May 21, 2017 your 10 Questions answered
This week is our last week in our home! Our furniture is officially gone and we are now camping on a mattress on the floor. Good times! As I was boxing up I came across the book Shatter (I did a book review of it here) and I thought instead of boxing it up I will pass it on! So, if you want a good read, in the comments below answer me this- what is the best type of cheese? 😊 Now here are your questions you asked me last week!
1. What are you most excited about in the sense of having a nanny?
The nanny thing is new to me. I have had regular sitters that I use but I’ve never had an official nanny. We travel several times a year with our kids and I enjoy it, but it is work. I am excited for my work to feel like it is a little less. Like there is some flexibility for adventure. I want everyone to enjoy this year. I don’t want a few to suffer so that a few can enjoy. I have heard over and over again that when you have kids you just write the first 10 years off as you raise them…I’ve always wondered about that statement. Why can’t I continue living and enjoying? Why do I have to have wasted years? So I am going to be honest and selfish and say this year is more about me than my kids. It’s about me having help and it’s about me making a life long friend in her.
2. How did you decide about the destinations and places to go with the kids? Did you change the plans considering the kids?
We most definitely changed plans and destinations because of the kids. Our first thought for an adventure (well Derek’s idea) was to live on a sailboat for a year. I said heck-to-the-no with 3 small kids. That I’d rather be tortured…you get the drama display. That adventure can wait until they are older. So, we changed our plan before we even had an official plan-from water to land. Mainly I pick destinations based on the easiest and shortest flights. I am trying to do it in a way that avoids super long flights (longer than 8 hours). There are certain places we would love to see but won’t be able to this trip because Wren will be under 2 years old and can’t get certain vaccinations yet. Yes I am vaccinating my children for this trip around the world because yes there are diseases that will kill them.
3. Can I send Christian postcards from the places we go?
We are going to be doing a new intro for the Vlog that involves postcards -that I was going to send to myself -so I don’t see why I can’t shoot one off to you too 😂
4. What’s gonna happen when you get back to the USA , do you want to settle down and live Again the “typical stereotyp” life?
Coming home I have a feeling that everything will feel the same and be the same and it will be me that has changed. I’ll have to figure out how this new me fits into where I left the old me. I know it will be harder coming home than it will be leaving. I do see us settling back down though. I think it is important for my kids to have roots. To develop a love of community. To have time to develop talents and skills. But if things go well this first year we may extend it one more year for fun.
5. Since a strict routine with your kids is probably not achievable this yr (& is it really ever?? ha), have you all considered a unique, consistent family activity that could be repeated weekly?For example: intentionally calling Thursday a family ice cream treat day.
I LOVE this idea and I think it will be a treat day! I’ve thought a lot about routine and making my kids feel stable. We will be homeschooling the boys so I feel like that will give them routine. We wake up every morning do breakfast then school. The rest of the day can be a jumble but I think the routine of school will be a big stabilizer.
6. Are you booking everything in advance or will some of it be on a whim?
We are doing a mix of both. We have things mapped out for a month in advance currently (until end of August) and we will start booking more once we are on the road. I imagine that we will continue to book around 3 weeks out. We are gauging our destinations by flights, whims of fancy, etc.. We use google flights -it’s a travel search engine that searches multiple airlines. We set up travel alerts for when the price of a destination is trending up or down. This way we always have our eye on certain places and when ticket prices seem best we buy.
7. Is there any country you are having trouble getting to visit because of visas or other paperwork that you were really hoping to experience?
For the first part of the trip we are in Europe and haven’t had any visa issues. We are just making sure our time in and out of the Schengen Zone is kosher.
For Asia there will be more work for visa’s, like Vietnam and China. We have found that a lot of countries let you get a visa upon arrival instead of having to mail in info in advance to get one. So far we haven’t had any trouble and fingers crossed it stays this way.
8. How will you work out?
Every morning while the kids do school I am going to take that time to do my yoga and stream an online workout of some kind… I’m open to suggestions! If you have any 💙
9. What are you doing with all your stuff?
I am selling, donating, and giving away a lot of it. I am not keeping most of my furniture-only a few select pieces. I feel like my style and tastes will change a lot over the next year so I don’t see the point in holding onto a lot of stuff. We do have a storage pod for our keepsakes and such though.
10. Are you really doing this?
Yes we are and now that we have thousand of eyeballs on us there’s no backing out now!