Involuntarily Separated

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My Involuntary Separation On my last deployment to the Middle East, I was on a military extension for time. I was supposed to End Active Service (EAS) in October of 2017, but thanks to a deployment starting in early July of the same year, the military saw fit to extend me to support the unit with military operations; I was beyond happy about that, honestly. However, on deployment, the conversations with higher headquarters (HHQ) and career planners were either, “It’s…

Converted School Bus

The wheels on the bus go… bumpity, squeak, bumpity squeak…

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Over the years I have been asked A LOT of repeated questions and one of the biggest ones is how do we find time for anything with so many kids and doing so many things. Of course, now that we are going tiny with 4 kids, a dog, a cat, and a snake… the other always faithful question arises. “How will you have sex?” Truly, I have never understood why people ask this question. Not that I am bashful (we…

Week One of Skoolie LIfe

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Man Oh Man… I never thought I’d admit that we have so many things.   Late afternoon last Tuesday, we determined it was too late to leave. We still had a ton of things to finish before we could even pack everything out. So we decided to work on as many things as we could and travel fresh in the morning. I mean who wants to start a long journey after building all day? ( I totally would and suffer,…

T-Minus 12 days till Skoolie Life begins!

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ex·haust·ed: drained of one’s physical or mental resources; very tired. I’ve written and rewritten this post four times now. Each time was to correct the timeline in which we are leaving. This time… this time I am blogging from my ½ completed skoolie desk and I am thrilled. We leave in 13 days and I am starting to get mixed feelings about it. I’ll write more about that in another post… cause right now I just can’t.   We were…

Shop Our Bus

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[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22.3″ fb_built=”1″ _i=”0″ _address=”0″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ _i=”0″ _address=”0.0″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0.0″ custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.4″ _i=”0″ _address=”″] Here is a list of all the things we have been using for our conversion.  We shopped at Lowes for the majority of lumber and hardware and used Amazon for basically everything else.  This page is connected to our Amazon Affiliate so if you purchase something Amazon gives us a cut. We will continue to update as we add more and once…

Surviving and Thriving Hurricane Florence

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 We are lucky. Hurricane Florence may have only hit as a Cat 1, but she literally rained terror for so many people. Right now Wilmington, Burgaw, New Bern and many of our surrounding towns are still dealing withHurricane Flo, and she hit us a week and a half ago. Friends of ours still cannot enter their homes due to sinkholes that have formed under their house, kayaking up to their property to check on the damages and wading through…

Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence… you’re such a homewrecker. Our house sustained some damage about halfway through the storm, the winds are still howling like crazy so there could be more. We were prepared for that, we live off the intercoastal in the woods… it was bound to happen. Even though storms are truly a pain in the ass. Johnny and I had our fun and enjoyed the quality time spent with each other(you can see us prep the house over on Youtube). Hurricanes…

Our Skoolie Conversion | Ceiling Installation

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⅛” birch wood. One, go to hell! Haha! Two, I would not recommend this ceiling option unless you have the magical capacity of some of these others skoolie conversion types who made it happen. Good on ya! After struggling with this material and determining we could use it as a finished wall option instead, we decided to call around (well Shiang-ling did) and find the other recommended tongue and groove style wood that met our needs. Success! Not only did NC Lumber…

Getting Our Skoolie Conversion Ready To Build In

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If you haven’t noticed by now Johnny is the methodical, researcher type that takes his time building and knows when he has found a stopping point. On the other hand, I like to move fast and erratically through multiple projects at a time. If I get bored or overwhelmed with something I simply push it to the side, at whatever degree of completion (which Johnny thoroughly enjoys), and move onto another project and circle back … they all need to…

Removing heaters coolant redirected

Our Skoolie Conversion | Heaters Out Coolant Redirected

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Heaters Out Coolant Redirected We realized preparation was key today as we have been researching online about skoolie conversion, taking out the heaters and redirecting the coolant properly. So, we grabbed the listed items: bucket, rags and blanket, razor knife, and locking crescent wrench and headed for hazardous material (hazmat) cleanup on our future home! We have a rear engine (RE) Thomas Built Bus (Read More About Buzz Here) which means our source flow starts in the rear and goes…