For two years Ryan and I talked about how neat it would be to own a camper/travel trailer. We would always refer to when "the girls are gone" or when "the girls are older". Every time we would see one we would say, "man, how fun would it be to have a camper". About 4 months ago, Ryan became really serious about looking at them. He did a ton of research and we watched an untold amount of YouTube videos on Campers/Rvs/ Travel trailer. We wanted to make sure that we were not just romanticizing this idea. We knew that these involved work. We finally found one and bought it, and I will say, this has been one of the best decisions we have made! We absolutely love it! We have tent camped for roughly 10 years, so we have paid our dues.
Meet Neopolitan the Glamper
Miss Neopolitan is six years old. She is roughly 35 feet long and can sleep about eight comfortably. She has three bunk beds that work perfectly for our three girls, she has an outdoor kitchen, two slide outs for the bunkhouse and the living room, and she has a very nice, long awning. We named her Neopolitan because of our daughters different hair colors. At the end of this blog, I will link some of the things we purchased to help organize this gem!
This weekend was our third time to use Miss Neopolitan and she served us well! We camped atSylamore Creek Camp near Mountain View, AR. It was a small campground on the connection of the Sylamore creek and White River. We only had one good day to do things because it rained the other two days, but we still enjoyed ourselves.
The Neopolitan Girls
We started the dry day with a walk across an old swinging bridge. This really freaked the girls out. At one point, the cables creaked and my oldest, Lyla, started crying and running for the truck! (She does not take new things well lol). Then we headed for our hike on the White River Bluff trail. This hike was about a mile in length, just perfect for the girls, and was easily marked. Once we reached the bluff, we found some flat rocks and pulled out our lunches we had packed.
Hiking with littles teaches you patience. If you are a parent of littles or have had young ones you know it takes so much longer to do normal things, like walking lol! Hiking at kids pace can be a bit frustrating if you let it. Ryan and I joked the whole time about our patience and how God was really testing us. We reminded each other that the girls were benefiting from this, just as much as we were. I am a firm believe that kids can learn to do anything if exposed to it. Kids will never learn to love the outdoors, if you do not take them out in it. They will never learn how to entertain themselves if TV, toys, phones, ipads, or other things are shoved in their faces. Ryan and I also want our girls to remember the experiences they had growing up, not the stuff they had. Which last longer? Material things, or memories of the heart and mind???
This has nothing to do with hiking or our glamper, but I feel like I want to share it. My husband, Ryan, is my best friend. I do not have a girlfriend that I call up and chat with unless it is my mom. I am a very independent, I can do anything I set my mind to kind of person. Most days I feel very different than most women around me. I do not dote on my kids nor do I wrap my life up in them. I love my girls with all my heart and I will do anything for them. But, Ryan, he is my soul mate, as cliche as that sounds, it is the truth. When I met Ryan in college he was a catcher for the baseball team and cocky as all get out. He took me out on a dessert date and I told him that there was no man for me at the university and that I did not attend college to obtain my MRS degree lol! I am pretty sure God was laughing at that moment, because one year later Ryan asked me to marry him. Besides God, Ryan is my foundation for this life. Without him, I literally have no earthly idea where I would be. Honestly, I would probably be lost. His love for God pushes me to be a stronger christian not only for myself, but for him and my girls. There are times that I literally crave time with him and I see that as a good thing. Marriage is not easy by a long shot. It is one of the hardest things, besides motherhood, that I have experienced, but we try so hard to put God first and that makes marriage easier. We laugh at our mistakes and our parent fails. We make fun of each other and then give the best compliments. Ryan spoils the girls and I so much. He works hard at the two small businesses that we own and still gives God the glory. I would challenge you ladies reading this, to learn to crave time with your husband. They need it and so do you.
We ended the trip with a chilly and rainy trip to a local ice cream shop called The Music Box.
We are loving the Glamping way! We are planning to do our beach trip with Miss Neopolitan as well and of course, I will have a blog post for that! If you are considering buying a camper, I would recommend doing a lot of reading before hand. Watch a ton of videos on how they work, what you will need to stock it and what types are out there. I have added a few things that we purchased to keep Neopolitan organized. We bought a lot of our stuff from Amazon because it was cheaper and we do not live near any camper stores. (Some links are affiliate links)
If you have a camper, let me know your tips and tricks! Tell me where you like to camp! What is your favorite thing about Glamping?
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Brandi Z. Moody
I am Brandi Moody and welcome! I am so glad you are here. In this little space I will be sharing Bible studies, cleaning eating and my love for running.
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