Sunday, November 29, 2015

New Sleep Number bed!

Well, oops!  I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in a month!  Last time I posted, I was still in OKC visiting with family and friends.  I am happy to report that I made it back safely in Seattle on Friday, October 23rd. 

As I stated in my last post, I was extremely busy every day I was there and I really ran my body down.  When I got home to Seattle, I pretty much rested and was in bed as much as possible.  It took me a few weeks just to be able to function again. 

Not much has happened the past month because I have been resting so much.  I did manage to get my hair cut and the girls had a spa day as well.

Elsie Mae and Bonnie

They look so much better!

We have managed to make one HUGE upgrade to the RV in the past two weeks.  We finally bought a new mattress!!

Tex and I both have several neck and back problems and have had many surgeries.  We have tried just about every mattress on the market over the years.  Pillow top, Temperpedic, you name it, we have tried it.  The problem is that he needs a soft mattress and I need a firm mattress.  So if a mattress worked for one of us, then the other one was miserable. 

Our current mattress is on the firm side and is quite old, so most nights, Tex has to get up in the middle of the night and move to the couch because it is softer.  The current mattress was also making me hurt as well so neither of us have been getting much sleep since we moved into the RV 1 ½ years ago.  We just couldn’t take any more of this horrible mattress.

The one mattress type that we haven’t tried is a Sleep Number bed.  As you may be aware, each Sleep Number bed is made up of two air chambers, one on each side of the bed, and then it has a foam padding that you lay on top of the air chambers and then you zip all that up inside the cover.  The cheapest Sleep Number bed has no foam padding over the air chambers.  As the models increase in price, the more inches of foam padding you get.  The dual air chambers allow each person to have individualized comfort and support, exactly what we need!

We have talked about buying a Sleep Number bed for several years but two things always held us back.  First was cost and second was the fact that if we hated it, we were stuck with it and that would be a horrible, expensive mistake to make.

So we did a lot of research and also asked all of our friends and family what their thoughts were.  It seems as though you either love the Sleep Number bed or you hate it. 

We did find that the majority of the people that hated it had not tried the bed recently.  They were basing their reviews on many years ago.  We also found that the bed manufacturer makes changes to the bed construction every 2 years and they just recently went through one of their most extensive rebuilds ever.  Due to this, we felt like we couldn’t put as much weight on the negative reviews.  Plus, every one is different and has different needs in terms of bed support so it is very hard to judge what will work for you based on someone else’s experience.

Last week, we saw that Camping World was having a huge sale on Sleep Number beds.  It is by far the lowest price we have ever seen.  However, we were scared to buy a bed on-line, especially since we are so particular due to our health reasons.  So we decided to go to the Sleep Number store in Bellevue, WA to try out the bed and see what we thought.

The salesman was very knowledgeable and very honest. We told him our past history and our health issues and why we were looking at Sleep Number beds.  He had Tex lie down on a bed and inflated and deflated the bed and taught him how to find his perfect “number”.

Tex fell in love with the bed but there was one problem.  The store does not stock the two models that are specifically made for RVs because they do not sell very many of them.  The problem is the fact that the construction and level of foam padding of the Sleep Number RV mattresses are a little different than the normal Sleep Number beds.  The only place to buy the RV specific models is Camping World and they do not have any that you can try out. 

In addition, we cannot have a regular full size Queen bed because our bed platform in the RV is only 77”.  We need a “Short Queen” which length is 75” instead of the normal 80”.  Thankfully, they make the Sleep Number RV mattresses in Short Queen!

The salesman was super helpful and told us where the RV models fell on the pricing level and how much foam padding the two RV models had.  We decided to go for it and came home and ordered the RV Premier model.  This model has 2” of foam padding as opposed to the RV Deluxe model with no foam padding on top of the air chambers.

On Tuesday, Oct 17th, I went to pick up the mattress at Camping World in order to avoid a delivery charge.  It is a 45 minute drive just to get there.  It just so happened to be the day that Seattle had a HUGE storm come through.  I fought 50 mph winds and torrential rain but I made it there and back safely!  I told Tex he owed me big time for putting my life at risk just to get the mattress!

Hard to believe that a Queen size bed is in two boxes!

All the parts except for the foam padding in the next picture

Unfolded the foam padding for it to expand

When Tex got home Tuesday afternoon, we started setting up the bed.  It would have been a simple installation except for the fact that the motor for the air chambers had to be under the platform for our bed so that required we cut out holes large enough for the air hoses and power cord to come through.  The hoses are in the center of the head of the bed so we had to cut a hole in the center of the platform against the RV wall.

Elsie Mae was supervising!

All completed!

Sounds simple enough but each RV is made different and our platform did not have much space between the wall and the bracket that allows the platform to lift.  We had to undo the bracket and cut a long, narrow hole and then to put it back together.

Once that was done, we were able to put the bed together and start inflating the air chambers.  Once the chambers were full, we put the foam padding on top and then zipped it all closed with the cover.   We put our sheets and blankets on and couldn’t wait for bed-time. 

Getting ready to inflate the chambers.  A foam core goes
in between the chambers once filled and then the foam padding on top.

Tex couldn't wait to try it out.
Elsie Mae had to test it too!

I should note that we also kept our 2" memory foam mattress topper and added that to the top of the mattress before we put our sheets on.  The salesman suggested this trick.  He said that it just helps add to the cushioning, just like the more expensive Sleep Number beds.  Why pay more for extra padding if you already have a mattress topper on your current bed?  Saves money!

It has now been 13 days since we installed the bed and I am thrilled to report that we LOVE the bed!!!!!  Certainly wish we had done this a long time ago.  Tex found that his perfect number is 50 and my perfect number is 60, which proves what we have always known.  He needs a softer bed and I need a firmer bed.

If you have been considering a Sleep Number bed, we highly recommend them.  Just since we bought ours, another RVer in our park has ordered one. 

If you have any questions regarding the Sleep Number beds, just leave a comment and I will be happy to answer them for you!

Until next time!

Thursday, October 22, 2015


WOW!  Time flies when you are having fun!

It is hard to believe but my 3 weeks in OKC are coming to an end.  I leave to fly back to Seattle tomorrow.  I have had such a great time!  Every day has been filled with fun!

As I posted last time, I spent the first week taking care of Caleb while Megan and Aaron were in school.  The second week was filled with running errands with Amanda and helping her wash baby clothes and get Kegan’s closet set up.  I even got to go to her ultrasound appointment and see Kegan in 3D!   

Kegan Emit Harrison

Look at those chubby cheeks!

Last Friday, Megan, Aaron, Caleb and I went to the zoo.  The weather had cooled off that day and the animals were out and active. 

Then last Saturday, Oct 17th, was Amanda and James baby shower for little Kegan.  It was held at James mom and dad’s house about an hour south of OKC.  There was lots of Harrison family there and we had a great time.

Papa and I gave them all the crib bedding and blankets, the nursery lamp, and a ton of clothes, plus other various items.

I also made a cross-stitch pattern that had Kegan’s name done in a camouflage pattern with the nursery colors.   The nursery theme is fishing, camping, outdoorsy, camo type stuff so I glued little fishing theme decorations onto the frame.   I think it turned out really cute.

James mom and dad gave them an amazing gift.  James dad, Keith, is an amazing woodworker.  He does it just for a hobby but he could definitely make a lot of money selling his work.  So for their gift, Keith made a mini-crib totally out of reclaimed wood.  It has such intricate detail and inlaid wood.  It is just stunning!

This piece is something that will be saved and treasured and passed down for generations to come. 

The following day, on Sunday, Oct 18th, Amanda, Kaitlin and I went shopping at Target for baby items that she didn’t get at the shower.   Target is having a huge baby sale this week so she got some amazing deals!  Between shopping in the store and on-line, I believe that she has most everything that she needs.

When we got back to the house, Megan, Aaron and Caleb were waiting for me.  I got out of Amanda’s car and jumped in the car with them and we then went to Orr Family Farm.  This farm is amazing.  It has all kinds of games for all ages, a petting zoo, a train ride, a hay ride, a zip line, a carousel, pony rides, a pumpkin patch, lots of things for toddlers to do, lots of food and much more.  It was crazy busy but we had a great time!
Caleb's second carousel ride!

Caleb's first train ride!

Corn crib filled with deer corn!
He loved it!

We then rushed back and I immediately went to dinner with some high school friends that I haven’t seen in 30 years!  It was so fun!  It was like we had not been separated all those years.  We just had a great time talking and catching up.  I haven’t laughed so hard in a very long time!  We were so busy talking that we forgot to take a pic of all of us!

I have also had a great time these past few weeks playing with my grand-puppies too.  Amanda and James have a German Shorthair Pointer named Watson and a German Shephard named Ivan. 

Watson is crazy hyper and has tons of energy.  He would spend all day running around outside looking or chasing birds if you would let him.  Ivan is the exact opposite.  He is calm and super chill.  Both are super, super smart and know their commands and mind very well.  But when they play, they are crazy wild!

This week I have had various things scheduled each day as well as spending time with Caleb.  I babysat Caleb Monday night so Megan and Aaron could go on a date.  By the time Wednesday got here, I was unable to keep going.  My body had just completely shut down. 

I have been pushing myself since the week before I came to OKC and I just can’t do that.  I have many medical problems and several invisible disabilities and I knew that I was going to pay for my hectic schedule.  I was just hoping I could make it until I got back to Seattle before I crashed but that didn’t happen.  I have spent the last two days in bed.  I will probably be in this flare for a month or more.  I haven’t been this bad for several years. 

So, that is my 3 weeks in a nutshell.  Crazy busy but filled with great memories!  Tex and I will be back in OKC for a few days in December when Kegan is due.  Hopefully, Kegan will cooperate and we will get to spend a few days with him before we have to leave.  We can only stay about 10 days so it will be a much shorter trip.  We will have to plan to come back in a few months in order to see Kegan more as well as Caleb. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler Fall weather!  Get out and have fun in the great outdoors!

Until next time!

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Hi guys!

What a crazy week I have had!

I spent the week taking care of Caleb and we had some great bonding time together.  I haven’t seen him seen him since last December when he was just 6 months old.  Poor Papa hasn’t seen Caleb since he was 1 month old and moved from Seattle to OKC.  I got to come back for Christmas last year but Papa didn’t get to come.  Same with this trip, BUT, we both get to fly to OKC in December for the birth of Kegan and to see Caleb.

Caleb and I had fun watching Daniel Tiger, over and over, and playing with balls and cars.  Caleb loves anything with wheels and will play with cars for hours.  He seems so young to be so fascinated with cars and plays with him like he is 2 or 3.

This past week, I stayed with Megan and Aaron and slept on a twin bed in Caleb’s room.  I quickly found out that Caleb is a loud and wild sleeper.  He sleeps pretty quiet and calm for the first half of the night but the last half he cries out in his sleep and moves all over the crib.

I don’t sleep well normally and with Caleb sleeping so wild, I hardly slept at all this week.  A few mornings Caleb woke up really early and never went back to sleep.  Some days he took a long nap and other days he barely slept 45 minutes. 

So, Friday afternoon, I moved over to our house and will be staying here for the next two weeks.  (Our youngest daughter Amanda, and her husband James, live in our house and take care of it since we started living in our RV full time.)  I slept like a rock the first night.  No dogs taking up my bed and no baby crying! 

Saturday, I went with Amanda to Wal-Mart and then went to dinner with our great friends that live across the street from our house.  Afterwards, I helped James mow our yard and then I cleaned out the front flower-beds.

Our handy riding lawn mower

View of total property.  We also bought extra lot and had
secondary driveway installed so we could put RV in side lot.
If you look closely, you can see the pergola that is on our lot as well.
Total 1/2 acre
Close up view of house
Boy, I don’t miss mowing and yard work!  I had almost forgot what it is like always having a “to-do” list of household chores requiring our attention.  This was a great reminder!  I love living in our RV full time and not being tied down to a house and all that entails.   Tex and I can roll up our mat and hit the road at a moments notice and not have to worry about anything.  If and when Amanda and James want to move out of our house, we will probably put it up for sale since we don’t plan on coming back anytime soon.

Meanwhile, while I am in OKC, Tex is back in Seattle working and taking care of the pups.  He is working short days so he can be home to take them for potty breaks and walks.

Tex also was home to meet with Auburn Kent Valley RV Center when they came out with their mobile service last week.  They fixed all of our issues and successfully re-wired the dash shades so they now work without having to start the RV engine.  Yea! 

So, all in all, Tex and I had a very productive week last week.  This week should be a little quieter for both of us.  Megan and Amanda only have to work a few days this week due to Fall Break.  I will be visiting with Caleb off and on throughout the week.  We plan to go to the Zoo either Thursday or Friday.  Amanda and I plan to shop for baby and breastfeeding supplies/clothing for her later this week or next week.  Then, on Saturday the 17th is Amanda’s baby shower!  So excited! 

Until next time!