Pho - Vietnamese Soup

Pho - Vietnamese Soup
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sugaree's Makeover

VOILA'!  Here she is...the finished product!!! 

No, just kidding.  Sorry...I couldn't help myself.  ;-)

We finally did get to see, hear and touch our beautiful, darling Sugaree again.  We all miss her when she's gone.  And yes, we all are completely obsessed with her.   Avery was home just in time to see her before the magical makeover and now she too is completely obsessed.  You can't help but fall in love with her.

While waiting to meet the guys that are up for this very challenging project, we got to tour some unbelievable RV's.  The one pictured above is only a mere $400,000.  The culinary classics we could cook up in that amazing kitchen, it's nicer than our kitchen at home. This RV is complete with marble floors and counters, fireplace and couple of large, flat screen tv's, outdoor frig and beverage center and of course another flat screen tv for the outside.  The amenities go on and on. It was a Miami Vice, over the top, kind-of-deal.  Call me old fashioned, but I would much rather have our Sugaree just the way we want her.  

The time came when we got to meet the man, Jeff, who's in charge of our makeover.  David and I both feel very certain we've finally found our team to do our conversion.  Jeff spent a good 2 hours with us explaining his recommendations, not rushing us through, taking his time to explain what all needs to be done, and very happy to answer all of our questions.  He has been building houses and renovating RV's for 29 years and he obviously knows exactly what he's doing.  We're overly thrilled with our girly's newest home.  She will definitely get the TLC she needs and deserves.  Now, we're in the fun process of picking out appliances, bedding and decor. 

This last week was all about choosing what big-ticket items we could purchase to help keep down on costs.  Jeff had the blue prints all ready for us and went over them very meticulously.  He has great vision and apparently it's quite the juggling act to figure out what plumbing can go where so as to not interfere with AC, drains, generators, etc...

The next order of business was to take our Sugaree to get weighed.  I can't help but think of that Little Feat song, Willin' ..."driven the back roads so I wouldn't get weighed..."  We got her inspected, registration transferred into our name.  Not so sure I would've ever thought I would find myself in a "real" truck yard waiting to get our school bus, or anything else weighed for that matter.  Jeff recommended getting all of that not-so-fun stuff done now because once the conversion is complete he said we will want to go get out and play with her right away and not have to deal with all of that and as usual, he's absolutely right.  We followed up with Jeff a few days later for the final re-cap before they go in and start gutting our bus.  He told us the transformation will take 6 - 8 weeks, with an additional 2 carpenters to help with the process.  He also told us had we have waited much longer to get our bus to them that they too would've had to turn us away because their business picks up tremendously prior to summertime.  Timing is everything and it all seems to be working out beautifully.  

The current game plan is we're going to extend the "master" so it will accommodate a queen sized bed and leave a little room to help change sheets and clothes.  We will be able to add a shower and extend the bathroom a bit.  The kitchen counter will be extended with the whole dinette area/bed moved down, with the help of removing a huge speaker behind the driver's seat.  They'll also move the couch down also to help accommodate for the additional space needed for the bathroom.  For now, we're planning on adding a dual induction burner, more cabinets and drawers.  A butcher block counter that we are in the process of staining.  I'm going to paint and distress our cabinets as soon as we get measurements finalized.

We had another tye dye session this weekend.  All of our kids and David got to dye their sheets for their and our beds on the bus.  That's always great fun.  Thanks Marty for teaching us your fabulous techniques.  By far, between all of 5 of us, our favorite color is "Robin Egg Blue."

So, we're wrapping up another week of obsessing about our bus.  It's been so fun having everyone home to help collaborate on our newest, family vacation home.  Our entire family is so incredibly talented and artistic.  I cannot wait to see our end result.  Happy Sunday my friends!  xoxo


  1. hahaha.... you totally got me on the pics.

  2. I was wondering where the psychedelic touches were and was drooling over the washer dryer setup... Looking forward to seeing the finished Sugaree!