As if we weren't already going through enough life changes (a new baby, selling everything, and renovating a bus to live in) we bought an AIRSTREAM! .... a 1993 one to RENOVATE! Yes, I said it, we're doing it all over again!
Why??? Because I have always wanted an airstream, THEY'RE JUST SO CUTE!!! We couldn't pass this up. We also still had Adam's truck which he really didn't want to get rid of so it worked out!
But we JUST finished our bus!! We know... and we loved the bus. but after seeing an instagram friend of ours wreck their bus with their children in it, I was like, NOPE, we aren't chancing this. It's just too dangerous for our kids to be up and about (not in car seats) in the bus while traveling the roads full time! The bus never had seat belts in it when we bought it, so we never even tried to add them. Dangerous, we know. And after slamming on breaks a few times in the bus and seeing everything fall and slide forwards, we just decided the kids being in car seats in a vehicle could and possibly would save their lives in anything were to happen. Oh and IF the bus broke down for whatever reason and had to go in the shop... uhhhh... everything we own is in there! So... what would we do? Especially if it had to be in the shop for a while, like, that's our home?! That would be a disaster!!
SOOOO, we put the bus up for sale and was going to buy a new airstream and when the bus didn't sell right away... we decided, ok we will just keep it til we sell it. We still had my car and Adam's truck. We ended up trading my car in for a jeep (which I was devastated to let my range rover go- I worked hard for that thing!). But obviously, a jeep is way easier to tow. We would have had to put my car on a trailer and really?? Who wants to go through all that trouble?! NOT US! We have enough going on!! Anyway... we sold my ride, we bought a jeep, and were in the process of looking for a tow bar, tow plate, and all that stuff that goes along with it! WELL, this is when it gets good! (for me at least) Adam was on craigslist looking for all the jeep stuff and OH MY GOSH, an airstream popped up! for sale, looking SO beautiful, he called me over to the computer and I was like, "ok we have to go see this thing!!" He called the guy, and just like we did with the bus, we went and looked that day and told the guy we wanted it! It was in SUCH good condition for a 1993!!! Airstreams last anyway... but this one was well taken care of! The interior looked AMAZING. It was dated... the previous owners actually reupholstered everything about a year ago to look like the original and if that was our style, it would have been great! BUT we like the clean, all white, new look so we decided to take on another project! Thinking, oh this will be easy, a little paint and a few other changes and we are GOLDEN!!! The only problem (and it wasn't REALLY a problem) was that the day we were going to buy the airstream, someone wanted to buy the bus!!! Sooo... we worked it out where we made the switch in the same day... downsized AGAIN and moved into our new home! How freaking crazy are we??!! We know... this was kinda dumb, super quick decisions, and just like whoah! WHAT ARE WE DOING?!!!
But.... we are happy we did it!! It would have been way more practical to keep the bus and live in it while remodeling the airstream but who wants to pay for two spots at an rv park and all that? I mean, we could have, I guess.. but we didn't want to pass up selling the bus and to deal with two homes (on wheels)... ehhh no thanks! So, our biggest challenge has been living in the airstream while renovating it! We lost a lot of storage. There's ZERO underneath storage in this thing and since the walls curve around the entire thing, we lost a lot of cabinet space as well. Which is ok, we have gotten used to have little stuff and realized what we really need and knew we could go without some of what we had. We are not attached to stuff AT ALL so this wasn't really an issue! But it was like, mannn what else can we live without?! So, we now have fewer clothes, shoes, dishes, picture frames, and other small things we could live without.
We've been taking turns with the kids and painting. I apparently suck at painting according to Adam so I've been taking the kids out to play and walk and do kid stuff while he perfects the reno! He's seriously good at everything. I don't know anyone who can do all he does. It amazes me! But every now and then, he will let me paint while he takes the littles. I never realized how relaxing painting was! Or maybe just the peace I get from not having the kids for a few hours helps my brain relax!? It's soooo nice snd necessary. And our home is looking so good! We went with white everywhere and did the bottom cabinets in the kitchen a navy blue ish color! We also went with the same gold color handles (that we put in the bus) on everything. The way they pop on the navy color is AHHHHHH!!!! We mainly went with those because Lowes has them, easy access! There's a Lowes everywhere! Oh annddd I painted our front door a very light pink!!! It makes me sooo happy!!! I painted that pink AND in the hall way, there are two large doors to the bathroom. One slides over the other... so I painted the top half pink and the bottom is white! It's so cute! Just something different to brighten it up and add a little more in here. I'm loving it so much, and it looks great with the gold handles. :) I had to do some serious begging to get my way with the pink but I think he actually likes it now. I THINK??!!
All in all, we've somewhat completed the kitchen (still need a faucet and other small stuff)- We painted all the walls. Besides the bathroom. We haven't even started in there. Saving that beauty of a room (sarcasm) for last! We took out the couches and the table top from the dinette. We bought a butcher block table top which we put up yesterday and LOVE- just because it's much prettier than the laminate one that was in there. We are about to start on the couch! We are going to BUILD an L shape couch in the living room which we aren't exactly excited about. We wanted to buy a couch but since the walls are curved (this is such an issues when building out) we would lose too much space by putting a regular couch in. And since we are building a couch, we have to make cushions for it!!! eeeeeee..... this could go SO WRONG!!! But I kind of have an idea of what I can do? I don't know.. we will see. Anyways, we took out the twin beds in the back bedroom and Adam built a queen bed that fits up against the back wall, so it's side ways which I like a lot! Yes, we prefer to sleep in the same bed. DUH. (people have seriously asked why we took out the twin beds........) - yea, I didn't know what to say either. Anyway, our sideways queen bed means I get to get lots of pillows (my obsession) to fill the cracks because the walls are curved, bed is not! But I also have to climb over Adam if I need to potty in the middle of the night or get diapers/wipes for Sutton's midnight poops. (which I don't like). Everything has it's ups and downs though, right?! What else... the floors.. we're leaving them how they are! They are parkay floors (old school but may be making a comeback?! at least in the Miller house, they are)... they're a caramel color and I've grown to really love them. They're just different and give it some life in here. Adam said they are actually really good floors that will hold up with no problem with the kids and dogs so thats a PLUS!
- Our safety and the kid's safety on the road. (the biggest up)
- We will already have a vehicle with us unlike we did with the bus
- Airstreams keep their value, and a remodeled airstream is even better in value
- The airstream gets LOTS of attention & love everywhere we've stayed
- It already had a new toilet, new ac unit, new solar panels, new electronics
- has a little bathtub that's perfect for the kids to splash around in
- It's as cute as can be! Seriously, everytime we come back to it, I'm in love all over again
- if I had to rename it, I'd call it Cafe Miller. It looks like a cute little spot to eat at! :) is that an up?!
- It's a good bit smaller- it's 34 foot, the bus was 42. not much diff but when living tiny, every inch counts
- It's lower to the ground (kinda freaks me out)
- The bathroom is tiny (sink, toilet, and shower in one) // hate that part
- It's dated so we're having to remodel everything- just the cosmetic stuff though
- the kids don't really have their own space so the entire thing is their space.
- no outdoor shower
- there was a leak issue but superman Adam fixed it already!
- Adam & I are OVER renovating already!
BUT with all that said, it's still a good feeling to change something up and be able to do it as a family. As a mother of three, I want to lose my mind at times with the kids ONLY because they delay us getting ANYTHING done.. but that's just part of it and we know that. We (Adam and I) are constantly having to remind each other to calm down and breathe! With kids, this project isn't fun. Just like the bus wasn't fun. But in the end, we love it. We love working together as a husband/wife team. We're just good at it. It truly brings us together. I think any project any couple decides to take on will either make or break them. It's a good indicator if you will work out or not?! We definitely want to kill each other most days but can laugh it off as well & that's what keeps us strong. We find humor in pretty much everything! Just remember to not take life too seriously. Enjoy what you're doing, and remember to just have fun with it. A little reminder to ((chill out and breathe)) goes a longgg way throughout the day, especially if you're renovating.
Adam also had to remind me to focus on US in this process. Which I tend to forget to do because we are sooo busy with everything else. The kids, the reno.. seriously sucks the life out of me. So, a few nights ago... we got the kids to sleep early and sat outside and drank some cold ones and just talked, snuggled up under the stars, and just held space for each other. It was so nice and felt so good to have long chats without being interrupted. We as adults need that. We need to make time for each other and just love. It's definitely challenging with kids. It's SO easy to just get in bed and crash. I'm the QUEEN of that. I realize if I get in bed, I'm done. So, I'm making it an effort to get the kids to sleep and spend time with my babe a few nights a week! It makes all the difference in the world. If you're a mom and are struggling with making quality time with your other half, just make yourself stay up late every now and then. You'll be glad you did and enjoy that time together! Getting back to "us" is so important and so easy to forget! :(
I know it's hard, trust me. But it's something we need to do even when we don't want to. Without a strong loving bond with my other half, I wouldn't be able to be such a good mom to my babies. He makes me a better mom, it's good to be on the same team and do life T O G E T H E R.