And so it begins…

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This past weekend, our family’s new adventure officially began! Although my husband had been away working for two weeks, it didn’t feel “real” until LG and I hit the road from Texas to meet him in Iowa. We’re now living the travel life and absolutely loving it!

For those of you who may not yet know, my husband just made the career switch from elementary music teacher to independent insurance adjuster for catastrophe claims. When storms hit, we head out so he can work the aftermath. We’ll be living a pretty “on call” life but we’re already finding that the family travel is SO worth it!

On Saturday, my brother made the brave commitment to begin a two-day road trip with me and LG. I tried to be intentional with our travel schedule to make it easiest on LG and was pleasantly surprised with how AMAZINGLY she handled the drive! My biggest take-away was to let her hang out with the grown-ups until we all went to bed instead of putting her down at her normal time. We left around 10:30am and she slept for an hour, hung out until we stopped for lunch, and then went back to sleep for her normal long afternoon nap! It was perfect! Our drive was 5.5 hours each day so she basically slept for half of the drive and hung out like a trooper for the rest!

At 18 months old, LG is already turning into more of a traveler than I’ve ever been. She is naturally so curious and easily excitable, so visiting new places seems to fit her perfectly. On Saturday, we stopped and stayed for the evening in Wichita, Kansas. LG got to enjoy some awesome BBQ for dinner and play for the first time in a fountain! I’m not sure the other parents were very pleased that I was letting my kid play in a fountain they tried to pull their kids away from, but considering how well she did ALL day in the car I said “go for it!”. She was ecstatic! (To see her splashing away, visit my Instagram for the video!)

On Sunday, we got up and started the same routine! After lunch LG got play at a park in the beautiful Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve never seen such an adorable town! The houses were all restored historical homes and the campus (University of Kansas) was incredible!

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To end our weekend of travel, LG and I took my brother to the airport in Des Moines, Iowa. Before we had to say goodbye, we had a lunch date at a nearby mall and took a quick trip to the state capital for pictures. It’s such a beautiful building up the hill from downtown Des Moines!

Being such a homebody and lover of homemaking, I thought that the travel would be fun but something I’d have to really amp myself up for. But after this weekend, it feels so natural that I can’t imagine us doing anything else right now! Have you ever felt like you were living a dream but it felt completely normal at the same time? Because that’s pretty much how I’m feeling right now. I’m so proud of my husband for busting his behind to prepare for his new career and just glide right into it with no issues. And I’m so thankful that he’s bringing us along for the journey! He found us a perfect Airbnb on an incredible piece of land, so LG and I will be spending our days here until further notice! In the meantime, I can’t wait to share with you all how we stay busy at the house and what other sites we get to see! Thanks for following along!!

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