I watched this last night and came up with a bucket list that would make our time on the road even cooler. Not sure how many of these we can accomplish but you can always dream. Which of them do you think we will actually get done?
Design a motor home that looks like a castle
Build motor home from ground up while wife uses the frame as a trapeze set
Talk with a New Zealand accent
Put a bathtub on the roof of my traveling abode
Add full size cast iron stove into kitchen
Have Marisa start a traveling trapeze show
Marisa also needs new Zealand accent
“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.” (Inception Motion Picture)
Have you seen the movie Inception? If not, go watch it and then come back and finish this article. In the movie a group of men try to infiltrate a man’s dream in order to plant an idea that will influence him to do things when he is awake. There is a question throughout the movie regarding whether or not it is possible to plant an idea in someone’s mind that influences them. I believe it is possible. I did this to myself.
This is my story of inception.
Eight years ago I left a job at a stable company for a higher paying job at a less established company. I felt like the opportunities of the new company were worth the risk. They had never had layoffs and they seemed to have a lot of growth potential. Once I had completed five months at my job, layoffs began. I felt like I was going to be let go since I was one of the newest employees.
The insane workings of my panicked mind came up with a plan that I shared with my beautiful bride. If I were to lose my job, we would sell everything we owned and go on a cross-country trip. My partially insane wife agreed, and we were comforted by our dream of the freedom of the road as layoffs continued.
The economy turned around and my job seemed to gain some stability. We no longer had a need for a backup plan. The dream of living on the road was repressed and only appeared in that time between wakefulness and sleep. I would fall asleep with a smirk on my face as I thought about what might have been.
Over the years, the dream of the freedom of the road burrowed through my brain. I could feel a tickle or a pull at times when we would go on a road trip, but I was never fully aware of what was happening in my subconscious. The rhythm of the tire on the asphalt and the calming sounds of small town talk radio as we drifted over an open prairie seemed to awaken a part of my soul, only to recede when I would return to the normal life.
Last December we felt like we were going to have a big change in our lives. That change is self-imposed. We are going on the road. We love our home and our neighborhood. I have a good job, and we love the many friends we have here in Utah. We didn’t want to leave but we had planted an idea in our own heads. That idea grew like it had a life of its own. Now we have our house up for sale, and we own a fifth wheel. We are saying good-bye to stability and security and saying hello to adventure. An idea had taken hold in our head, and it had become impossible to eradicate it.
Wednesday we listed our house on the market. I had a lot of anxiety wrapped up in that step for so many reasons. Pushing the button to list our house, was a huge milestone. It kind of felt like there was no going back at that point. This meant that we were going to have to announce our plans and I was worried about the things people might think of us. It meant that I had to keep the house clean EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY. We were supposed to list it a week earlier, but I kept finding excuses not to. I finally realized that I had to take that leap of faith and just do it.
Sooooo….We are officially on the market, and it feels good, it feels right, and I feel silly for being nervous about it. We had to let people know about our plans and I’ve been surprised and humbled by the response of our family, friends, and neighbors. We feel extremely blessed to feel so loved and supported.
Here are a few pictures of our home that we have loved for 5 years. The home we anxiously awaited and had to live in a tiny little apartment for 5 months for. The home that we have put our blood, sweat, tears, and a lot of money into to make it ours.
Plumber are generally known for one thing:
Ok, maybe they are known for 2 things; Images like this one, and for fixing your plumbing. They are NOT generally known for being blabber mouths. Well ours was! We have kept our plans a secret because Michael would like to keep his job until our house goes under contract. It could put him in jeopardy of losing his job earlier than we wish, or put him in an awkward situation at work if they find out he is going to be quitting soon. So, we haven’t told anyone about our plans except for close family AND the plumber. Don’t ask me why I told the plumber, I guess I thought it didn’t matter, that he doesn’t know me. Who is he going to tell? Our next door neighbor, that’s who. A few weeks after he did work for us, he did work for them and asked if we had moved yet. OOPS. The word is leaking out, thanks to a leaky mouthed plumber.
We have searched, debated, and prayed about what we should travel with. A motorhome is part of the American Dream. When we had Lola (a class C motorhome), I loved that we could lounge around, eat, sleep, work, and pee all while driving. I loved seeing this amazing country pass by as I fixed my kids a sandwich and then sat down to read to them. As we looked at motorhomes vs. 5th wheels in our price range, it was obvious that you can get so much more in a 5th wheel for the same price. The kids HATED the idea of a 5th wheel until we saw this beast:
2013 Jayco Seismic 3712 Toy Hauler
It was love at first sight, it was meant to be, we knew he was ours. It is a Toy Hauler, meaning the back actually folds down to make a ramp, and there is a back “garage” area where you can park toys like ATV’s and bikes and stuff. We liked it because it offered a separate “room” for the kids and 2 queen bunks for the kids to sleep on. If we had gone with a motorhome, we were going to have kids sleeping on couches and possibly the floor.
We put the cart before the horse and are looking for the right truck to tow this bad boy. So for now, he sits at the dealership. To Michael’s dismay, I can’t wait to get my hands on him and add some flare to him.