My husband, Rod, is a wonderful hard-working, fun-loving kind of guy. He dreams of living life and striking it rich as a full-time treasure hunter. If you read about our gold panning excursions or diamond hunting expeditions, you can bet it’s because he was feeling lucky!
Our oldest son, Nickolaus is the easy going, carefree, go anywhere child. I think he’s always lived a life of adventure. He was our ‘let’s strap him in the car seat and go’ child. Before his 1st birthday, he’d already been to Washington D.C., Virginia Beach and Niagara Falls, Canada twice. We could take him anywhere.
Then along came #2…anyone that has had more than one child can tell you that adding that extra child to a family is certainly an adjustment. Joshua was no exception. As easy going as Nickolaus is, Joshua is the opposite but he’s certainly up for adventure, as he’s my outdoor loving, rough housing, spend three hours at the gym to work off extra energy child, he just likes to know what’s going on in advance.
My baby, Chelsea, is often accused of being the quiet one in the family, but surprisingly she’s the most outspoken. She’s also goofy and giddy and all those things you’d expect from the baby of the family. She once half-jokingly confided that when she grows up, she’ll need therapy as a result of our RV days. That’s okay, I told her everyone needs therapy after their childhood.
Chelsea has recently joined me as a contributor here at The Traveling Praters. You can read her perspective of family travel as she writes about her most recent experience in Mexico serving as a missionary. You can expect more posts from her in the future.
Somehow along the way, the the kids convinced us they needed a puppy, so we found Vinnie or rather, Vincent Van Gogh. He is our adopted and once abused pound puppy turned canine-traveler-extraordinaire. He has been a wonderful addition to our family for over eight years. During that time he’s traveled nearly everywhere with us. Like the rest of the family, he’s up for just about anything but especially enjoys going for rides in the car and taking walks.
There you have it, the lowdown on the Traveling Prater’s. Our life is at times challenging, constantly changing, but rarely boring. I wouldn’t trade our adventure for anything!