Sunday, March 22

What we’ve been up to……..

We took a couple days to recoup from the trip to Colorado and back, the heavy pressing on the bus’s gas pedal really gave Joey’s foot quite a workout. By the time he went back to therapy he was able to stand on his healed foot, when just the week before he wasn’t able to support himself on that foot at all. He’s noticing improvements daily now but still says the top of his foot feels like it’s sunburned and then one of the kids stood on his foot and did the twist.

I’ve been going through the bus cabinets getting rid of as much stuff as I can. It’s much easier this time than when we moved in almost three years ago (Has it really been that long?). This time I don’t have to stress about getting rid of something I may regret later…..I just stick it in my mom’s closet.

For a week it got really nasty cold here, so we spent it inside catching up on seventy two hours worth of mind stimulating reality television. As much as I love watching reality TV, I would never be on reality TV.

Then the sun came back out and I came alive. I’ve been converting Jacob’s top bunk into Jewel’s new bunk, and I cannot wait to finish it. But I have to wait because my Mom (whom I’ve recruited to sew curtains) is having sewing machine issues, which have spread into my sewing machine also having issues. Now we wait a week to get them back. In the meantime I’ve been lacquering my flat black cabinets, that I’ve never been completely happy with, with a shiny gloss. Now I’m LOVING it! It’s a lot more work, and my body is aching over it, but it’s worth it. I’ve also recruited my Dad to build a desk in the bus, and he’s already cut me three new cabinet doors to replace cheap broken ones. We built a headboard for our bed, too. Almost everything I’ve been able to do for free or almost free. All the wood is leftover scraps or recycled from the original closet tear down. 

The worst part has been scrubbing the floor with a toothbrush and going through each and every single last item, down to paper clips and battleship bullets. I have yet to finish scrubbing (but I have to in order to finish painting the baseboards).


Our chicken’s eggs never developed, which was a good thing because two weeks ago the feed store called and the SIXTEEN chicks my Dad ordered SIX MONTHS AGO were in. Luckily they didn’t make us take them all and then some died before they even made it to the store, so we only had to bring ten home. Then we had more of the Sultan’s (fluffy white ones) die, along with a couple other chicks and one of the two turkeys. Right now we have six chicks total, with one turkey, and we’re thinking that’s plenty. Although Jewel and I are trying to talk Papa into a couple baby ducks. But my Mom had to ruin it and remind my Dad that we will be leaving someday and then “they’ll be stuck with all these animals that Vicki’s ever wanted”. Hmpfh.

day old chick

We’re getting the urge to get to the beach. Before we can go to the beach though we have to get beach cruisers. Remember last year when our bicycles froze and it made a funny picture?

It ruined each and every bike.

So yesterday Joey cruised Craiglist and found me a cruiser. Only when we got there to pick it up I refused it, then Joey promised he would make it shiny, and if I didn’t like it then, he would keep it for himself. Then we went to Wal-Mart and spent twice as much on tires and tubes than we paid for the bike. But I love it.

bike before & after

You can’t tell in the picture but there’s a red “pearl” over flat black. We spent the evening tearing it apart, sanding it, degreasing it, and painting it. He always amazes me.

Then today my Dad unveiled his latest creation:


Stilts. They’re beyond hard.


But a great way to get kids of all ages to come together.

Sunday’s are the best days here at Green Acres.


Cindy said...

So glad to hear you made it back to Texas safely and you are all doing well.

Your bus is totally amazing and cool. I love how you have decorated.

Sorry to hear about the loss of some of the animals. Chicks are very cute

Stilts look fun but hard to balance on. This wouldn't be for me, LOL

Take Care


Hilary said...

Three years? Wow. It doesn't seem like half that long.

Lisa said...

Glad you're back safely! And how cool to be able to take this time to get some projects done. Can't wait to see pictures of it all!

jody said...

Glad you guys made the trip quickly and without issues!

Enjoy your cruiser and let us know when you head for the coast!

Madeline said...

That picture of the chick is beautiful! It's probably good the duckling thing didn't work out as they get super messy when they grow up. You have to really looove them! And you'll be at the beach, right? That sound perfect for you guys about now. Hope it happens soon for you.

piscesgrrl said...

Hi Vicki, thanks for visiting. Wow, your life sounds quite interesting! I'm sure I've heard of you... "that unschooling family living in an RV"... glad to make your acquaintance!

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