The rest of our Road Trip has been on my agenda to share with you for a while. It’s been over three weeks, but I needed to get to a place where I could find the whole thing humorous, rather than frustrating or exhausting. Traveling in the car with three boys is not for the faint of heart.
So, I’m going to share the rest of the trip with you, the good, the not so good, and the very bad. Even with everything that happened, I’m still happy we took the trip. I’m hoping it will be something the boys remember, and I know it is something I will always remember.
- We traveled through 6 different states (Wisconsin to Illinois to Kentucky to Alabama to Tennessee to Indiana and back.)
- We found a Railroad Museum on our way to Alabama.
- We got to walk with our sweet friends, make a few new friends, and honor those lost to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome at the Walker and Willis Birthday Walk to Fight TTTS.
- There were cupcakes at the Walk.
- We got to have dinner with the organizers of the walk, who are also dear friends that we don’t get to see much, since they live in Alabama.
- We got to go swimming at 2 different hotel pools.
- Free continental breakfast at all hotels except the last one
- We listened to music, found a candy store, walked over the pedestrian bridge, ate lunch at Jimmy Buffets’, and saw Elvis in Nashville.
- We got to explore Mammoth Caves (and ride in a green school bus to get to the cave!) in Kentucky, on the way to Indiana.
- We walked and ate dinner in downtown Indianapolis
- The three boys slept in the same bed in the hotels that had 2 queen beds, so Mommy and Daddy got a bed!
- Mom and Dad got to binge watch a lot of reality TV once the boys went to sleep. We took full advantage, since we don’t have cable at home.
- Mom and Dad also had a few drinks after the boys went to bed.
- We survived many, many hours in the car together, and no one got hurt.
The Not So Good
- Being asked many, many times if we were there yet
- The rental car not having a built-in DVD player
- Packing way to much stuff, and then having to lug it into each hotel room, yet still having no clean clothes for the last day of the trip
- The whining and crying until we got the cupcakes at the Walk
- The crying when Big C fell down at the Walk
- The crying when Little C couldn’t hold the sign at the Walk
- The whining and crying by Little P about going to see the trains until we found the Railroad museum
- The whining and crying by Big C at the Railroad museum when I wouldn’t buy him a new train set
- Not getting to go swimming in the first 2 hotels because Mommy didn’t realize they had outdoor pools
- Only Mommy and Daddy eating the free continental breakfast, while the kids ran around and bothered other diners
- So, really no one got to eat the free continental breakfast
- Since the three boys slept together, when one got up at 6 am, they all got up at 6 am, which meant we all were up at 6 am. Every. Day.
- Mr. B complained about all the walking in Nashville. Mr. C whined until we found a candy store, and then everyone whined when I only would let them eat one candy before lunch.
- Mommy had more wine than usual because of all the whining
- No naps at the same time until the last hour in the car.
- Mommy having to do daredevil type moves every time someone dropped something in the car, needed a diaper change, or needed a snack, or just needed her to sit by them.
- That was the only exercise she got, even though each hotel had a gym.
- Spending the night in Urgent Care in a strange town
- Little P being diagnosed with an ear infection and Pink Eye
- Big C getting Pink Eye the next day
- Eye Drops. Enough Said.
- Mommy catching the cold that the boys had the week before, and losing her voice (although Dad might have put that in the good list)
- No one getting enough sleep
- Even though our hotel in Nashville had a pool, it also had lady bugs crawling on the wall, a pair of wadded up panties behind the toilet, and a pink balloon in the closet. Yuck.
So, there you have it. The rest of the Road trip. Overall, there were many more good things than bad. I’m not sure we’ll drive anywhere that far again for a long time. At least, not until next year, when all we can remember are the good parts.
Where have you road tripped it lately? Do you have good/bad memories from it?