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A&A Celebrate 6-Months On The Road With Surprise Guests

Updated: Feb 18, 2020

End of Week #26


North Texas Jellystone Park, Burleson TX


Miles traveled since last week’s post = STILL 0


Total miles traveled to date = STILL 4,570 with trailer


Our last full week here in Burleson and my last blog post to you from Jellystone Park. This time next week I will be coming at you live from the sandy beaches of Galveston Island – and I can’t freaking wait for it! We are ready for the OCEAN, the change of scenery, and I for one am ready for the chaos of traveling again. (I really miss it!)


I’ve been spending a lot of time working on our route for 2020 and places to stay in January throughout the east side of Texas and into New Mexico. I’ve also been scoping out Arizona for February and March and I’m just getting really excited to be on the move again and see so many more amazing places in the United States!


Did you miss my updates from Friday??


1.) I posted a new TRAVEL REVIEW of the CO National Monument and our visit to Grand Junction. You can find the link here. (Remember to FOLLOW the blog to never miss a post!)


2.) I officially launched a YOUTUBE channel (Spark Fire Swan) and posted my first introduction video. I hope to share a few videos a week to get things started. Here is the link!


Originally, I planned to just do some casual life updates today, with it being a Holiday week for everyone. But after the random weekend that Adam and I had I now am going to share more about how we spent our 6 MONTH NOMADIVERSARY with my MOM and her friend KAE!


Surprise, SURPRISE!


We. had. no. idea. this was happening. None. There aren’t many times I can recall in life that I’ve been completely thrown a surprise that I had not even a slight idea about, but this weekend was one of those moments! (Another moment from 2019 was when Adam turned our ‘See You Later’ party in June into our Engagement party!)


It was Thursday morning, just after 10 AM. I was sitting at the desk, the same place I’m sitting now – working on some personal development actions. Adam was at the recliner drinking his morning coffee. There was a knock on the door, and I honestly just assumed it was UPS because my mom had told me to expect one last package from her here on Thursday. They usually come in the morning and knock once and leave. I told Adam not to get it because that was probably what it was. But then they knocked again…

He got up to see what the deal was, and all I could hear from the desk was, “OMG. What the f@%! are you doing here!?” Honestly the first thing that crossed my mind was that it was someone random we encountered on the road before that recognized our van and must have wanted to say hello. I was still in pajamas and figured I’d just stay over here while Adam dealt with it. 🙂


But then he said, “Amanda, I think it’s for you…” WTF. Who on earth could it be!? I walked over to the door and there was my mom’s face peeking around the door… MY MOM, WHAT!? I believe I also said something like, “what the BLEEP!”… “What are you doing here!?”… and then I saw her friend Kae’s head off to the other side of the door too. I was stunned – completely caught by surprise in the best way possible! The overwhelming emotions followed as it all sank in that she was really here.

They were laughing at our reactions and proud of themselves for pulling off the biggest surprise they could have ever gave us. And I honestly still can’t believe she made it happen either. I had been taunting my mom for a MONTH that she should ditch everything and come visit us for Thanksgiving this year and she had every excuse in the book for why she couldn’t. She would frequently change the subject on me and I had honestly given up on the whole idea… and then THERE SHE WAS. Incredible!


The two of them had been conjuring up this plan for weeks and I can’t believe she was able to keep the secret that long. I’m pretty proud of her for doing so and thankful to her friend Kae for really pushing to make it all happen too! I think after they got there we all sat outside for at least an hour just trying to come out of total SHOCK that they were actually here in the flesh.


Adam was still planning to work his cash job that day so he left for a few hours and I took them around the campground and showed them where we have been living for the past few weeks. Then at 3 PM when they could check into their hotel, which was just about 5 miles down the road, we went with them to get them settled in.


Visiting Waco


My mom’s cousin Rusty lives in Texas, I can’t remember the town but it’s a little north of Austin. We had thought it’d be fun to try to meet up with him and his wife Chris on Friday, and were trying to come up with a place “halfway” to meet up at. Kae had already done her homework and knew of the town of Waco, just about an hour from each of us, and had it all planned out to be the perfect meeting grounds.


My mom, Adam and I had absolutely no clue what the town of Waco meant and what we were about to be experiencing. Kae told us we were going to some place to eat called Magnolia Table, and the 3 of us did not think anything of it at all. We quickly found out the significant reference to where we were going and it’s relations to Chip & Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper and whatever else they have claimed their HGTV fame from. Needless to say we were extremely out of the loop and a bit embarrassed that we had never heard of these people before. (I won’t go into more detail about explaining who they are because you all probably know MUCH more than me and I don’t want to waste my time researching the finer details right now when they would just be for me. Ha!)


There was an hour and a half wait at Magnolia Table, but they had a wonderful outdoor coffee shop and heated seat area for us to hang out. We spent time catching up with Rusty and Chris, and drinking some Texas Pecan coffee. Inside the restaurant the tables were HUGE and built to seat mixed groups. People were all over the place taking photos of the establishment – even in the bathroom. LOL.

After we ate we headed over to Magnolia Marketplace – The Silos and the Magnolia Bakery. The area was made up of a huge warehouse shop, a bakery, an outdoor gathering space, food trucks and decorations. It was super beautiful in an otherwise super industrial/run down area. There were a LOT of people there, but I can imagine it gets even more packed at times. We definitely had to wait in LINE to get into the bakery, but it was so very worth it!