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JT, Tamra, Kalon👣, and Hiro🐾  Skoolie Life, Adventures, & A Cute Kid. 🚌 Full-time in our DIY skoolie since 12/2015. 📍 Texas ➡️ Colorado

I hate to be cliche, but it really is the most wonderful time of year!!
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Not because of the presents or decorations, but because of the cool fresh air, snowfall, the focus on family, the reflection of a year passed, and the focus on goals as we approach a new year. .
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But, this is the first time we have put a tree in the bus, but it's our third Christmas to spend in it. Though this year, we will leave the bus behind and journey to Texas to be with our family. With Kalon's growing interest in all things exciting, I didn't want him to miss out on having a bit of that holiday cheer in his own home and I'm so glad we did this together. From thrifting for all the fun vintage ornaments, to picking out the tree in a festive parking lot, to decorating it together. It's certainly beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas around here!

When the man himself comes to check in on you, but all you can do is cry. .
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I think it's safe to say what list this little guy of ours made this year! .
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Glad I didn't stand in line for hours for this. Thanks Santa for the 'bus' call, you the best!

Have you jumped off the mile high marker?!? .
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P.S. the Denver Capitol building is gorgeous and if you go on weekdays before 3:30pm you get to go out on the deck and take a glance at the over 200 Mountains that the Capitol overlooks. It's against the building codes of Denver to build anything blocking the mountain views.

Eeeek!!! Exiting mail just in from New Zealand! .
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Living Big In A Tiny House just released a new book all about tiny living! I found us in it and a few of our friends!!! Now available for purchase!! .
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@livingbiginatinyhouse thank you for our copy and including us! ❤️

I sprouted this little guy from a piece that had fallen off of a friend's huge jade plant. Her plant is so beautiful I can only hope that one day this guy will grow big enough to be as magical. .
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Typically I did not have a green thumb before the bus, the only plant I could keep alive was a peace Lilly because they are near impossible to kill. .
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Do you have a green thumb?

Fall vibes. .
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Plants moved further into the bus to stay warm, reflectix up in the windows, curtains closed, and rugs down. .
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The high today was 40° and rainy. I hope us Texans can survive our first Colorado winter this year!

When you drive with your wooden letterboard up.

Winter is coming y'all, how are you in colder climates preparing? .
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The steps need some paint love, but I bought these coconut coir mats and cut them to size for the steps. Why? They will help with insulation and they are good for trapping dirt and snow so you don't track it inside (even though shoes should be taken off at the door, it doesn't always happen and we have a dog). .
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I've also started laying down the indoor rugs, which have so far proven to make a dramatic difference. I used good thick grip drawer liners as no slip mats under the rugs. Why? Because it's way cheaper! I got two twenty inch by four foot mats for $13 vs what I was looking at for non slip rug mats of comparable quality one twenty inch by six foot was $19!

A little less Monday. A lot more of this. .
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We spent the weekend in Vail for my sister's wedding and are needing a little time to recuperate. So movies and snuggles it is. The mess can wait.

If you were to ask me the worst thing about living tiny... Hands down... Easy decision... Doing this. .
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While composting toilets are great for many reasons, like being good for the environment and for their off grid capabilities, cleaning them is not fun. .
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If you've emptied your pee tank or composting bin without getting bodily fluids or feces on you then you truly know the real meaning if #WINNING

Have you ever used the Crayola bathtub crayons?!? .
We love them! Kalon loves bath time if it's play time, but hates actually getting his hair washed and body bathed so we use all the distractions possible! The blue circle is a silicone stopper that we use to cover our drain. It's 6" and I wish it was a little bigger but it's the largest I could find. .
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As you can see our shower turned into our dog food and water house because water got spilled in his kennel way too often plus this makes it much easier for many reasons. .
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BUT.... How funny is it to see a range next to a shower!!! 😂 #buslife

Some times I think it's easy to live in this false sense of reality of pretty pictures. However, honestly I feel like such a fraud most days because it almost always looks like a tornado just came through. .
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Kalon's favorite thing to do is throw pillows, toys, blankets, etc all around everywhere and then not touch them. It's like he feeds off chaos and is only happy when he's made a mess. Kids right?!? .
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Despite picking everything up last night before bed, there is now dirty dishes in the sink, crap strung everywhere, and things always needing to be done. Yes...I know it's hard to believe, but we do actually live here!!!

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