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Investigating Aliens in Roswell, NM

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We had heard mixed reviews about Roswell, NM. Some families said emphatically “Don’t miss it” while others suggested we could totally skip it without regretting it.

When we realized it was on our route to the rally in Colorado, we decided we’d take the opportunity to finally cross it off our list.

While I can now completely understand the ambivilance to this tourist trap of a city, I am immensely happy we went. Not so much for Roswell itself, but rather for the hidden gem of a campground we found at Bottomless Lakes State Park, a mere 11 miles west of downtown Roswell.

Coming from the south, we drove for what seemed an eternity down a dirt road. All the while, Chris asking me, “are you sure we’re going the right way”. My response… “Yes!” Eye roll, didn’t give away even a hint of my own uncertainty.

Nothing but dusty desert stretched out for miles before us, and then, a single left turn revealed the pristine oasis that is Bottomless Lake.

If you stood on the cliff overlooking the water at Crater Lake, wishing you could dive into that unimaginable crystal blue water, then you would love this campground.

Full hook up set us back a wooping $18 a night.

The night sky revealed a myriad of stars and rolling out of the rv every morning to this stunning swimming hole was a dream come true!

Sometimes we rented paddle boats, sometimes we used our floats and all the time we enjoyed the laid back family atmosphere of his wonderous place.

Of course, we did roll into town and do the “alien thing”.

 

We skipped the international UFO museum, and opted instead for a $6 (for the whole family) admission to the Alien Zone.

A converted store front, with limited air conditioning, it’s a veritable treasure trove for those seeking photo ops of the other worldy variety.

 

Am I glad we stopped at Roswell? Yes. Not so much for the town itself, but rather for the opportunity to recharge and reconnect in a bottomless lake.

 

 

The best atv date ever

Kimberly 2 comments

This could also be titled, “don’t ride an at 9000 ft, unless you know what the heck you’re doing”.

As you may or may not now, I am writing this with a broken wrist.

Due to my lack of typing ability and keeping in the spirit of this epic adventure, I decided to put this in comic book form.

I hope you enjoy it, and pay special attention to the safety tips at the end.

Safety tips:

The location of the accident and where we had to leave one atv

  1. Be very familiar and well trained on any motorized equipment before you head out on a trail.
  2. Make sure someone knows where you are going.
  3. Take a picture of each trailhead.
  4. Be sure to sign in at the Rangers log and program the Rangers phone number into your phone at that time.
  5. Have a GPS application on your device before you head out. (See pic above)
  6. Wear all available safety equipment!!!!
  7. Bring a small first aid kit along with you.
  8. Make sure you always know where you are so you can tell first responders.
  9. Never go out alone!

A huge debt of gratitude is owed to:

Our friends, the Livingston Family and the Hartog Family who sent their men to retrieve the ATV we had to leave behind and made us delicious treats while helping out with the kids.

 

To Chris’ parents and grandmother, who made it possible for us to return to Florida for surgery and who continue to nurse me back to health.

 

And to the countless people who have been praying for us through this entire ordeal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fulltime Families Just Got Pinteresting

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You may or may not be aware of the fact that Fulltime Families has their own Pinterest Account.

That’s a place where we pin all sorts of ideas for our life, like the Awesome Organization Thingies for your RV, Celebrating Holidays in your RV, Easy RV Crafts, and Ideas for Entertaining Little Ones on your Drive.  If you haven’t been to our Pinterest Boards, check them out here: http://www.pinterest.com/ftfamilies/

But that’s not what this post is about!

This post is about a brand new feature we just included on every post in our website.  It’s a tiny little red button that says, “Pin It” in the top corner of every post.

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Check out how it works (we’ll wait…).  See when you click that little button, it brings up all the pics on that particular blog post and allows you to pin any ones that you want to add to your own Pinterest account.

Happy Pinning!

 

 

 

FtF Mother’s Day Essay Contest – Win Mom a Free Year of Harvest Hosts

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Hey Full Time RVing Families (or those who want to be) It’s time for the Annual Fulltime Families Mother’s Day Essay / Poem Contest!
This year, you could win your mom A Free Year of Harvest Hosts- the membership that allows you to camp at wineries, farms and 1000s of interesting places around the country for free!
Does your Fulltime Mom Rock?
Do you have an amazing RV Mom?
Do you want to win her a free year of Harvest Hosts?
Tell us how much you love your Mom? Tell us why she’s the perfect mom for you?
Now you have a chance to express your love and let her (and everyone else) know just how much she means to you!
ages 5 – 8 Sit with an adult or older sibling and answer the questions about your mother. Have them transcribe your answers if necessary and add them to a home-made Mother’s Day Card.
See Questions below.

ages 9-12 Make a list of amazing attributes that are special about your mom, using the letters M O T H E R in an acrostic poem.
ages 13 – older Write a poem, song or story about your mother. Try and see things from her point of view. Enter your piece in the FtF Mother’s Day Contest

Send your submission to  kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com by Midnight, May 11th, 2017 so we can announce the winner live on Special Mother’s Day Show on Roadschool Moms Radio

The mom of the winning essayist will receive a free Year’s Membership to Harvest Hosts (an FtF Partner)
This contest is open to all readers of this post.

 5 – 8 Interview about my Mom Questions:

All about My Mom
1. How old is your Mom?
2. What is your Mom’s favorite color?
3. What is your Mom’s favorite food?
4. How tall is your Mom?
5. What shoe size does she wear?
6. What is her favorite TV show?
7. What time does your Mom wake up in the morning?
8. What is your Mom’s first name?
9. What do you like best about your mom?
Fulltime-Families-Explorers-Logo-FinalSpecial Note to FtF Explorers:  Please review the guidelines in your handbook to earn your badge for this activity. 
FtF Explorer is a accomplishment driven scouting program for adventurous boys and girls. To enroll your students visit: FTF Explorer Program
 

What’s Harvest Hosts?

Harvest Hosts is  a network of wineries, farms and agri-tourism sites that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight for free! Through a new partnership with Fulltime Families, FtF Members can now get an Exclusive Discounted Rate for an annual membership.  See the Members Only Benefits Section for details and promo code.
Not an FtF Member Yet?  What are you waiting for?  Join the FtF Family today and start reaping the rewards of membership immediately!

Here’s the Winner of the 2016 FtF Mother’s Day Essay Contest and a Brand New Instant Pot is…

16 year old Daisy Jacobs who submitted her poem “The Gardener”
The gardener.
My mom is like a gardener,
Who pulls out nasty weeds.
Who takes the time to water us
Add the nutrients we need.
Roses, Daisys, cherry blossoms,
She has planted many seeds.
And she adds supports to all our stems,
And does many more good deeds.
I hope that we bloom big for her,
And the love she has decreed.
I wish to one day be this gardener
And plant my own colorful seeds.

Honorable mentions from the hundreds of submissions we were privileged to read go to:

5 yo Allisondra shares about her mom Cat, “I like best that she’s my best friend, loves me as big as the moon and always listens.”

14 yo Josh Arnold shares about his mom, Bunny, “Her favorite place to relax is the beach.
That is why we are there so often.”

Lauri Johnson’s son Andrew says what he loves most about his mom is that she “gives me money”.

A member of the Farnsworth Family wrote:
“My mom and I don’t get along all of the time. Most likely because I am a teenager that wants to be right and she is a mother that normally is.”

According to DJ Travaglino, I am 8 yrs old and 9 ft tall 🙂

From our Acrostic Poem submissions we have:

Jasia Curren says her mother Erin is Magical

Stephanie Church O = Observant: I’ve never stolen a cookie
Austin James tells us his mom Sara is  T = Terrific
Kendra shares that her mother Robyn is H = Helps her to read
Elijah Salyers his mom is E = Epic
For both Jake and Jessi Gebbi R = Rockin Mom!  Go Heather!

Thank you to all who entered and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!  Our next big contest is the Annual FtF Father’s Day Photo Contest.  Follow FulltimeFamilies.com for submission guidelines and contest dates.

 

Roadschool Moms Series Answers the Question, “How to Make Money on the Road?” and Special Offer

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The Roadschool Moms, a weekly, live radio show, hosted on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, just wrapped up a new series geared towards answering the age-old question, “How do you make money on the road”.

Missed it?  Replays are now up featuring real full-time RVers who have real answers for how to fund your RV dreams.

 

Replays Are Up Now

 

*SPECIAL OFFER: Listeners of Roadschool Moms can use promo “FTF” to get $50 off the new course “How to Start a Virtual Business so You Can Travel Full Time” from our friends at Crazy Family Adventure!

Listen Live on Sunday Nights

Listeners can tune in live and ask questions, real time, on the chat window at the show’s webpage every Sunday night at 9pm Eastern Time.  Replays will be available at www.roadschoolmoms.com and on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2

 

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

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I’m not a morning person. Trying to wake up before the kids and set our Easter Eggs is not all that appealing to me.  Where’s the sport in that anyway!  You can SEE so well during the day.. the eggs never really have a chance!

But filling eggs, taping them shut with reflective tape and letting the kid loose in a dark field, armed with baskets and flashlights.  Now, that’s my kinda hunt!

So, that’s what we did tonight.  With two Bru Cru kids, two Clan of Parents kids and 4 Traveling Travaglinos.

You do the math… 8 kids, 126 eggs, 5 lbs of candy = great fun for everyone and a 3.25 hour sugar high!

Tune in next week when we have a “Make your own Fireworks Party”… Just kidding… maybe 😉

The Perfect Addition to Your Easter Basket

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Bird Bath Soup: A Sweet Little True Story

I’m thrilled to announce the release of our first children’s story book which each of my kids helped me bring to life.

Bird Bath Soup is based on a true story my mother used to tell me from an experience during her own childhood.  A story that stayed with me all these years and that I, in turn, fascinated my own children with.

And now, it’s here for your children in both ebook and hard copy version- and FREE through Kindle Unlimited

Brought to life with a spring time pastel palette, the hard copy is the perfect addition to your child’s Easter basket!

BONUS: Both versions come with a free audio download.  Have your young readers read along with me when you download this free audio file!

Kimberly Joins Heath Padgett on the RV Entrepreneur Podcast

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I love how this podcast came out! Usually you listen to podcasts, read books, surf the web, looking for actionable ideas you can implement to further your business.  After you comb through all the mumbo-jumbo, buy the necessary tools, you realize, there were some steps missing and you’re still unsure as to how to start.  I, myself, have been guilty of giving that kind of advice.

But Heath, the host of The RV Entrepreneur Podcast is a seasoned interviewer well beyond his years and he knows how to cull out of his guests the details, the specifics, the tips that make a difference.

If you’re curious about how the business side of Fulltime Families works, then I invite you behind the curtain to witness first hand how a kitchen table became a corporate headquarters and our family was led to an income stream to fuel our dreams.

Looking for more from The RV Entrepreneur?

Consider joining this dynamic group for it’s first RV Entrepreneur Summit!

Heath is hooking up listeners with a discount code for this event! Go to RV Entrepreneur Summit and use the discount code “fulltimers” when you’re checking out for $25 off your ticket price. But hurry this is limited to the first 10 listeners that take advantage of this offer!

RV Basics Seminar Spots Open at Upcoming Fulltime Families Rally

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To increase the education within the FtF community, Fulltime Families has partnered with MyRVSchool.com to bring RV Basics Seminars, Driving Courses, and RV Weigh Services to the upcoming 7th Annual Fulltime Families Family Reunion Rally, hosted in Tallahassee, Feb. 2 – 5th, 2017.

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A RV Basics Seminar will be hosted 1/31 and 2/1 and include:

10 hours of RV Classes (5 hrs per day) $149

RV Weighing $40

RV Driving in Your own Rig!

 

MyRVSchool.com will also be bringing additional education opportunities to this event including RV Driving training, in your OWN RV!

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You can reserve your driving course here.

Fulltime Families is thrilled to be able to bring these educational aspects to the event.  Proper RV Education saves RVers money, time and prevents accidents and unnecessary losses.

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Additionally, MyRVSchool.com will be offering RV weight services.  Overweight RVs contribute to hazardous conditions on the road as well as increased wear and tear on equipment.  RV Weighing is fast, easy and affordable.  Visit My RV School.com’s online scheduler to reserve your RV Weighing spot.

These optional services are available to all FtF Family Reunion Rally Attendees.  Don’t have your spot yet?  Find out about this event and make your reservations here!

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Be A Part of this Independent Film about RVing Families

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Are you tired of seeing RVing families portrayed in the media as ” victims of circumstances”?

Are you tired of hearing thing like “don’t worry, it will get better” from well-meaning RV neighbors?

Are you interested in inspiring other families to live an intentional lifestyle?

Then, we have an avenue for you to do something!

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Our fellow nomadic neighbors, the Suburban Pilgrims are embarking on a film-making adventure and your support can help dispel the myths of full-time rving families and give an inside view of what it really looks like to live a mobile lifestyle with your kids in tow.

You can be a part of this ground breaking film!

JOIN THE JOURNEY!

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