Sleep, Precious Sleep

My next post will be about products that I have LOVED having while living in our camper. But this one is going to be about sleep….again.
That’s our biggest issue with living in the camper.

M & C would both beg for me to lay with each of them, which isn’t possible for one mom to be in 2 different beds, plus – there was NO WAY I was going to try to get in that top bunk again!

C got the a point where he would fall asleep on the sofa and then I’d put him in his bed. Then after about a week of that M wouldn’t fall asleep in the bunk house either. So I was letting them fall asleep in the living area and then moving them to their beds. That worked for a little bit. Then they started to whine and cry when I’d pick them up to move them. In an effort to let the baby sleep I just let them stay where they were. Right now R has the whole bunk house to himself and the 2 big boys are sharing the table bed.

Plus I have to sit with them while they go to sleep. There have been a few nights where I actually fell asleep waiting for them to fall asleep… At least that means I got a little extra shut eye, right? On top of the above sleep situation, one or two of the big boys end up in MY bed nightly. It’s always C and sometimes M too. C doesn’t just get in the bed anymore, he wiggles and it feels like he is trying to become one person with me. He presses up against me so hard that I end up having to tell him to move over. Half of the time J is in such a deep sleep he doesn’t even realize a little one has climbed in our bed.

I’ve sleep trained each of my children when they were babies… but I’m going to have to figure out how to sleep train M & C in their own rooms once we are in the house (pray for me when that time comes). Speaking of the house – we should be moving in about 2 months!

xoxo Amanda Jo

Little Space for 3 Little Ones to Sleep

Camper living really isn’t horrible until bed time… that’s the hardest part. 4.5 year old, 2.5 yr old, & 9 month old all sharing a room. M is on the bottom bunk at his request, C is on the top bunk, and R is in a pack n play.

Since M is on the bottom, I usually sit or lay on his bed while everyone goes to sleep. C has been asking for me to lay with him. One night last week C begged enough and in an effort to be fair I told him I would lay with him for a little bit. Yall the ladder is made for kids, not adults (especially plus sized adults)! I got up there ok, it was the getting down that I thought I was going to face plant.

Finally I got all the kids laying down. C wanted me to cover him, then he didn’t want that blanket and tossed it out of his bed. So I covered him with his other blanket. In the mean time, M grabbed the big blanket that C had tossed. It wasn’t even 5 minutes later that C decided he DID want the big blanket. So we had to negotiate so they would both stop having fits. And of course R keeps waking up through all of this. Just when I think they are all falling asleep, M has to pee and that wakes up R AGAIN! I think it was close to 10pm before they were all sleeping!

After that night it took some tough love from my husband for me to stop staying in there when they are going to sleep. It has now been about a week. C is having a hard time, but he will fall asleep on the sofa and then I can put him in his bed. M gets up for ALL the reasons, he needs to potty, he needs to potty again, he needs a qtip, he need a hug, anything he can come up with.

No matter where they fall asleep, one or two of them end up in the bed with me (usually after J leaves for work or he’s on nights). I’m so ready for everyone to have their own spaces again. Maybe then they will go to sleep and stay asleep!

xoxo Amanda Jo

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry

J was scheduled to work this weekend. Then tropical storm/hurricane Barry decided to come. His job told him to pack enough for the weekend, he will be at work until Monday. We are missing him like crazy and the kids don’t understand any of it. We are ALL stressed.

Camper living and tropical systems don’t go too well together, so last night all 3 kids and I slept in my old bedroom at my mom & dads ♡ M mentioned that it was the best sleepover ever! We are spending one more night in the house since the weather could get rough tonight too. Better to be safe than sorry!

Today M & C played with a cousin for HOURS outside in the mud! R even got a little muddy (from a kiss from M). They played so hard that at 5:30 this evening M was asking if he could go to bed. 

I got so many hurricane snacks at the store, we haven’t NEEDED them, but they sure are yummy!

What is your favorite hurricane snack? Who did you hunker down with?

xoxo Amanda Jo

The First Week

We have been living in our camper for a week now.
So far we have done a lot of reorganizing and adjusting to having such a small space. The big boys M & C have been pretty good with the adjustment so far. R is struggling with night time sleep though. He has only slept all night once. The first night we got a total of 3 hours of sleep.

Here is what our evenings look like:
5pm-ish we eat dinner and then the littles play
7pm-ish- R is nursed and then patted/rocked to sleep. While I do this M & C have tablet time or watch a movie
8pm- bed time for M & C. We put on pjs, potty, brush teeth, and get tucked in. Once tucked in I tell a story (I used to read books, but now they want me to tell them about adventures that feature them!) Following the story I sing a few songs (the only people I sing for are my littles, I promise you don’t want to hear that) and then wait until they settle down and leave the bunk house.
9pm-ish: I do some quiet tidying up, shower, make bottles, and write. 11pm-ish: I try to go to bed if Reid isn’t awake

Camper living means limited cooking space. So I’ll be using the crock pot a lot! I LOVE my Hamilton Beach programmable one!

You can find it here

I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly enjoy washing dishes – in comes crock pot liners! You just place the bag in the crock pot, put your food in & cook like normal! So easy!

You can get some here

A few nights ago we had ravioli, peas, carrots, and garlic knots.
The carrots were left over from a few days ago. The peas were from a can and I added some salt, pepper, & butter. The garlic knots were the marketside ones in an oven bag from Walmart (they are my FAVORITE).
And the ravioli was cooked in the crock pot.

This recipie is so yummy! It satisfied adults and the kids!
Here’s what you’ll need.

1lb ground beef
2 bags frozen cheese ravioli
1 can crushed tomatoes (28oz)
1 can tomato paste (6oz)
1/2 cup water
3 cloves garlic (crushed or pressed)
1/2 of an onion (diced)
1tsp oregano
1tsp thyme
1tsp basil
2 tbsp brown sugar (to cut the acidity)
Salt & pepper to taste

1- Brown the beef and drain
2- Saute the onion & garlic in the pot you used to cook the beef.
3- Add the cooked beef, crushed tomato, tomato paste, water, oregano, thyme, basil, brown sugar, salt, & pepper to the onion & garlic & stir
4- Put both bags of ravioli in the crock pot and pour your sauce mixture over it. 5- Stir to combine and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 hours.
With sides there was enough for 7 adults & 2 kids to eat


Let me know if you try this recipe!

xoxo, Amanda Jo


Before I can begin with the current adventures, I need to explain how we got to this point.

A few months ago, a childhood friend said he was selling his house when he was done with renovations. We went look at it, it is perfect for us! So, we made an offer and signed a contract. Usually the home buying process takes 30-60 days, but we aren’t set to buy it until November. Which is great because we needed to sell our current home first. We started de-cluttering and packing what we don’t use regularly. Moved the camper, boat, and 4 wheelers to my parents house. Got the house and yard all cleaned up, ready to market the house. The process of getting our home ready took 2 months! Phew! The first person who looked at it made an offer, which we accepted. Now our home is ‘under contract’ and we are waiting on inspections next week! I was not anticipating it happening that fast.

Since the house is in a ready to be shown state we didn’t want to have the kids there constantly dragging things out and making messes for us to continually clean up *hello stress*, so we brought our necessities and started living in the camper in my parent’s back yard! J has been working so he has been sleeping at the house still so he can get some rest without the disruptions of the kids.
The first night was a little rough and the big boys, M & C, woke up the baby, R, 5 minutes after he fell asleep. R has only slept through the night once since we started camper living. M & C are getting the hang of our new normal.

If everything goes at planned we will continue to live in the camper until the new house is ready for us in November. That means 5.5 months of camper living for 2 adults & 3 kids. There is a bet at work on if I will make it to November with my sanity!

I’m in the process of making a list of items to buy for the camper to make life a little easier while it is our home. I hope you follow along on our adventure!

xoxo Amanda Jo

This photo is 6 months old – I need a new photo of the 5 of us!