2012 started out much the like the previous couple of years, but little did we know that it was going to turn out to be a very different year, indeed!
We had a really mild winter, with hardly any snow, and the boys kept busy during the long winter months by playing basketball.
Tom and I had severed ties with another Realtor, and were in the process of trying to find somebody “different” from all the others that would work with us. We thought we found one, but that turned out to be a HUGE mistake when he allowed us to be taken in by an internet scam!
When we finally found Patrick, we could hardly believe he was real! He was SO different from all the other Realtors we’ve met . . . and we’re proud to call him, Scott and their families our friends!
The spring months were all about transforming our comfortable home into a spectacular showplace that would appeal to a buyer in our price range. Over Memorial Day Weekend, instead of camping, we did a “total makeover” of our kitchen with new flooring,
a new slate tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances.
We spent our days shopping on craigslist, at garage sales, and consignment shops to outfit our home in all new furniture and accessories.
Patrick and the team he brought together had a HUGE role in the transformation of our home . . . they had a vision, and made it come to life . . . working side by side with us, and bringing many items from their own homes to make everything come together.
We had a goal . . . to get the house back on the market by mid-June, and on June 17th we did just that. Patrick held a Realtor Open House to introduce our home the the Ann Arbor real estate market, and followed up with several additional open houses the next few weekends.
With all the work going on at home, we didn’t have much time for anything else, but Bryce did play baseball again,
and we celebrated several milestone birthdays!
Tom’s 50th, Marci’s 46th, and
Later in the summer, we also celebrated Jaxon’s 1st birthday,
and Bryce’s 14th!
With the house transformation complete, the best thing for us to do was to leave it in Patrick’s capable hands, and get in some camping trips!
We visited some our favorite Michigan vacation spots in July, and spent time with great friends!
Arriving back at home in August, Patrick informed us that we had a showing coming up . . . and it looked very promising!
True to his word, we soon had a new sign in the front yard,
and our lives got REALLY busy! We had just 19 days to empty our house and get moved into the RV for good! We quickly scheduled an Estate Sale for the very next weekend, and got busy listing all the remaining furniture on craigslist.
Soon, our furniture and other possessions were finding new homes,
and we were moving the remainder of our “stuff” into the RV! On August 31st, we closed on the house and turned over the keys to the new owner, said “Good-Bye” to all our neighbors, and began our new life, living on the road!
Our first stop was a much-needed “vacation” in western Michigan, where we did nothing but relax for an entire week!
We returned to the metro Detroit area, relaxed and rejuvenated, and settled in at Haas Lake Park,
where we stayed for a month taking care of last-minute details. By the time we were ready to move out of there, the weather was turning cold, and we knew it was time to head south.
Our first stop was Indiana where we had some warranty work done on the RV, and I spent one last weekend with my Mom and my sisters.
With the weekend over, it was time for final good-byes,
and the beginning of a new adventure!
We were in Kentucky for “Halloween camping”,
and visited Cumberland Falls.
We caught the tail end of the fall colors in Maggie Valley, NC, and saw an elk herd in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
We were enjoying our nice campsite in Maggie Valley, but Hurricane Sandy was making her presence know by bringing a major snowstorm to the NC mountains! If we wanted snow, we would have stayed in Michigan! So, we made the call to pack up early, and head south to Columbia, SC, where the weather was predicted to be much warmer!
We ended up spending the entire month of November in South Carolina, including Thanksgiving with my niece, Katy, and her family on the Naval Base in Charleston. It was a great month, and we enjoyed all the places we visited!
In December, we made it to Florida – warm weather, sunshine!!
While Tom and I enriched our brains at the Techno-Geek Learning Rally, the boys enjoyed the pool and other amenities of the RV Park, especially once the pool heater got fixed!
We all enjoyed the new friendships we made at the rally, and of course, all the delicious food!
When we left the rally, we made our way to Lovers Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach where we are volunteering for 3 months and enjoying the wildlife that surrounds us.
So, a year that started out as routine, turned out to be life-changing! We are making great memories, and are looking forward to even more in 2013!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!