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A Spartanette Adventure

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Do you guys follow Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography? If so, I'm sure you saw the grand adventure that she and her family recently took, traveling all over the country in their 1950 Spartanette trailer. I was really inspired by the first post Joy wrote about their plan to sell their house in California, simplify their belongings, and roadtrip around the US, visiting national parks, experiencing new things, and spending lots of quality time together as a family. Her words really resonated with me: for the last few years, we have felt so tied down by the high cost of living, never having any money in savings, working so hard and never being able to enjoy the downtime because we are so tired and, just simply, being sick of always feeling overwhelmed and busy.  and we also realized how tied down we are here by all our stuff!  stuff that accumulates for years and before you know it you have piles in every corner and don’t even know what’s there!  we are ready to live our happy life!  Those sentiments echo the way that Ben and I have been feeling lately--so of course, I followed the Prouty's journey eagerly. When I saw these beautiful photos by Simply Rosie (from when they were in Montana), I immediately asked if I could share them here!

A Spartanette adventure - the Prouty family

I adore the exterior of their trailer, which was hand-painted by Katie Daisy. So cute! I bet it brought cheer everywhere they traveled.

Painted Spartanette trailer

Artwork in embroidery hoops

Artwork in embroidery hoops and yarn-bombed antlers made the walls cozy and homey.

Record player

Bedside book basket

The Prouty family & their darling Spartanette trailer

Aren’t those kids adorable? I imagine they had some really good times in that trailer and made some great memories.

The Prouty family // photos by Simply Rosie

Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new

Family photos

Family time

A Spartanette adventure

Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography

Adventures in a painted Spartanette

So sweet! The Proutys recently settled down and bought a farmhouse in Bellingham, WA, which is about an hour and a half north of where I live in Seattle (and a place that Ben and I have often considered moving to ourselves). So I'm still following their adventure, perhaps even more eagerly! I love the idea of moving to a little house on the outskirts of town, with acreage, fruit trees, and a big workshop for Ben. I even wrote a post about how I think I'm meant for the country life here. Who knows?

Do you think an adventure like this sounds fun? Or crazy and exhausting? One way or the other, I bet they have some great stories to tell!

If you don't already, you should follow both Joy and Rosie on Instagram--they have two of my favorite feeds. I've also featured Rosie's photography on the blog here, here, here, and here!

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  1. Posted by Jessica {Storyboard Wedding} on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

    What a cool idea, and more then just an idea, an action! I often consider wrapping up shop and hitting some road, choosing which is questions! Kudos to Joy Prouty & her family for putting a pin in the map and making it happen, and in such a lovely way I might add!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

      Yes, it’s one thing to have an idea (I have those all the time!)--but the fact that they took action is what makes the Proutys so inspiring!
  2. Posted by Kayli Schattner on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

    What a beautiful home! I absolutely love how bright and cheerful it is, not to mention cosy!
  3. Posted by Renae on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

    Love what they're doing! and Rosie's pictures capture their lovely trailer perfectly!! I'm sick of being caught up in the rat race... on the edge of town living the simple life sounds pretty amazing to me :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

      I hope we both get to have our houses on the edge of town soon! Maybe we can be neighbors :) And yes, Rosie’s photos are gorgeous!
  4. Posted by Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

    What an adorable trailer -- inside & out! I'd love to take a trip in it :)
  5. Posted by Kerry on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

    Seriously my husband woud do this in a heartbeat. Me on the other hand, I love scaling down and simplifying but the thought of the trailer everyday with five kids wears me out! It would be an unforgettable adventure though : )
    And love the artwork - bought some several months ago for my in-laws' cabin for their Christmas gift!!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

      Mine would too :) He actually told me he thinks it might be fun to become a trucker with an extended cab so we can just travel around the country together. I don't really want to live in a trailer for an extended amount of time (although I do think they're adorable)--but the farmhouse in the country is totally calling my name. i think I read that Joy plans to turn this darling trailer into a guesthouse, which I think is a perfect idea!
  6. Posted by M&K on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

    Love LOVE these photos! Thanks for sharing these beautiful inspirational photos! Xo, M&K at brewedtogether.com
  7. Posted by kelsey on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

    what a beautiful little trip!
  8. Posted by Amy B on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

    oh my gosh-how dreamy!
  9. Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

    My favorite part is her plan to use that trailer as a guest house! I would visit!!! :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, November 21st, 2013

      Me too!!!
  10. Posted by Rebecca on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

    So cute and fun! Also, I didn't realize you were in Seattle! Greetings from Belltown.
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