I sprouted this little guy from a piece that had fallen off of a friend's huge jade plant. Her plant is so beautiful I can only hope that one day this guy will grow big enough to be as magical. .
Typically I did not have a green thumb before the bus, the only plant I could keep alive was a peace Lilly because they are near impossible to kill. .
Do you have a green thumb?
3 593 hours ago
😻 Admiring "the mess" 😻
We're excited for winter projects inside the bus like building out custom shelving along the wall that will hide all of our business supplies. The other wall will have a much sleeker couch with more storage for moarrr of our hoop and candle supplies! Our business takes over every aspect of our lives and #tinyhome. We love it!!!
We're so glad we have this temporary set up for now. Our funds have been rather low this summer/currently. Our etsy business does pay the bills. However, in Denver we always had quick trimming gigs around us to help with extra funds when needed. 🍁✂️ We even hosted on airbnb for 6 months before moving out of Denver for financial help towards this project. ----
With no savings and any little profit we make going back into the business, projects on the bus are moving quite slow. Since a small loan or winning the lottery for 25k isn't happening anytime soon, we're really embracing a less stressful lifestyle. No timeline stress. No neeeed to hit the road stress. Just living minimally and simply every day. Thankful for every hula hoop and soy candle that gets us closer to repairing our dream home. Thank you all for being here with us on this journey. Simple moments like this help us enjoy all of the little things that bless our lives. 😻💕😻
No #fakevanlife from us. Here’s a shot of every day life (though normally his baby cage door is closed and the curtain is closed), dirty dishes, bag of UHT milk and all.
6 6310 hours ago
It takes a whole village to build a bus ~ I'm sure that's how the proverb goes 🤔😂
Unbelievably grateful for @mattdoomed to lend us his expertise and help us with all the welding we have to do! It's such a daunting task to tackle and we're so stoked to have a pro showing us the ropes. Already sorry for all the questions that are going to come your way 🙈🙆🏼♀️ #soon
Also, we're always surprised how easy Tilly makes friends. We're in our shed now for nearly a week and most of our neighbours have already dropped by to check out the newbies. Within minutes of introducing themselves they crawl under Tilly to check out the batteries or drop by to lend us some tools they believe could be useful to us. And everyone knows someone or some place that might be useful. Just loving this community vibe! 💖💫🌼 #community#lovingit#newfriends
While I'm away spending time with my convalescing sister my husband is installing a Dickenson marine diesel heater in the skoolie.
Looking forward to a more comfortable time while we wait for our departure to head south for the winter.
Thinking of putting stainless steel underneath the heater. Easy to wipe clean.
What kind of heater did you all put in? Are you happy with it?
We've had a Dickenson in boats. The heat is as penetrating as wood stove heat. But less mess. And we have to carry diesel anyways!
We’ve had so many say how much they love the poem that we read in our tiny home tour! But the story behind it is even better. 🖤
Our first time in New Orleans, we found ourselves on Frenchman Street, Jordan’s favorite street (in her favorite city) in the world. ✨
While checking out the art, Jazz, and just overwhelming magic that is this city, we found a man sitting on the sidewalk with a typewriter. He asked us questions about ourselves and what we’ve been up to on our current trip, how we met, and more. And then right there, within 20 minutes, he had crafted this poem for us. 😍
We were amazed. The mention of Valdosta? That’s because we had hit a semi’s tire tread earlier in the trip and totaled our rental car on the way to Orlando. Nashville? We had gone there during the trip also, our first time visiting since we had lived there. David Blanton, with his typewriter, crafted this poem which illustrates so eloquently our love of travel, and each other. ♥️ If you haven’t watched the tour yet, you can find it in our bio.
So fresh and so clean ✨ 🚌
As we look for a more permanent place to park the bus, it’s important to bring out the things that make this bus a home. It’s what we come back to at the end of the day and what we wake up to every morning. Plant life is something that can transform a space from a dull corner into a burst of energy. We have several plants on the bus even though we don’t really have the space, because they provide so much for us. What are the creature comforts you keep, no matter the cost?🌿🍃💫
Do you agree? . >> One of the best things of traveling for me is to meet all the great people & to learn about their stories! ...and of course to see all their awesome rigs!
Thanks for a wonderful week Bia & Paolo from @asfalto_terra_e_mar! 💛
Goodbye Nexpa, hasta la próxima! ✌️
We got after the skoolies kitchen yesterday. What do you think?
We’ve wanted to make a painted floor for so long.. finally we had to perfect space for the project. Granted half of the floor will be covered with kitchen, bathroom, sofa etc. but we absolutely love how its turned out!! We matte lacquered the floor to seal and protect it.
Now we can get started on building the frame for the back wall.
We used our forever favourite @farrowandball paints..how ace are the colours!!
Ahhhh that sweet moment when you find a technique that works! 😎💪🙆🏼♀️
We are still not sure what we're going to do with our floor but we spontaneously decided today to pull out the old vinyl. 🙈
👉 Swipe left to see what our floor looks like at the moment 👈
Maybe we should just sand it and leave the plywood? Thoughts? 🤔
Adjusting to the bus life is a challenge. It's definitely not easy.
From learning how to build a house on wheels, learning how to actually drive a bus, learning how to live tiny, and then, finally, learning how to live out on the open road.
Thankfully, there is an entire bus community out there and we all understand exactly what it's like!
And whenever one needs it, we roll up our sleeves and help out! ♡
7 882 days ago
Bunks (there’s a third one on the other side) that our kids ❤️ to hunker down and hide-out in.
A cozy “master suite” that looks and sleeps so sweet 😬
We, hands down, LOVE our sleeping areas.
Being a family of 5 made the arrangement a little tricky, but we’re big fans of the final product.
☀️🚌 #thesummahbus 📸 cred: @kkmesidor
We like to make life hard for ourselves!
The first layer of the floor is all masked out and ready for some paint!! After that’s dried we’ll de-mask it all and then re-mask the next shape and paint again!! 🤞🏼it’s gonna be worth it though
17 2982 days ago
A man and his (shell of a) bus 👦🏼🚌
Planing for the welding process. We have a couple of holes in the back that we need to cut out and replace. I think it's time we're actually constructing something or there might be nothing left of her to take out/off 🙈😂
Can you tell what we took out/off today?
The bus may not be quite done (as you can tell) but our bed sure looks daaaang good for when it is!! When we decided to do an elevator bed, we knew we would want bedding that would make making the bed as easy as possible. When I found @beddysbeds, I knew it would be perfect for the bus life. Not having to fuss with sheets every morning and knowing making the bed was as easy as zipping it up sounded like a dream! I cannot wait to sleep in our own bed again and to get some more Beddy’s for RJ’s bunk beds! #beddysbeds
24 4652 days ago
Our cushions for the dining area are finally done! Jonathan made them from an outdoor fabric we bought on sale. Because welding, building, painting and doing the mechanical repairs were not enough, the man can also sew! I'm impressed and so proud to call him my husband! Tell us what you think! 🙂
3 462 days ago
We just put a new video live on YouTube! In this video we trimmed out windows and then covered them up with rigid foam board, and 1/2 inch Birch plywood. We're so excited to have that done as now we finally get to build out the interior!! Link in bio.
If you've seen our story today, you know that it was MOVING DAY today! 🙆🏼♀️
Last week we finally found a workspace that would fit our 'little' bus plus some extra space to work in. Not only did we make a bit of a mess of Mark's Dad's driveway (Sorry Paul!🙈), more importantly (again, sorry Paul!) the rain was just keeping us from working period.
So we were pretty stoked to move in today and work in and on her in a dry and nice environment while it was raining outside😊 And even more stoked that we got through some of the tasks on our list today! 👍💪
👉 Swipe left to the last piccie to see what we tackled today and have a guess what we finished!? 👈
Also, I did NOT colour coordinate my #flannel 🤣
3 493 days ago
Be our guest! 🕯Virtual guest. @tinyhousegiantjourney posted a full bus tour of our home today on her YouTube channel! Jenna was so fun to chat with and she captured our home perfectly. 🖤 Find the link to the tour in our bio!
I got the top picture in my “One year ago” Timehop feed today. 😵 I took the lower picture in Ohio a few weeks ago when we camped at Hocking Hills State Park.
Why does that too picture feel like it was forever ago... and also, so fresh in my memory that it hurts!? 😂🤷🏽♂️
Needless to say, I am happy to have a bus that is a year older and wiser (and prettier) 😬☀️🚌 #thesummahbus#vanlifedistrict
MAIDEN VOYAGE: 09.11.18-09.13.18, 500+ miles, Here's the story... 🚌🌪
Well, our maiden voyage was a bit stressful and unplanned. We had to evacuate our island home that fell directly in the path of Hurricane Florence. We didn't want to leave, even though all surrounding areas were under a mandatory evacuation. When we finally did decide to leave, Flo was a Cat 4 and expected to increase to a Cat 5 before landfall. We prepped the house, threw all of our belongings and keepsakes into the bus and headed North to safer ground. We got about 3 hours in before Wanda started bogging down. She wasn't able to accelerate above 50 mph no matter what we did. We looked for mechanic shops near where we were and headed to a Walmart to spend the night. After reevaluating the situation, and realizing Wanda was barely even starting now, we decided it was best to sleep at a mechanic shop that night instead. We reached out to a few friends that live in VA and were able to get a recommendation for a diesel mechanic who could help us out. Sleeping in the parking lot of the shop was surprisingly pleasant... The air was cooler than NC, less humid, and we had some comfort in knowing we would get help the next morning. We were on a quit backroad across from a corn field, soaking in the full #buslife experience. 😂
The next day we woke up with the sun and were eager to figure out what was keeping Wanda from reaching her full potential. The day grew hot, we grew frustrated, and we still didn't know what was wrong with her. We replaced the fuel filter, ran tests, blew air through fuel lines, researched, posted our predicament on forums... Until finally Mechanic Jessie said "I think it's the Injector Driver Module." 😱
And we are SO happy it was! We proceeded to locate the part in Richmond, drive 1.5 hrs there and back (we also had my car with us) to pick it up so we didn't have to wait until the next morning, get back, install, and we were on our way!! 😬
HUGE SHOUTOUT to Jessie at Garrett's Auto Service in Sutherland, VA!! Even though he had a very busy day, he made sure to clear his time so we could get back on the road! He was truly concerned with us getting to PA safely and...
Introducing our new tripod with remote control 🤘
Get ready for lots of absolutely amazing (an totally non-goofy) couple shots flying your way 😂
#thisisvanlife people, we have no idea what we are doing - so stay tuned, this will be fun!
Oh and if anybody has some recommendation on how to use these things - very welcome!