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If you’ve followed along in our journey, you know that we moved to Southern Oregon in the summer of 2019. We’ve spent the past year and a half exploring this awesome state…and there is still so much left to see!
Limpy Creek Botanical Trail in Grants Pass and Fall Creek Falls near Glide, Oregon were both enchanting in March…both places felt like we were in Rivendell and an elf was going to appear at any moment! Something about sunlight hitting moss…I feel like Pacha in The Emperor’s New Groove saying, “These hills sing!”
Summer came with trips to the coast and Redwoods, learning how to paddleboard, camping trips, swimming in lakes and rivers and even Crater Lake, rafting down the Rogue, more time at the coast, more camping, and a whole lot more swimming. I’m not sure there was a set of two consecutive days my kids weren’t in the water! We played hard and if there was ever an idyllic childhood summer we got it!
With Covid closing our playgrounds and libraries, we focused on making our backyard an awesome place to be. We planted a garden, got a hammock and swing, set up a bird feeder, and built a teepee from driftwood collected in Applegate lake.
Pouring so much work into a rental backyard felt a little disheartening, though. Towards the end of the summer both Matt and I began to feel a pull towards finding our own home. Seeing as our rental was comfortable and we had a long wish list for our Home, we were OK taking our time looking for the right house. At the same time, my parents were home hunting as well so we looked at a LOT of houses over the course of a few months. Side note: my parents worked with JJ Kramer from April onward and he was awesome!
When the fires ravaged the Rogue Valley in September, we knew there was going to be a rush on houses having seen it happen in Chico after the Camp Fire in Paradise. Every day we looked at every new house listed but nothing felt right. Then Matt noticed a house that was hidden a bit—tucked away and interestingly enough had never popped up on any searches we made. It had been on the market for three months during a time when houses my parents were looking at were getting into bidding wars on the day that a house would list.
JJ got us into the house that evening and it was so perfect for us it seemed too good to be true. Four bedrooms, a roomy sunny homeschool room, a big kitchen as we all love to cook, windows to let in tons of light…we were smitten. On October 27th we closed on this dream house ❤️
It’s a home that can easily hold guests and ALL the family. I really believe you can make anything work, but moving to a location that’s literally double the space is like having so much more room to breathe. Both Matt and I work from home, and being a homeschool family—this is truly our home base. Each morning I look around and feel so immensely blessed—this is the first dwelling in my adult life that I can see being our home without an end date.
Matt and I did a massive IKEA haul for bookshelves and other basics, and I scrambled to get all the furniture assembled (49!) and things set up so we could enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with family. As the weeks pass and we tweak things around, it just feels more and more like home.
So here I sit—in my favorite chair by the fireplace, listening to the sounds of Tatum singing in the bath, Bennett “reading” a story to herself on the landing, Kenna playing with dolls in her room, Roy panting on his bed nearby, and Matt watching board game reviews on the TV.
Comfy sounds of life. Sounds of home.
When you go on regular walks or hikes and have three kids but only two hands, you have to lay down some ground rules.
Ask my kids what’s Rule #1 of hiking and they will all chime together, “LISTEN TO YOUR MAMA!”
Ask what Rule #2 is and they’ll all say, “Always stay on the trail!”
Rules 3-8ish get a little jumbled after that…don’t yank up plants or throw rocks at your sisters or lick mushrooms and that sort of thing…
I find the longer I’m a mama the more I realize just how rotten kids are…and how rotten I probably was as well. (**who me? Never!**) Bennett, our 3 year old, just LIVES to aggravate her sisters (and often her parents). Nothing, and I mean not ice cream or slides or her crocodiles, brings her more joy than seeing her sisters get upset. We’re hoping it passes, but it’s just a gas to deal with until then!
So tonight while trying to get them ready for bed, after about the 9th time I’ve asked Bennett to put on the pajama shirt she’s been slinging around her head like a cowboy throwing a lasso, she delightfully looked at me and shouted, “RULE NUMBER ONE! DON’T AGGRAVATE YOUR MAMA!”
Oh man. That’s how the baby gets you–humor. “Don’t smile DO NOT SMILE” I think.
“RULE NUMBER TWO!” She continued in a drill sergeant voice…still circling the pajama around her head, “DON’T PLAY WITH THE TOYS THAN ARE NOT YOURS!”
Well, even if she’s not practicing the rules at least she knows them!
**We did finally get her to bed after warnings followed by consequences that were completely shocking (despite the warnings). The tears melted away during a hug and she sighed happily, content with my rising blood pressure, turned over, and went to sleep.**
On April 6th we drove out of Oklahoma with all our worldly goods. For more than three months we traveled around California and the Pacific Northwest–Oregon, Idaho, Washington–to see where we might want to plant some roots and settle down.
Honestly? We could have kept traveling full time! We LOVED it! The kids (and even Roy) did GREAT! We had so many adventures, saw so many amazing sights, and really grew closer as a family. However, traveling full time in AirBnBs ain’t cheap, and honestly doing homeschool was more difficult without all of my resources around! Little kids want glue and pom poms and paint!
The first long term place we stayed was Jacksonville, Oregon. And we fell in love. The beauty, the charm of the town, ease of access to both outdoor adventures and amenities (like Costco!)–getting to play in the rivers and forests so easily had us hooked! We actually started looking for rentals after only two weeks there! But the rental market is crazy and when our AirBnB was up we kept journeying (and so glad we did!).
BTW, if you want a walk-through of this AirBnB watch this–I highly recommend to any looking to stay in the area!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcoQbDSlBj0
By the time a possible rental opened up we were in Spokane, and the rental possibility had only a couple of shady pics…but the price was right, it was in a safe area, and they allowed dogs so we took a gamble! I mean, isn’t that what we’d been doing for well over a year and God keeps working things out?!
We had to wait awhile for more pics because apparently the previous renters trashed the place…great. But there were pretty much NO other places that matched what we needed to we kept moving forward. Coeur d’Alene, Hoodsport, Portland, and finally we were headed back south to Chico going through the Rogue Valley area.
We stopped at the rental and totally snooped it out…and finally were able to see it was cute and would work out great! So in July we signed the lease and scheduled a truck to move our stuff from storage in Chico to Central Point, Oregon.
Seeing as I had started packing 21 months before and packed up things in stages, unpacking has been quite the adventure! It was like Christmas getting all of our own things out again! And getting to have our own Christmas decorations and ornaments this year? Priceless! Traveling is awesome but it feels so good to have a home base again!
Since then we’ve been loving where we’ve lived! I keep thinking I needed to catch things up on here but if you want the overview, check out the Instagram account @kait.palmer ! #PalmerPackAdventures and #CultivatingAbundantLife
Part of my New Year’s Resolve is to keep things updated on here…and not the boring list of things done but the stories. I miss writing stories that make you laugh, think, or even challenge you. Something quick to read with Your Morning Cup of whatever you prefer 😉
‘Till next time!
As I write this I’m sitting in Chico, California, and all of our worldly possessions fit in a 10’x25′ storage unit down the street. We did it! We’re on the move and on the hunt for our next home!
Crazy as it sounds, we moved without a final destination in mind. Matt and I both can work remotely, we homeschool the kids, and we’re not sure where we want to plant some roots so we figured–why NOT? We moved to Oklahoma 7 years ago knowing we weren’t staying. Despite our house feeling like our little family haven, the state and area itself never felt like home. I’ve gotten that feeling of coming home to Orange County, Point Loma in San Diego, even places in foreign countries like Italy and Scotland and Romania. But interestingly enough never in Seattle or Oklahoma. Like a tree in a pot being moved around, looking for the place to be planted.
Our first stop is an adorable Airbnb in Jacksonville, Oregon. We’ll check out that area for a month, and if we love the area then we’ll look for a 6 month or year rental. If we feel that’s not quite “it,” we’ll continue to explore. Matt wants to spend time in Bend–which I think would be amazing but as far as my dream of a sustainable homestead, Bend’s 52-day growing season won’t cut it. We’ve heard a ton of outdoor people are moving to Boise, ID because of it’s proximity to outdoor activities. I’m not convinced, but you never know until you get there! And I’d really love to check out the Coeur d’Alene area. The evergreens and gorgeous lakes seem to just be calling to me!
The timeline for all of this is flexible, and we might spend a month back in Chico with family after our time in Oregon. We might do another Airbnb on the Oregon coast because…well it’s the coast and it’s just magical!
For now, the girls and I just wrapped up a week of traveling and meeting up with over 30 people (in 4 days! Crazy!). We truly loved it, and the girls were on a constant high meeting new friends and having new experiences!
We are just starting to get back into a routine of school and play and homecooked dinners. We have our Roy Boy with us, of course, and though Matt is traveling this week we’re looking forward to having our own little family altogether in one place for a bit of time.
I’ve been packing to move since I put away fall and Christmas decorations in 2017, we got our storage unit in Oklahoma nearly a year ago, and I’m so glad to have that part behind me! I’m ready to not hear the sound of packing tape for awhile!
When we talk to people about our crazy wandering plans, I find a lot of people sigh and say they wish they could do that. No, it wasn’t easy getting to this point. It took a LOT of work. A LOT of planning. Hard goodbyes (for now). And it still will take a lot of planning and budgeting to make this work. But it IS possible. Whatever “one day” dream you have is possible if you make it work. I also talked to a lot of people in Oklahoma who, upon hearing we wanted to originally move to Colorado, responded with, “Yeah, we wanted to do that to…and 5/10/20 years later and we’re still here!” I didn’t want that to be us.
We’re not in our final destination yet. Yes there will be a lot of expectations not met. There will be a lot of expectations exceeded. It’s going to be like that WHEREVER you are in life. But if your heart is truly desiring something different from where you are in life, stop dreaming. Dreams are fun and great and expand your brain and imagination. But without planning and grit and perseverance and ACTION they stay in your head and heart. So dream, and then start planning your adventure!
Well hey there, it’s been a minute, right?
Most of those who would follow this blog also follow on Instagram or Facebook, but in case you’re new here’s a recap!
Last January we decided it was time to sell the house, travel more, and figure out where we want to move–yay!
Then my brother and his wife moved back in with my parents so that got put on hold…fast forward to last summer and we spent an awesome two weeks in Colorado and Utah being with family, Matt and I went to the Young Living International Convention, our girls got to experience the farm in Mona, we hiked in the Rockies and got to see family. It was magical–the kids did awesome traveling and we couldn’t wait to go again!
After we got back we prepped and painted and finally got the house on the market…and had a full price offer from the first person to view it!
We moved in with my parents, and planned on Thanksgiving with Matt’s parents in Paradise, CA when on November 8th I got a call. They were evacuating due to a fire, and so were a large portion of Matt’s family who lived there. Thank the Lord they all made it out, but Matt’s parents, sister and her fiancé, aunt and uncle, another aunt, and a cousin and her husband, along with numerous other family friends lost their homes in one fell swoop.
Considering by the time we knew it was all gone, and our flight was scheduled to leave on November 13th, we had some big decisions to make. We found an Airbnb on the southern Oregon coast and booked places to stay for a week while the smoke cleared out, and flew to California. The first night we spent with Matt’s cousin and his wife and their 3 girls…oh my goodness! The riotous joy of 6 little girls that grew to 7 girls and one baby boy when another cousin and his wife came–it was a cousin-fest! Though we left that day for Oregon, the girls couldn’t wait to get back and play!
Oregon was magical. There’s no other word for it. The beach, the sunsets, the ocean, the redwoods–it was deep nourishment to my soul.
After getting back to Chico, we decided we needed to spend more time there. With rental cars at a ridiculous price, and Matt needing a new(er) car anyway, we decided to cancel our flights, buy a car, and drive home! Yeah, we’re a bit crazy.
We got back to Oklahoma December 9th, and flew right into the holidays!
Now we’ve rounded the corner into February and I’m so ready to get back to the oily education that I love! We’ll be filling up that calendar more, and begin offering a lot more classes you can access at anytime on our YouTube page–subscribe to get the latest updates!
I’ve dive more into that later, just wanted to give a bit of a filler for what we’ve been up to the past 9 months! We’re not 100% sure what our next step is but we keep moving forward with faith!
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Originally I had wanted to blog along the way during our trips. I mean, with an app and your smartphone you can do it anywhere, right? Theoretically, yes. With three small demanding kids, no.
Let me put it to you this way–in 12 hours of travel and a book I was so excited to read, I got to read…three pages.
So here’s the recap. The girls are pretty awesome at traveling. If we have a good sense of humor. Bennett is the queen of “want it–don’t want it.” Asking for things, tossing them away, then crying for them again. Tatum is all about listening to the Kirsten American Girl books. Kenna is happy if she has her Tinkerbell dolls or can color. We actually made it a couple days of traveling before we ever turned on a movie for them–so we consider that a win!
Friday, June 8th we got a late start leaving Edmond to Colorado Springs…and by late I mean we didn’t pull into our hotel until about 5 am. Tired, much???
The next day we got to explore Colorado Springs, get an oil change (hmmm…the shop that checked our car before our trip missed that), and then
headed up to the Garden of the Gods. It was hot, but a dry heat so it wasn’t bad at all–and the girls loved having their own cameras (old digital ones we don’t use anymore) to take their own pics.
Up through Woodland Park and Divide, we headed towards our next destination–Granby. We took the scenic route that was maybe 30 minutes longer (probably not when you consider Denver traffic), and it was one of the best decisions EVER. The sunset over the valleys and mountains was breathtaking! So beautiful we pulled over just to take some pics and enjoy it!!!
We stopped in Breckenridge for ice cream and changing into jammies before heading on.
We had a bit of a surprise when we got to Granby at 11:30–all of the lock boxes had been removed! After calling over a dozen hotels we were finally able to find one that gave us a great deal, and the girls got to spend another night in a hotel (which was so fun for them).
The next morning we walked around Winter Park, the girls were blown away by the mountains and the soft grass and just EVERYTHING. After climbing some stairs to an outdoor amphitheater, Kenna looked around, sighed loudly, and said, “I just LOVE it here!”
We were able to get into the condo, unpack, and the girls thought that bunk beds, a balcony, a giant bean bag, and a dog crate were just the best things to play with EVER. Who needs toys?!
The next day was Monday and Matt had to work, so after a leisurely morning I loaded up the girls and we went for a short hike along the Fraser River Trail.
I’m learning with most kid hikes, the first 10-30 minutes consist of complaining, and then if I get them distracted with something they’re all in. After we started trying to identify wildflowers they loved it. We took pics, used our book, ate snacks, and ended up having a good time.
I’ll post more updates later, but that gets us to the beautiful mountains of Colorado–which sort of feel like home. We’re not sure where we’re going in the next 6 months or even a year, but I’m so grateful for tidbits like this.
Looking ahead to summer there are a lot of trails I would like to see, especially during our two weeks in Colorado and Utah coming up in June.
Last week I nabbed a pair of Ahnu Sugarpine hiking shoes from REI (thank you dividend!) and when they got here today we all were so excited we decided to go try them out right away. I figured it would be good to get them all outside and on a “hike,” because while they’ll play for hours on a playground getting from Point A to Point B is a whole different thing.
The big girls pulled on their hiking boots as I put on mine, and we headed to Mitch Park with a backpack, 3 water bottles, and two types of snacks for a bit of an experiment.
All went fine at first. The girls scampered, giggled, climbed rocks, pointed out flowers blooming in the grass…
You only wished you were as cool as them. I can almost hear some theme music…
That was the first 5 minutes.
It was almost 90° outside, and despite the high winds their cheeks were getting flushed and they started begging for water like they were lost in the Sahara.
We stopped in the shade and everyone chugged from the big water bottle…impatiently waiting their turn.
When Tatum was done she squatted down so I took the opportunity to point out she was in a lightning position…
So we all crouched in the lightning position. Yay us. And the 834 lightning-related questions that followed from my curious 6-year-old.
We chose our next route and Kenna was fascinated with the sign…and chose to show it off in style. This kid has more ‘tude and style than she knows what to do with!
A few minutes later I got my first “Up?” from Bennett and I checked my phone to see our distance… .35 of a mile 🤦🏼♀️We made it another third of a mile and one more water bottle down before I gave in and got her up and into the back of my backpack (finally putting those WAFA skills to use!) and we kept on cruisin’.
We spotted birds, drank more water, ate a snack, drank more water.
Lesson #1 Assume my children are part dromedary and carry three times the amount of water I think we need. Let’s just say we’re going nowhere in the mountains without a LifeStraw.
I noticed a gully with a clear cut trail across that cut out a significant part of our path. Since Tatum was exclaiming she needed to go to the bathroom, a shortcut looked like a good idea.
We started downhill when Kenna–my often too-fearless kid decided to become terrified of going down a little trail. And of bugs…all of the sudden. Kenna, who often will pick up bugs to inspect them, squeal with delight over the cuteness, and I have to warn not to touch the quarter inch stinger on the cicada killer. But there she was, having a mini meltdown in a gully about all the bugs…that I couldn’t see.
Lesson #2 Assume your kids will do a 180° on their preferences and personalities at any time.
Once we reached the bottom of the gully it actually turned out to be one of the most interesting features I’ve seen in Mitch Park–ever! And we’ve been walking there for six years!
Once at the bottom it wasn’t quite so windy, and there were trees and bushes so I gave Tatum permission to relieve herself “like a hiker.” You’d have thought she hit the jackpot–ever since she first peed next to a tree while hiking in Colorado it’s the height of outdoorsy excitement for her.
Lesson #3 Always carry toilet paper/tissues/baby wipes and plastic bags with you. Thankfully I was prepared.
With 90% of our water gone we ate a few more snacks, Kenna calmed down about the bugs, Bennett was down from the backpack and exploring, and things were looking up. I even managed to find a rock to do a group photo…this was the only place where the wind wouldn’t knock the phone over and I could prop it up.
Lesson #4 Always carry one of those mini tripods for your phone. Memories are the big things and the everyday moments.
We hiked up the hill–Bennett insisting on doing it herself a lot and sometimes fully face-planting in the red Oklahoma dirt but keeping on. The girls spotted some trash we gathered and threw away (made my Leave No Trace heart so proud), and by the time we were just maybe one fifth of a mile away from the car they decided they were having way too much fun to go home.
Bennett became quite desperate to show me every flower in the grass. Kenna’s eyes became quite adept at finding all the bird houses and bird feeders in the area. Tatum spun in circles. When I realized it was almost 6:00 and we needed to get home to make dinner, Bennett became the noodle child, Kenna wanted to stop and admire everything, and Tatum became the task master trying to help me drive them forward. Which leads me to my last lesson.
Lesson #5 Give yourself three times the normal amount of time to do any hike.
Yeah, that has to be the slowest seven-tenths of a mile EVER.
BUT, it’s a starting point.
Everyone ate a BIG dinner (which isn’t always the norm).
Bennett crashed as soon as we put her in her crib.
I hardly had a moment to realize my new hiking shoes were amazingly comfortable…even carrying a 10 pound backpack and a 30 pound kid.
And the girls want to “hike” again. Tomorrow.
I’d call that a success…but glad of my lessons learned!