No matter the fact that we have co-slept with four babies over 10 years and sometimes two at a time, it will not prepare you for sleeping with a grown man and a six year old running an obstacle course in his sleep all squished together in a double sized hotel bed.
By 6:00am I couldn't stand it any longer so I grabbed my last hot & "all by myself" shower for a week or two.
We gathered all the chicks and got them down to the hotel where they experienced their first hotel breakfast. They had the cutest little cups, I just couldn't resist not capturing the cutest moment.
From there we exited out to our car where we contemplated the idea of building an ark instead because it was raining like there was no end in sight.
Graceland was such a fun experience with the kids! Clay and I had both been twice before but for our kids this was a new thing.
FREE Graceland Ticket!
I did a little research and foot work before our trip and found out that paid educators can get a free ticket in Graceland. Thank you Jenks Public Schools and Jenks Community Ed for paying me to educate! It was worth a few emails and photos of check stubs/ID's to save us about $45!
The tour is no longer given by people and has been replaced by John Stamos' voice & an iPad. It kind of made me sad, I didn't like feeling so isolated on the tour with no interaction or ability to chat with my people while touring for fear of missing what the "tour guide" was saying. There was also nobody to answer questions any longer. The kids were so enthralled with the iPads, especially the younger ones that I feel like they missed out on a lot of the house.
As I mentioned earlier, Clay has been to Graceland before but not since going through Pathways CORE Training. During his journey there, a not so well known Elvis song became very special to his heart. So making the journey through Graceland was such a cool and touching experience.
As we walked up on the end of the tour, passing by the grave of Elvis, "If I Can Dream" began to play in our headphones. We began dancing and singing in the rain a little teary eyed and overwhelmed at the beauty of how much a song can mean so much. Elvis lived his calling, he changed the world with his music. Now his music calls us into living our calling. BIG FEELINGS!
Floating Out of Memphis
We swam back to our car, literally we were drowned rats. My phone was going off like crazy with flash flood warnings. So we grabbed lunch and floated 5 hours down the road to our RV campsite in Bremen, GA.
About an hour outside of our campgrounds the rains stopped long enough for us to pop-up the camper and set up for the night. Then it began raining right as we took our last bathroom run of the night.
The rain was light and steady through the night, peaceful sleeping in our beds!
The Sun Will Come Out Tommorow!
We woke to bright skies and 60 degrees!! The sweet Yogi Bear Jelly Stone Park was so cute! There was a random roaming rooster (our kids named Sour Kangaroo because of it's amazing afro), 120 year old tortoises, alligators, ducks, macaws, playgrounds and more.
First Time to Cracker Barrel
The kids played while we packed the camper and we left for the kids first adventure at a Cracker Barrel restaurant! Clay felt the need to take the kids to experience it, he says his need was fulfilled and we don't need to do it again soon, ha!
On The Road Again.
Another day in the car today. No visual technology again for day three of the road-trip. Honestly, it has been SO refreshing to have them unplugged! They are still joyful, calm, just listening to a book with us, coloring, the big girls are doing some needle-crafting, and lots of sing alongs.
Gosh I love my people!!!
I cannot tell you how much peace and freedom I feel in my heart today.
This blog has been brought to you by my thumbs...yep all of it! HA!!! So please have grace with typos and such.
The good: the sun is shining, we are joyful even on day 3 of our trip in the all day car drive, we got to spend the first night in the camper.
The bad:The torrential rain, Mom and Dad finding out that we need wake up time and quite coffee before kids are sitting on top of us begging for food! As well as coming to the realization that our kids feel the need to shout their words on a regular basis even at 10:00 pm in a quiet RV campgrounds in a pop-up tent.
The awesome: Elvis music, sing alongs, cool animals at our campsite, Rob Bell's new book, "How To Be Here", no DVD's, laughter!!
Orlando or bust tonight!!!!
Love, grace and peace,
Holly, Clay and Clan