Hurray, we’ve just exchanged contracts and we finally have a completion date for the sale of our house… we move out tomorrow!! Whoo hoo!! I cannot begin to tell you how relieved and excited we all are.
The last four months have been very challenging for us as a family. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing family and friends who have helped us out during this period, it’s been greatly appreciated and your kindness will never be forgotten, sending you lots of big love xx
Although recent times have been very stressful, it’s given us the time to conduct more research and connect with families living in caravans all of the time; other ‘full timers’ and ‘road schoolers’. We have learnt lots more about the new lifestyle we are about to embark on and have never been more certain that this is the way we want to live our lives. The girls have well and truly gotten into the swing of things with being home educated, as have Jez and I, although the ‘unschooling’ process was definitely harder for us as parents than it was for the girls.
We have not stopped talking about our transition and imagining what our lives will be like over the next 12 months. Jez and I have tried to prepare the girls as much as possible by asking them to envisage what our new lives will be like in every area imaginable and have explained that some elements of our lives will be easier and some a little harder; certain things will stay the same and others will change. I suppose, we don’t want them to be hit by a big ‘culture shock’ once we leave our house but at the same time we also know that kids adapt easily to change and we’re conscious not to impose our apprehensions onto them.
As we sat eating dinner a few nights ago, we took it in turns to discuss our individual thoughts surrounding any concerns we have, the excitement we’re feeling and our expectations of the new experiences we think we’ll encounter. Our thoughts are summarised below:
Me – “Living in a confined space with each other, not being able to have a long soak in a bath and not being able to do the laundry effectively”
Jez – “My family adapting smoothly to life on the road and living conditions in the winter”
Lois (age 7) – “I’m not worried about anything”. Aww Lois! Ever the optimist.
Macy (age 4) – “Our cups”. I asked her what she meant, she said “well, where are they going to go?”. She seemed happy when I explained that we’ll be taking all of our crockery with us.
Me – “freedom, travelling, experiencing new places, educating myself further and spending more time together as a family”.
Jez – “Feeling free, reconnecting with nature, being in the great outdoors and spending quality time with my family”.
Lois – “Learning about nature and all of the animals, doing art lessons, going to Portugal and going on the ferry”.
Macy – “Swimming pool, playground, getting some goggles, snorkels and rubber rings and going on bouncy castles”.
Me – “Meeting lots of new people, visiting new places, learning new skills and gaining more knowledge about lots of different subjects”.
Jez – “Experiencing living off-grid, watching my kids learn new life and survival skills”.
Lois – “Making a big picture outside on the grass out of lots of different materials”.
Macy – “Going to the swimming pool”.
It’ll be interesting to see how our expectations compare with the actual reality of our new lives once we’re on the road. I know one thing for sure though, if we don’t continue to take Macy swimming over the next 12 months we will never hear the end of it! 🙂
Wish us luck with the transition. We’ll keep you updated.