Saying Goodbye To Family

Today we had to say Goodbye. And I am not good at Saying Goodbye to Family – I cry. Every. Single. Time.  I promise myself not to cry and within minutes of the hugs with the boys I start crying. Wished I wasn’t such a baby!

I am not sure why I thought we had more time with them – the days just flew bye far too fast. And I didn’t even get to give any of them massages because I kept thinking we had another day with them.

Last night we celebrated Nicholas 17th Birthday party earlier then his actual day – Still can’t believe he turned 17 already. I put the candles on his Lemon Meringue Pie last night, and almost stopped at 15 candles but then had to think about how old he was turning!

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Merry Christmas From The Woodys

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas From The Woody’s. We had way too much yummy food, and now we are ready for a sleep! Mind you our Boys are ready for water fights!

No one thought to get DVD’s gifts for the boys {yeah how silly are we!} even though we would like to chill out we are working out how to help them with their excess sugar hit from food/drinks.

They sure did have fun playing in the swimming pool.

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The Windows We Used Are No Good

In our renovations with our Motorhome David wanted windows from one Company but they didn’t have them in stock at the time so we went with Aussie Travelers Windows. Which was fine until we wanted customer service.

Well to be honest we haven’t been impressed with the quality of these windows from the moment they went in. They lost their Strip down the edge – the Fluffy strip that is attached to the part of the window that protects it as it slides when you are opening it and closing it. Which means that its scratched every single time you opened it and closed it.

Then there is the fact that our wind out windows down the back flyscreen has come away from the window – and it can’t be replaced easily.

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Small Motorhome Water Tanks

Now that our Motohrome is back David has been super busy trying to work on the issues that we have always had, and have always put up with! You know that saying “Never enough time when you have the money, and never enough money when you have the time” – yeah we have had lots of projects needed to be done on our Motorhome that the very Small Motorhome Water Tanks have always been pushed to the side and forgotten about!

The tanks have started leaking again – they leaked on/off over the years and he has repaired them that many times that its not worth fixing. He pulled the three tanks out – way to small for our sized family – and decided one of them is beyond repairing and has left the other two sitting in the grass underneath to see if the leak is now fixed.

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Black Forest Cake Gluten Free

David is our Cook in our family – I cook because I have to, he cooks because he wants to. And he experiments, adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that until he gets the recipe right. I cook the recipes I know, stick to them and don’t experiment with any new ingredients!

Now that we eat mostly “Gluten Free” and try to stay Sugar Free as much as possible he has lots of ingredients, and lots of ideas and puts them together. Sometimes they don’t work out {He is still experimenting with his Gluten Free Sugar Free Bases for his Pumpkin Pies}, sometimes they do work out and taste amazing.

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Davids Birthday Breakfast And Dinner

Last weekend was David’s Birthday. He didn’t want to celebrate it with any fuss so I wasn’t allowed to mention to family or announce it online. So I respected his wishes and I didn’t even speak with our oldest boys to let them know – he didn’t want gifts. He wanted a day of fun, a day spent with family and Breakfast/Dinner with his favourite foods.

I was joking with him about “Getting Old” – but in actually fact he is not getting old, its only a number and you can feel as young as you like! Its actually a mindset thing – you can feel as older then age or even younger then your age. He says that he still feels like he is 21, but seen the ages of our oldest Woody Sons are around that he can’t be!

He wanted Bacon for Breakfast ::

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Cooking Dinner On Our Choofer

David loves cooking. He creates meals out of the raw ingredients that could easily be added to menu’s in Restaurants, or even in a Food Van! I think he is wasting his cooking skills but we are working towards sharing them soonish. The following dish was a Creamy Mustard Vegetarian meal that was the best we have ever eaten! I think its because of the “Woody” smokey taste to the dish!

We have shared Making Dinner Outside The Motorhome before – cooking our favourite dishes and sharing them! As soon as we got our Motorhome back we all were keen to have our Choofer out of the Boot and our boys collected the wood from the paddock asap so that we could fire it up!

Cooking Dinner On Our Choofer ::

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Our Motorhome Is Back

We have tried to have Our Motorhome back with us {since December it has been stored}. Not sure if any of our friends realised but David went down to Sydney a few months ago to replace the Fuel Injector Pump with the one that was always in the Bus – it had been rebuilt a few times and cost over $2000,00 {I think it was closer to $3000.00} but was still not working.

When he went down {a few months back} and fitted the Injector back into the Motorhome she was still making a weird noise, and he was not sure if the problem was fixed. But decided to see if he could bring her home and hit the highway. But soon realised that there was an issue and so he had returned back to the Storage Facility.

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What To Keep When Downsizing

On the weekend we helped two beautiful people with getting as much done as possible because they needed to move out of their house. And I was itching to pack up their “Shed” which was a “homeschool Room” – now a store room but there was only so many hours in one weekend, and only so much two mamas could do! Maybe another time we will get back there and help them out again {we love them so we would help them all any time they asked}

And I was helping them move down as many “Storage Cupboards” as possible to to their new home – Storage is really important when you downsize but it got me to thinking about when we had to downsize our massive 4 bedroom house {it had two lounge rooms and massive verandas} and David {and our boys} are hoarders so we had a lot of stuff to sort through. And had to think about Motorhome Storage Space.

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The Cost Of Living On The Road

Yesterday I was asked to do a Radio Interview for Wave FM Breakfast Show in Wollongong. A phone interview. At first I said No. They contacted us through our Facebook page, and thought our story/journey of buying/living in a motorhome was inspirational.

I answered with the following “Hi Russell,  Thanking you so much for touching base. But we are no longer in Wollongong – we are on the Sunshine Coast. And our motorhome broke down so its being stored in New South Wales while we are waiting on the parts to be fixed! I am not that inspirational at the moment cause we are kinda stuck without our motorhome. We hope to be back in it by June”

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