Bus Life: Unedited

I’ve been meaning to make a video tour of the bus and the land for forever now. I know that pictures don’t fully capture the reality of our current lifestyle quite like a full-on tour could and obviously things have changed since I made the last video before the bus was finished and it was still sitting in the driveway of our rentalΒ  house.

I have to admit, it probably wouldn’t have happened without an impetus because do you know how often there comes a time when the bus is clean and all of us are home and awake and it’s not because people are coming over? Pretty much never.


The impetus in this instance was being contacted by a production company interested in putting our family on tv. We’ve been contacted before by a different company, but after an initial skype interview with producers nothing came of it (they were disappointed to find out that we are, after all, totally normal).


In this case, however, we’ve already gone through a skype interview and now the company has requested that we make a short video showing our family and the bus and the land and the house construction and all that jazz to see more of what we’re like. I’m thinking they’re going to take it in a “Real Housewives of San Diego” direction. (Noah says my dry humor does not come across clearly here – I am very much joking.)

So, yesterday evening while the kids were in the bath, Noah and I straightened up and then we tried to make a quick video in the fading light. They had specific things that they wanted to see on camera (like me actually going up the ladder with the baby in tow), but a lot of it we forgot and left out. We also only did one take and didn’t edit anything and so you get the full effect of my heavy breathing from behind the camera, the kids jumping around trying to be in the shots, me telling them not to get dirty and a lot of camera jiggles and swinging around. And the kids are in their pajamas.

It’s actually quite beautiful.

If I waited to post it until we made it look fancy and not-jiggly, you would never see it.

Even if nothing comes of sending it in to the production company and we don’t wind up the stars of our own reality tv show and make millions of dollars and have the bus turned into a museum/shrine dedicated to the time we’ve spent within its walls… I’m glad it finally spurred us to get a video made! Even as ridiculous a one as this.

I hope you enjoy it! Or, if you don’t enjoy it, at least don’t judge us too harshly by it!

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19 thoughts on “Bus Life: Unedited

  1. This is so great!! It’s so exciting to see how much progress you’ve made!! So excited for you all. And goodness gracious, can your munchkins be any cuter???

  2. I hadn’t realized how big the upstairs is! What a lot of work to make it so light and airy!

    I missed the part where Noah was explaining the tankless water heater; how do you power it? We put one in the new house (I love it! Got a great deal on Amazon), but it takes 3 ea. 40amp breakers, so I’m wondering how yours works on limited power.

    The porch has to be a sanity saver- and the playground is superb. You guys have made do in some brilliant ways. Applause!

    1. The water heater is fueled by propane. It only turns on when water is running through it, so it’s relatively efficient.

      I’m still waiting for pictures of your place! πŸ™‚

      1. Propane! Of course! And I’m getting a propane stove delivered Saturday (and a refrigerator and freezer), along with more finish lumber and window casings. And then we’ll have enough work and food to carry us through the summer. Hooray!

        I’ll see if I can round up some pictures today. Did I tell you we had ANTELOPE go by the house a few weeks ago? About 20 feet from the windows. I don’t know who was more surprised looking at each other, me or them. We’re pretty far north for them, so I think they must have been on a new migratory plan. Or something. But I now have a 6’+ fence around the new little orchard…

  3. I agree with everyone else! The girls were adorable. My 8 year old and I laughed so hard at the part about the rooster that “pecks your knees until you die”! Loved the giggles too! The video really helps put all the pieces together! So glad you did it!

  4. Love this Sarah! It’s was so fun to see your personalities (love the giggling girls!) and get a full tour! Your ladder ascent was very graceful. I’m sure they’ll love it! If you don’t get to be TV stars, it’s definitely because you’re too cute, happy, and normal of a family. πŸ™‚

  5. That’s such a great set up you have! He porch is wonderful…it really adds much needed space to help you spread out when you can’t or don’t want to be outdoors. The house is coming along nicely, and I know you must all be so excited to see it finally starting to come together. πŸ™‚ It will be well worth the wait. Thank you for sharing your lives with us! πŸ™‚

  6. I just got to watch this, and it was so neat to see the whole setup. It’s hard to picture it all just from photos! That porch is such a great addition to the space.

    I am thrilled for you that home building is finally moving along. You have quite a setup there, but I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled to be in a house again!

  7. Adorable. Your kids are way too cute. It was great seeing your space with movement. I’m amazed at how well you’ve done in such a small house. Good for you for making it work with a good attitude also.

  8. I am so proud of your pioneer spirit. What a fabulous, fun grand and great
    family I have. I feel blessed – and spoiled (smile)
    Hug, kisses and lots of love, Grandma Landen

  9. Such a fun video! I loved seeing a pit more about your life. We missed out on a TV opportunity this last month because we are planning to move out of the bus this fall and they are doing the show next year. I don’t know if I’m disappointed or relieved. I hope the very best comes of this opportunity for you all!

  10. Wishing you all the best in your exciting adventure.
    You have youth on your side and a beautiful family.
    You appear to have a lot of know- how and Time,
    Patience and Perseverance will see you through –
    even when some days are better than others.
    Hang on!

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