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Juggling it all is something I am constantly trying to perfect. 

I want to give my kids all of my attention, I want to be present and pouring into them all throughout our days. For me, it is important to have the phone and computer away while they are awake unless I have something that is more urgent. Then, that is normally when I have Chris take them for a few minutes, do what I need to do then put it back up. 

It’s going to be different with him gone though. 

I know that I will need more online capabilities being on the go with the kiddos but needing to access everything at all times for this huge project. He has close to 50 stops, routes, campground reservations, emails, social media, etc that are all working together to help this project go smoothly! If he needs help at any minute, I need to be able to access what it is that he needs!

Aiden & Ainsleigh started swim lessons this week and I decided to bring my new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to the pool with me to try out before he actually was gone. Staples sent me one and I was anxious to see if I could really do what I would normally do at my computer late at night, with me on the go! I tossed it into my diaper/pool bag and had everything right there that I needed! When the kids finished their lessons and were swimming around with my parents I was able to take a minute and confirm a few RV camp renovations online & respond to a few more urgent emails. I was able to access all my contacts and my planner quickly… It was right there, simple, quick- just what I was hoping for. I love it so much! Then tossed it back in the bag and was able to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with my family poolside! It is such a huge relief to me to know that as Chris sets out on this journey and I am here juggling being a mama and everything else that I have a way to do both if need be! I will for sure be taking it with me everywhere now! 

The kids are doing so fabulous in their swim lessons, I have been so proud of them! I went today with my parents, my grandpa, my brother & his girlfriend and we all got to see how much they have learned just since yesterday. Little fishies! Even Apple adores the water! It was a really good distraction for me since saying goodbye left me teary most of the day. Goodbyes are so hard for me!! 

Tomorrow I am going to share some updates on his first few stops and some pictures of the finished airstream! It’s hard to believe it has really begun! 

Full Disclosure: the product was provided to me by Staples, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

pool bag c/o: of one sea


June 20, 2013


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  1. Kendall

    June 20th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I can't imagine how hard saying goodbye was – I hate goodbyes too! They're so hard! Sending you love and strength – just think of all the wonderful things he is accomplishing right now! You're married to such a dreamer! Squish those adorable babes for me! xo.

  2. Dawnelle Sarlo

    June 20th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Oh Casey… I am with you… feeling for you!! Saying goodbye is ridiculously hard but continuing your day to day life without your other half is even harder. Trying to do all the things you normally have him there with you for when my heart always breaks. You are strong though my friend and my prayers are with you!! Just one day at a time… Love you dear!

  3. {annie_loo} @ The Farrar Four

    June 20th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I can't wait to see pix of the Airstream and of his stops! This is such a fun journey for y'all! I hope the time goes super fast though…I hate time away from spouses!

  4. Ladies in Navy

    June 20th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    this looks so fun and your pizza looks delish!
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  5. jayme

    June 20th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    your water photos are absolutely beautiful, just like your family! xo

  6. Christiana Marie

    June 20th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Praying that each day will be a little easier until he comes back! I bet it is SO hard keeping up with all you have going on with 3 little ones! I admire you so much.

  7. Leah

    June 20th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Adorable pictures. Adorable kids. So glad their swim lessons are going well. That little Apple is so scrumptious!! Thinking of you and your littles as Chris is away. I'm sure this must be so hard for him, too! Love and prayers, sweet friend! 🙂

  8. Kelly Westover

    June 20th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Juggling is always the biggest struggle. My hubs goes to work early and gets home late these days, so it's mom time all the time.
    I'm so glad the notebook is working out for you and I can't wait to see how the trip is going!

    just love

  9. PinkLouLou

    June 20th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I love all of your pictures, just stunning 🙂 Can't wait to follow along this journey!! xo


    June 20th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Everything is sweet! I love your family.


    June 20th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Everything is sweet! I love your family.

  12. Samantha

    June 20th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Beautiful photos!

  13. 17 Perth

    June 20th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Oh goodbyes–yes, no matter what, they are hard for me too. I am sorry–hope it starts getting better…glad you have your family near you. Your little fishes are adorable. Can't wait to see what all his journey brings! So exciting!

  14. Kristina McCoy

    June 20th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I'm excited to follow along in this journey as well, and to see the final product!! I'm glad you have the resources you do to help Chris out and to still feel connected while he's away. I love the swimming pool pictures, too!

  15. Anonymous

    June 20th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I've just discovered and started following your blog and I love it. Any time I see a mom juggling so many different needs for her family I am immediately drawn because I know how hard it is. Your pictures are beautiful.
    Can't wait to see what else you have in store to share!

  16. Anonymous

    June 20th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I've just discovered and started following your blog and I love it. Any time I see a mom juggling so many different needs for her family I am immediately drawn because I know how hard it is. Your pictures are beautiful.
    Can't wait to see what else you have in store to share!

  17. the Momma Bird

    June 20th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Girl you can do it! I may only have 1 more than you bc I had twins, it's still tough! I'm impressed you're doing this alone for that long! My husband is away and it figures my kids come in contact with hand, foot & mouth (it's always when the men are away – right??).
    I've learned being a military spouse & living oceans away from family that you just have to allow other people to help you, even when you want to do it all.
    You've got this & you know there are so many of us out here that will be cheering you on with our prayers going up above 🙂


  18. Sandy a la Mode

    June 20th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    gorgeous and adorable pics!

    Sandy a la Mode

  19. Chelsea Oliver

    June 20th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    You're a great mom, I have no doubts that you'll be fine even while he is away. This is such an exciting project, if all else fails, I'm sure you can rely on the support and excitement from the blogging community to keep you motivated when you need an extra push. And swim lessons sound fun too! Hope your littles are enjoying that!


  20. Mary Beth

    June 21st, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Love the photos of the babies, Casey!!!! We are pool fiends too over here. 🙂 And juggling? Oh girl. When you figure it out, let me know! I am always trying so hard to be there for everyone and have my priorities all lined up just right. But I don't think I ever have it all the way it should be. There's always someone needing love, or attention….and I think you just do the best you can. And hope people are forgiving! Love you friend, and your beautiful heart.

  21. Alycia Mealy

    June 21st, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Love these photos and you are absolutely gorgeous!!

  22. Nicole Depies

    June 21st, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I love that your family is all so close to you, and they are all a part of your daily routines. We are close to my family too, and I love being able to have them experience day to day things with our girls!

    Lovely pictures as usual!

  23. Shadia Brown

    June 21st, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I've been following you on IG and your blog and I have to tell you that you take absolutely beautiful photos! your kiddos are gorgeous.

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