Destin, Florida

IMG_9476We are home now and missing this view!!  It was the perfect camping spot.  We already booked our spot for this summer and are counting down the weeks until our next trip!

The first night we got there we set up and were too tired to think of cooking so we ordered take out.  We put the kids in bed and sat outside eating Chinese and playing cards.  It was so nice to sit outside at night in February.

first trip

IMG_9478.JPGWe decided to stay a few nights at the beach before Disney.  We were trying to break up the drive a bit also.  It turns out most of the places on the beach were booked (in Feb!) so we ended up in Destin. We love Destin.  It’s our go-to beach. Nothing beats the white sand and clear water.  Also, we dream about McGuires steaks year-round. If you visit Destin, eat seafood, but also go to McGuire’s Irish Pub.  Trust me.

The drive down was pretty uneventful which is what one hopes for with a 2 year old and 8 month old.  We downloaded movies and shows for Amelia.  We are pretty strict with technology/tv, but feel that car rides are a different category.  Wyatt has entered into the squealing age which gets pretty loud, but I’ll take that over crying any day.

getting ready for our first trip

 

ft wilderness

It’s finally happening!  We bought the camper last August and the renovation is finally finished!  Nate has some time off of work so we are taking our first trip at the end of the month!

We decided we would go to Disney for a few days since it’s a good time of year to visit.  We are hoping for fewer crowds and nice weather!  (Anything will be better than this Georgia rain!)  We will be staying at Fort Wilderness.  It’s a campground that is part of Disney.  It’s nice because you get all the perks of staying at a Disney resort.  We will have transportation to parks and there are Disney events and charcters that come out to the campground.  Not to mention an awesome pool with a waterslide!

Kitchen

Screen Shot 2018-02-03 at 4.22.21 PM.pngSorry we’ve been absent for a little while.  We are still working on the the rv and getting ready for our first trip!  The kids (and us) have been sick.  As soon as everyone is well and Nathan gets a break from work we will be busting out of here!  I can’t wait!

Here is a picture of the updated kitchen.  Nathan finished up the backsplash and I LOVE it!!

tools

Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 9.27.35 PM.pngFor those of you reading this, I truly hope to inspire you in your own project. That said, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t warn you of the financial and time commitment involved with completing such an endeavor. Prior to starting the renovation, I spent a lot of time reading other blog posts and they all had a very common theme……it looked so easy! One ugly before shot and one awesome after shot and a few hours or work.  Not hardly.  I’ve also seen budgets for these projects for $1,500 – $2,000. I’m here to tell you there is no way! If you do this project correctly and you have a full time job, you should easily plan on 10-12 weeks.  Price is primarily dependent on the condition of your RV but even if it’s in perfect working condition, I think $2,500 should be the minimum budget for a 30′ trailer.

With all this in mind, I thought it might be helpful if I make a list of tools and purchases critical to our project. You don’t need these exact items, but I’m being specific with what I used.