Lots of things are a-happenin’ ’round here.
It’s been a little over five months now since our move in day (can you believe it?) and we’ve come a long way from spending that first evening unpacking in the dark. The novelty is wearing off (in direct correlation to how my pregnancy has advanced and the heat of the summer has increased, interestingly enough), but I think we’ve developed a rhythm of sorts.
There have definitely been good days and bad days and I’ve been thinking about whether or not I would recommend this lifestyle to anybody else. It’s really difficult to say because there are so many different variables to consider:
Do you have kids?
Are you pregnant?
Are you staying in one place or traveling?
Are you going to be in a 45-year-old school bus or a brand new RV?
How big is your personal space bubble?
What kind of climate do you live in?
Are you adverse to participating firsthand in the removal of your own waste?
You see? Lots of things to think about. Lately, whenever I’m tempted to whine (because I’m kind of a whiner), I think about this family that travels in their RV with 9 kids (down from 12, at one point). Her comment came up after mine on this post from Money Saving Mom about a single guy living and traveling in his van.
Between us, the Ticknors and Foster Huntington there are three alternative living situations that seem similar, but have completely different tradeoffs in terms of comfort, saving money and feasibility.
I just found the whole comparison very interesting and it probably warrants further expounding upon in a different post. Maybe.
In other news: Now that we’re nearing the end of the summer, we’ll need to ramp up our solar set-up a bit – this will include buying more batteries, at least one more solar panel and probably a bigger inverter. (Eventually Noah will have a minute and write a post explaining how we make our current situation work… and if not, I’ll go ahead and do a hack-job of it.)
This whole “borrowing hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to build a house” thing is ridiculous.
Remember how we found a broker that we knew and trusted and came highly recommended from friends? Well, he was definitely a stellar guy, and at first the loan seemed like it was exactly what we needed. As we went along with the process, however, we realized that the lender (totally separate from the broker, who, again, was great) was charging us an arm and a leg and they kept wanting us to give them more and more and more without giving US anything additional in return.
It was extremely frustrating and I kind of felt like we were being bullied (which is possibly an exaggeration, but that is how excitable my hormones are right now, don’t judge).
We finally found ANOTHER reputable lender that we’re in the process of getting approved through that will potentially save us at least $10,000 over the course of construction. Which is extremely exciting for me, especially since that business gets charge compound interest over the life of the loan, so in reality we’re saving… like… $30,000. Or some other, larger, amount that would require a calculator to figure out.
Either way: hooray!
I’ll provide more details once everything is settled into place, but I feel a LOT better now and things look like they’re going to go pretty smoothly… as long as horrible things don’t happen.
Unfortunately, the Murano is going to cost a lot to repair. A lot more than we are willing to put into it right now, in fact. We are instead ignoring it like a red-headed step-child.
In the meantime, the ignition on the Pathfinder has been fixed, so I’m back to using a real key like a grown up!
We still need to find and purchase a vehicle that will fit our entire family before our new arrival… arrives. Noah is in favor of an SUV with a third row and I am firmly in the mini-van camp. Any opinions?
To fund this purchase we are probably going to sell the RV pretty quick here, hopefully at a profit since we put in laminate flooring after we bought it.
Lily starts school again next week.
I am utterly flabbergasted.
The school Lily attends is a local public charter school that operates on a home school – hybrid schedule. Lily attends “workshop” two days a week with a certified teacher, and I teach her the other three days from home using materials provided by the school. They offer a curriculum, but I am free to supplement and interchange things to best fit her learning style and interests.
The school also offers the option of homeschooling 5-days per week with a lot more flexibility with regard to curriculum, but Lily LOVES going to class, so.
Although I have my likes (flexibility! parent/teacher partnership!) and dislikes (waking my kids up early on school days… driving across town… making lunches…) of the program, for the most part it’s been a wonderful fit for our family.
Yesterday we went to pick up her books (and CDs and games…) and my brain was completely torn between “Mmmm… educational materials…” and “WHERE AM I GOING TO PUT ALL THIS STUFF?!”
Then I spent the rest of the day trying to get organized and discovering that I had unwittingly packed away a lot of necessary materials (sheet protectors! binders! three-hole-punch! Where are you?). So that was fun.
Aaaaaand that’s where we stand right now. Please be advised that any and all questions, comments, compliments and arguments will be fielded in the comment section. Thank you and good day.