it ;).