Friday, April 15, 2011

Something you might not know.....

My blog has over 17,600 hits since we left on our adventure a short while ago.  I must have a lot of "silent" followers?  I know who some of you are, however, there are many of you that I'm sure I haven't met.  At a marina months ago we passed a stranger on the dock and she claimed she followed my blog!  I'd love to know who you are, so if you get a chance, please become one of my "followers!"

This posting is for those of you that don't know us personally......

Craig and I met on the highway 16 years ago this month. In June we'll celebrate 15 years of marriage!  Through that time I earned my Bachelors Degree at Western Michigan University and worked for Amway Corporation right out of college.  I did a lot of overseas traveling and once we started to have children I knew it was important to be a mom and never regretted my decision!

Many have asked how we can afford to do this trip at such a young age.  We were self employed for 15 years and Craig is a talented woodworker and home builder.  We had a successful business and never spent above our means.  It's more guts than anything that makes this trip possible!  We will be seeking employment after the loop though.

Some have asked why we're moving so quickly up the east coast.  We did a similar trip from 2008-2009 in an RV going coast to coast covering 26,000 miles by land.  We've spent a lot of time in these ports a short while ago.  Since we left over seven months ago, we've actually had three - 1 months stays.  First was in Joe Wheeler for the AGLCA Rendezvous, second was Christmas and holidays in Treasure Island, FL and the third was in the keys at Marathon, FL.  We're just steadily cruising now more!
This is the brand new Jayco Seneca we purchased just for the trip.We went from a 5,000 square foot home to this 350 square foot motor home.

It was my birthday this week and Craig made the best banana splits. My favorite part was the crushed pineapple and it was LOADED to the max.   

Morgan lost three teeth this week!  Eating isn't a problem, but she earns a dollar for every tooth lost and this was tooth number 12, 13 and $39 in one week (I think she's ripping them out of her mouth)!
We have satellite TV!  A lucky little perk that came with the boat!

The majority of our family lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and my sister lives in Britton, MI on the east side of the state.  Craig and I both have an older sister (who are my best friends)!  They are both married and we had two nieces and two nephews the same age as our children!  Craig also has a adopted brother, a step brother and two step sisters. His step sister is married and has two sweet little girls! They all live in Michigan and a lot of family and extended family lives in a three mile radius. I received three phone calls in one week from family members wanting us to move back to Grand Rapids and live in a home that's for sale right next to them. I love the continued support and love! 

I have a great engineer named Peter aboard my boat and he's super hot (especially working in the engine room)!  Only those who know us would know that Craig's real name is Peter Craig Parrent! 

Craig's favorite dessert now is a recipe from my friend Anna. I have to share as some of you might enjoy!
Melt 1/3 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of crunchy peanut butter and 2 tbsp. of unsalted butter together. Take off the stove and add:  1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, 1 cup dry oatmeal and one cup rice krispies together.  You can either put it into a smaller container or dollop into cupcake liners and refrigerate - serve cold.  It's delicious!

So thank you my fellow "Followers" for reading my blog and if you ever get a chance to push the "FOLLOW" button on the right column of my blog, I'd love to see who you all are!! Elizabeth City posting coming soon... 


  1. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to live vicariously through your blog!

  2. I have been following these blogs for three years now and yours is the best. My wife and I are starting the loop in August and I hope we have as much fun as your family.