5 Tips For The Perfect Weekend-Long Road Trip

As a full-time traveling family, so many people want to know how they can do the same, it’s probably one of the top, if not the top, questions we are asked. Obviously, you need a mobile job, one you can work from virtually anywhere in the world.  Barring that, you need to be either 1) … Read more

Every Kid In a Park Initiative – Broadening World Views

Ever heard of the “Every Kid In A Park” Initiative?   Neither had I until a few days ago.  A friend emailed me a flyer that came to her via email from her son’s school. For something Obama launched, it sure got little to no press.  And it’s actually something pretty cool.  Shocked that I … Read more

The Best Whitewater Paddling Towns in the Colorado Mountains

Summer’s here, the sun is shining and the rivers are rising.  It is prime river sports time here in Colorado and that includes the venerable sport of whitewater kayaking!  Colorado is reknowned for it’s epic kayaking all summer long.  Read on for the 411 on the best kayaking cities and towns in the state! With … Read more

Stories of Crazy Mean Park Ranger in Tennessee

Camping.  It conjures up images of the outdoors and kids running and playing, tree climbing and fire building.  Sleeping in tents and hammocks under the stars, ghost stories, fort building and exploration.  Laughter and rosy cheeked kids.  Camping is freedom, it’s where kids can be kids without all the rules that follow them everywhere.  For … Read more

Snowboarding in Colorado – Young Rippers Tear It Up in The Park and On the Mountain!

We are unlike your typical RV family in many ways, but the fact that we are not snowbirds is one very distinct difference.  In fact, we seek out the snow because one of our all-time favorite things to do is snowboard.  Freestyle, racing, the terrain park, backcountry, we do it all and have fun doing it.

This year, like many others, we spent in Colorado, and Sunlight Mountain Resort was our main stomping ground.  You know for a family of 14, the snowboarding lifestyle can get uber expensive and Sunlight is one of the very few, if not the only, resort that has a family pass.  It’s not a luxury resort, by any means, but we aren’t a luxury family, however, the snow is the same as in Aspen and Vail in that it is that epic champagne powder that Colorado is known for.

There simply is no more amazing feeling than flying down the mountain on that stuff.  It is our winter drug of choice and we are definitely addicted.

Grab a cup of Joe and check out this little edit that Grady put together of a day on the mountain with the fam and some friends!

The Power Of Doing!

I’m just going to put it all out there for you right now, no beating around the bush, no denial.   I’m a hot mess at the moment.  An emotional, wet noodle of a frame.   I hope you are sitting down, cuz this one’s coming hard and fast.  It’s freakin almost June and my kids are not even close to finishing the school year.  I’m experiencing an emotion I rarely, if ever, feel.  Envy. I’m envious of all you moms whose kids are sent off for their schooling from Aug-June!   This is crazy ironic because all year I laugh at you.  I crack up at the back-to-school resolutions ya’ll make (been there, done that).  I get all giddy when I’m waking in the morning and leisurely getting the kids up, eating an un-rushed, healthy breakfast, starting school in our pj’s.  But today, today, I’m not giddy. No, not at all.  I’m actually freaking out.  You all are done, we are not!  What does this mean?  How can this be?

Well, I’ll tell you what this means, and how this can be…  We had just a little too much fun this school year.  It means that we will be doing school through the summer.  It means that while we don’t get a 3 month break from school, we do get a lot of little breaks throughout the year!  The way I see it, life is merely a brief journey, a foray, a blink of an eye and I refuse to waste it doing the mundane, the boring.  School, for our kids, is exciting and new everyday.  This year alone, our kids have learned not only the basics of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, but also how this knowledge is implemented in REAL LIFE.  They have learned how to lay down wood floors, how to measure and cut the trim boards with a table saw, how to calculate the amount of flooring for a given area.  The kids have learned how to seed a yard and how to add a sprinkler system.  They all can calculate the approximate cost of any trip given the mileage and the exorbitant price of gas. The are blogging, they are writing, they are being interviewed, & they are reading.  In fact, 4 of the kids were given an assignment by their current kayaking coach, to read The Psychology of Winning.  They have learned that life isn’t a cookie cutter neighborhood, where everyone is expected to be the same.  Life is as individual as each beholder!  There is no HOA where you are told how you can and cannot color your life.  It can be as wonderful or as miserable as you make it.   All our kids know this.  The winners in life, the truly successful are those whose attitude screams positivity, screams risk taker, screams against the grain.

You know, we have a no complaining rule in our household.  If you don’t like something, change it.  If something isn’t working for you, fix it.  Complaining breeds whiners, which in turn breeds losers in the game of life.  Complaining sets the mentality that you expect others to do for you; when in fact, you ought to be doing for others.  In this journey of life, there are always people who have more and there are always people who have less.  Our goals are not to increase our possessions, to hoard material things, to have the nicest house or the newest cars; on the contrary, our goals are loftier.  Our goals are to be happy with what we have, to be thankful and to be exponentially more generous than we even believe we can be to those who are less fortunate.  One of the greatest lessons in life for our kids is to be doers.  Doers get out, they make a difference in the world, they are not single minded, they are open minded, they do for themselves and for others!  Doers don’t complain, they fix, they change, they adapt.  And they learn from all experiences.

So,in actuality, in reality, what this means is that we’ve done exactly what we set out to do … and that is to continue our children’s education in life.  And, here is where I might stray from friend to traitor, but straight A’s and book smarts only get you so far.  To succeed in life you must have zeal, you must have dreams, you must have knowledge, you must have street smarts, you must have a positive attitude, you must be willing to fall on your face in epic failure, you must be able to control the mind game that is strife and trouble.   And, most importantly, you have to accept happiness.  Sounds weird, eh?  Sounds silly to say you have to accept happiness, but it’s the God’s honest truth.  Happiness is not a lazy state.  Happiness is an outlook.  Happiness comes from the deep recesses of your psyche.  It’s not popping pills and it’s not skating through life.  Happiness is taking the good with the bad and rolling with it.  If’s self-confidence & self-love. It’s actual, true self-esteem, not the kind you get for winning awards for attending., but rather the kind that you achieve after working hard for success.  In short, happiness is a choice and a reflection of strength!


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