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Rambler Goes to Portland

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today rambler went to vodoo doughnuts

FtF Annual Leprechaun Trap Contest

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Dear Fulltime Families Kids and Fulltime Families Explorers,

We have a pesky leprechaun that is traveling with us in our RV.  From time to time, we wake up to all sorts of naughty things he’s done, like left dirty laundry all over the floor, turned DJs bed into a matchbox parking lot, and covered Candy in everyone of Tonia’s hair bows!

We’ve tried everything we can to catch him, but we need your help.  Can you please create a Leprechaun Trap for us and post your pictures of it on the Facebook FtF Site?  http://www.facebook.com/groups/fulltimefamilies/

Then we’ll have a vote on the one that we think will work best.

You don’t have to send your trap to us.  We’ll recreate it from the pictures and finally catch that little green guy!

To help you, we’ve included some examples of other traps kids have made:







For more info about Leprechaun Traps go here: http://www.squidoo.com/leprechaun-trap

Contest Details:

This contest is open to all children!

Please post your pics on http://www.facebook.com/groups/fulltimefamilies/ by Midnight, March 16th.


Special Note for FtF Explorers to earn your Leprechaun Trap here are the achievement details:

-ages 5 – 8 Using household items of your choice create a leprechaun trap of your own design, upload your pictures to the FtF Explorer Site.

-ages 9-12 Using household items of your choice create a leprechaun trap of your own design, then film a demonstration of how the trap works. Include why you choose the materials you used.

-ages 13 – 16 Using household items of your choice create a leprechaun trap of your own design, film a demonstration of how the trap works. Include why you choose the materials you choose. Research the legend of the Leprechaun and write a brief paper of where the tradition started, and what it means.

The FtF Explorers Program is a scouting program for homeschool / roadschool boys and girls.  For more information or to sign up your Explorer go to: www.fulltimefamilies.com/explorers


Judging will take place on March 17th.

Winner will be announced March 18th, 2014.


Annual FtF Flat Kids Exchange – Join Us!

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Our Flat Kids Adventures!

Join us for a fun exchange project that will help connect our kids and encourage awareness of adventures of other Fulltime Families.

Participate in 4 easy steps:

  1. Just fill out this Google Form with the name, age and mailing address for your flat kid: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19d_2qjo5RKhgavTfNIPgbY6ANVQnNqMxTtrsveRlz8U/viewform More than one child participating? Just hit the “Submit Another Response” button after you submit the info for your first child.
  2. Create your flat kid. You can create one from scratch or use a template: https://www.flatstanley.com/resources?subpage=templates. You may want to consider laminating your flat kid so they will hold up on their adventure!
  3. Send your flat kid off. You’ll be matched with another family and supplied their address. Mail your flat kid to them and receive your visiting flat kid from them.
  4. Go On An Adventure – Take your flat kid on a few adventures, around town, to the park, wherever you go, and take pictures of your non-flat kids with their flat kids. Upload the pictures to the FtF Members Facebook Page and follow the fun!

Fulltime Families Explorers, See the criteria at the bottom of this page on how to earn your badge.

This project is inspired by “Flat Stanley” a series of books about a normal boy, who is flattened by an accident and then, has the opportunity to go on amazing adventures as a result of his two dimensionality!

For more information go to: http://www.flatstanley.com/

Your flat kid will spend a week with it’s host family

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 Envelope
  • 1 Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
  • A printer
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers and Crayons
  • Laminator Optional
  • A Host family to exchange with (we’ll supply that!)




How to create your Flat Kid

Step 1. Print out the Template Above or create your own

Step 2. With markers /crayons have your child decorate their flat kid. Be sure to label your flat kid so you’re host family can refer to it by name!

(Please do not embellish with any three dimensional objects such as sequins, etc as this could pose a problem when mailing the item)

Step 3: Cut out your flat kid… if you can, laminate it to help it last longer

Step 4: Fold up your kid in the envelope and include a short letter about your kid. Where you currently are and what you like to do. Also include your self addressed stamped envelope.

Step 5: Mail your Flat Kid to it’s host family

How to be a Great Flat Kid Host

When you receive you Flat Kid guest, take them along with you on a few adventures.

Take pics of your Flat Kid hanging out with your family. Some examples may be having a meal with your family, joining you in story time or on a field trip with your family. Get creative and have fun!

Post your pics to the Fulltime Families Members Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ftfmembers/

After a week, send your Flat Kid guest back home in the self addressed stamp envelope and include a short letter about the fun you had with your flat kid guest!

Important Dates:

Deadline to Sign Up – September 4th, 2015

Flat Kids Host Families Assigned – September 6th, 2015

Flat Kids spend time with their host families – September ~9th – September 18thth, 2015

Flat Kids get sent home with a note from their host family on or before September 20th, 2015


Special Note: All Fulltime Families Explorers participating in this community building activity will earn their special FlatKids Badge.

July’s FtF Explorer of the Month

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Each month, one of our Fulltime Families Explorers is named “Explorer of the Month”. This Explorer has demonstrated a commitment to the program and is making consistent progress in earning badges through achievements that support the FtF Explorers Motto: To foster strong family values, leadership, creativity, safety awareness, community spirit and individual exploration.

This month’s Explorer of the Month is Blaise Travaglino!  To date, Blaise has earned 16 badges (an FtF Explorer must earn 24 of 36 available badges to move up ranks).

Along side his siblings Dominick, Antonia and DJ (also FtF Explorers), Blaise has most recently earned his History Detective Badge by visiting a place of historical significance and writing a poem, song or play about the experience.


Here is his poem about a recent field trip to Mackinac Island:

Blaise’s History Detective Badge Poem:

One sunny day, we went to Mackinac Island by boat;
In my backpack, I had a bottle with a note.

We had a picnic of pizza in the park;
while above use the cannons were lit with a spark.

There are no cars allowed on the street;
so we had to get around with our feet.

We climbed the stairs to the bluff;
it was tiring and rough.

The fudge was gooey and sweet
and delicious to eat.

The island is in the middle of a great lake.
Now it’s time to go home, my feet ache.

Here’s a video of him launching a message in a bottle in Lake Huron

We are so proud of Blaise and all his accomplishments to date!  We look forward to all the new badges he’ll be earning down the road!  Blaise will receive an limited edition “Explorer of the Month” kit in his mailbox shortly.

Fulltime-Families-Explorers-Logo-FinalIf you are interested in enrolling your child in the Fulltime Families Explorers Program, you can find all the details here: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/explorer/

Fulltime Families Announces Brand New Scouting Program for Traveling Kids

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So many of you have bemoaned the fact that going on the road does require sacrifice.  While not impossible, it is much harder for your children to participate in extracurricular activities such as soccer, karate, dance, gymnastics and scouting.

We know that both the Boys and Girl Scout offer programs that can be adapted to traveling life, but we thought, there’s got to be a better option.  One that incorporates the unique aspects of our lifestyle, like our plentiful opportunities to interact with so many ‘mature’ rvers and the technical aspects of our homes.

SG-RV Maintenance

And then one day…

My oldest son, Dominick, was wearing his old Tiger Cub cap and turned to me and I could see the glow of a light bulb coming straight through the mesh… “Hey Mom, why don’t we have our own scouting program for FtF kids?”

My mind raced… the potential was unlimited! RV Maintenance Badge, Roadschool Badge, Navigator Badge, Fire Safety, Water Safety… My brain wouldn’t stop spitting out potential badge earning opportunities!

I cornered FtF Moms Kelly Savory and Laura Hamilton and spilled out all the disjointed ideas and together we created thisamazing program!

SG-History Detective
We took the best parts of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Guides and then took
out the tedious parts, like the need to have different siblings in
different programs, uniforms and neckerchiefs.  Oh, and we made sure the
actual elements would literally fit into our lifestyle and not be too
heavy or cumbersome.

Introducing the Fulltime Families Explorer Program

The FtF Explorer Program is a family centered program created to support leadership, creativity, and community centered activities for boys and girls. The suggested age range is from 5 to16 years old.

The FtF Explorer Motto is: Seek, Learn, Share

The FtF Explorer Mission is: To foster strong family values, leadership, creativity, safety awareness, community spirit and individual exploration.

This is a family centered program, and Explorers are encouraged to work with their siblings in the program toward achieving common goals.

I’d love to share more of this exciting program with you, so I invite you to check out
all the details by visiting https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/explorer/

2015 FtF Valentine’s Exchange

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FtF Kids across the country are welcome to join in on the 2015 Fulltime Families Valentines Exchange.

Kids participating in this year’s exchange will receive tons Valentines from other FtF Kids via the mail.

To get in on the fun, add your family’s info to the document in the Fulltime Families Members Only FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/notes/fulltime-families-members/2015-ftf-valentines-day-exchange/758316557555606

Children can document where their Valentines came from by using this optional document below:

Valentine Exchange Map


Oh the Places our Flat Kids have been

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Flat Nathan at Queechee Gorge, VT

For the past 2 weeks, we’ve hosted three flat kids for our first annual flat kids exchange.

Flat Nathan, Flat Katelyn and Flat Lucian all arrived in a package from my mother in law who handles our mail.

Our first stop with Flat kids in tow was Vermont.  We peeked in the depths of Queechee Gorge with them and then had cheese and maple syrup with them at the Sugar Bush Farms.


Flat Lucian at Queechee Gorge


Flat Katelyn at Queechee Gorge

The next day, we took the flat kids to see the “Old Man in the Mountain Consulation Monument”.  New Hampshirites ? were very attached to their cliff shaped like an ol’ Man’s face and when it fell a couple of years ago, someone decided to make a 1/25th scale replica.

Old Man in the Mountain Consolation Monument

From NH, our flat kids traveled with us to Cape Cod in Mass.  We all went over the bridge and through the ‘big dig’.

On a lazy day, we took our flat kids to see “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3”, they loved it as did our 3d kids.

Flat Nathan at Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Flat Lucian at Diary of a Wimpy Kid

We thought it would be fitting for our flat friends to see Plymouth Rock and climb aboard the Mayflower II.

Plymouth Rock

The Mayflower II was built in 1957 in Plimoth, England and sailed to Mass in 55 days.  The Mayflower I took 9 weeks to arrive with 102 souls on board.

Flat Katelyn aboard the Mayflower II

Flat Lucian aboard the Mayflower II


On Saturday, our flat kids helped us bring home our newest addition to the family, a 6lb cheweenie we adopted and named Candy.  We didn’t let her chew on our flat friends like she chewed on our other kids.

Bringing Candy Home

We loved hosting our flat kids, but now its time for them to head back home.  We’ll be looking forward to hosting more flat friends in the future.

If you’d like to be involved in the next one – be sure to sign up for our mailing list.

Here are some other flat friend’s blog posts:

Flat Dominic spent a week with Lucian






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