The Sights Unseen

Sensenig Family RV Adventures


3 Year Nomadiversary!

It’s very hard to believe that we have been traveling for 3 years now. We have so much to be thankful for, have seen so many amazing places and met the most incredible people. One step toward a long awaited dream helped us discover a life full of joy, adventure and friends…so many wonderful friends!

There is really no way to contain all the memories that we have experienced in a single blog post, so we put together a video to show a few sights (definitely not all!!) that we have seen on this amazing journey.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our past 3 years…you may even see yourself in the video!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

December 03, 2014

2 Years and Counting

Happy 2 years-traveling-learning-and-growing-together-aversary to us!

So hard to believe we have been traveling this long. It seems that not too long ago, we were traveling across the country to pick up our RV in Canyonville, OR.

December 2012--Oregon

December 2012–Oregon

We have driven across the country 3 times now and visited 27 states. So many amazing sites that we have seen that we would not have, if we had not taken this leap of faith. Grateful for every moment….even the challenging ones have been welcome. They show us that we are always learning and growing…would not trade the experience of learning alongside my family for anything.

Ventura Beach, CA December 2012

Ventura Beach, CA December 2012

Being interviewed for a news segment Los Angeles, CA

Being interviewed for a news segment Los Angeles, CA

Grand Canyon, AZ December 2012

Grand Canyon, AZ December 2012

Winslow, AZ December 2012

Winslow, AZ December 2012

North Little Rock, AZ December 2012

North Little Rock, AZ December 2012

Pennsylvania December 2012

Pennsylvania December 2012

North Carolina December 2012

North Carolina December 2012

Disney World, Florida January 2013

Disney World, Florida January 2013

Gainesville, Florida February 2013

Gainesville, Florida February 2013

Legoland, Florida February 2013

Legoland, Florida February 2013

St. Augustine, Florida March 2013

St. Augustine, Florida March 2013

Bristol, TN May, 2013

Bristol, TN May, 2013

Blountville, TN July 2013

Blountville, TN July 2013

Dollywood, TN November  2013

Dollywood, TN August 2013

Butterfly House in Huntsville, AL November 2013

Butterfly House in Huntsville, AL August 2013

New Braunfels, TX December 2013

New Braunfels, TX September 2013

Space Center Huntsville, AL September 2013

Space Center Huntsville, AL September 2013

North Carolina October 2013

North Carolina October 2013

Pennsylvania October 2013

Pennsylvania October 2013

San Antonio, TX December 2013

San Antonio, TX December 2013

Blue Bell Factory, Brenham, TX January 2014

Blue Bell Factory, Brenham, TX January 2014

Potluck at Lake Conroe, TX February 2014

Potluck at Lake Conroe, TX February 2014

Wolf Santuary in Montgomery, TX March 2014

Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, TX March 2014

The entrance to Monahans Sandhills State Park, TX March 2014

The entrance to Monahans Sandhills State Park, TX March 2014

Balmorhea State Park, TX March 2014

Balmorhea State Park, TX March 2014

Hueco Tanks State Park, TX March 2014

Hueco Tanks State Park, TX March 2014

City of Rocks, New Mexico, March 2014

City of Rocks, New Mexico, March 2014

Tucson, AZ April 2014

Tucson, AZ April 2014

Sedona, AZ May 2014

Sedona, AZ May 2014

Coronado, CA May 2014

Coronado, CA May 2014

Las Vegas, NV June 2014

Las Vegas, NV June 2014

Utah June 2014

Utah June 2014

Fireworks over Boone, NC July 2014

Fireworks over Boone, NC July 2014

Watauga Lake, TN September 2014

Watauga Lake, TN September 2014

Nashville, TN October 2014

Nashville, TN October 2014

Nashville Zoo, TN October 2014

Nashville Zoo, TN October 2014

Darth Vader and Cat Woman, TN October 2014

Darth Vader and Cat Woman, TN October 2014

Drama Perfomance in Abingdon, VA , November 2014

Drama Perfomance in Abingdon, VA , November 2014

Thanksgiving, Boone, NC November 2014

Thanksgiving, Boone, NC November 2014

Well, that is our first 2 years, in a nutshell….a very large nutshell, but there it is! We are looking forward to seeing what the next year brings, the new friends we will meet and the old friends we will see again.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.

November 17, 2014

Drama Time!

When we returned to the Bristol/Abingdon area, Hannah let us know what was on her list of things to do and acting class was one of her top picks! Unfortunately, there were not any classes available at first but about a month ago, a class became available at Barter Youth Academy in Abingdon, VA. When I asked her if she wanted to attend it, there was an immediate YES! She was so excited.

The class was for 1st and 2nd grade kiddos and the play that was chosen for them was Tortoise and the Hare. The play ended up being re-written by the kids, which was so awesome. I think they all felt like the play was theirs and really had some ownership in how it was presented. W eek after week, Hannah looked forward to going to her class and seeing her classmates. She loved being asked for her ideas and having them being used in the play. She instantly memorized her lines and delivered them beautifully. She has a definite love of theatre.

Pre-performance at Bob's at Barter

Pre-performance at Bob’s at Barter

Hannah loves my hugs!

Hannah loves my hugs! Too funny…

Another before pic with her Barter T-Shirt on...she loves that shirt!!

Another before pic with her Barter T-Shirt on…she loves that shirt!!

During the performance of Tortoise and the Hare as Fox B of the Trixie Trio

During the performance of Tortoise and the Hare as Fox B of the Trixie Trio

Hannah and Allison Woods, her instructor

Hannah and Allison Woods, her instructor

Hannah receive a special star from her Nana!

Hannah received a special star from her Nana!

With some of her friends at the reception

With some of her friends at the reception

We were so sad to see this come to an end. We won’t be able to make the next round of classes in the spring because we are not planning to be in the area, but we are hoping to make it for next fall when we return.

This experience has definitely left an impression with Hannah and a continued love for theatre. We can’t wait until the next season of classes and to see how this love blossoms.

Great job, Hannah! You rocked it, love.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.

September 22, 2014

Catching Up, Again!

This post is going to be an attempt to catch up on all that we have done in the past several months since being back in Tennessee. It seems that we have had less time for writing these days, but I would love to catch up on where we are and what we are doing.

Concert in the Park in Blowing Rock, NC

Concert in the Park in Blowing Rock, NC

Musically, Steve has been quite busy! When we visited NC, he had the opportunity to play several times at Music in the Park in Blowing Rock. He played with some fantastic musicians. He also took part in the production of Ring of Fire at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA and also in a performance at the Carter Fold, which was the last venue that Johnny Cash had played before he died. It was a very special night for him. He just finished up a performance with Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN for Sax and the Symphony. It was an amazing opportunity for him!

Since being in TN, we have mostly been catching up with friends, learning together and experiencing the beauty of the area.

I have been trying to find time to make jewelry, read, explore my world, but have mostly been learning alongside my kiddos as they explore their passions, which I absolutely love because they take me down paths that I never would go on my own! And I’m fitting in work (on my multiple projects!) when I can.

Hannah celebrated her 8th birthday in August and had a great group of friends spend the day with her. It was a fantastic, My Little Pony (Equestria Girls) kind of day. She wanted to celebrate her birthday in Bristol with her closest friends and that is exactly what she did! She has also been spending lots of time swimming, enjoying play dates, visiting the library, rat sitting and is getting ready to start a drama class. Lots going on with this kiddo!

Celebrating Hannah's 8th Birthday in TN

Celebrating Hannah’s 8th Birthday in TN

Dylan has been playing his guitar, a few games of golf here and there and discovering a love caring for animals. He is totally in his element when he can spend a day with animals he has been asked to care for. This guy is 22 now….how did that happen??

Celebrating Dylan's 22nd Birthday in NC

Celebrating Dylan’s 22nd Birthday in NC

We have spent time with family: my parents, brother and sister-in-law, my grandfather, cousins, aunts, uncles and Steve’s parents ( that came to visit from PA). Lots of family time, which is so awesome! We are definitely taking advantage of seeing them while we can!

Now that Steve’s finished with his contract at Barter Theatre and the performance in Kingsport, we are looking forward to embracing the time that we have with our family and friends.

Stay tuned for more posts as we continue our time in Tri-State region in NC, TN and VA. We will try not to wait too long for the next post!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

May 05, 2014

Tucson, AZ

There is so much to wrap up in this post as we spent quite a bit  of time in Tucson, but I will try to tie it together somehow!

We arrived in Tucson with some time to kill before the World’s Best Roadschool Convention, so we stayed at Voyager RV Resort before making our way over there. It was a gorgeous park with lots of activities, several pools, a library and beautiful scenery. It was a fabulous place to park for a few days. The peak season was coming to a close there, so it wasn’t very crowded at all.

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As we made our way to the convention at Lazy Days/KOA Campground, we prepared for all the events that were getting ready to happen. Seeing lots of friends, making lots of friends, giving a presentation on our product, My Homeschool Transcripts and taking part in an unschooling panel for the convention. There was also a rally happening at the same time, so there were lots of festivities in the evening as well.

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A couple of very cool things that happened while we were at the convention/rally: an air show could be seen overhead from the campground and the lunar eclipse could be seen very clearly from our campsite. These are the types of things that make living on the road so incredibly fulfilling…those serendipitous moments that allow us to reflect on the beauty of where we are at any given time.

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After all our connecting with friends and enjoying the festivities, it was time to leave. So, we headed back over to Voyager to regroup and make some decisions about our travel plans. We spent enjoyed the pool some more, decorated eggs and took in some more beautiful evenings.

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Upon leaving Voyager, we decided to take another trip over to Lazy Days and check out a camper that we were particularly fond of! This one is totally going on the vision board! We really love the layout of the living area. The two couches fold out to create one huge sleeping area…a co-sleeping dream!

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All in all, we had a fabulous time in spectacular Tucson. There was so much that we wanted to do, but didn’t have the opportunity or ability to do, so we really hope that we can make it back again soon. It is a beautiful place to be!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

 

 

July 06, 2013

Horseback Riding in TN

Since about a year ago, about a day after Hannah’s 6th birthday, Hannah told told me that she wanted to learn to ride a horse. First, it was to become a singing cowgirl, then she wanted to teach other kids to ride horses on her own farm….now, she has ditched the farm idea for now, but has really been wanting to ride a horse.

I was finally able to find someone in TN that she could learn from and it was well worth the wait. We found Blue Ridge Riding Academy in Piney Flats, TN, which is about 30 minutes from where we are staying. Ms. Vicki is simply amazing. She is so attentive and aware of Hannah’s specific needs,  making her feel safe and secure and we couldn’t be happier.

One happy girl before her lesson

One happy girl before her lesson

Hannah telling Jasper to back up

Hannah telling Jasper to back up

Getting ready to mount the horse

Getting ready to mount the horse

Riding inside the barn

Riding inside the barn

After her riding lesson, she groomed Jasper and ended her session. It was definitely a great first lesson! Ms. Vicki, Hannah and Jasper make a perfect match!

If you are looking for lessons for your child, I would HIGHLY recommend Blue Ridge Riding Academy. Wonderful, wonderful find!!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits,

Christy

 

 

 

6 Month Nomadiversary

Pretty unbelievable that we have been traveling in our RV and living in it for six months. We have been through some dramatic ups and downs during this time, but the ups definitely outweigh the downs, by a long shot.

We have been through 16 states (some of which we were able to enjoy, some we just passed through) and we have seen incredible sights and experienced some amazing things along the way. The ones that stand out in my mind: Southern Oregon (we will be back, Oregon!); sunset on the Pacific Ocean in Ventura, CA; Grand Canyon; meeting up with new friends (by accident) in Flagstaff, AZ; sunset in North Little Rock, AR; hearing Hannah tell us when we entered Texas, ‘this is the place I was born to be!’; Northern and Central Florida, meeting our solid community of traveling families and now being among family and friends in TN.

We have no plans of stopping this journey anytime soon. We are already planning our next departure in August and looking forward to what that brings us as a family. So many opportunities lie before us and we are excited to grasp whatever the future holds for us.

We have a quote that is hanging in our RV that reads:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. LIVE the life you’ve imagined.”  Thoreau

And that is exactly what we will continue to do.

Thanks for joining us as we LIVE our dreams.

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Beauty and Blessing Awaits,

Christy

March 05, 2013

Refreshment

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'”  CS Lewis

We’ve been in Orlando for 3 weeks. This time has been a blessing, but it’s also been a time of reflection.

When we arrived, we had very little resources, but yet it didn’t seem to matter. We were surrounded by the love of friends. We focused on the positive and tried not to worry where those resources would some from. And you know what? They have come exactly when we needed them. So, why worry?

I have also been reflecting on what I have to offer…my family, friends and people that I am surrounded by in a given day, whether it’s online or in person. I spend my days in love with my family and being with them in all that they do. Each person in this family has incredible qualities and I feel so grateful to be able to know them. So I offer them my love, my time, my attention. Is there more I can offer? Is there more I want to learn and grow into? I am reflecting on those questions. They don’t seem as scary as they have felt in the past, the questions. Maybe the answers are different than before. Time will tell…

We’ve watched some precious friends drive away and know that it will be months before we cross paths again. People that we connect with on many levels, understanding each other as traveling families and all that comes with that experience. Connection is an amazing thing. To belong to a group of others walking the same path truly satisfies a deep longing within ourselves. It’s that intense ‘we are family’ connection. But yet the one thing that is difficult, is seeing those connections drive away.

Freedom comes with a price, eh? The sacrifices we make to live simply and love deeply are so worth it. We make a life out of our talents, dreams and skills and they fit around our family, not the other way around.

Things will be different this summer. I’ve been contemplating what it will be like to be back in the work mode, where will have to work around someone else’s schedule, and also away from other full time families. I don’t know how it will feel and I don’t know how I will feel about it all, but I am so thankful for the time that we have had here in Florida and will remain a place of very fond memories.

So, as we continue our time of refreshment, we also look forward to the days ahead, knowing that just around the corner, there is another friend, another connection awaiting us.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits,

Christy

February 18, 2013

Legoland

From the day that we left Williston, during the music camp and the day we were set to leave the music camp, things were really tight for us financially. Actually, that’s an understatement. We were unsure how things were going to turn out for us. We had decided to leave Florida, head toward SC and try to connect with some family there.

Then, we got a call. The call that brings tears to your eyes. The call that reminds you of the unconditional love of friends. The call that said, “please don’t go. We’ll take care of you.” Yep…the love of friends is priceless and we have some really amazing ones. Saying thank you just isn’t enough, but rest assured, we will be looking for those moments that we can return the same generosity back to whoever needs it.

We love you, friends. You know exactly who you are.

One of the joys of this turn of events was being able to tell Hannah, “Yes, you will be going to Legoland with your friends”. The smile on her face was amazing. This girl loves to spend time with friends, like all day long, so seeing her joy was absolutely thrilling!

Friends hanging out with Granny

Friends hanging out with Granny

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway

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Miami Beach

NASA

NASA

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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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Star Wars!

Star Wars!

Darth Vader

Darth Vader

On a Safari

On a Safari

There were so many more opportunities for pics…..long story there, but basically, no camera, had to use phone, bad battery…you get the idea!

One of the highlights…Hannah rode her first roller coaster and LOVED it! All in all, a great time was had by all. A wonderful day planned by some incredible people. A day to remember, for sure.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits,

Christy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 03, 2013

Disney in January

Disney World has been on Hannah’s list of most asked places to go for several months now. We went 2 years ago and she loved it and wanted to return when she found out we were going to be in Florida. We made plans to stay at Fort Wilderness on the Disney grounds and couldn’t wait to enjoy all the fun!

When we arrived, we were amazed at how beautiful the campground was…just amazing. Lovely site, great places to walk and enjoy being outside, walking distance to transportation to the parks and to the pools (Hannah’s favorite) and nighttime campfire and movie. It was a way we had not experienced Disney before and are hoping to make it an annual visit…but next time, a longer stay!

On our first day, we enjoyed the pool, campfire and a movie. Hannah immediately made a new friend at the pool and we enjoyed watching Winnie the Pooh together that evening.

The next day, we made plans to go to Magic Kingdom for the day. We met our friend, Jessica ( who is from Boone, but now works at Disney) and she spent a few hours with us showing us around. It was a lot of fun, Jess—even though we did get stuck on Ariel’s ride—but it all worked out in the end 😉 A picture with Ariel and a mug of LeFou’s Brew seemed to do the trick!!

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Thank you, Disney! And Fort Wilderness! We hope to see you next year 🙂

Beauty and Blessing Awaits,

Christy