Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Taking the Show on the Road

As I mentioned in my last post, we packed up and headed off to spend a week in a hotel in the city nearest to our home while our truck (at 2013 F 250) spent the week getting a mobility makeover!
The passenger seat was replaced by this seat which comes out of the truck and lowers so I can transfer onto it from my wheelchair.

Then the canopy on the truck raises so that the lift (the thing with the red straps) can rotate out to the side and lower down to be attached to my powered wheelchair....which it then lifts into the bed of the truck.

Then the canopy lowers and protects my chair and lift from the elements.

And back up the seat goes!

A week in a hotel with two children can be challenging, especially while teaching them as well. We did pretty well, though we did do a lighter load of school work, for our first attempt at homeschooling away from home.Thankfully,the hotel has a fabulous pool for kids (Amy swam for the first time!) and is within walking distance of a mall etc. I also have a cousin in the city who has children who are our girls ages.....they swam together for hours and hours! And the girls escaped to their house for a home-cooked meal! Eating out every day got old fast - though nothing compared with the winter 2008 when hubby,Lacy and I spent 2 months hanging out in a hotel room during the last 2 months of my pregnancy with Amy (our small town was not equipped to deal with my high risk pregnancy).

Walking to the mall - the weather was very hot and sunny for September!

Next time, it will be easier because I will be better organized and even more prepared-if that's possible, LOL. I do need to figure out how schooling while we are actually on the move should work-as it was just a three-hour drive each way we didn't bother schooling on the days we were driving. When we are traveling to and from our winter destinations there will be more days on the road and we will have to figure out a way to at least get the basics done on those days-or ahead of time I guess?
It happened to be Supermans birthday while we were there...we had a fancy meal out.

Anyhow, we have been home for a few days now and are attempting to get back into the swing of things here, crossed a few more things off our list today after a doctor's appointment to get six months of our prescriptions written and to stop at the courier to pick up the last box of dozens which contained six months worth of my medical supplies. We have our bank account set up correctly and a tentative date to leave (the week of October 21, we hope). There are still many many many more things to do, and only a month in which to do them! Time to break out a master list...

Repacking the boxes of supplies....

Guess where all the extra boxes are now?


  1. What an awesome post! I homeschooled my children on the road and I decided that when you are on the road is a perfect time for the field trips and English essays. Have them write about the places you went to, what they saw. What they liked and did not like and challenge them to look for problems and come up with solutions to those problems! This unschooling approach of home schooling on the go helped my kids to explore and think more about where they were going and to be problem solvers! Good luck and we will look forward to your next travels!

  2. YAY! My first comment! Thank you for the advice! Sounds like a good way to engage them with the area we are travelling through too, rather than zoning out on their tablets.