A VW Westy Remod: Before & After

I just had to share my photos of Before & After: our van over the past 10 or so months since we bought her.  She’s come a loooooong way!

Here’s the link!  I hope it leaves you all with a ton of inspiration!  God Bless & Happy/Safe Travels!

Ching Ching to Lovin’ Life!  : )

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VanDwellers/photos/album/1888135254/pic/list

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A VW Westy & Hippies at Heart: Easter Adventures w/ Nixi

Today was a good day; a day I know I will always remember even though nothing really spectacular happened, unless you want to count us riding bikes all over this town where we have landed.  For me…being able to ride a bicycle ‘up hill’ is a very big deal!  As for Nico, he was not only riding up hill, but pulling little Nixi behind him in her bicycle trailer that also converts into a stroller.  I knew we’d eventually put it to good use.

So…now I’m sipping a cold one, watching my hubby shave in his tighty blues *lol* and enjoying a moment of peace and quiet…and time to share my thoughts.  These simple, seemingly unimportant times are the moments that become memories and priceless buried treasures I can choose to share, or keep forever buried in my own mind.  I pray that if you are reading this, your Easter was as priceless as ours.

God Bless, Happy Easter & Happy Travels!

A VW Westy & Hippies at Heart: Prepping for the BIG Trip

*All Posts are running about a week or so behind due to non-existent internet connection.*

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…

We kinda got off to a sloooow start last week when we finally got around to sorting through storage stuff and things we thought we’d need.  Then!

Now, I’ve already put together a huge trashbag full of things I now realize I do not need and never really have.  So…we spent the day at storage, working some of the time…playing most of the time.  But it never fails that we forgot to take a few things and were right back on the road again to storage the very next day.

My mom used to tell me I’d lose my head is it wasn’t attached.  Boy…am I ever glad it’s attached!

Happy Travels!!!

Westfalia’s & Hippie Chicks: Falling off the Grid

Well…it looks as though we might just be on the home stretch to ‘getting outta town’.   Finally…!  We’ve been packing up for two days, and are still at it today.  Ugh!!!  *the cavewoman is back*  I am soooo exhausted!  I’d forgotten how much ‘shi…’ we have; waaaaay too much!  Good new is: most of it will be going to storage to keep the rest of our junk company.  We have to pack light for the BIG adventure!

And while I wish I could say we’re heading out right away; our travels elude us still.  We’ll be spending the next few days with my adult daughter.  Then…we’re outta here!!!

For now, I’m signing off of my ‘sure thing’ WiFi signal…until my Mobile Broadband arrives.  Yay!!

A Hippie Chick & Her Westfalia: New Van Curtains

So…even though I finished the new van curtains and pillows weeks ago, I just recently got around to snapping pics of my campmobile’s new interior remod.  It gives our Westy a whole new look and feel; very comfortable…very tiki chic!  I Love It!

Naturally…I wanted to share.  I hope it gives you tons of great Remod Ideas for your own Van-space!  God Bless & Happy Travels!

Ching Ching to the Good Life!!!

The Chronicles of Motherhood: Helping to Pick Up the Pieces

Okay…!  So I gave in–I just could’t sit by and let my little girl (yes, she is 22, but…still) fall down any longer.  You see…?  Not too long ago, back in February, my daughter found out she is with-child.  Then…only about a week later, her ‘baby daddy’ was murdered in the streets of Dallas.  It was a nightmare come-to-life. 

Needless to say, we (…I) had to be there for her; she was in a really bad way.  Which, would be the case for just about anyone with feelings.  Either way, we were there, though we could do little to help the pain and grief…the sudden shock.  So…here we are a month or two later and my daughter is finally out of Dallas.  Hurray!!!  We had begged and pleaded with her to leave it all behind and start fresh in another place, where the people are more ‘upstanding’ (she’d been hanging with a questionable crowd), and she can be closer to us while we are in town.  Also, she really needed to get out of the place she had shared with her man.  As hard as it was, I knew it was best for her healing process.

So…now, she is set up in a new apartment, we had to help her a bit with utilities and all, but she is due to start a new job this weekend…and (needless to say) I am a very proud mom.  I followed my heart, stayed out of the way just enough to give her a chance to do things on her own, and jumped in only when I couldn’t stand to see her struggling anymore.  I know I have to give her just enough rope to hold onto, but never enough to ‘hang herself’ (not literally…of course), as the old saying goes. 

Now, after tying up a few loose ends, it looks like we are all set to take off for our big adventure.  I’m feeling that Wanderlust….all over again!  And, even though it may seem cruel and uncaring to leave my oldest daughter in such condition, I know she is A-Ok!  We have a plan…it has been discussed.  Everything we do…we do for the love of our entire family: grown kids and all!  I know we will be together soon, in the place where we belong and can live our BEST life! 

Cheers to all Moms of Grown Children!  May God be with you and yours!!

Ching Ching!!!