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Full Time Travel Transition: Part 1

Ashley Longnecker Ashley Longnecker / June 02, 2015
RV in the culdesac

As we are coming up on a full month of transitioning into our moveable home, I thought I should catch you up on what’s happened so far. The short version, at least. 

May 2, 2015 we picked up the 5th wheel (or as we like to call it, RockSteady). A few people had told us we should mount our electrical/brake line inside the bed instead of under the tailgate where it came factory installed. It was one of those things that we just didn’t have time to do before picking it up. We hook everything up and sure enough - our truck bed was too long and the cord was getting caught on turns. So 2 hours later, a new plug is installed in our truck bed, and we were finally on our way. 

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Last Night Ago is now BareNeckers!

Jonathan Longnecker Jonathan Longnecker / May 06, 2015
Bareneckers Blog

Well, friends - it's official. We picked up "Rocksteady" - our Grand Design Reflection 323 BHS 5th wheel on Saturday. By the end of the month we'll have closed on the house and officially be full time nomads!

Obviously we have lots to share on the process so far, but wanted to share another big change that is coinciding with the transition.

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The Call

Ashley Longnecker Ashley Longnecker / April 15, 2015
Home Living Room

March 23, 2015. I spent the whole day cleaning and staging each room so that I could get some amazing pictures of our home. The kids were so helpful in picking up their toys and making everything look in tip-top shape. We scrubbed off all the crayon marks on the walls and dusted all the doors and frames. We cleaned all the windows and got some really amazing pictures taken. It took me from 9am until 3:30 to get every room clean, staged and photographed. I was so motivated that day. I remember having an extra pep to my step and just thinking how fun that was to see my house for what it truly can be (when there aren’t little people making creative memories all over the place). I remember praying over the rooms that day. Praying for the next family who has this house that they would love it as much as we do and that their family would be blessed in their new home.

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Behold, the Beast! Meet Beebop - Our Trusty F350

Ashley Longnecker Ashley Longnecker / April 02, 2015
Ford F350

We have a “car guy.” His name is Reb Croft from RC Motor Company and we’ve ALWAYS bought our cars form him. If you’re in the Knoxville area and looking for a car/truck/suv, go visit him. You’ll be glad you did. He knows his stuff and he can look for whatever you need.

After much research about hauling 5th wheels, we decided on an F350 dually with a 7.3 powerstroke diesel engine. We told Reb, and he got right to work. He knew exactly what we wanted. Leather seats, relatively low miles with 40/20/40 seats up front and a bench seat in the back. He looked....and looked....and looked. It’s crazy hard to find the specific truck that had all the things we were looking for. We’ve never had to be so specific in our search for a vehicle before.

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Confessions of a Foodaholic

Ashley Longnecker Ashley Longnecker / March 25, 2015

I have big problems. I wake up and think about food, I get done eating and think about what I am going to eat next. I go to bed thinking about food. I have been known to ‘sneak’ food. I’ve planned outings around food. I celebrate with food. I get depressed and I fix it with food. I am happy so I eat food. I’m sad, so I eat food. 

This is an ongoing struggle for me. It’s real, and it’s painful. Painful in my pants, and also painful in my heart. I hate that I cannot get control over this issue. I try to make healthy meals and then one thought of chocolate and it breaks my whole healthy eating routine. I know it’s a self control issue, but I also believe it’s something bigger. What, I still don’t know but it’s real and it really sucks. 

Last March Jonathan and I started eating really well. We cut out sugar and grains. We did a cleanse for 21 days. We even did Whole30 for the month of August. Then life happened. Celebrations happened. Holidays happened. And for one reason after another, sugar crept its way back into our lives. Last year I had done so good (in my opinion) and was down 30 pounds. Now, I’m almost back to where I started last year and it’s becoming harder and harder to deal with it. I want to eat good. I want to get a good exercise in everyday. I want to cut out sugar and dairy and grains again. I felt AMAZING the month of August last year. But those first 2 weeks on Whole30 were a $(%)!! 

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