Strong and Steady
This man is my strong and steady. The night I met him, mind you I was 15 and he was 19, I hopped in a car of which he was the driver. Within minutes "Another One Bites The Dust" came on the radio and he began to dance the car back and forth on the road to the beat. He scared me that night driving only because I didn't know him. I will say honestly that is the last time I have felt scared by his driving and he has been my chauffeur for many thousands of miles in the 21 years since that night.
Today he was so calm and steady in the crazy rain and drivers as we headed toward Memphis, TN and I am so very thankful!
I feel like for as much stuff as it looked like we were taking, we actually did quite well on the amount. We packed two people per one duffel bag for clothes. Everyone was allowed one backpack each for personal belongings and we packed some kitchen wares and food along with our bedding. Of course our reusable water bottles are a must and a few games.
We printed out some super simple lap books on each state from here. My plan is to pull out a lap book as we enter each state. Today we learned a few pretty cool things about Arkansas, along with their state bird, flower, nickname and motto.
In an effort to help the kids unplug from visual technology, we decided to not breakout the portable DVD players for this portion of the trip and we didn't pack any iPods or iPads along on the trip. Surely they could survive a six hour trip without a movie. Not only did they survive, they thrived!!! I am so proud of them, they survived the six hour trip that turned into an eight hour trip due to weather.
We even tried listening to three audio books from the library, and they were all too scratched. So we just turned on the radio, they took naps and colored. Towards the end, they began singing songs from Payton's musical she was just in, "Suessical Jr."!
Rosi got creative with her pretzels and started making letters out of them.
Rain for Days
Holy moly...it began raining about half way through our trip and the road trip was slowed and the song, "JESUS, Take The Wheel" played on repeat in my head for all the crazy semi-truck drivers that were driving way too fast!
Road warrior lunch...YUM!
Choosing To Stay Dry
When your weather pattern looks like the above image for the next 24 hours, a pop-up tent trailer sounds...well wet. So we choose to abandon our spot at the Graceland RV park and use our Expedia APP to find a local hotel. Thankfully the RV park didn't charge us and we got a fairly nice Hampton Inn Hotel room for around $130/night.
So here we are all six of us squished together in two double beds. Our clothes are stashed deep in our vehicle and it's too wet to grab it. In my promise to you, I told you all I would share the good, the bad and the awesome.
Good: We made it through day one without losing our minds or kids while driving through crazy amounts of rain.
Bad: Not getting to do anything fun, rain-weary and we will be wearing the same clothes tomorrow!
Awesome: We are safe, healthy, snuggled in a warm place watching cable TV (we don't have cable at home)!!!