Surfboard Art

 

I was accepted to participate in the Mission Hills San Diego Art Walk in April. One of the opportunities artist could apply for was to create an art project on a recycled surfboard that will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Art Reach San Diego, which helps keep art programs in schools.

While I was in PA my husband was able to go down to pick up a used, recycled surfboard for me supplied by ReRip.

I was so excited to get started on this project right after we arrived in San Diego! I first had to clean and remove any wax on the board, then I primed it with Kills primer.

Next, I drew out my design on the board.

Then I started painting using a pallet knife. Because the board was used there were lots of small divots. By using the palette knife painting technique I was able to fill in the deeper divots and also hid them by the texture of the paint.

All the colors were on and then it was time to lay the lines down. This is always the most nerve wracking part for me! One mistake and it’s so hard to cover up the black paint!

Thankfully I didn’t make any mistakes!  Kona enjoyed sleeping in the sun as I worked.

I put many layers of a high gloss clear coat on it once the lines were done. It was so shiny and it definitely made the colors pop! Since I had to wait for paint to dry in between steeps I took the time to work on my tan.

The final project! I was so happy with the way it came out!

The Board was  on display durning Mission Federal Art Walk 4/27 & 4/28

I was so excited to see that the board sold and I was able to help raise money for ArtReach San Diego!

New Adventures

Looks like we are heading to Italy next, I should be excited but it means I need to do something with my RV.

I put so much into this thing and it deserves to be on the road and not stored for a few years. 😍🛣

Who wants an amazing RV that all the work has been done for you? 🙌🙌

1988 Holiday Rambler Presidential, 34CS

Class A, 33 ft 

Attached bike rack hitch.

VIN: 1GBKP37W2J3309361

https://photos.app.goo.gl/u7dZVFctJh2PAcR39

Sleeps: 4-5 

Seatbelts: 7 (3 in sofa, 2 living room chairs and 2 in front seats)

REMODELED & UPDATED!

New tires with TP/heat sensors- 9 includes full spare)

Lots of motor work done! Not inclusive but some of the big items- New transmission with warranty, heater core repaired, fuel pressure regulator, new spark plugs, Cab AC retrofitted for R134a, (along with other repairs so fully road worthy) 

Outside has been waxed and polished. 

New awing 

Generator, fixed some issues (new transformer, rectifier, cleaned carburetor)

LP tank

Inside has been fully updated! 

White & blue cabinets, light gray walls.

New lux vinyl plank flooring. 

Bathroom has been fully renovated, new toilet, faucets and tile surround in tub area.

Gas stove top

Convention/air-fryer toaster over (not built in)

Dinner was removed & replaced with: Mini washer/spin dryer. (Plumbed in) & Custom built butcher-block counter with storage underneath & 2 folding stools.

Back bedroom with 2 twin beds, new memory foam mattresses

Tons of storage inside!

Jack-knife sofa in living area with new memory foam mattress and custom fabric. 

Pull down twin over cab (hold up to 150 lbs, but not the best sleeping space, ok for child/tween. I currently use for storage but will buy new mattress if needed)

2 roof AC with toggle switch if using shore power

30 amp shore power- new power cord

Will include: All hoses- stinky slinky, drinking water hose, extra hose for cleaning.

Misc items like engine fluids or repair items I have on hand.

More photos here

Cross Country Crunch

Well we were FINALLY able to make plans once all the RV repairs were done! If you ever need RV service or parts and you are in PA, I highly recommend John’s RV & Trailer Center in Jacobus, PA.

Leaving was a bit hard. The only times I’ve seen my dad cry is when I leave and oh man it breaks my heart, but it was even harder because he enjoyed the boys so much! I am so grateful for our time in PA and although it was RV issues that kept us there for so long, I know God had his hand in the mix and knew we all needed the time together!

I decided to leave on a Thursday night after my dad got off work and we had dinner together. I figured it would be easier to say bye at night & I could beat the morning traffic, thankfully I did that because it snowed overnight!  Not a lot but enough to of made me nervous driving in the snow.  My husband flew into BWI and I found a Crackle Barrel to park at overnight right outside of the airport. He landed at 6am &  took an UBER to the RV.  We went right back to sleep and the boys didn’t even wake up!

3/1

After a hardy breakfast to “pay” back our over night stay we hit the road to  Virginia Beach to visit some old Navy friends.  It was a quick overnight stop, but we had a great meal,

snuck in a quick ER trip before breakfast and had some yummy pancakes before we left in the morning.

I was REALLY bad about taking photos, we were just too busy chatting it up!

3/2/19

The next day we headed out towards Charleston, SC! We were all so excited to go back to our old hood and visit all of our friends! I think we all feel like Charleston is our home, especially our kids because they remember it the more then Hawaii but it’s truly because of our amazing friend in our old neighborhood!

The drive was SOOOOO long! We all just wanted to get there! We were a few hours latter then we had anticipated pulling in about 9pm at night. We were staving so we had to stop for food. We were craving wings from Voodoo Tiki Bar. I had pulled over so my husband could jump out and go pick up our togo order. I told him I would pull through the neighborhood behind the bar and pick him up on the other side. Well I turned a bit too soon and ended going through the back ally of the parking lot. It was a tight fit but thankfully the RV handles like a boss!  We were planing on just sleeping in the RV outside of our friends house, but ended up staying inside, who can turn down a big bed you don’t have to pull out! lol

3/3

The next day was filled with hanging out, walks around the park, potluck with friends, kids having a blast together again, RV tours, being reminded how bad the bugs suck , lots of drinks and laughs late into the night.

3/4

We had a great visit in Charleston, it defiantly wasn’t long enough but we are on a time line to get my husband back to the ship! We decided to drive straight to San Antonio, TX so we could have a day to sight see, so that meant 2 very long days of driving! The first day was good and we pulled off before Biloxi, MS at a rest stop for the night.

3/5

Longest day ever!

We left at 7:30 am
Hit traffic at 5pm so pulled over for few hours to eat, take a shower & relax.
8pm back on road but after 2 hrs I was DONE driving! It took me 3 rest stops to finally find a spot to pull over at for the night. We didn’t quite make it, but we only have 133 miles left to go!

3/6

San Antonio TX !! I booked us at a KOA. We stayed 1 night, and its a very nice RV park!  We had an upgraded camp sight with patio, table, fire pit and grill. Every camp sight should have those amenities! The boys enjoyed the playground, playing hockey with dad and diner and S’mores over the fire pit!

After we checked in we took an UBER to the Riverwalk, found a TexMex restaurant… where I could enjoy a margarita of course!

We walked around and went to the Alamo. It was the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo which I had not been aware of when I planned our trip.  I wish they had some sort of Jr Ranger booklet like the National Parks do but I didn’t see anything.

We decided to do the Riverboat cruise which was great & very informative! We defiantly learned more on the cruise then we did walking around the Alamo!

3/7

Long Drive day with a over night stop at a rest area. I am so grateful I chose a Class A RV to travel in. It makes traveling so much more comfortable and easy to just pull over and stop. If we had a trailer or 5th wheel it’s still doable but a bit harder, especially if you have slides or are not set up to boon-dock!

3/8

White Sands National Monument, NM

Bucket list items!!!

Way cooler then I expected! Loved we could drive the RV right in and hang out! They had these great little picnic tables with shelter over them, which would be perfect for hot days! Since we got there in time to enjoy lunch we took full advantage of them! We got some sledding in before the winds made us run back to RV! That sand hurts!

The boys worked on their Jr Ranger booklets in the RV and we went to the visitors center to finish them up, They then turned them in & received their Jr Ranger Badges!

3/9

We decided to skip our next stop after I realized it would be a few hour round trip off the highway and just drive straight into San Diego. We were doing good on the mountain climbs but I made the mistake of pulling off for gas before a BIG climb, like literally right at the base of the hill. Once I started to pull onto the highway I knew it was going to be hard to get up to speed with such a climb!

Before that it was easy sailing at 70mph but I was only pulling 55 up the hill, Big Betsy was doing pretty good. Unfortunately I was watching the heat gauge creep up when I found out I actually have a heat alarm! Devils pass on I8 into CA almost got us, but thankfully they have places to pull over for overheating vehicles. We only needed 5 mins of cooling off the engine. It was 40 degrees outside so that helped!  I had pulled over almost at the top so restarting wasn’t to bad! Then it was back to normal speeds for us!

We pulled into our RV spot just after the office closed so the night host showed us to our spot. We got all set up and the next morning we woke up to water views! I am defiantly going to enjoy this beach front living!

 

The Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore

We have been to the The Maryland Science Center  a few times, once a few years ago when we visited the area and shortly after we got to PA at the end of 2018.

Since my daughter was in town for winter break the boys asked if we could take her. Last time we went we didn’t do all the areas because it was a busy field trip day for the center. We got there early so we could beat the school groups and be done by lunch.

The kids had a great time exploring the different hands on exhibits.

The workshop was the most fun for them and where we spent the most amount of time. They created a few buildings out of cardboard for a group project of building a city. They decided to build a Hydro electrical plant since there was a river running through the city.

 

The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore is located right on the water at the Inner Harbor. Its the perfect spot to walk around and grab some lunch near by.

Snow Tubbing

Avalanche Express Snow Tubbing in York, PA

We did a COLD thing today!

 

My daughter came down on winter break to have some fun with me and the boys and to visit my parents. My mom knew about this place so it was the perfect time to check it out!

A snow tube escalator!

You can go down together…

or not…

 

After walking up 5 times because I wasn’t being lazy, I gave into the escalator!

 

We defiantly had a blast! Thank you to my mom who brought us out for some fun!

 

www.avalanchexpress.com

27oo Mount Rose Ave

York, PA 17402

Elsie’s – Home of the Pickle Sandwich

Elsie’s – Home of the pickle sandwich

Bucket list item  🙌🏼🙌🏼

And it was sooooooo good!

I had to drive about 2 hrs into Philadelphia today with my dad. I had told him about this place and that we just had to  drive the extra 20 mints to eat at Elsie’s,  Home of the famous pickle sandwich!!

We lucked out and ended up visiting on their opening weekend in their new spot! Talk about perfect timing!

It is hands down the most delicious sandwich that has ever crossed my 👄

Now the Pickle Roll was a complete surprise & went above beyond my expectations!

If you are anywhere close it’s a must go to!!
803 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, New Jersey

http://www.PeaceLovePickles.com

Plans, Impossible!

People keep asking me what my travel plans are and honestly I am not trying to make any anymore! Which is so hard for me, the planer and organizer! I have had more delays or issues that have come up then I had ever imagined.

But everything is in God’s greater plan and although frustrating it has giving us more time with my family then I had planed on, and that I am grateful for!

We spent most of the summer with my in-laws, completely taking over their house, using their space to renovate the RV but most importantly the kids enjoyed time with Grandma and Grandpa. They learned how to cook new foods, how to shoot guns, how to ride 4 wheelers, and how much they hate bugs! I truly got to know my in-laws more and have a deeper appreciation for what amazing people they truly are!

We arrived at my parents a bit earlier then expected because our Canada trip was cut short due to my generator needing work. After a short stop in MA at my sisters and a trip to Boston, my husband flew in to spend a few days with us and drive with me to my parents in PA. After my husband left we got to spend Halloween Trick or Treating with my Dad.

My Dad LOVES candy! The boys best keep an eye on their bags

Thanksgiving came and our plans to head south got halted once I realized I had a leak when I went to change my oil. That put my RV back in the shop. It was going to be a few weeks so might as well stay for Christmas.

ahh a leak!
Can anyone look at the camera?

Then I decided to fly out and see my husband in CA. We needed some couples time and he was in port. 2 weeks we spent together. I don’t think I have ever had so much time with him alone in our entire marriage!

I was able to get my RV out of the shop and I don’t even want to admit how much I had to drop to do that. But at least it will get me back across the US!

But first I have an art event I decide to try and do since I was here. I have been painting a ton and unfortunately I can’t hang all the art in the Rv! ha!

Next, my Dad’s Birthday is coming up and we have got to stay and celebrate!

As of right now my husband is planing on fly out in a few weeks and he will drive with us cross country back to CA. Unfortunately, I have to do it quickly so I can get Keanu and Kai back for some testing they need to do but we should be able to hit of some good sights along Route 66!

This year has not gone as planed but I truly feel God has put me on a path of spending time with family and we have so enjoyed it, the boys have learned so much and are in a better place to start traveling and exploring! I really excited to have my husband along for part of our journey too!

Last Minute Trip to CA

To say this year has “gone as planed” would be a drastic understatement.

Between my husband not being gone as much as he was supposed to be, which was the entire point of us hitting the road. To us nowhere close to CA for this time of year, as I had planed. Not to mention all the RV issues we have had, we are defiantly feeling the distance, not just physically but emotionally.

We decided that it was time for us to reconnect and spend a full two weeks together. But most importantly my husband needed a break from the ship. He has a hard time NOT working, slowing down and relaxing. He is very good at his job and I am so proud of him for that but as his wife I know how much he needed a break even though he doesn’t think so! Even at that, he still had to go in 2 times in one day to take care of an issue. Ugh!

It was just what we needed. At times it was too long, others not long enough.

We talked about the past, and what the future holds for us. We are getting ready to select new orders soon. So we dived in and started to look at what area we want to live next. Its exciting and scary all at the same time.

We ate at all the restaurants we never got to and ones we loved.

We enjoyed drinks and sitting at the bar since we were sans kids.

We watched a lot of football

We walked on the beach

He avoided my selfies

But not for long

We sat in Balboa Park for 2 hours people watching soaking up the warm sun. I don’t think my husband has every sat still doing noting. It was great!

We saw every movie that was out. A Star is Born was my absolute favorite. See it in the theater with good speakers and recliners!

I pinned him to LCDR along with our good friends!

Leaving was so hard but we are making plans to be together before his deployment and we are all so ready for some good family time!

New Freedom Rail Trail, PA

Took a walk down the Rail Trail by New Freedom PA. This is the route that Abraham Lincoln took to Gettysburg.

The boys enjoyed their new scooters they got for Christmas. Keanu kept hitting his ankle on the side so he got to get a ride from his pops and brother.

  Kona dog was not doing very well on his leash when we first started. Ugh! Totally my fault for not keeping up with his training! But by the time we were heading back I was able to get him into a down and let go of the leas, although he was on high alert and not relaxed! Lots of work to be done with him!

On the way back to my parents, we stoped at the grocery store and my dad and Kai went in for a few items. Kona figured out Kai left the seat warmer on so he curled up and took a nap! He did not let Kai have the seat when came back either! Lol

New Freedom Rail Trail & Cafe

117 N Front Street
New Freedom, PA 17349

North Museum of Nature and Science

Coding!

North Museum of Nature and Science
400 College Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603-3393

ASTC Reciprocal Member!

I love Zoos and Aquariums but Natural History Museums don’t really excite me, or my kids. But they are valuable and a great road schooling tool! So we go… BUT…

The North Museum of Nature and Science is actually a fantastic place! 

We were all pleasantly surprised! They had so many hands on actives, wide open space, but still small that you can let your kids explore on their own in the area. They were actually so excited that they were running back and forth saying “Come Here! Come Here! You have to see this!” Pulling each other across the room and to new things they found. 

The new exhibit ( we were the first ones to get to use it) was the coding  area. I went to the front and checked out the iPads and robot ball. There are 2 programs to choose from. One is easier for younger kids to use, but for non readers there are task you need to read to them so they know what to do. The task are to teach them how to control the robot. The other program is the actual programing one. My older son enjoyed it! He was able to change lights, add spoken words and music, tell it how to move and how long. The options are endless! I would totally buy one of those for the kids to play with,  I did make the suggestion to have them available in the gift store, if they weren’t to expensive!  But off to amazon to search! Luckily I found this one, which looks even cooler!

Hey Mom look! Quick take my photo…..


Wind!… Mom you try!…

“OK”…

OMG! I didn’t realize it was that strong! lol There was a toddler there and I totally made him laugh!

The bottom level was the area I though my kids would spend 2 seconds in but instead they LOVED it! My boys have always loved rocks and man do they have a cool collection! I was even saying “oh cool look at this guys! I love this one!” Ha who knew rocks could be so fascinating! The animal collection was also a big hit, especially the birds as my mom has been sharing her love of birds with the boys while we are visiting them in PA. They picked out many of the birds they have seen in the yard! how cool! 

If you are in York county PA this little gem is worth the stop! They also had a toddler area, craft section, live animals you could touch and a 3rd floor gallery walk. 

The museum is a Participant  of the ASTC Passport Program.