Major Tom, major progress

Charlie's been working hard on the camper while I've been preoccupied with the state's plan to  put a highway in front of our house. 

The camper is finally structurally sound (no more rotting wood) and waterproofed (no more leaking windows). The windows all crank open and closed. A craigslist score allowed us to upgrade from the original non-working stove to a working vintage stove/oven combo!

I did spend the better part of an afternoon scraping old window frosting film off the windows. Hand cramps be damned, the windows look good as new!

After countless emails and phone calls to my new BFFs (NCDOT) we figured out the process of getting a title for Major Tom so we could get him on the road! *Hint* Get yourself out in the country to a DMV office and they have a better understanding of what it takes to title a vintage camper.

The inside still needs a lot of prettifying, but we can finally hit the road and camp! Who's ready for summer?!

Lately

Fox turned 4 a few days ago and we felt it was finally time to give him a real birthday party... of course, by real we meant him having friends over to play in the yard and eat cake and cookies. We strung up a bunch of balloons, threw down some table cloths and called it decorated.

The real work was getting the gardens tidied and a little less wild. I mean, I love wild gardens, but wasn't sure the parents of his friends would feel their kids were safe in such a wild place. {To be clear, it's totally safe, but appearances and reality are different.}

So we tidied and cleared and junked and mulched and composted and dug and planted and watered and ended up with a kinda respectable looking yard. Of course the kids didn't care what it looked like, the parents didn't scurry their kids away in horror. All in all a success!