Saying Bye to the Burbs and Hitting the Road, the Roadtripping Rupps are at it Again!

While 3,000 blind people are making their way to Orlando for a week full of excitement, innovation, and inspiration for the National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention, this mama is preparing for a completely different sort of life changing summer vacation.  Today my little family and I take off on what I like to call our Summer Family Adventure, AKA 2014 Camp-a-thon.  We are hitting the road for the next three weeks in hour Honda Pilot for California, Oregon, and Washington.  Stay tuned for the next post which will be full of photos and stories of our shenanigans.

Here are just a few of the stops we’ll be hitting.

Mt lassen
Mt. Shasta
Crater Lake
Mt Hood
Mt St. Helens
Coos bay
California Redwoods
Big Sur
Morro Bay


Whether you’ve got crazy plans like ours, or just some simple backyard fun, I wish you all a safe and happy Fourth of July.


My Oh My, How July Flew By

I can hardly believe that it is already August.  What happened to July.  It’s as if I blinked and the entire month flew by.  It seems like only yesterday we were in June, and I was still preparing for the kids’ first flights.  Well folks, I am sincerely sorry that I’ve neglected my blog.  Here’s a little recap of the last few weeks.

We spent the first 9 days of July in Georgia visiting my brother and his family.  He is currently stationed at Ft. Stuart (about 30 minutes from Savannah).  We flew into Atlanta, and visited the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, and Stone Mountain Park.  We spent an afternoon at Jeckyll Island, a driftwood beach at the southern tip of Georgia.  We spent the 4th of July at Ft. Stuart at an outdoor concert featuring Mario and Martina McBride, followed by an incredible 30 minute long fireworks show.  We celebrated my niece Raelynn’s 5th birthday.  We walked about 50 blocks and marveled at the beauty of historic Savannah.  And did a little bit of exploring in the swamps and parks of Southern Georgia.  All and all, out of everything we did, the best was just spending time with the family and watching the kids play.

After returning from vacation, I decided it was finally time to get serious about potty training Marley.   I went with the Potty Training Bootcamp Method.  This method is supposed to be a sure fire way to potty train.  This is where you say farewell to the outside world for 4 days and forego diapers completely, except for naps and at night.   It’s messy, frustrating, and took longer than just 4 days (it was more like 2 weeks), but I am happy to say that Marley is officially potty trained!

Hmm….now let me see….what else happened in July.

Ahh yes, Aaron and I had a nice evening out with friends at the Cosmopolitan.  We rarely ever get to go out without the kids.  Without any family in town, and the cost of babysitters, the last time we’d had alone was in May when we celebrated our anniversary.  However, I learned a very important lesson that night.  Drinking coffee and wine all day, and barely eating is NOT a good combination.  I found myself on the kitchen floor after passing out while fixing Jackson a bottle in the middle of the night with Jackson on top of me.  Luckily, Aaron woke up when he heard me hit the floor.  And we’re even luckier that Jackson landed on me and not the kitchen floor.  Jackson and I were both ok, and I am now making a conscious effort about staying hydrated.

The rest of the month is a blur of mommy meet ups.  We stay at home moms find all sorts of ways to keep busy.  From ice cream socials, park play dates, brunch and coffee play dates, local fire station tour, purse parties, jewelry parties, all while chasing our little ones around.  We somehow got lucky enough to get the chance to desert the kiddos with daddy and have a deliciously delightful mom’s night out.

What I enjoyed most about July was all of the family time we made happen.  Even though we were busy, we were really proactive in spending quality time as a family.  Most days were ended with a nice 3 mile stroll.  We took the kids out for a family date night which consisted of pizza and live music at the District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, where Marley got to shake her booty.  We spent lots of evenings out back enjoying our almost completed backyard.  And we took the family up to Mt. Charleston for Jackson’s first camping trip.  Sadly, Jackson didn’t like camping as much as we’d hoped he would.  Let’s just blame it on his 5th tooth coming in.

Farewell July.  You came and went and left me with many warm memories.

The Road Trippin’ Family

We’re pretty much experts when it comes to taking road trips.  Since it’s just us out here in Vegas, and both our families live in Northern California, we’ve put quite a few miles on the car.

Even our kids are pros.  My daughter took her first road trip at just 8 days old.. Granted it wasn’t planned, she and her still recovering mommy both did excellent.   And my son probably has close to 5,000 miles under his belt with the 2 trips he’s done.

Earlier this month we took a 2-week long road trip to Northern California.  We managed to spend lots of quality time with family,


toured Alcatraz Island,


 did a small hike at Mt. Tamalpais up in San Marin,


 saw Pink Floyd at AT&T Park in San Francisco,


 left the kids for a night with my mom and celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary at a quaint little B&B in Napa,


 and even took the long way home down the Pacific Coast Highway stoping in Pismo Beach for the night.

Image With all the time spent in the car, we could have made it all the way to Disney World.

In order to have a successful road trip, we preplanned a tentative itinerary so that we could maximize our time spent with friends and family and minimize time spent in the car.  This is especially important when you’ve got a 7 month old, 2.5 year old, and the family dog.  I have to say it was our most successful one yet.

Now we’re preparing for a family vacation to Georgia and flying with kids for the first time in about a month.  You can be sure that I’ll be blogging about that.