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Family RV Trip: Day 1

“Fly Killer” Practicing on Each Other

My blog is about to take on a slightly different style.  It will be transitioning into a travel blog as I spend the next 2.5 weeks in an RV with my family, driving around the US.  Yes, that’s right.  My entire family, plus my grandma and our two dogs, in a confined space for an extended period of time.  This should make for some great experiences!  I’m hoping this blog takes on a journal-type feel mixed with inspiration from “The Everywhereist” (I highly recommend Geraldine’s blog, if you have not read it) as I document our adventure from landscapes and sights to personal stories and memories for all of us to reference in years to come.

I burst out laughing as my family pulled up to gather me from the Nashville, Tennessee airport in a huge RV, and all I could see what this tiny little white head peeking out the window in front with it’s ears perked up.  My family had arrived and, as usual, Bella (our dalmatian puppy) felt it was her job to lead the way.  I hopped into the RV and off we went, with barely time to say hello before our dogs pounced!  Bella and Abi (our black lab mix) covered me with kisses, and I almost instantly remembered that I had forgotten to take Claritin (darn those dog allergies of mine).

Finally I had a chance to breathe and reconnect with my family, as I haven’t seen them in months.  And suddenly, we’re RV-ing!  (If that isn’t a verb, it is now!)

Let me tell you, spending your day in an RV is literally only as fun as you make it.   Continue reading

Man’s Best Friend: Always There for You

Puppy Love
(My youngest sister, Ashley, with one of our dogs, Abigail)

Man’s best friend.  They’re soft and furry, sometimes love to cuddle, and usually provide entertainment.  Whether you’re a cat person, a dog person, a bird person, or any other type of pet person, there’s no question that pets provide some very real therapeutic benefits.

But then there are those of us who are allergic to pets.  Like me.  I used to suffer from horrible cat allergies and then discovered with my family’s two new dogs that, instead of outgrowing my cat allergies, I suddenly became allergic to dogs as well!  (Apparently doctors still don’t know why people develop allergies, so we have yet to figure out how to outgrow them… we just know it’s possible!  There’s hope!)  However, the realization that my puppies made me sneeze constantly, my eyes water, and my lungs start to wheeze made me despair just a little…   Continue reading