Making memories….

Last week we had a good parking setup at Rimando’s. We only planned to stay Tue-Thur but ended up staying till Sunday. We give them many many thanks. Place was super quiet. As always at new places, I didn’t sleep well on the 1st night.

With the holiday weekend we didn’t have any kids activities! We were going to hang at my parents. But a dinner with the Cunnanan’s was already setup for Saturday. Also Tara had to work on Sunday. So going to Bremerton got nixed. We got an invite from the Wu’s to come to their beach house.

We headed up to Ferndale after Tara’s work. Under 2 hour drive is pretty good. Kids napped well. They have had this place for about 5 years. We have been invited before but could never make it. Glad we were able to this time. Got there hung out, talked some shit, rode some kid bikes, drank some beers, ate some Juanita’s sweet chili chips (I need more in my life), sat in the sun, had a bbq. Almie went to the casino that night and made some $$.

Abner and his family showed up too! He was actually the one who introduced me to Kevin and Jenny. They had a poker game and I got invited to play. Then we started playing more cards and going to their family parties. I remember living in our condo and skateboarding to their house. Some good memories were made at their beach house.

We made it back. Asked Pajimula if we could park over, it was a go! Seems like forever since I’ve been here. Got to see his new toy. I’m waiting to get a ride in it. Talked Vans. That Nissan Enve200 Recon is calling me. They went off to bbq and I had my Ivars.

DTF with Mike and Jill. We brought Teren. Tara was at a sleepover. Waiting an hour for food sucks. 

Walking back to the car we spotted this gem. I need something like this on one of the vans. 

Beers in the sun!!

I found Jenny.  See my instagram….

Mini Abner and Frozone!!

Kids in the Puget Sound.

Hovering 

My oldest their youngest. 

Some Canadian geese. I think they were extras in the Notebook 

Arlington. Shout out to the Armed Forces and those that gave their lives. 

Never looking back…

I was texting with one of our buds, Fel, the other day trying to coordinate the parking situation…and ended our convo with “really loving this vanlife – I don’t think I could ever go back living in a house.” This is our new normal, not so much new, but just normal!

It’s been a pretty amazing 4 months for sure. We spent the last couple weeks housesitting and while it was awesome to have a kitchen to cook in, a shower and a TV to binge watch law and order, I missed being in the van and sleeping in our van bed.

In 12 days I will be racing my first half Ironman! 1.2mi swim, 56mi bike and 13.1mi run. I’m feeling pretty strong and fit – my goal is to finish the race! I have 8.5 hours to do it! Can’t wait to get it done and take a break from training! We are heading to Hawaii a couple weeks after so not sure how much of a break i’ll take from training since I need to still fit in my bathing suits 🙂

My consulting business is doing well, have a few clients and it’s definitely keeping me busy. I have a demo interview tomorrow with a company I’ve been talking to for a bit – it would be a remote job (which is perfect and what I’m looking for) and the gig itself is pretty cool, working with clients on engagement, training, matching the right solutions, etc…hope it works out! I’ll keep consulting on the side and grow that over time.

Terence is finally home after being gone for 4 days. I played solo mom for the weekend and it was pretty easy (thankful my father-in-law took Teren for the weekend) other than driving the little misses around, can’t wait till she starts driving. Our friends, Sara and Andy, gave the thumbs up for us to park at their place, and of course I got the chance to cook dinner: poke bowls, beers and strawberry shortcake. I spent Sunday with a long training session, filled the van up with water and dumped all the tanks…and made it home in time to enjoy a cocktail. The only downside to managing the vanlife solo is when we use up the power during the day to charge our laptops and to run the air purifier and it turns out to be cloudy so our solar panels aren’t fully charge…the stuff that needs constant power, which is really one thing, our fridge, will start beeping to let us know it’s going to shut down soon if we don’t do something. That something usually requires us to turn the engine on for a bit to get everything recharged. Which isn’t a problem, except for when we are parked close to our hosts windows and neighbors doors, the engine could be heard, which again isn’t a problem but we are mindful of it especially when it happens at 4am. In the span of 3 hours, I had to turn the engine one a few times to get enough of a charge. Usually Terence does the waking up but he wasn’t here so it was all me. Boo.

If you are in the Seattle area and have a big enough driveway and street to park both VANessa and Zac, let us know! We’d love to be neighbors for a day or two! Plus I’m a pretty good cook and will treat our hosts with a 2-3 course dinner! We are also open to housesit for you too (we are booked all of July and August) so let us know!

I’m working on a couple of more blog posts but if there is something specific you want to know/learn about van living with kids or just curious about vanlife in general…let us know! We only have 4 months under our belts but feel like it’s been forever!

Ava, Andy and Sara! Endless bag of thank yous!

Kids playing outside, better than inside😎

Poke bowls. Yasss.

Really need to get Zac organized and our bike rack in order. I actually took this photo before handing over my keys to the valet at Snoqualmie – couldn’t bear to think I wouldn’t have any proof my bike was under the blanket…so I took one for safe measures…not sure it would have made a difference but it was for my peace of mind!

Weekday dinners are not as fancy but it works.

And when you are heading out the door for a doctors appointment but can’t find your shoes, slippers are the next best thing. We did find his shoes in Zac.

And finally, my office. Thank you Rimando fam for the driveway!

Back in baby’s arms

We had a fun/awesome/relaxing/lots of eating/cat sitting 2 weeks at the Jolly’s home. Last night we finished off some chores, had dinner, and then went back home to Vanessa Hudgens. I’ve missed the routine, the sounds, and just being in there. The van has heater sounds, water pump sound, and cars passing by sounds. Routine of getting up fixing up the beds. Moving things here and there. The constant purging. Winter clothes about to go!!

One bad things was we didn’t dump the tanks before our 2 weeks. It got hot and we didn’t circulate the air. That shit smelled bad. Like a porta potty on a hot summer’s day. Soccer people know what I’m talking about. Febreeze, tank cleaner, windows open, fans got that cleared up.

Well today I decided to go my Indian joint. I’ve been going here 2-3 times a week for a few months. Their tandoori machine broke. They showed it to me, in my head I’m thinking a big ass clay pot. I love these guys. One time Almie left her gym bag, the brother (family business) dropped it off to us in North Seattle from Everett. The food is that good. I have said I would give up Filipino food for this food. Blasphemy right?! You go there and decide for yourself. My go to is Malia Kofta and Shahi Paneer with garlic naan.

Click me – I’m Tandoori bites – I make great food!!

Tomorrow I fly out to attend a baptism. My boy Jon asked me to be a Ninong (God father). What an honor to know that one day I may have to lead a kid in a path of spirituality. I got two other Godchildren Ashleigh and Cilfred.

I got to video chat with my cousin JR and my Auntie before leaving the house last night.  It was a good chat and we make lots of jokes.  I like using my Tagalog.  I want to go back soon!

 

Almie thinking she’s hearing sounds coming from the van

Nice mtb ride down to the water at St Edwards. Teach a man to fish…

Staycation 2

As I write this we are going to 4 months in tomorrow, Sunday. It’s been pretty awesome!

One of the things that’s been super awesome is our buds Tiffany and William flew off to Maui and had us house sit. It was strange at first coming into a huge space. It’s been really nice to do laundry whenever I want. Almie is enjoying their made for TV kitchen. Seriously it was in a TV commercial. Kids are enjoying it as well. They have a cat that is pretty much a princess/queen. She’s really good though. Many many THANKS go out to them for the opportunity to stay in this beautiful home.

So a few unlucky things happened to me while I was here. Day 1, I locked my keys in the van. It was a day Almie flew off to Washington DC and I was rushing and plotting how get the kids to soccer and baseball and take care of the house. One didn’t make it to Soccer cause the lock picker had to come out. The other day I brought Almie’s bike to the house and stood it up under their patio umbrella. I leaned it up and against the rear wheel. I’m pretty sure the wind took it. Framed cracked. Almie will be getting a new bike for Mother’s Day. Always a silver lining. She also got some fancy ass bike shoes. A bike shop that will not be named sold her some shoes and gave her two different sizes. For the last 3 years she’s been wondering why one foot hurt?!

So my dude asked me why I haven’t written in a while. Honestly I’ve been lazy. It seems this way of life has become the norm for us. Me and my dude were texting though and we came to the conclusion if someone you know (a friend) has a life change (be it small, big, expensive, ugly, something you love, something you hate) just be supportive. You ain’t got to like their change. Just support the mofo. Terence you I couldn’t live out of a van, but I support you. Seriously pick people up. Positive vibrations. I and I irations. It comes back to you. My normal will never be your normal.

Speaking of van living. I was talking to this gal at work and she told me of this guy at work that spent a year with his family traveling in a Sprinter to South America. But now he lives in a house. Lo and behold I meet the guy though I’ve seen him around but never really talked. We chop it up. One of the funny things he and his wife still do is look for cars/vans/RVs and say “yeah, they living in it”. It’s funny cause my whole family does it. After talking to him he said I’m going to talk to my wife again about living the life. One of the things that he said that resonated with me was how generous people are they all want to talk to about your van and invite you to park. He said it’s because they are curious and/or one day would like to try it. I only wish someone hipped me to this a long time ago. He talked about how the costs are very minimal. I was like yeah, haha, I know.

So speaking of cost. Almie got laid off. Pre-van (pre-Vanessa Hudgens) I would have been shitting my pants. It’s only been 12 days officially, but I really have no worries about it. She’s already got some jobs lined up. Only thing this may do is slightly delay my plans for when in 50. She looks happier.

Speaking of age. Almie and I went to two 40th bday parties. Good to chop it up with friends on new career moves and having babies. It’s always fun to tell someone for the 1st time where I live. Sometimes if I don’t want to spill the beans or just not talk about the van, I just say North Seattle.

Mother’s Day. You moms or soon to be moms, take the time out for you today. Lord knows without you none of this would have happened. If you got a mom send her a message and wish a happy day.

I’m going to try my best to write here on a weekly. As we head in to the summer I think I can do that. Just have to stop being lazy.

You can see that crack right thru the team sign 

My girl with Miss Sadie in the beautiful home we are sitting

My parents coming thru at school for Grandparents day

Taking a selfie on someone’s phone, right before they do a cascade ride. Shout out to Mike for the haircut.

Having to call locksmith. Embarrassing.