Well today we leave Chicago and Lehman’s RV Resort. Very nice place and great people. We have really enjoyed our stay – more ups than downs. Our second week is in the books. We met Bonnie & Bob, Karin the owner of Lehman's, and we say people come and go all week long.
We will stay plugged in until noon and then we will load up on propane when the office opens at 12:30. It is cold, cloudy and windy today and it is suppose to rain later today and on Saturday - probably a good time to roll on out of here.
Dawson had work calls in the am and then one at 12:30 so I had the kids do some school work until 10 then I sent them to the park. It is windy and gloomy and not real nice today – but they need to get some energy out and run Summer too. I then got the RV ready for the road, securing items, storing things, picking up school and getting everything into its place. I even cleaned and swept the floors while kids and dog were outside.
When the kids returned to the RV I had them watch a Dr Wayne Dyer video on positive thinking around saying “I am…” We had an interesting discussion about saying positive things about ourselves rather than negative when using “I am”. We talked about the out loud voice and the voice in our heads. It was intriquing to me what these kids say then and think. We all really enjoyed it and today I asked them to think about all the “I am’s” they want in there current and future life. I told them they would journal that later tonight….I can not wait to see what they write – but I also have enjoyed thinking about it for myself all today. I might have to journal about it too. After the video we did a final load up of bikes and stuff on the outside of the RV. Then since we pulled in the slides and space was less than normal – I decided we needed a short field trip so dad could do his work call in peace. We left Summer with dad and took out down the road. I had noticed a stable for horses just about a mile or so from the RV park. Mena loves horses and I thought it would be a great lesson in how much work a horse is to have.
We pulled into the farm road and up to the barn. There were signs up that said “smile, your on video camera”. The kids were a bit nervous to get out but there were 2 cars parked by the barn so I knew someone had to be around. They often think I am weird and as I opened my car door and got out of the van – once again at least one of them was saying I was weird but I got out and closed the door on their comments and ignored them. I could hear some hand tools in the bar so I went in and when they stopped I said hello. A very nice gentlemen named, Brian, came up and met me. I told him we were from the RV park and that we were a family on the road and that I had 3 kids that were interested in learning more about horses and how much work and cost it is to own one. Before I knew all 3 of the kids were out of the van and standing around me with Brian. There was a 4 month old baby horse in the stall right in front of us. Brian opened the door so he could see us and the kids could see him. He was curious about us and Brian said they were weening him from his mom so he was a little fiesty. He was very tall for a baby….but a beautiful horse with amazing eyes. I think he liked Mena as he kept looking for her out the door. Being that she was short he could here her but not see her until he looked out. It was funny. Brian then took us out to look at the stalls – and told us several stories about things that had happened at the stable with some horses getting spoked. His moral was it doesn’t often take much – “the wind can spoke them”. Good for the kids to know. While we were looking at the stalls and some of the fields a pretty white horse came up to the gate to check us out. We took some photos with Brian and the horse. Brian gave the kids a lot of information on the cost and items needed for your horse. WE are going to add up the cost so Mena can figure out how she is going to pay for her horses she wants “someday”. With the I am lesson earlier – I am sure she will say, she is a horse owner.
We got Brian’s contact information and shared with him our family website. He was so gracious to talk to us and share information with us about his land and the horses. He doesn’t own any of the horses – he just owns the stable and rents them out to horse owners. He has a lady that comes to the stables 2x a day to water/feed and scoop out the pens. She comes around 3-4 am and then again in the evening. We were hoping to see her but it was a little too early. We will have to stop at another stable in another city and see if Mena can see all that in action. Brian if you read this- thank you for being so kind and informative today. We APPRECIATE you! God bless you and your family. Oh and we hope to take a horse/carriage ride around Springfield to see all Ab Lincoln’s sites– thanksfor that tip of information.
When we got back in the car – the kids actually told me that was fun and he was nice and they were glad I took them there and that they met Brian. A shout out to Alana Muller and “Coffee, Lunch, Coffee”….hopefully this was great networking in real life example for my kids. It’s all about people and connections and what you can learn and provide to each other. Although we took up some of Brian’s time this afternoon – I hope he got something out of our surprise visit as well. Connecting is what makes this world go around. We will send Brian a text message tonight telling him thank YOU!
Back to the RV to find Dawson fulling unplugged but still in our spot. I jumped out of the car to let him know we were back and I grabbed my pc. He was still on his call. So we headed down to the playground and I went to laundry room which feld like a make shift office for me this week. It was the best place to pick up wifi in the campground on my pc. So we logged on and read some email. I paid my Illinois tolls online and a bill and then let Mena write back to her class. Finally I saw the RV out the window ready to fill up propane. It was time to load up. We went in to the office to say by to Karin the owner of the RV park and pay for the propane.
Then we were off. Initially our route out of McHenry county took us on some amazing country back roads. We finally got to the highway and I was able to make sandwiches for everyone. Kind of fun to make lunch while rolling down the road. We did drive in some rain down to Springfield….but the “Land of Lincoln” is pretty country.
We arrived at the Double J rv park and got situated before dark and right before our ROYALS started playing. Dawson set up all the TV's and we ate dinner and were outside and inside as the game got started. We were off to a great start but then it was amazing at what a nail biter that game was - but we PULLED IT OFF! Way to go ROYALS!!! It was fairly warm outside - we had the blue LED lights on outside and we were cheering loud. I know there were some Cardinals fans parked down the opposite side of us. It was a fun, enjoyable, relaxing evening and I it was a "good night" in the RV and in KANSAS CITY!
Franki wants another Pendant t-shirt so I will have to get someone to get her one or 5 of them for all of us this week back at home. We did some research on Ab Lincoln and the sites around Springfield to get a head start on making the most of tomorrows adventures around Springfield. We are so glad it is the weekend and that daddy gets to hang out with us all day long in the "land of Lincoln".
I had a feeling it would be a good night as the song goes......and it was indeed!
So blessed, so grateful!
Tiff & the Fercho Family