FIVE on FRIDAY

One.

I have an huge fear of birds, but I think I'll keep these little birdies
I have an huge fear of birds, but I think I’ll keep these little birdies

These two. Right here. They are my heart beating on the outside of my body. As hard and challenging every SO many of the days are right now I would not trade one second of having them. They are our biggest blessings and our biggest adventure. Raising them is my honor and privilege.

Two.

blubell
I am a blue bell fanatic and I am dying to try out their new flavor. Anybody else? My problem is I can never just “try” it. One spoonful turns into one pint mighty quick 😉

Three.

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We have another open house this weekend. I am so anxious. I so badly want this “plan” we have to work out. I am trying to remind myself, and be at peace, that sometimes God’s plan is not our plan. I pray that is not the case for our home selling. I also pray that the PERFECT buyer comes along. I pray that the future homeowners will love this house as much as we have and take advantage of the awesome neighbors that come along with it.

Four.
My hubby and I have been running together and I am totally loving the bonding time. On Wednesday we ran to the grocery store to get milk. We were those people, hot and sweaty, hanging out in the cold dairy section for wayyyy to long before the jog home. Texas heat is not for the weary.

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Five.

These girls are life long friends – through thick and thin.  I am SO happy our paths crossed like a million years ago.  We had so much fun meeting aunt jenn for lunch.  She loves it when we bring the traveling circus her way 🙂

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This is my very first link up and I am loving it. My blog is two weeks new. Stay for a bit and catch up on our story 🙂

 

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xo,

j

Dirt Cake

Dirt cake.  Yep.  Dirt cake.  It is a favorite childhood memory of mine and Andrew had the great idea to surprise our dirt loving boy child with one.  He LOVED it.

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It is so easy to make and definitely a recipe the kids can join in on and help make! 

Ingredient list:

½ cup butter softened

1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened

½ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 (3.5 ounces) packages of instant vanilla pudding

3.5 cups milk

1 (12 ounce) container of frozen cool whip, thawed

32 ounces of oreos or any chocolate sandwich cookie

  1.  Chop cookies very fine in food processor or blender

2016-07-17 14.05.47 2016-07-17 14.11.532.  Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a bowl

2016-07-17 14.22.373.  Mix milk, pudding mix, and whipped topping together in another bowl

2016-07-17 14.29.074.  Combine pudding mixture and cream cheese mixture
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5.  Layer in bowl or bucket of choice alternating pudding and cookies

6.  Repeat layers until last layer is cookies on top

7.  Add gummy worms

8.  Chill until ready to serve

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ENJOY!

xo,

j

 

weekend recap

This weekend was just plain fun.  It was the perfect wrap up to our two week trail.  We left our little spot in Brookshire early Friday morning and headed to Lake Livingston with our long time family friends the Rabons.  We spent the weekend in the sun eating way too much food, staying up way too late, and turning into prunes in the swimming pool.  It was a simple weekend, a perfect weekend.  The Rabon Family is quickly becoming a regular camping duo with us on the weekends and we love it!  Our friendship spans back 9 years now and it is so neat to watch our kids grow up camping together.

food > everything
food > everything

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best buds
best buds
me and my boys
me and my boys
evenings are my most favorite part of camping
evenings are my most favorite part of camping
this boy loves his dirt and trucks
this boy loves his dirt and trucks
lakeside splashpad for the win
lakeside splashpad for the win
Corbin found the ladder om the side of the camper. We have a new battle. {insert eyeroll}
Corbin found the ladder om the side of the camper. We have a new battle. {insert eyeroll}
evening races
evening races
traffic jam on I45. #shocker
traffic jam on I45. #shocker

PicMonkey Collage

We get super serious about our watermelon. I am pretty sure Wyatt is going to turn into watermelon one of these days.

dirt cake collage

Of course these boys had to get some dirt cake in a bucket.  I don’t think Wyatt enjoyed it at all 🙂

I am SO happy we got to be a part of baby M’s first camping experience.  ALL the heart eyes right here.  I need some baby girl in my life and she was just perfect!

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xo,

j

two.

two weeks.  14 days.  We survived 14 days in the wilderness, er, our camper.  We had lots of laughs, made lots of memories, shed some tears, and are currently battling a poison ivy (or something of the sorts) outbreak on Corbin.  Are we scared of this lifestyle?  Not at all.  Are we excited?  Totally!  Are we doing this, like really uprooting our family and moving into a 300 square foot camper?  YES!  Our home officially listed on HAR yesterday and we had our first open house today….whoop!  So now we wait.  I am learning that I am much more impatient than I thought.  In my mind I was expecting our house to be scooped up off the market in 24 hours 😉  Reality check.  I’m partial and not everybody may think it is as quite of an awesome house as I do.  It is though.  It really is.  And the walls are filled with lots and lots of love and lots of good happy memories.  BUT I get it.  I must be patient.  God is training us in this area.  Today as we prepared for our open house was a true test of that.  We were having communication issues between our AC and our phones to verify that the temperature was cooling.  We packed our camper up and headed home early from our weekend on the lake to ensure the house would be nice and cool for the open house.  As we were racing the clock to make it home on time we had to stop 3 times to re-plug in the camper break lights that kept getting knocked loose (which has NEVER happened before) and then we got stuck behind a huge funeral procession that had traffic stopped.  We made it though and our house was cold…praise God!  We wished our realtor good luck and headed to the Kroger parking lot to “camp” during the open house.  Yep, you read that.  We were boondocking at Kroger.  We got the kids fed and got some grocery shopping done.  One stop shopping.  We briefly debated boondocking full time.  Parking lot hopping.  Walking distance to the grocery store one day academy the next.  Kidding.  kind of 😉  Best part? Our best friends and neighbors just happened to be grocery shopping during hour 2 of our little campout and spotted our camper in the back of the lot and started banging down our camper door.  It was so nice to have their unplanned visit and their little boy got a kick that we set up our camper in the parking lot.

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Looking over our two weeks I can easily say it flew by.  I am not surprised by this as I feel like life’s clock has exponentially gotten faster since we had children.  I wholeheartedly agree with the quote that the days are long but the years are short.  For this very reason I know that this goal of ours is within total reach.  The time in our camper before we find our next home is going to FLY by and I truly believe 10 years from now when we are looking back on our life and our marriage that this will become one of our favorite seasons.  Most likely one of the hardest, but often times those have a way of becoming the ones you look back on the most and treasure the closest.  I feel over these 2 weeks Andrew and I have become more of single unit as we have had to help each out more than normal.  We worked as a team and were very efficient.  Last Sunday, we purchased new landscaping to brighten up the front yard for photography for our listing and had it all planted watered and were back at the camper grilling within 2 hours.  We have had to learn how to conquer bed/bath time routines and how to childproof our camper.  A post on that coming soon.  We had to figure work schedules and how to manage alarms and get going in the morning without waking our sleeping dragons children.  We got through it together.  I could not and would not want to do it alone. Together we are stronger and I feel like these 2 weeks made that particular quality shine.  It is now out of our hands.  God’s plan will be shown over the next couple of weeks.  Our house must sell before we can officially start this crazy awesome adventure.  I have faith that if it is meant to be then everything will fall into place.  Until our answer is clear, I will sit back and be impatiently waiting.

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We had lots of inside time week 2 due to Corbin’s rash but we did manage to sneak out for milkshakes, haircuts and house prep for selling.

Here is exhibit “A” as to why during this stage in our life we need no more than 300 square feet 😉

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xo,

j

Coming Soon

And just like that this sign ended up in our front yard.

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Day 8 and we were feeling a bit feisty 😉 A family friend of ours is a realtor so we had him stop by this morning just to do walk thru of the house for us and help us open our eyes to what we can better or fix to get market ready. Peak selling season here is coming to an end so IF we decide to hit the GO button then we don’t want to waste any time on the selling front.  Our walk thru turned into “are we doing this? For real? I mean, ok. Lets do this!” SO we have a padlock on our door and a coming soon sign in our front yard. Pending week 2 goes well it will say For Sale. Totally a surreal day. We were not expecting a sign and seeing it is certainly bringing many emotions to surface. Excitement, fear, sadness. We are still so very sad at the thought of leaving our RCR family and our very first home that we have poured so much love and labor into. We also know that we can’t let fear and what seems easy guide our future and for that we are VERY excited. We can’t wait to see the doors that open and opportunities that God provides our family. With that said, neighbors…plan on us crashing every RCR gathering that goes down 😉 and seeing our cars here often because it will always be our first home and our ties here are strong #faloopers forever.

 

xo,

j

one.

Week one has come and gone.  It was a good week.  A really good week.  We had a few bumps in the road, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed.  We are continuing to build our “we gotta get this or do that” list if we go full time.  It has been a great learning experience so far and very eye opening on how LITTLE we need for the day to day.  The kids have been adjusting great.  Wyatt is such a laid back baby – as long as he has food he could care less about the rest of his environment.  He thinks that running from one end of the camper to the other is about the coolest thing in the world and just giggles the whole time as he does his Frankenstein wobble run.  Corbin is having a BLAST.  He talks about living in the camper and has actually gotten upset the last couple of times I had to run home to grab things forgotten.  He even refused to get out of the car and go in the house on the last trip and asked to me to please go back to the camper.  I think it is safe to say he is sold on the concept.  Andrew and I are still adjusting.  Obviously, it is a much bigger lifestyle change for us than it will be for the littles.  Andrew’s commute has been a touch longer while mine is actually shorter.  We are learning new routines that work for us in the camper as opposed to what was working at home.  It has been fun though, we are just continuing life as normal.  We took a field trip to Nannie’s house one to day to go swimming, had play dates with friends, and Andrews parents, Nana and Pa, came to visit us.  The only thing that has changed is the roof over our head….and we still have a roof over our heads!  For that, we are blessed.

PicMonkey Collage

PicMonkey Collage

XO,

j

 

Two Weeks

Two weeks.  We are giving ourselves, as a family, two weeks to make a HUGE lifechanging decision for our family.  We are following our hearts and chasing down our dreams.  How?  The Hoopers are becoming fulltime RVers.  {insert shock face here}  Forever?  NO!  not at the moment anways.  We have a BIG dream; a vision that we see for our family.  A foundation we want to build.  5 years from now this vision includes land (at least 10 acres), cattle, chickens, and maybe a goat.  OK a small petting zoo 😉  We picture our kids having room to run, play and explore their world.  We want to teach them hands on life experiences and give them memories that will last a lifetime.  5 years from now……

For now….2 weeks.  We are in the 2 week test phase.  The trial.  We have started purging our house of all the extra {fluff} to sell and donate.  We have gone through and carefully chosen the pieces that are most important to us to store and bring with us into a new home.  We have researched RV parks (aka potential homesites) for our family to live in the meantime.  Andrew and I settled on place close to home.  It is imprortant that we both keep our jobs, the kids doctors, and the school/church community we are in.  Most importantly we want to remain close to our family and our friends that have become like family to us over the past couple of years.  Our little homestead RV park is cute.  It sports a nice size fishing pond, a quaint playground and a small swimming pool.  It is all gravel which is a dream come true for my boys (other than gravel road bike riding, that usually ends in a tantrum or two).  So, God willing, if these two weeks go well we will placing our sweet adobe on RCR for sale.  The very first house we bought together.  The house we brought our 2 babies home to.  The house that we have built some of the best friendships and memories in.  The good thing about this house is that it just a house; a beautiful house.  It provided the walls and roof over our heads to start our lives.  No, we cant take the walls with us, but we can take our boys, our friendships and our memories….The people and things we cherish the most.  If our house sells in a timely manner then we are becoming full time RVers.  We are packing up and making #homewiththehoopers mobile.  Home is where your heart is.  Our home will just happen to be on wheels for the next couple of years and we plan on living it up.  We will be able to pack up and go in the blink of an eye.  Once we find some land, the perfect land, we will move the home of the Hoopers to that location and start the building of our forever barn home.

Day 1 is complete.  We are all alive and well.  Better actually than before we started.  The night before our jouney was starting the baby and I came down with a terrible stomach flu.  Yesterday (moving day) was pretty rough for us.  We had ZERO energy and felt super crummy.  Andrew and Corbin did an awesome job loading up as much as they could and getting the camper parked and settled.  Wyatt and I joined later that evening.  So, for me, I am officially counting today as our first day.  Andrew got off to work and the kids and I loaded up and went back to the house.  haha.  Not kidding.  I forgot so much stuff.  I totally got busted by my neighbors and friends as well for cheating.  After gathering the rest of our needed supplies we headed back to the camper for real life.  And it was good.  We played, we picnicked, we napped.  I did make a ‘must have’ and ‘honey do’ list for my hubby in order for this to work and run smoothly with 2 small children underfoot. I will keep you posted on those once everything is complete!

PicMonkey Collage

Home with the Hoopers = Hooper circus.  Everyday is an adventure and I can’t wait.

xoxo,

J