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Sunday, April 12, 2015

oh my my my

This is you right now:

No, a tornado did not hit our bedroom and this is not the result of negligent home care.
We're cleaning up and cleaning out!!
 We've been living like this for a few days and it's a little irritating but it's a beautiful vision of progress!
So what's up with all this cleaning out stuff?
Spring cleaning? 
Er... sort of...
We're more kind of spring cleaning... our lives.
oooohhh... deep.

 We're looking for a travel trailer to live in.
Yeah, we're downsizing from a trailer to a... well, a much smaller trailer.
We're looking for a trailer in complete working order but the cosmetics inside and out, we're not too worried about because we're going to do this to it... or something like this:
Yeah, this one pictured below was awesome but waaaay out of our price range.
Who the heck needs an outdoor kitchen??
Just smile and nod and listen to the nice lady's sales pitch.
 This one was way more affordable with a wonderfully outdated interior that I would LOVE to destroy! But still out of budget. We didn't find what we're looking for but that's ok. We don't have a deadline or anything like that.
 So here's the plan:
I'll keep this brief since there's really quite a lot of details that goes into an adventure like this -  So here are just the main points of the plan.

#1 Clean up and get rid of stuff! I'm going through each room and selling off stuff we don't want, donating clothes we don't wear any more, etc. Even if we change our minds about living in the trailer, this is still something that really needs to be done.

#2. Get the trailer and spice it up.
This isn't quite what were going to do but something like that.

 #3. Move what we can into the new trailer and place what won't fit into storage (that way we'll have it when we buy or build our new home later).

#4. Borrow some land in town to park on. There's plenty to be had with all the farmers and rural friends and family we have around here. Also, we need to stay in town right now so Caleb can continue his job.

#5. Park and live, travel on the weekends.

 But why?? Why would I want to live that way???? What about this kids?? The faire?
No worries, that's all been considered:

First of all, this isn't permanent. We're downgrading and living beneath our means so we can save money for land for the faire. Yup. We're trying to make it a permanent faire with real buildings and all that jazz. 

Trying to turn the city's fairgrounds into a 16th century village kinda sucks... and honestly I hate the way it looks. We need to build a real faire, that runs for more than one weekend and will  generate a real profit and steady income. Also at the faire I can finally open up the bohemian and gypsy thingies shop I've been wanting to open for the past eight years! 

Oh yeah, on the land, we're also building an event venue for weddings and shows to rent out during the off season... there's been talks of a gothic circus but I have zero circus experience so we've kind of put that on the back burner... ok, really it's off the stove completely for now. We'll also host our own non-renaissance festivals during off season too. I've got some awesome ideas for some super groovy festivals I just can't wait to try out!

And the kids? Well from what we saw while looking at trailers, just as long as the trailer has a "bunk house" there's actually plenty room for two kiddos. If they start getting too wild, just send them outside! That's where they belong! I mean just look poor Cedar - she's a vampire! A little sun won't hurt her...
Wait. Or will it? 

I want to travel.
I want my children to see America.
I want to have my faire, my store, my venue and host my events.
I want  my husband to do what he loves and climb mountains and trees and shoot snakes or whatever else people do outside...
I want out of this stupid trailer park.
"I want I want I want" doesn't work well for me.
I'm a doer.
I can only "want" for so long until I snap...and force my family to live in a tiny travel  trailer.


Oh yeah, I gots me a new fancy phone (for $20!) and I'm finally on Instagram... whatever that is.
Come see me and pictures of my food and stuff...


  1. I think this sounds like SUCH a great idea!!!!!!!!!!! One that I would love to steal one day haha Good luck!

  2. One day when you've got your Renn Faire version of Cirque du Soleil up and running full-time you'll look back on this post and laugh. You're doing it! Good luck you guys.
    I love trailers. I love that one that opens to the outside. You're lucky you live in the climate that is relatively warm so you don't have to stay locked indoors during the winter.

  3. Whew! You're one brave girl for planning all these, but as they say, one step at a time and you'll get to those goals in no time, Hollie:) All the best, and keep us updated for sure with your shenanigans:D

  4. I do admire you, so much drive and ambition! The only way to succeed is by compromise, cutting back on the luxuries and living below your means. I know I'd love to do that, Jon needs his stuff though! xxx

  5. I love the gypsy caravan idea!!! I think it sounds brilliant! I'm doing a major spring clean out of my stuff/life, too. I think your future plans sound amazing!! When you finally get on the road you can come visit Asheville and park in my backyard!

  6. This sounds like a great adventure. You and your kids will learn so much doing this and travelling. I'm rooting for you!


  7. Wow....Big changes ahead! I hope the right caravan will appear at just the right time to take your family on this new adventure. You'll have a hoot doing it I'm sure! Xx

  8. How exciting! How courageous! Sounds like you have some interesting years ahead of you. Good for you for making change happen. You're an inspiration.

  9. Wow that's a big change but I find it so cool! It will be so amazing to jazz up your own little home on wheels! And a huge spring clean feels so relieving too! I cleaned out most of my stuff before I moved overseas and it's like leaving unnecessary baggage behind. You guys will have a great time travelling the USA, I know it! :)


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