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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” 
― Dr. SeussHappy Birthday to You!

Zoe turned One…..oh my we had some fun. The party that I had been planning for the past several months finally came together and was a blast. So much food, such much Seuss, so many smiles. Zoe slept through the first half of her party. (what mother schedules a birthday party during their child’s nap time)

I was so happy to have so many family and friends in one place. This is one thing I will miss while being on the road….having a large party.

Now that her birthday has passed and gone, time to start buckling down and selling “stuff.” So guess what we are doing on a Friday night? You guessed listing a few old items on craigslist and Ebay.

First thing on the list to sell:

1. Guest bedroom Furniture

2. Derek’s Nerdy board games

3. 4 containers of Halloween Customes

The entrance table, had all the guests sign a “Happy Birthday to You” Dr. Seuss book.


Daddy helping her eat her smash cake


To many people taking pictures at once, we had no idea where to look


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“Oh the Places You’ll Go”

Our daughter is turning 1 year this Friday and I have been planning my little(big) fanny off with a Dr. Seuss inspiration. Which is quite fitting, for the journey we are about to embark on. The planning of this party started when she turned 6 months. However, if I would have known that we would be leaving soon, I would have opted out for something a little more low-key. Who am I kidding….I love a good party and I can plan a mean party. Ask me what I have planned for our House-cooling-trailer trash-going away party for January. Details to follow.

The statement around the house continues to be “As soon as this party is over, we are going to start selling stuff.” There has to be a point where we start purging and stop consuming and get on the road full time. Knowing that everyone is different, I wonder the average number of days it takes a person to make a decision, stick with that decision, plan on that decision and than execute that decision. I am the type of person that has a million ideas a day of business plans, inventions, etc. Except I can never execute them. However, this is a different type of motivation, a motivation to do things differently. Always going against the grain.

Note to Blog:

We will be moving to our next phase of the road map to nomad: selling our stuff. But not until this kid’s birthday party.

I had my first non family member, non friend comment on our Facebook page. Sweeeet…someone is actually reading this.

Yes, that is my daughters little tiny newborn head in the pictures above. She is growing up way to fast.


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Geez I am ready to go now. The impatient person in me wants to get everything figured out in a month and leave. But realistically, we need more time. How long do you think it will take to sell everything, clean out a whole house and hit the open road? I think 3-6 months is a realistic time frame, Derek thinks we could do it in a month or less. There are a few responsibilities that are keeping us in Austin at least until the first part of the year.  Plus, we are starting to have great weather in Austin and it would be a shame to leave 50 degree weather. Another reason why we are waiting until April.

On a side note, our daughter, Zoe Mae’s first birthday is in a couple of weeks. Telling people not to get her gifts because we will just have to get rid of them, you would have thought I told them I was kicking their puppy. Our obsession with things has gotten out of control. I am ready to rid my stuff and live a more simple life.