My heart just sank a bit

So the house got listed today. And about 40 minutes later someone came to look at it. Had my camera’s on and watching them come in melted my heart a bit. Later I went to pick up Tara from light rail and we talked about it. She is a little sad. Knowing she spent over half her life in this house. But she is pretty pumped and said how many people get to say they have lived in a van. There were even talks amongst her friends about writing her college essay on it. Also one of her buds wants to give her a nomad/van life type tee-shirt for Christmas.

As both the kids are doing their homework right now. I’m thinking about how we have to leave twice tonight cause two more people are coming to look at it tonight.

Zillow listing

I’ve taken so many pics out this window. Snow, people getting tickets, crashes, etc etc


It’s been about a month since we made the decision to do this and have been sharing our news with family and friends as we see them. So far, the response has been pretty positive and love all the support we have received to date!

Naturally, there are questions. Some are funny, some are annoying and some are valid. Here they are:

Q: Is everything okay?
A: Yes, everything is okay. Actually, everything is great! Terence and I are not getting a divorce, we are not filing for bankruptcy, we still have our jobs, our health is in order, not going through any kind of mid-life crisis, kids are doing great and staying at their prospective schools (St. Matthews and Holy Names), and our cat Uh-oh is adjusting fine to all the commotion at home, she probably doesn’t care.

Q: Where are you guys going to park it?
A: Wherever we feel like living, stealth parking! We also have an amazing group of friends who has given us the green light to park on their property/street, how cool is that?!?!

Q: Where is everyone going to sleep?
A: Ummm…in the van. On beds.

Q: You’re going to live in an RV now? Isn’t it a cold time of the year to start that?
A: It’s a perfect time. It’s a pretty modern van with heaters and stuff. And in the summer, we’ll turn the AC on.

Q: What about the kids? Where are they going to live?
A: What about them? Why wouldn’t we take them? It would be silly for us not to. I mean we are still responsible for them until their 18 right?

Q: What are you going to do with all your stuff?
A: We are going to sell and donate the “stuff” we don’t need and store the “stuff” we can’t part with.

Q: How will you shower and go to the bathroom?
A: In our bathroom which has a shower and toilet. We also have gym memberships so the days we workout, we have the added bonus of taking a shower there. But yes, our van has a bathroom.

Q: Where will you dump your stuff?
A: At a dump site. Terence will own this task so I’ll defer all questions to him for anyone wanting specific details.

Q: Are you going to rent out a storage unit?
A: No. We have a few bins will take to his mom’s house.

Q: Why not just buy a condo or smaller place?
A: Because we are opting for a van.

Q: What made you guys decide to do this?
A: It’s really our way of planning for our retirement at 50. We have no debt outside of our current mortgage and car so why not. The house goes on the market on Monday, 12/11 and once it sells, it will put is in a position to save a pretty penny or two over 9 years.

Q: You guys want to retire at 50?
A: Hell yeah! Why not? I want to spend the remaining 30-40 years of life living it and not working. I want to ride bikes, swim in every lake and ocean and run where my legs take me. But in all seriousness, it a goal we have and this is our plan “A” to get there. If it doesn’t work out, there’s always a plan “B”!

Q: What will you do for money? This is usually a follow-up to the prior question.
A: What we do today will give us the financial stability needed to retire. Proper planning, saving, and investing. Plus I think Terence still has a stash of GI Joes that will be worth millions by then.

Q: Why?
A: Because it will be fun! It’s the next chapter for the Shelton-Borromeo household and we are ready for this crazy adventure!

Getting close

Been busy decluttering the “stick” house. A term I’ve heard thrown around by full time RVers. Sticks and bricks. You buy your starter house “stick” then want to upgrade cause your got kids to “brick”.

Getting close. The rooms are looking bare. The Christmas decorations have been taken down. Furniture is getting sold, given away or being spoken for. Most of the plates, cups, and party platters are gone. Wo helped with the finishing touches. We decided to skip on fixing the ice maker/water in the fridge. Almie has been crushing the paint. They match so well using technology at the store. House should get listed on the 11th. We got a cleaner coming today.

All in the meantime. Life has been going. Soccer, dr appointments, schools, sleep overs, work, etc.

We are picking up the RV on December 18th and driving it back. Just Almie and I. Kids going to stay behind cause they got life things to do.