Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Best Road Trip Ever Part 3

Day 21- drove to Orem, napping, whining, rain, Divergent

Day 22- everyone slept in, Melanie came over with Winston and Sapphire and we went to lunch at Burgers Supreme, visiting while the kids ran around outside, Spencer arrived 

Day 23- Brian hiked Mt. timpanogos, I exercised, swimming and BBQ with extended family

Day 24- went to church with the Lott's, Russian rummy, visiting

Day 25- whacked my shin on the van hitch, blow up water park in the backyard- Maybrie and Thomas loved it, swimming, pizza party, visiting, fireworks

Day 26- swimming, BYU, remodeled Bean museum, creamery ice cream, date to Mt. Timpanogos temple, kids went swimming, Thomas threw up while grandma and grandpa were babysitting 

Day 27- up most early morning with Maybrie (ear ache) and Thomas (throwing up), Brian did baptisms at 5am with Tim, Garrek, Rachel and Grace, sleeping, visiting, swimming, playing with cousins

Day 28- hot air balloon launch in Provo, donuts, said goodbye to Jess and kids, all three kids napped, Traverse Mountain outlets with mom, dinner with cousin Janice Adams and family

Day 29- 4th of July, swimming (with dad!), red, white and blue jello, BBQ  chicken, corn on the cob, card games- Russian Rummy (with dad!) and Dutch blitz, ice cream, visiting, glow necklaces and fireworks at the Lott's 

Day 30- drove to Denver, CO, Thomas loves pointing out windmills, mountains, animals, construction, motorcycles, beautiful drive through mountains, Brian wants to come back on vacation there, chaotic dinner at Ruby Tuesday- Ezra grabs and drops everything, unwinding with House Hunters

Day 31- drove to Kansas City, it was obvious everyone was tired- a lot of whining and fighting, Thomas was a broken record (constantly dropping toys and wanting food, particularly chips), finished reading Divergent, stayed the night with the Stanley's, Ezra and Gemma played, back to humidity 

Day 32- drove home, Missouri, Liberty jail, Independence visitors center (kids loved playing on the horse drawn wagon), I napped, didn't realize I missed lush green and corn fields till I came back to it, laughter, I finally got the 2048 title (and almost made Brian crash with my scream when it happened!), DQ

This road trip was quite the adventure! We drove 85+ hours, through 13 states in 32 days. We got to see everyone in both our families (except for Darin & family who live in Kentucky). We saw some beautiful country, all in probably the most beautiful month of the year. We hit a church history sight on our first day out and our last day heading home. It was amazing to think about the early saints crossing the plains... we drove where they walked. Even though we saw some great places the best part of the trip for me was being surrounded by family and getting to see our kids play with their cousins. Everyone gawked over Ezra and Thomas the most... the babies. I feel truly grateful that we had the opportunity to take this trip to see family and friends. Our trusty mini van ran great... and we put a lot of miles on it... so many we had to have an oil change mid-trip in Utah before heading home! The kids were very well behaved in the car considering the length. They had their moments, but that happens on a normal day outside of a car seat. Ezra probably only cried maybe 1 1/2 hours total. We had quite the system down in the car... Brian drove it all (except for 50 minutes when his eye infection was bothering him) and I wrangled the kids. I fed Ezra, changed diapers, made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, distributed snacks, prizes, and activities, read Divergent aloud to Brian, etc. We usually only stopped for bathroom breaks when we gassed up. It was awesome! I am so happy to say that we not only survived, but truly enjoyed our "Best Road Trip Ever!"

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