Part 15 ~ The Holidays in the Bus



The Holidays are meant to be spent with family.

Circumstances didn’t allow us to be close to my kids, and spending the holidays with Zach’s family meant a lot to him!

So we left Oklahoma and made the trek to Arkansas! It was about 300 miles, our one day drive maximum!!

Decorating for the Holidays !

Once we settled in to our campsite, I realized I had purged ALL of my Christmas decorations in Georgia and I was completely regretting not keeping more than I did.

All I kept was my snow globe Snowman ๐Ÿ™‚

I was pretty lost without a Christmas Tree! I really wanted this Christmas to be special since it was our first in the busย ๐ŸŽ… Zach doesn’t have nearly as much Christmas Spirit as I do, but I’m working on him ๐Ÿ™‚

This is an accurate comparison ~ I’m more Buddy the Elf and Zach is more Grinch ๐Ÿ˜‚

But in all his grinchiness ~ he went out and found me a “tree”

And I simply loved it ๐ŸŽ„โค๐ŸŽ„

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Very Charlie Brown

The cats had a blast with the bells I made into ornaments! To be expected!๐Ÿ˜ผ

I did a TON of baking right before Christmas and plan to share those recipes in my next post!

Christmas Day came and we headed to spend time with Zach’s family! We had a fantastic lunch, followed by games and dessert!

The guys also played a game called, how many people does it take to lower a TV ๐Ÿ™‚

In their defense, it was much easier to do without the added stress of holding the TV up !

Work smarter, not harder?? Right!?!

Zach got me the cutest waffle maker for Christmas! Strict rules applied ~ only one small gift for me to unwrap! And I had been talking about waffles so much that he figured I needed one!

And he was completely right!

But honestly, what would we do with a huge one? We would never finish even one! So this is the absolute perfect size for us!

Check it out here!

It’s Tiny!

What to try first?

We made “pancake” waffles first in it, mainly because I had dry ingredients for pancakes already made! All I needed to do was add the egg, milk and oil. But how much ? I went with what I normally do for pancakes and the results were FLUFFFFFFFY ! But yummy! Like a crispy waffle edged pancake, maybe?

Delicious with lots of maple syrup!๐Ÿ˜‹

Holidays .. wrapped up!

We spent the rest of the year working inside the bus! We had catio work to do, a door to figure out in the newly created pass through, and a multitude of other small projects! Lots of work going on around the bus!

During that time, I finally got my upgrade from the scooter that we had sold in Oklahoma!

My new e-bike! I love it! I liked the scooter, but being able to sit down is definitely going to allow me to ride longer!ย 

Hiccups for the Holidays !

First, We planned to leave on Monday the 2nd, but we decided to make the investment in Starlink Satelitte service! So we placed our order, then waited! We were told by some people the wait was months, but after our order was placed, it was more like 2-4 weeks!

But 2-4 weeks delay ๐Ÿ™ Oh man!

Fortunately, our order was shipped and delivered on the 2nd!! But we had already booked some additional days in our campsite, so we planned to set up the starlink and use it while we were waiting to head out!

More delays for the Holidays !

Which was supposed to be the 9th, but all of a sudden, our little tiny car had other plans! More specifically, needing a new CV Axle ๐Ÿ™

So we booked a few more days at the campground we were at and made the best of it!

On the positive side, We got to spend more time with Zach’s family before we made our way east to see my family!

We had to order the part needed for the car, and the day after the part came in, it was set to rain all day! So further delays are a good reason why we allow ourselves enough time to get anywhere! This was now a 4 day delay, not including the delay from the previous week when we were awaiting our Starlink setup!

Ultimately our safety is most important! We are driving our home around, along with our pets! So we plan our driving days around a lot of factors!

New date we set to leave was the 12th!ย 

Did we make it out on the 12th??

Until Next Time …

Missed a few parts of the story?? Catch up here!!

Parts 1-10Part 11 Part 12 Part 13 Part 14ย 

Love the hats we wear? Zach makes them! Check out his work here

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