It’s the kids from “By Our Very Nature” (Raevynn and Autumn)! This is such an inspirational family and 2 kids with big personalities. We would love to meet up with them someday, somewhere in the world. We are very pleased they wanted to take part in our interview series and we think you are in for a treat. Let’s see what they have to say. (With notes from mom, Moonfyre, on the side)
Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child – Raevynn & Autumn from By Our Very Nature
Provide us with a little background on who you are, where you are originally from, name, age and what you are doing with your family, any siblings?
Raevynn: I am Raevynn, I am 8 yrs. old. I am originally from Edmonton AB, Canada. I am traveling around the world with some of my family for at least two years. I have 7 siblings – Amber, Amanda, Danae, Christa and Cody are at home traveling with me are my Mom my dad, my big sister Tijana and my little sister Autumn.
Autumn: I am Autumn and I am traveling in a trailer for 2 yrs. I am 6 yrs. old. I have 7 siblings. Amber, Amanda, Danae, Tijana, Raevynn, Christa, and Cody. That’s 8 including me. Who is traveling with me? Two of my sisters – Raevynn and Tijana, she is going to go back to go to school, and also with my mom and dad
Where do you call home?
Raevynn: When I say “let’s go home” we are usually out on a hike, at an aquarium a museum. When I say “Home” it means where-ever the trailer is, no matter where it is. Sometimes we are out where there are no cities and no stuff around, like Death Valley. We like to take hikes in our environment. My bedroom is always the same but the environment is always different.
Autumn: I mean, let’s go home to our trailer, so we can do stuff in it. Instead of driving around. If our home is behind us I mean we should find a place to park for the night.
What do you like most about traveling?
Raevynn: I like the idea of traveling to different places and the idea of having a house that is our trailer. But it is kind of smaller than the one we used to have. It took a little while to get used to, but not too long. I like traveling because it’s fun to see the different cultures.
Autumn: What I like most is, I get to see new places and we get to meet new friends.
How long have you been traveling and where have you lived so far?
Raevynn: So far we have lived in, of course Edmonton, because that is where we have originally lived.
Calgary, Alberta (Canada)
Morinville Alberta, (Canada)
Oliver, British Columbia, (Canada)
Salt lake City, Utah, (United States of America)
Death Valley, (California, USA)
Las Vegas, (Nevada, USA)
Phoenix, Arizona, (USA)
Alamogordo New Mexico. (USA)
Texas (USA) and Florida (USA) …. That’s where we are right now.
Autumn: For one year we have been traveling. (since Aug 2014) I have lived Edmonton Alberta Canada and Calgary, Alberta (Canada) then we moved to British Columbia. Then we lived Death Valley and Texas and now we are still in the USA in Florida. We are going to a comic convention here that we are cosplaying at. If you seen the movie Big Hero six I am going as Hiro. We can have lots of fun at and you can have your pictures taken with people who are dressed up as your favourite characters.
What have you learned from your travels thus far?
Raevynn: What I have learned from my travels, not very many languages because everyone speaks English so far. We have learned different plants, I have learned there are rattle snakes and such a thing as kangaroo rats in Death Valley.
Autumn: I have learned, well, that traveling is a good thing, and it takes a long time, And I really like it; traveling.
Tell us about how you are receiving your education?
Raevynn: My mom and dad are teaching me, I have workbooks. My sister Tijana is teaching me ASL. I am registered at Argyll School at home, which has a home school program. We like to learn and explore from the environment around us. The USA has a national park thing, called Junior Rangers, where you get a booklet with questions and activities for that park. After you fill it out you get a junior ranger badge.
Autumn: I am homeschooling in my trailer. We are doing lots of work and we have more days off than other children.
How many languages can you speak and at what level? Was it difficult to learn?
Raevynn: I know a couple of words of French, a few words of Spanish. My dad is teaching us German, I know a few sentences in German. The only one I remember “eine tasse kaffe bitte”, which means can I please have a cup of coffee. My parents always say “nein” (It’s a running joke). I know American Sign Language I think I am a second level. I know my alphabet and I can communicate pretty good in ASL.
Autumn: It was very difficult to learn German, I only know English. I don’t know how to speak other languages, I am still learning. We are learning sign language. I know lots of signs I am very good at sign language. Our sister Tijana is helping us.
Do you have many friends? Tell us about them.
Raevynn: I have a lot of friends at school back in Canada. I have made a lot of friends on the way here. It was harder to make friends once summer was over and everyone went back to school. Here in Wekiva Falls, our RV park in Florida we met some kids that live here and we love to play with them on the weekend. It’s fun making new friends, but when you have to leave it hard to say goodbye to best friends. It’s hard to leave all your friends behind. If they had a vlog, I would follow them. I hope they follow my YouTube channel. If I get their email address I can email them.
Autumn: I tonnes of friends. Before we moved my friends were Bethany and Brylee. And then when we moved I had lots of friends, here I have lots of friends. We are staying here a month. It’s hard to make friends when you are in the car all the time or if you are in a park where there are no kids. Or you pass a place where there were lots of kids but you couldn’t stop.
What is your favorite adventure?
Raevynn: My favourite adventure is hiking and exploring. I loved exploring Jasper and Death Valley.
Autumn: My favourite hike was the time that my sister Amber was with us and it was very steep and I had to slide down on my butt.
Do you have a favorite game you play when you travel?
Raevynn: The favourite game when I travel is Sequence. After supper we will clear off the table and play Sequence. It is a card game with chips and game board. You try to get five in a row. We play in team of two, and since there is five of us the extra person has an invisible “partner”. You give the invisible person a hand and the extra person has to play both. It depends but usually Tijana wins. (she went into a very detailed explanation about how to play the game but I didn’t write that all down! Hehe)
Autumn: Mostly I watch movies when we travel (referring to being in the car).
Is there anything you miss seeing, having, doing?
Raevynn: I miss my old computer in the Riverbend house, I used to play on it all the time. If you’re talking about toys it would be my giant horse toy. I miss my older sisters back home.
Autumn: Only one thing. When I moved it seemed like I couldn’t make friends. Then I saw that I could make friends, ’cause there was lots of people I could make friends with. I miss my sisters very much, I wish I could live with them. I wish they were traveling with us. (the sisters back home)
What is the one thing you are happy you brought with you?
Raevynn: The one thing I am happy I brought with me is my electronics. I am reading Harry Potter on my sister’s tablet right now.
Autumn: I was happy I brought with me, my toys and the gifts my friends gave me before I left.
Where do you want to go next?
Raevynn: On a plane to China.
Autumn: I want to go to Germany. But first we have to get our trailer back to Canada.
Do you have your own blog or write about your experiences?
Thank you Raevynn and Autumn for sharing with all of us!
If you want to get to know Raevynn and Autumn a little more, they both have pages on the family blog By Our Very Nature. Feel free to comment and ask them more questions.
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We often are asked about what the kids think of their experience as a traveling child and how things are going. Do they have friends, how are they being educated and are they social? We thought these are likely questions for all types of families, so we decided to start a family travel interview series “Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child”.
We don’t often get exposed to the opinion of the kids and perhaps think we should. We all know the Wagoner kids are full of their two cents worth and are loving travel. If you would like to read other interviews in our Traveling Child Series, just click the image below.
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