Monthly Archives: December 2018

Surprise Christmas in Bassett


We went all out and did it again this year for Christmas… and am not talking about spending money and going on shopping spree.

Am talking about driving from Austin Texas and surprising Marcus parents in Bassett Virginia.

We left Austin and went to Atlanta to see our Godson and his parents. And we also got to spend Aasha 16th birthday in Atlanta and spent quality time with family and love ones.

We then drove to Bassett and stayed with Marcus sister who lives about 5min from Marcus mom. This way we can surprise Marcus parents on Christmas Eve.

The plan to surprise them was epic. We put mj in a tote and Marcus sister and family took mj into the living room and sat it down when called her parents to come and open the tote we where then hiding downstairs so they had not idea and when they opened the tote mj screamed surprise… it was priceless.

Here are a few shots of our Christmas week.


Winter wonderland in Austin


And the fun keeps showing up. Today kids and I ventured out again for the winter wonderland journey. It was beautiful.. the lights and rides and food and people and live music.

So if you are in Austin during Christmas it’s definitely a great evening out.

It’s $16 per person and $10 for go on all the rides. Now with parking it’s free if you park about a mile or two miles away and get on the free shuttle. But if you want to park right at the event then it’s $10 and i think it’s worth it. This way you are not waiting on a shuttle. But either way you park it’s all worth it.

And it opens from Thursday till Sunday from 6pm till 11pm

It’s a fun filled evening for all ages… here are a few of our memories.

Happy holidays

So grateful for HEB for being the main sponsors for the winter wonderland and also the trail of lights. So grateful

Happy holidays to everyone

Rving Exploration Continues..

Trail of lights in Austin


Austin… I feel like there is so much to do here, maybe because we are here during the holiday season or this is just how they roll.

Most of our days it’s sunny and some days a bit chilly but it’s always beautiful to just get out and enjoy what Austin Texas as to offer us.

The trail of lights is a huge celebration in Austin and year after year they present 100’s probably 1000’s of light at the Zilker park and most nights it’s free but the nights that are not free it’s $3.

Kids and I took the trip and I must say it was cold but totally enjoyed it all. If you are ever in Austin during the holidays definitely something to enjoy… date nights and family nights at the trail of lights is amazing.

But one downfall is there is a cotton candy place there that charges $10 for sugar overload diabetic and killer candy for $10. So all I say is get really full before you go.. just my tip.

Also our son started boxing and enjoying his new sport.

We also got interviewed by fox new 7, being the first time visitors and also the guy said it was nice seeing a whole family visiting it on the first day. So it aired on the news at 9pm that say evening on December 10th 2018.

RV Exploration Continues🙏🙏

Our first month in Austin Rving


So when RVing… location is key, where you park the RV and decides to stay long can be a challenge. Especially in a busy city like Austin Texas.

But we found a gem… right in the central area. Just 7min to downtown Austin, 2 min to Walmart, gas station, mall areas, right next to Burlington coat factory… and 10min to the airport this Rv location is just the right place to park our home and enjoy the holiday season. South of Austin on I35 is Austin lone star rv resort. Secured and so beautiful with the leaves falling, we are loving it all.

Now let’s talk about Austin as a city… this city is super busy with so much to do and get into. With unpredictable weather forecast. Monday is 80 degrees and Tuesday it’s 40 degrees, so all I can say make every moment count. Kids and I have yet to venture out and explore.

With kids applying for college and studying for SAT we spent our first few weeks inside cooped up in the rv. But with all done we plan to start our adventures of Austin this holiday season.

Now one thing that seem to really come to live everyday when we drove out was the homeless people on the streets seem to be more obvious than I expected. Could be our location also. So this season as we always do in the Manns clan we are giving away blankets with a gift card for any homeless person we drive pass on the street.

We have wrapped red warm blankets with a bow and put in the back of our truck and we just hand them out Yaa we drive by. They show so much gratitude when our kids hand them the blankets it warms our hearts. So glad we can do that in our little way to help.

With Austin weather so beautiful when the sun is out we are looking forward to many memories and also making new LLF’s (life long friends) while here.

One thing that I must say is Gas prices here in Austin keeps going down when we arrived it was $2.20 now it’s $1.88… that’s what we love.. and the food… the taco trucks are amazing. Love them all

And thanks to a friend we made while touring UT we got to go and watch a football game. It was kids and I first time and totally enjoyed just watching people passionately scream for their team. It was longhorn vs Iowa state.

We have 11 more states to explore to complete our 50 states Rving tour.

Happy holidays to everyone and will share more on our adventures.

Rving Exploration Continues…