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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wedding Bells…Staying Busy



Our little Casita has sat in the driveway looking rather lonely and forlorn for the last few weeks since our return from the Green Eggs and Ham Rally.  There is a good there is a fantastic reason!!!  Our son, Stephen, is getting married May 8th on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  His bride-to-be, Raegan Smith, is a wonderful young lady and we couldn't be more excited about having her join our family. Even though we are the parents of the groom we have been very active in the planning and organizing for this exciting event, along with the bride and groom of course!!  There will be more about this in a later blog.

                                plate opening

We have also been very busy helping them move into their new apartment in Auburn.  This is a beautiful apartment complex on a lovely golf course.  They have a nice apartment and are having lots of fun decorating it and putting their unique stamp on it.


When we "purged" our "stuff" to full-time we made sure to save many furniture items for Stephen.  These went into storage during our full-time stint and then in our basement until now.  Their apartment is full!!!

On top of all this excitement we discovered that our house was in great need of painting.  Our last several homes have all been brick until now....what were we thinking????  When we bought the house, 3 years ago, the gentleman that owned it had it painted.  We felt really good about that but little did we know that he took the easy route...not much scraping and priming so this job didn't last.  It's a big job but Mike is doing a great with it.  We decided since we had to paint, now was a good time to change the color, slightly. 

               house paint   

We went from what I call blue, technically it is a blue/gray, but it looked blue to me, to a deeper gray color.  In my humble opinion, it looks so much better.


This coming week we will be cleaning and getting the Casita ready for a road trip to Gulf Shores State Park.  We will stay there for the wedding festivities and then a couple days after to enjoy our favorite spots in this area.  We plan to meander our way back home after that.  We will be posting where we land along the way.  We may not be full-timers any longer but we are crazy passionate about RVing/camping and whenever we get ready to "go" we get soooo excited.  Hitch itch still strikes...quite often. 


  1. Yes, that poor little Casita does look lonely. What fun y'all are going to have. Safe travels. God's blessings to the newly weds.

    The house looks lovely. I really like your setting. Looks like it belongs in a fairy tale.

  2. Now that's a good reason for a trip!

  3. Nice paint job! Congratulations to Stephen and Raegan. Our younger son, Jonathan, just bought an engagement ring for his girlfriend, Brittany. Exciting times!

  4. Your house looks great! We haven't spent any time in Gulf Shores..We were going to go there in 2013, but never made it..Congratulations to the newlyweds...have fun!

  5. So glad for the new couple. They look so YOUNG. And happy!

    The new color on the house looks great. But what a job! You should be very proud of yourselves.

    Wishing all of you the very best. Glad you still get a good case of hitch itch now and then. And I am really looking forward to seeing photos from your trip!

  6. congrats to the whole family!! can't wait to see the photos!!

  7. That is such exciting news about your son. I love it when young couples decide to get married. And you get to combine the wedding with an RV trip. I really like the new color on the house.

  8. Yeah, the day has come! Back in my fav place and your old stomping ground...came wait to hear all the details!! May you be blessed with perfect the paint job!


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