New Adventures on the Horizon

by Jason on June 20, 2013

Since Shelly and I stopped our travel and set up camp east of San Diego, our plans have been somewhat ambiguous. I got a job, we put the kids in school, and we started mma training. We didn’t really have a plan; we were going to more or less wing it.

After our savings dwindled, we decided to get “real” jobs to pay off our debt and rebuild said savings. We’d both look for employment; Shelly searching in the area and myself searching in neighboring states. The first that landed a job would determine our immediate fate.

Well, Shelly landed one first. She accepted a job working for a local police department. She’s excited to have her first outside-the-RV job since leaving teaching, especially given the nature of her work. This means we’ll be able to stay in the area for the immediate future.

Our kids will be going on summer break soon and our niece Stephanie moved back to Michigan. This brought up the difficult decision of keeping my current job (it doesn’t pay especially well.) The cost of daycare would surpass what I earned. We decided we’d be better off if I become a stay-at-home-dad.

That’s right- I’ll be livin’ the dream!

Actually, I’ll use that time to focus on my various writing projects which have fallen by the wayside. I haven’t been able to maintain a regular blog posting schedule. It will also allow me to work on book projects. Squirrel Wipe has been far more successful than I expected. I’m hoping to use that momentum for the next project- a parenting book featuring the weird, random shit that comes our of our kids’ mouths.

I’m still planning on working one day a week to have some outlet. I should also be starting running classes in the near future.

We’re happy to be able to stay in the area for the foreseeable future. We really enjoy the El Cajon area. Staying put will also allow us to continue to train at our gym, which has become our new obsession.

We’ll continue living in our RV because a) it’s cheap, and b) we enjoy our particular campground. The move from six to five people definitely makes a difference in regards to space.

What will the future hold?

Who knows. We do have some long-term plans, but we’re open to any opportunity that may emerge. Writing has a funny way of opening surprising doors if you’re open to serendipity… so we’ll see what happens.

We’ve come full-circle over the last two years- from full time high school teachers to traveling hobos to “poor folk” to… well, close to “normal.” We’re still reflecting on the various elements of the journey- what we’ve learned, what we enjoyed, what we’d change, etc.

We’ve been at this long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, which has given us a good perspective on the positives and negatives of the lifestyle. Anyone have questions about any element of our adventures? Leave a question in the comment section; I’ll answer it ASAP!

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Rose July 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

Hi,

I came across your blog after a search in google because I saw that your family is living in a RV and your kids are going to school. My family and I are relocating to Los Angeles, CA. My husband has been looking for a job offer in LA and have been waiting to secure one but school year is approaching. really fast. We have some money saved up and we have been thinking about just purchasing a RV and move our family to LA anyway. We thought about living in our RV temporarily until my husband find a job and a house but we have been wondering what address will we be using to enroll our kids in school? Will we be using the campground’s address with a site number or letter like we do when we go on camping trip?

How or what did you guys do to be able to send your kids to school while living in RV?

Thanks in advance,

~Rose

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Jason July 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

Hi Rose,

Yes, we use the campground address for school purposes. This is rather handy as we can more or less choose which district we want our kids to attend. As former teachers, we recognized that the “quality” of a school is pretty insignificant relative to the home environment kids experience, so we weren’t picky. Still, it’s a nice option.

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SRP April 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Hi Robillard Family,
I just came across your page while researching full time RVing with kids. I know you haven’t updated in a while and it would be nice if you could, just to see what the outcomes have been for you all. But, I wanted to say thanks because it’s so down to earth and it gave us a lot of information we don’t get on other sites. You told the truth about living in an RV with kids. Thanks for being honest about it. Are you still in El Cajon or did you move on? Just curious…

Thanks,
Shannon

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Jason April 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Hey Shannon,

I’m actually about two or three weeks away from releasing a book that covers the pros and cons including a lot of reflection on the experiences over the last three years.

We’ve been in one spot (El Cajon) for about fourteen months and just moved out of the RV last week. We’re planning on staying in the area for the foreseeable future. I’ll probably have a few blog posts up in the coming weeks.

-Jason

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