8 Sept While watching TV the TV and back A/C went out! Tj was away, but I called him and he was available. He had me check the breakers under the bed. None of them looked flipped but I turned the correct one off and on again and everything worked! He’s my hero!
9 Sept The boys and I packed up school and laundry and went to Kelly’s to do wash. I brought tuna for lunch. I did school with Jack in her living room, and Max set up on the kitchen table where Kelly was also working. We took a break for lunch and watched TV. When school was over Kelly and Max went to get Avery and they played for a little while.
10 Sept (Saturday) We did school today. Wednesday we didn’t have any school so today was a catch-up day. I sat with Max while he wrote a couple of reports, and at the end of the day we went to a park for the boys to play in the water again.
11 Sept Since TJ was still away I found us a church to go to. One of the things that was advertised on the website about the church was a terrific organ and choir, and they didn’t lie. It was a beautiful church and it was awesome to sit there and listen to the wonderful music. One thing I didn’t notice till I was going to sleep Saturday night was that this church said that they have women ministers. I was too tired to find a different church so I made sure that the head pastor was male…I was fairly certain a guy would be preaching Sunday morning. Since we were only going to be going there for one service I let that slide. I’ll be more careful next time.
I found out I had to park in the parking garage and we got there just fine. I saw a man get out of his car and put his blazer on so I felt sure he was going to church, so I asked him if we could follow him in. Finding the church entrance connected to the parking garage wasn’t that hard, I just didn’t feel like walking around and looking for it. That turned out to be a mistake; he would not let us go! I know he was just being nice, he wanted to make sure that we found our seats and everything was okay, but when the service ended he pounced on us again and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I knew we could find our way back to the car no problem, and I had to tell him so at least six times!
We went to Walmart on the way home to pick up a few groceries, and on the way out I saw Heidi (from the campground)! I told her we’d be leaving on Tuesday, and it was a little bit sad that we didn’t get to know them better. Oh well, that’s the way living in the bus is going to go I guess.
12 Sept I left Max in the bus while Jack and I went to get Tj. In general I don’t plan to ever leave him alone, but we had been at the park for 2 weeks, and I was only going to be gone for about 40 minutes, and I wanted him to be able to finish his school work on time today.
I made chicken and potatoes in the instant pot; good but bland. TJ was pretty wiped out so he took a nap right after lunch while the boys and I did school. I think Max might need to be at the desk for school, so Jack and I set up the little white table in the living room with his blanket on the floor as a cushion. It worked pretty well. Max did a pretty good job with his school, he finished all but his report on Mexico, so TJ and I decided to go play some tennis.
This second lesson was much better than the first. I don’t know if I was just tired that day or I was hungry or what, but today we did a little bit better. I set the timer for 30 minutes and the time flew by! Afterwards we went to Cookout for a last hamburger here and it didn’t disappoint. We went back to the bus and worked around a little bit and then went to bed.
13 Sept We left the park around 12:30 p.m. It should take 4 hours or so to get to Mom’s, and another hour to get set up. We’re interested to see if the truck’s battery will be dead or charged when we get there. Max finished his school work around 1:30 today! We are completely caught up with all that he has to do, including all book reports, vocabulary words written and all objectives/goals written. The only thing I haven’t checked, and will try to start checking on Fridays, is that he’s written down every wrong answer correctly in his notebook. We’re a hundred percent caught up on all school work. Yippee kai yay! I’ve let it slide here and there so he could go to parks and play with friends, mostly just the handwriting and the projects, but as of today it’s all done. Whopee! I feel like such a grown up!
Sept 14 Alarm 7:30, went to Mom’s 9ish, waited for they guy to call saying the trailer was on it’s way to the storage unit. Tj called around 11 and again around 3. We went to Jo’s and put the gun safe together and plugged it in. We went to get a few groceries at Walmart, and to look at a foam mattress for Max’s bed. The boys have been roughhousing so much on his Coleman blow-up mattress that now the parts that tie the top and bottom together are coming undone, so he has a big bubble on one side of his mattress and the rest of it is flat. We’re hoping a 3-inch foam mattress will be comfortable enough and will compress enough to fit in the one and a half inch space allotted. If not I guess we get an extra mattress for our bed! Tj got a call at 4:40 saying the truck was an hour out. We dropped Jack off at Mom’s…she bathed both boys and took them to church. We waited in the storage facility for half an hour before the truck showed up around 6:10. Of course by then my BIL couldn’t help us anymore.
The truck with our household goods was packed to 25′, and by the time we left around 9pm we’d cleared 6′. Hopefully we’ll clear all the rest tomorrow! We drove to WM for milk and bread and then back to the bus. About 25 minutes from our site Tj remembered that the gate closed at 10 or 10:30!!! The GPS said we’d get to the bus at 9:58 so he felt we would have plenty of time. And we did.
15 Sept Started unpacking at 10:10, and finished at 8:20pm. It’s my mom’s birthday today and she came and helped us! She’s such an awesome mom!
Of course it was really hard work, and we both worked all day long. We probably stopped three or four times for 10 minutes or so each time to swig Gatorade, and once I folded up a couple of pieces of salami with a piece of cheese and that’s all we had for lunch. I had a handful of almonds 3 or 4 times, but we just wanted to get it all done, and we did. Thank God! My mom didn’t eat anything the whole time she was there! I can’t believe the three of us we’re able to move everything, but we did. Tj pulled more than his share of the load, obviously. I’m so thankful for such a wonderful husband who takes care of me. My dad watched the kids all day which was completely awesome as well. My parents have been such a great help to us this whole time. I’m so thankful to have them.
My mom left around 7 or 7:30. By this point everything was off of the truck, all of the heavy stuff was in the storage unit, and we just had to move all the boxes that we piled up outside of the truck into the storage units. She went through the McDonald’s drive-thru on the way home and when she got home Papa told her to go straight into the shower; she told him she couldn’t even do that, she had to sit down first. She worked her tail off with us today. When we finished up we went to Walmart to buy Max’s mattress but they were all out. Tj had ripped his jeans right at the crotch during the move so he stayed in the truck while I went inside.
When we got to Mom’s both the boys have been bathed and fed and Papa said we should just leave them there for the night, so we did. Mama had already offered that while we were working so I took them up on their offer. I bought mom a little lemon pound cake for her birthday, I wish I had thought to buy her some lemon curd instead, I’m sure that would have been a better gift. On our way home we went through the McDonald’s drive-thru and Tj got a Double Quarter Pounder with cheese for his meal. I was driving and decided to wait for bean dip and ruffles for my supper when we got back to the bus. We threw our stuff down and gathered stuff for a shower right away. I told TJ I wasn’t going to hurry the shower, I just wanted to let lots of water wash lots of dirt away. It felt so good! We slept pretty soundly tonight.
16 Sept Today’s our anniversary! We were pretty lazy and slept in and read our phones a good bit before getting up. Mama texted me at 8 a.m.! saying she had breakfast ready whenever we wanted to get there. I gathered all the laundry and we got there around 11am. Papa had put Max’s new tires on his bike, and in doing so he punctured one of the inner tubes. When TJ got back from buying a new inner tube we all sat down and had brunch. You just can’t beat Mama’s biscuits, bacon, sausage and of course the eggs fried in all the bacon grease! After that I started laundry and Max continued his school work. We hung around there all day. Mama enforced nap time and nobody was complaining, except Jack.
We watched the boys ride their bikes lots and lots on Mom’s driveway. And we met her new neighbors today too. They’re homeschoolers and their dad’s a swim coach. She was a special ed teacher; I may have to pick her brains for help about Jack. :-) Around 5 or so TJ started asking what we were eating for supper. We packed all our stuff up and said our goodbyes and thank-yous and headed off to a Mexican restaurant where I had the most amazing cheese and chorizo concoction.
We headed out to get ice cream after that and I got pulled over! I wondered if it was because I got into a right hand turn lane by crossing a solid line, but really the opportunity to drive on the dashed line was so tiny I felt insulted! When the cop came to my door he said it was because our tag light was out. Of course it seemed like he took forever to check my driver’s license, and I couldn’t remember which address of the 40,000 we have now I was supposed to say was our permanent address, but I must have checked out okay, he let me go with just a warning. After he left we went on to the ice cream shop. TJ opened the trunk and the light came on! Figures. We had our ice cream and then saw AutoZone across the street. I got out to open the trunk to make sure the light was on and this time it wouldn’t turn on. Figures. AutoZone closed right as we got there. So now we’re at O’Reilly which closes in an hour. What an adventure! TJ changed out our lights just a minute ago and we are good to go. We would have been pushing it to go to Walmart to get Max’s mattress and get back before curfew so Max slept on the couch tonight.
17 Sept We got on the road about 10:30am. Our planned fuel stop was too close to empty to be comfortable so I searched and found one that’s a little bit closer in LaGrange, Georgia. Hopefully we’ll be at the beach in about 6 hours.
Now that we’ve been driving a few hours we’re getting better gas mileage than the bus estimated, so we’ll go on to our previously scheduled fuel stop in Montgomery. It’ll be just under half way to the beach! Jack keeps asking for “vacation” and “swim all night long” and “swim byself” which makes us laugh.
4:45pm and we just pulled up to the campground to check in. Things got a little hairy there for a minute; right at the last 5 miles their signage was confusing and I was writing what Jack was saying and TJ missed his turn. But it’s all good now.
We set up probably the quickest we ever had and threw on our swimsuits and headed to the beach! We got some good family selfies and Jack got knocked down by giant waves a couple of times. We also saw but didn’t disrupt 2 weddings on the beach, so all was good. We came back to leftover spaghetti and Pioneer Woman’s butter bread. Yum! Now we’re all clean, the boys are in bed, and I’m about to go there myself.