Friday, October 7

Hurricane Matthew, Friends and Family

My heart hurts for all my friends and family who decided to stay and wait out the storm. Hubby had to convince me to leave. We talked on Monday about leaving. I wanted to leave then what I didn't want to do was wait till the last minute. He didn't seem to think it was a big thing until Mr. Weather Man said we were looking at a direct hit. We left last night drove all the way to Alabama. Taking turns on driving while our boys slept. With two kids two cats and a dog I think we did pretty good. I have always made a hurricane kit every year with our boys. I think because we planned ahead we weren't the last minute shoppers. It helped on our pocket book considering that we may not be back home for a few weeks. I have never seen the rest stops as packed as they where last night. Parking was a mess we slept in the car for an hour at the rest stop. Going on two days boarding up our house and helping our neighbor and getting ready to stay took a toll on us. My anxiety was hitting the roof. We are now safe  just wishing more people would have left as well. Please pray this storm isn't as bad as it seems to be. Tonight will be a long night.

Stay Safe my friends!!

Wednesday, September 21

Working on the Boat from inside

Hubby and Justin built a top for the boat this past weekend with all the rain we may or may not get from the storms popping up in the Atlanta Ocean we need it to cover the boat. We all had time to work on it since there was no school on Monday. It gave us a few extra hours instead of worrying about time for making sure everything was on track for school. I try my best to stay on the same routine for our boys it's important for them. It also makes it easier when they know what is going to happen next. It minizines the meltdowns from Popsicle.  The top picture is where the engines were. 
We have one engine running now for the best  messy part to we get to roll up our sleeves to get greasy. Taking it apart slowly.
The inside of the boat is a hot mess there is a shovel for what reason I don't know.

There is a ton of woodchips everywhere another question I don't have an answer to.

Hubby thinks to keep the mice away. We haven't looked inside the boat in three years since we purchased it. I hate mice I really hope I don't see that or a snake in the boat. I don't need that kind of stress in my life. Our luck will be a huge snake you see on the news. 

The inside is terrible. The picture above is before we took out all the cushions. 
   Here is after. This is going to take longer than I thought but on the bright side, I can envision the open water with my hubby and boys. Tearing out the carpet getting rid of the water was our part of our weekend. 

Until next time stay tuned for updates.

Monday, September 5

One year in the making

Here is the biggest project we as a family have taken on so far.  We bought it a few years ago on the whim that would be a hubby whim. Which he tends to do often. No, I don't get mad at him because anything he does it seems to work out. Besides it has potential now we have time to actually work on it.  When he took me to the boat yard to show me I didn't know what to say but "Nice".  It needs a lot of work we have to gut it which now comes the fun part. We are hoping it will take us a year maybe less. I would love to spend 4th of July on the boat in Cocoa Village on the water. It was just way too many people there this past year.

It's a 1987 Thompson Cruiser   
 Hubby thinks we should take the trip called the Loop.

Map used with permission Raven Cove Publishing.

 With no hiccups it would take about a year to complete the trip. Christopher is all about the trip and homeschooling. Justin on the other hand wants to do it when he is older. I get it he is older now friends, school, sports and everything in between. We have twelve years to think about when both of my babies are out of school. Hubby and I love to travel with our boys. I guess this way we can plan out every detail hopefully with no surprises. I think we will try a three day weekend going to the Bahamas first just to see if we can handle being on a boat for a extended period of time.  We are all ready partly there with our passports up to date. One thing we don't have to rush and get.

 Our work so far.

Step 1: Wash Boat

Step 2: Work on Engine 1

We have engine one working and running. It needs to be clean, painted ect but it's working. With the help of a friend we are on the right track. I see this journey is going to be a long one. I say that laughing knowing my hubby it will be a night and day project until it is finish completely.  Boat talk all day long. I can't wait!! I will try and share all the updates as we do it. 
Boat Names any suggestions? 

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