Family Life, RV Living, Travel

We Bought a Fifth-Wheel! (The Trip to Pick It Up and A Review of RV Wholesalers)

So, we did it. We bought a fifth-wheel. It's a 41-foot, 2018 Heartland Elk Ridge. The trip from Montana to Ohio to pick it up was anything but smooth sailing- stormy weather, truck issues, the pick up date being changed while in mid-trip, and a completely disorganized pickup process. We bought it from RV Wholesalers… Continue reading We Bought a Fifth-Wheel! (The Trip to Pick It Up and A Review of RV Wholesalers)

Family Life, Montana, Travel

Camping at Bighorn Canyon (The Pros and Cons)

Sun, rain, wind, debris, BBQ, fun! We had it all! 4th of July weekend, we had the opportunity to go camping at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area with some friends, as well as Corey's brother and his new wife. Camping at Bighorn Canyon has become a bit of a tradition for us for 4th of… Continue reading Camping at Bighorn Canyon (The Pros and Cons)

Family Life, Travel

On the Hunt for an RV

We have decided we are tired of renting and want to travel more than that budget allows. To make that happen we are looking into buying an RV, a fifth-wheel to be more precise. We had thought about this before, about 2-years ago, but we weren't quite ready to make that leap. Corey and I… Continue reading On the Hunt for an RV

Family Life, Montana, Travel, United State

50+ Ideas for a Southeast Montana Staycation (or Field Trip)

Who says you have to leave your hometown or even home state to have a vacation?! Southeast Montana (south of Wibaux, east of Big Timber, and SE of Lewistown) has so much to see and do, I had to start making a list. I've only done or been to a dozen or so of these… Continue reading 50+ Ideas for a Southeast Montana Staycation (or Field Trip)

Family Life, Montana, Travel

A Trail Ride with My Daughter

This past weekend, my daughter and I had an opportunity to go horseback riding in nearby Absarokee (pronounced Ab-zor-kee). We have been talking about going since she was little and there was never a chance. When we lived in Texas, she was too young for liability reasons at every place we tried; in Germany, horseback… Continue reading A Trail Ride with My Daughter

Family Life, Travel

Our Must Haves for Family Camping

Summer is in full swing and for our family that means camping! We love camping- the fire, sleeping in the woods, s'mores, no electronics. It's a nice way to get back to nature and spend some quality family time together. We have slowly acquired and upgraded our camping gear over the years and definitely have… Continue reading Our Must Haves for Family Camping

Family Life, Germany, Travel

PlayMobil Fun Park (Germany)

  My family loves theme parks. I mean REALLY LOVES! From big amusement parks with huge crazy roller coasters to little play parks without rides, but plenty to climb on. We've been to Six Flags (a couple of them), Disneyland, Legoland (California and Germany), various Fairytale Lands, and more. Recently, we went to PlayMobil FunPark… Continue reading PlayMobil Fun Park (Germany)

Europe, Travel

Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 10)

Day 12~ Disembark Civitavecchia & Wrap-up Our last morning on board was another bittersweet kind of feeling. We had such an amazing trip and were sad it had come to an end. After breakfast, we did one more last check of the cabin, making sure nothing was left behind, collected our carry-on bags, and headed… Continue reading Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 10)

Europe, Travel

Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 9)

Day 11~ Naples, Italy (Amalfi Coast, Sorrento & Pompeii) We arrived in Naples, Italy early in the morning and quickly got ready for the day. Originally, we were planning to do another hop-on-hop-off bus tour when we got there, but after hearing about a Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Excursion through Can't Be Missed Tours, we… Continue reading Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 9)

Europe, Travel

Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 8)

Day 10~ At Sea Day 10 was another at sea day as the ship made its way to Naples, Italy. Knowing we would be on the ship all day the kids were in a huge rush to get breakfast, so they could go to the kids clubs. We actually had to tell them to slow… Continue reading Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 8)

Europe, Travel

Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 7)

Day 9~ Piraeus (Athens), Greece Athens felt like a whirlwind of a day. We docked early (7am) and knew we had to be back on board by 5:45pm at the absolute latest. With so much to see in Athens, we didn't want to waste any time getting going. After a quick buffet breakfast, we headed… Continue reading Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 7)

Europe, Travel

Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 6)

Day 8~ Mykonos, Greece There is something about looking out at the water of the Mediterranean Sea. As Skye put it, "The water seems to sparkle." It has a calming effect. Day 8 we woke up in Mykonos, Greece, looking at a view of that sparkling water. This was the only day we did a… Continue reading Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 6)

Europe, Travel

Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 5)

Days 6 & 7~ Istanbul, Turkey/At Sea/Kusadasi, Turkey After being docked overnight in Istanbul, we set sail after lunch for Kusadasi. This felt more like an at sea day since we stayed on the ship. We saw Istanbul the day before and had fun enjoying time on the ship instead. We spent the day doing… Continue reading Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 5)

Europe, Travel

Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 4)

Days 4 & 5~ At Sea/Istanbul, Turkey The 4th day of the cruise was an at sea day, as we were making our way to Istanbul, Turkey. The kids spent nearly the entire day at the kids clubs. I think we only say them both for meals. Caleb was playing games, went to an ice… Continue reading Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 4)

Europe, Travel

Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 3)

Day 3~ Santorini, Greece Day 3 was a bit of a different kind of day. The first half was still at sea and we arrived at Santorini, Greece in the early afternoon. It was an absolutely awesome day though; one I know the kids will remember and talk about for years to come. The morning… Continue reading Review: 11-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises (Part 3)