The first thing my kids wanted to do when we won the RV from Camping World was head out to Houston to see my parents. Andrew, Brandon, Cameron and Daniel haven’t spent time with my parents since Christmas last year. So our first stop was going to get some grandparent love, but when I called my mom and dad, they told us we couldn’t come to The Lone Star state. Why? Because COVID19 cases are so high there, they don’t want the kids to be at risk getting sick because we visited them. My children were devastated and I can’t lie and say I wasn’t disappointed as well. I understood their point and want to keep my kids safe and healthy; however, it still saddens me that it’ll soon be a year since I’ve seen my parents and we have no idea when I’ll be able to see them again. COVID19 isn’t just taking lives, it’s taking relationships away and that makes me sad.
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When I took These Brundidge Babies to Camping World to go shopping for RV supplies before we hit the road, I was overwhelmed by how kind and supportive the entire staff was. Having three kids with autism who often times ask the same questions over and over again, people get easily annoyed by their pestering. But everyone at Camping World was so patient with them. Daniel asked one man his name about fifty-leven times and each and every single time, the service technician answered “My name is Aaron, buddy.” to which my son replied “Hi, my name is Daniel, it’s nice to meet you.” I cried all the way home because I was so grateful. I knew I had to do something to show the staff my appreciation, so the next day, I made gift bags for everyone, drove to Monticello and passed them out. I don’t know if Marcus Lemonis has a training to teach his staff how to take care of customers who have special needs children or if the workers are just this kind and sweet or both. It wasn’t much in the bag, a card, #SHElettaMakesMeLaugh shirt, sweet treats and a copy of Cameron Goes To School, but i was compelled to do something to let them all know their work is valued by me and other families who shop there who have kids with special needs.
It’s finally here! Took These Brundidge Babies to Camping World in Monticello, Minnesota to take a look at the Thor Freedom Rider we won from Marcus Lemonis. It was everything I prayed for when I asked God to bless me with an RV so I could take my autistic children on vacation without shutting down an airplane cause they can’t keep still for three or four hours without Air Marshals being involved. This thing had double bunk beds, four televisions, a full size bed for Andrew and a queen bed for us. It’s comfortable and cozy on the inside and a perfect fit for our family. It’s easy to manage and doesn’t take a lot of training or different skill to drive. There’s keys, pedals and a parking brake just like any other car. Don’t get me wrong, it ain’t going to be the exact same as driving the 9-seater mom van, but it ain’t like trying to push an 18-wheeler across country either. I tell you what, it’s a big ole blessing on wheels. We fell in love with it the first time we saw it and I know it’s going to love us back. Not sure where our first trip will be since COVID-19 has canceled our plans to go to Houston to visit my great-grandmother for her 100th birthday in a month, but where ever we go, we’ll be going at our own pace, in the comfort of an RV that’s perfect for a family with special needs children, like mine. Stay tuned…
OMG! I can not believe that THIS is going to be parked in my driveway in a week! Gracie called this week to tell me that Marcus had selected the 2020 Thor Freedom Rider as the RV we’d be getting as part of our celebrity endorsement deal with Camping World. This Class A is perfect for our family. It’s got bunk beds for the little babies, a queen bed for us, an outdoor TV to enjoy and the kitchen is perfect. It sleeps 8 so that my father in law, Poppa B, can come with and won’t be cramped for space. I’m LOVING this. Can’t wait to go from a picture to it being parked at our cottage in Cottage Grove!