Aug 17, 2011

Moving Recap: On the Road

Okay all of my lovely friends...I do hope you are all still out there.
We are still in a getting tired of hearing that? I am sure getting
tired of saying it! My access to a computer is seriously limited and by the time I do have
access I am wiped out from the adventures of hotel living with three active
Little Monsters Men. So yes, friends, thanks for being patient.
Hopefully we will be seeing the inside of our house within a week and a half, then 
hopefully the blogging will start to pick up.

Fingers crossed anyway..
On to the moving recap..

Okay so here is a fast, brief, sweet and too the point recap of our 5 day drive cross-country...

Day 1: Drove just a mere 3 hours Indy...crying only for the first 30 minutes. Got to Indy. Ate. Crashed in our beds.

Day 2: Drove 8 hours (give or take an know bathroom breaks and all) to Kansas City. Boys loved earning vouchers. We played pop-a-matic I spy. There may have been some candy eating, video gaming and movie watching.

There was only napping by Middle.

This was the day we learned to have an appreciation for rest stops. Nothing like taking a little break from sitting in the car.

We got to KC...tired and sick of the car.

Stopped by some famous bbq place. It was packed with tons of ladies from a jewelry conference so we got our brisket to go. Stayed at the nicest Residence Inn I have ever been too. Played in the pool. Slept peacefully in separate bedrooms.

Day 3: Had what we thought would be a short drive ahead of us. Just a mere 6 hours. Then we hit a highway detour. Do you know how fun it is when you have a whole highway shut down. Super dooper fun. Our little detour took us an extra 1 1/2. We tried super hard to not complain because the shut down was due to some really bad flooding. Some farms were completely covered. It was really sad.

Vouchers still a hit. Pop-o-matic all popped.

We went to North Platte (Nebraska for those who don't know). We had a some what cranky evening. Everyone was in bed around 8. BUT there was a happy shiny moment. This hotel had little toys for each of the kids. They loved them, but the best gift was Middle's. He got these awesome glasses/straw.

We were all in bed pretty early this day.

Day 4: Another short day. We refer to this as our sanity day. Just 4 hours to Laramie. We took our time getting on the road. We made it there by lunch time.

Laramie was probably our most fun road trip day. We swam in the pool. We ate a cute quaint downtown restaurant. That is where I had a pretty normal sized salad in one pretty HUGE bowl. Salad was so yummy, already have taken notes on how to recreate it.

We walked around.

We saw trains...I mean super close up. There was this walking bridge that went right over a train yard. We walked all the kids up it just for fun. Then a train was coming our way. Some nice people let us stand in front of them since, as they said "this was the best view to see the train".

Then the train came. Boy were we not prepared for just how close and how loud that train was. Little Men all jumped spastically, covered there ears, and found a parent to cling to...okay I was already clinging to them. Setting aside the absolute really was awesome.

In fact, Hubby and Middle went back up to wait for another train...they literally were coming every ten minutes. The other less brave ones went off the bridge to watch a little further away.

Here is a video of that:

Day 5: Today, our last day, was another of a a whopper of a day. But we could see the end. We knew this was the last day. The excitement carried our weary nerves.

Everyone did so well in fact, that we only made one stop. A rest area called Little America. We stopped for about 1 1/2. We had lunch and posed with a dinosaur.

After Little America, we pushed straight through to Idaho. We rolled in tired, me sitting in the back with Middle who got a bloody nose, Littlest friendly reminding us he wanted down, and Oldest taking all our surroundings in.

We checked in to our hotel (which of course would later turn into our temporary home).

Then we went swimming.

So in a nutshell...that was our move across country.

Captivating, right?

We made it. Whew. One adventure down...hundreds more to go.


The Gibson's said...

What an adventure! My husband works for Union Pacific (the trains you saw) One time he stopped in the small town we were living in and we got to get in the cabin. It was fun, except when we left I was loading the kids up and they blew the horn. Not moving and so close it was SO loud. Thanks honey! I hope to never have to move cross country, I would lose it. However I love all your boredome buster ideas can't wait to use them if we ever go anywhere.

Corrie- said...

I've been stalking your blog for an update and am sorry that this has been an adventure you didn't plan. But it sounds like you're making lemonade out of the lemons life is handing you!

Amanda said...

Cute pictures! Hopefully just a few more days. You can do it friend!

http://thankfullga447 said...

Hang in there , you and your family are doing great. At least it is not winter.

Christina said...

I can totally relate to this post! My family and I just moved from Las Vegas, NV to Orlando, FL. We lived in hotels and out of suitcases on our week and a half long drive and then for 2 1/2 more weeks in Orlando before we finally got in our home. It's not easy but you can do it. I've been in my house for 2 1/2 weeks now, and I miss the maid service that comes with the hotel. Good luck!

The Gilbert Family said...

Keep thinkin' about you daily, and praying you get in the house soon!! Love ya, and miss ya!

Anabella said...

Wow!!! I'm loving this Moving recap thing. I would be histerical (hate moving so much)!

Sabra at Sew a Straight Line said...

holy snot! I don't envy you...except for the awesome straw glasses!!! Amazing! Hope you settle in to your home soon.

V and Co. said...

oh my gosh i started twitching reading your post..bad memories were popping up everywhere. hope you get yourself in a house soon, for i fear for your sanity. :) miss you!

Heidi Dyk said...

What a long month it has been for your family! Looks like you made the best of your trip out west though! Hope you get to move into your new beautiful home soon. :-)


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