They say the only thing that is constant is change and it's so true. As we are raising three kids, working our jobs and trying to convert a 40 foot school bus into a tiny home we are learning, evolving, and changing. It seemed silly, after my husband and I thought about it, to have two websites, one for The Nomadic Doula and one for Live To Wander Bus. It was one more site that I would have to maintain and update, it also seemed redundant at times. I may have 3,000 things going on but it is all one life so it felt so much better to have it all in one location to share. It is also so much easier. So we have merged the two pages and you will find Live To Wander at The Nomadic Doula. We still will have two Instagram accounts and Facebook accounts as Nick maintains all the Live To Wander Bus stuff and I have The Nomadic Doula as my own. We felt OK about having those still be separate as some skoolie folk might not want pictures of placentas and vaginas as seen on The Nomadic Doula's social media. I understand, its cool.
You may also notice that I will be blogging more and the content will be a little more varied. We have gotten some feedback from friends and readers that they would like to hear and see more bus build stuff on The Nomadic Doula blog. Again, as I am not just a birthworker this seems totally natural and I am happy that people want to read more about our whole lives. In the future we will do blog post introducing each member of our family so we can fully share our journey with you. You can read a little more about me on the About page if you are interested. We really appreciate all the support during our journey. We couldn't me more excited about sharing all of this with all of you. The response from our family, old friends, and new friends has been amazing. We never dreamed that so many people would be interested in this adventure.
Now bus changes, so to catch you all up to speed, currently, on the bus we have insulated the floor, installed the sub-floor, installed wall studs and insulated the walls. I played around with some of the bus wiring, yanking out the unnecessary stuff and making a spaghetti like wiring mess. Also, the floor plan has changed for, hopefully, the last time as we adjusted things so that the children would be as safe as possible during our drives. As I researched seat belts for the kids I found that the safest way for them to ride was facing forward, (not sideways as we planned on the previous floor plan), so we had to rearrange the front of the bus flip-flopping the kitchen and the living room. Here is the most current floor plan, the only things that changed already are, Edie's bed will be bigger so the storage area next to her bed will no longer happen and we are doing away with the flip-down bar in favor of a drop leaf table that can serve double duty as a bar/desk and dining table. Wait, that's triple duty!
We will be installing two roof vents with fans next and then moving onto the ceiling. We ordered and are waiting for some of the insulation to arrive and the rest of the supplies Nick will pick up on Friday. The fresh and grey water tanks are also on their way. Our window tint has already arrived so I hope to get that on before there are any walls or anything else built in the bus. I will do so much better with updates from here on out but that's the super short version of the conversion so far. If you have any questions or advice please let us know. We are learning as we go and You Tubing everything. We hope to have a You Tube of our own someday but my plate is too full to add that and sometimes you have to know when to say when.
Oh, we never heard back from Tiny House Nation so I guess we didn't get picked. It was exciting to fantasize about it though.