Saturday, February 7, 2015

Florida randomness

After all our time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we had to try making butterbeer. Amazing! And easy. Here's the butterbeer recipe we used!
The campgrounds are super full this year. I guess all the snowbirds flew south after last winter's snow and this winter's predictions. This poor guy had to park in the road and (rude) people run right over his mat!
Sometimes you end up with a campsite with the brightest light right out your front door.
Sometimes it buzzes, on and off, all night.  Video:

You can tell when Lizzy was the one who labeled the deer. 
It snowed!  (When I defrosted the freezer...)
This is why we love Florida!  There are so many kinds of interesting trees and they're all naturally decorated.  This is one of the put-ins on Peace River where Allen fishes.
He sure loves his fishing!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Walker Kitty, sleepy kitty

Lizzy captured her blue eyes really well!
She fell asleep looking longingly out the window, with her claw hooked in the screen.
Asleep in Lizzy's room, after trashing it.
One day we found her in the napkin basket. Ew. Former napkin basket.
But she was cute. :)
Lizzy also captured her crazy eyes. Every night, her eyes get huge and dark, and shenanigans begin.
"Must empty female human's room of all the things."
"So I can't sleep on the stairs?"
"Is this better?"
"What's wrong with stairs?!"
So she takes up the whole floor.
Some of her shenanigans. She likes to trash Lizzy's room best.
After watching Lizzy clean it up, she was exhausted!
She does this to me at night. She pops up beside my computer screen on the table in the dark. Creepy!
But mostly she just sleeps. This time on the former desk now knows as the cat watching platform.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A poem, by Matt

Needing no explanation, I give you a poem... by Matt. 
(With sincere apologies to poets everywhere.)
I hate poems. I truly do.
I moped around, now I’m locked in my room.
This is the worst punishment my body can consume.
I hate poems. I truly do.
You shouldn’t be mad when your mom says no.
She has a reason that you do not know.
You may not understand when she says no.
But don’t be a baby and get off the floor.
All I wanted was a little fun time.
Whoever writes poems has way too much free time.
I hate them, I really do.
Because they are as boring as poo.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Universal Studios

This year's Christmas gift was an experience, instead of a present, because we're pretty awesome. Also because I sooooo wanted to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! :) So we got season tickets to Universal Studios and Island of Adventure (which of course includes WWoHP's Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade).
We go often. Like really, really often and have been loving it! It's so nice to be there during the off-season without the touristy crowds and during school days without the season pass kids! There's so much to do and the rides are more than just rides. Each one is its own adventure!  The Harry Potter pics will need multiple posts, so those will be shared soon too. This is just from some of the other fun we've had so far.
Matt and Josh were chosen to help during Fear Factor Live. They're on the left shooting a contestant.
She was brave!
This is the coolest treehouse ever! We want to build this on Lundy Mountain and live in it. So fun. We thought it was just a little play area outside of the Jurassic Park ride, so I'm glad we took the time to explore it more. It's huge and really neat!
Allen had to start a race of course.  Video:

The water ride lines are long on hot days, so we waited until later in the afternoon. We froze, but there wasn't a line!
And they even have RV parking in the park, for the Simpsons. :)
There was a very impressive movie/fireworks/water/music/light show on a water screen at night.
We can't wait to go again, and again!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Walker Kitty update

If you're wondering how the cat is doing in the RV. Not well. :)  She's still adjusting to being inside, which is especially hard when there are squirrels right outside the windows!  (Squirrels that she's not allowed to eat, brutal!)  She's found a few ways to escape and is generally driving us crazy inside doing rotten, non-publishable things.
She also needs baths more often. I think she is plotting to kill us while we sleep. 
All day, every day.
See the squirrel on the tree? It sat right there and barked at her!
Cat solutions for the RV, aka cat door, aka hole in the stairs. This is so she can eat without Jack stealing it. It's also how she gets into the basement to use the litter box.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Lizzy is 15!

Lizzy is 15! She gets to be the oldest for the next 47 days.  We didn't take many pictures because she had a special day with Allen. They went to the mall (yes, Allen went shopping!) to buy an outfit, then to dinner and a movie (Mocking Jay). It was apparently a great day for a 15 year old girl!
We also had a movie night. Grateful for our king size bed!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Clearing our counters

A blog post about completely clearing off your kitchen counter got me to thinking about ours. (She mentions, and I love, the clutter free post on Becoming Minimalist too.)  Since our home is an RV, we have pretty limited counter space AND cabinet space, so we have to really think hard about what comes in and where it belongs. While I do love my purple toaster and green blender and use my crockpot often, they don't really need to be taking up that physical AND visual space all day every day.  I love the math that refutes the argument of convenience and I much prefer having that extra space all day. PLUS I can now see out the tiny window. :) 
Now, if you prefer other ways, just remember you don't have to live here. (Such mean comments on those posts. Who cares if someone's counters are wrong??)  I just wanted to show it's possible in an RV. The blender and toaster sit on a shelf that held junk, because I threw away the junk! The crockpot sits in a cubby under the fridge.  The other day I used it for squirrels all day (which smelled so good!) but I couldn't wait to put it away.  I chose to leave the coffee maker out, because the kids use it every morning, and I kinda don't trust them to get it out/down/up/whatever. Maybe one day we'll get one mounted under the cabinet, we'll see.
And I found a solution for having soap and a dish brush thingy in the sink instead of on the counter. I'm not sure if that will stick, but it's working so far.
So, it's very possible to completely clear the countertops in your RV kitchen, if you want. Or don't. Whatever. :)