Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Home on the Range

I really want to sell everything we own, acquire a motor home, and travel the country together for one year homeschooling the kids.

I know it's the kind of idea that would leave me wondering, "Exactly what in the hell was I thinking?" within 100 miles from home. It would be loud all of the time. It would be small. No one would or could ever go away. Neither my cat nor my dog are good car riders. I would have to drink a lot and there would be a lot of yelling.

It's ridiculous and crazy and I would do it in a heartbeat. I think now is the perfect time too because I can tell the children are on the verge of annoying ages and then they will probably stop being fun. Mr. Ashley is tired of work and whenever he complains about it, I pitch my big idea again. I could write a book about it, I offer! He could take his skills on the road! His job would rehire him whenever! I can do my job from wherever! But he's all about being practical and seems reluctant to be confined to a travel trailer with his beloved family.

I also think he's worried about the whole stealing a motor home part. It's a vital part of the journey and the book though and I don't think it will be that hard, so he'll have to man up about that.

This is one of my best bad ideas ever. Think about all of the blogging material. Or at least all of the time I would have to complain to you all.

I also really, really want a pet prairie dog. Maybe I should propose this as an "either/or" situation when I bring it up again. Or both? Can you imagine if I took a road trip with a pet prairie dog? That's NY Times Best Seller stuff right there.


Wiley37 said...

I say go for it! I want to sell my current house and buy a ratty house in the country where I will grow vegetables and sell CSA boxes. The kids could help work the farm during summer break. Everyone except me thinks this is a bad idea. I don't know why. I could totally be self sustaining and I could START blogging about creepy country type things.

Anonymous said...


Also, why haven't you mentioned anything about Allie's new post?


Unknown said...

Murphy, I have SO much to say about it that I haven't even been able to get around to it--thank you for the reminder. Big Kid was thrilled to have her back.

Wiley, I will come visit your farm with my motor home. Let's get on this. You can be in the book.

Jess said...

I've actually done a bit of research on this plan. The biggest thing I can't figure out is if we sell our cars or not. I don't know that I want to manage an RV in the middle of some cities, so I'd want a normal size vehicle for touring those. Do we drag our van behind the RV the whole time or rent when we get to the cities we need a car in?

Seriously, I have thought this through. My hubby is still in the stage of being convinced.

Unknown said...

I would buy this book.

Julie H said...

Just take the kids for an hour car ride. That ought to cure you of that haha

Anonymous said...

I had a pet prairie dog when I was a kid. It was AWESOME.