It all started while shopping for flooring at Lowe's.
First, I would like to say there have been no bugs in the house. A mosquito.... an itty spider, but no big bugs. ~knock on wood~
Father's Day was a quiet morning here.
Coffee & treats.
A nice break from the weeks of cleaning, traveling and unpacking of the late.
Of course we got right back on the job after lunch......
but the morning was pure bliss.
The kiddos and I had a special gift up our sleeve for our VW enthusiast.
We had a set of pint glasses made up by East Mesa Design on etsy.
Each glass is a wee bit different since they all etched by hand. They turned out great and they were a huge hit with the Daddo.
I've missed this place.... but I assure you I have some darn good excuses for being gone so long ;) Unpacking and cleaning an entire house while taking care of 3 sick kids..... oh last week was a l-o-n-g one...... let's not even talk about the heat yet! The good news however is that when a stomach virus rolls through a house with no appliances, a brand new washer and dryer get purchased pretty quickly! And I am so excited to have a set of blue front loading machines in my laundry room! Why blue you might ask? Because they were discounted $200 each. So blue became our first choice rather quickly. Love them :)
We are still getting settled and organized.... I am sure it will take some time to get completely settled in..... and we're making a huge to-do list of renovation projects.... all of which I will share here as they happen, just for fun!
But back to the road trip for a bit, I've been keeping a mental list of some funny little road trip tidbits...
1. When leaving Wisconsin Miss 6 stated "Well, I guess we're homeless now, I mean we do live in our car right?"
2. When driving through Mississippi, Miss 10 spelled it forwards...... backwards..... and then "said" it backwards...... which resulted in a gasp and then much laughing between the two of us...... oopsie :)
3. Note to self..... camping with the cat proved to be easier than camping with a 2 year old..... who knew?!?
Drive....... drive......... sleep....... eat....... drive........ drive......
The last 3 nights were spent at KOA campgrounds. Right off the highway, cheap, clean, swimming pool & playground. Though we were reminded (frequently) by the eldest that it wasn't "real camping" it certainly beat being cooped up in a hotel. The kids loved the pool and running around at a playground after a long day of driving.
Tonight we're in Jackson Mississippi. Thankful to be in a mosquito free air conditioned hotel room. Pet friendly too, I might add. Just a little over 200 miles from our final destination in southern Louisiana. The kids are excited to see the house tomorrow. And the parents are excited to be done with the driving.....
We are lucky enough to have our household goods ready for delivery on Monday morning. Which means we only have one night of sleeping bags and air mattresses!
Every time we take a drive I wish we took more photos...... but traveling with 4 kids and a dog and a cat leave little time for photography.
But we did snap a few...... so here is one of the kids with a giant elephant outside Madison, WI the morning of our second day and another of the minivan taken by the eldest from the VW bus.
every road trip needs a quirky photo
somewhere in Missouri.......
Saying goodbye.... yet again....
rolling out the red carpets... (and blue)
the bus, our home on wheels :)
into the truck it goes....
All of our stuff was loaded up and driving away on a big truck last night. Miss 6 wants to follow the big truck to make sure our stuff is okay. The wee one walked into his room and yelled "Hey, they take my new bed!!" (fortunately he recovered quickly!) Now he is running through the house squealing and thoroughly enjoying the echo of his voice!
We've got a weekend of cleaning ahead of us and unbeknownst to my babes, a surprise party in their honor thrown by all their homeschool buddies on Sunday.
A busy weekend for sure :)
Then, by Wednesday of next week we'll be on the road! Packing up is my least favorite part of moving..... but now that it's over the open road is calling my name. We plan to take 5 days to drive down to Louisiana and we'll be camping 3 of the 4 nights. I've never camped with a cat before....... so I am pretty darn excited to get that experience under my belt (and behind me, I must admit). We haven't traveled with a cat in over 10 years..... so any tips would be much appreciated!
Hope your weekend is lovely.....
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