It started out good enough, armed with my Mountain Dews, a DVD player for Beck and Paisley's binky we headed out at 2 PM on Wednesday. The first 2 hours were pretty uneventful until my stomach started to hurt and I knew that I needed a restroom. Both kids were asleep, so I drove for as far as my stomach would allow. An exit came into view and my stomach decided maybe I could go a little further until I passed the exit and I realized that I had guessed wrong. I prayed earnestly for the urge to pass or a rest area to appear and believe it or not I looked up and one of those little green signs said, "rest area 2 miles" I was so happy and plowed into the parking lot and hit the parking stop thing pretty hard, so hard that it woke Beck up, but I grabbed some "yummy's" from Beck's yummy bag, the diaper bag, Paisley's car seat and a groggy Beck and raced for the bathroom. I made it just in time and then Paisley started crying and I had to nurse a baby while I was going to the bathroom (gross I know, but it's all for the journal writing right?) and I ended up giving Beck my camera to take pictures and keep him busy after he dropped his cheese and crackers "yummy" on the floor and tried to lick the cheese off the floor! (Hence the picture in the slide show of my feet) After that he hung out at the rest area for about 30 minutes to make sure that my stomach sickness had passed. And it's a good thing we waited because I got sick again. But Beck had a fun time playing with the hand dryer in the bathroom and I think that Paisley was just happy to be out of the car.
After that we made it to Caldwell in good time and pulled into Jake's house about 9 PM. We had a great 2 days there filled with shopping and picture taking, oh and Jake cut an inch or 2 off my hair, just for fun. :) Then we headed to Burley for the big surprise. (PS. I can fit 3 car seats in my car!) Jax, Beck, and Paisley were well behaved on the ride to Burley and we made it to the house and totally surprised Britni, so much so that she cried! (Admit it, Brit, you DID cry!) We had some fun watching Bridger play baseball in the freezing wind and my brother-in-law, Chad was in a Triathalon for the Scandinavian Festival (He is AMAZING! 1.3 mile swim in freezing water, 56 mile bike, and then 13 mile run) I was so emotional watching all these people do this triathalon thing, I seriously did cry. Beck got to ride a choo-choo at the festival with cousins Bridger and Branson. He was so excited and played with all these boys the whole time we were in Burley. He couldn't get enough of them. And they were so nice to include him. He was free to be a rough and tumble boy!
For Britni's birthday we went to breakfast with Grandma Mimi and then we had a BBQ that night and she had a cute cake, I put a Dr Pepper on top. My mom did a great job getting everything together. She only had 26 candles, but she really is 30!! haha! Grandpa Beck and Aunt Diane came to her party too along with Grandma Mimi. It was so fun to see everyone and we were crazy busy. After the party died down Britni, Jake and I went to Dairy Queen. I had to have my swirl cone dipped in cherry because only the Burley DQ has cherry dipped cones, crazy Washingtonians! Argh! Anyways, we got hit on by a young kid showing off to his friends, so we gave him a fake number for laughs then while we were driving home we drove past a field that had the old tractor in it and I commented that I couldn't believe that it wasn't dead yet, so of course we had to go get pictures of it with us in the field.
I think that we are all exhausted, but I did have so much fun! Mom had great food, Collin can BBQ a mean piece of chicken, and Grandma Mimi and Grandpa Beck finally got to meet Paisley. I think that Beck misses the boys and all the action, but we stopped in Othello on the way home for a bit and he got to see his Othello cousins and run around for a bit and after we had been home for a bit later this evening his girls came over. He was so excited to see Piper, Alizah, Hanna, and Aunt Kortni that he wanted to go home with them. I am so happy that my kids have so much great family. So all in all, I have learned a few things from this trip;
#1 Never ever again will I travel without a DVD player
#2 I will put Imodium AD in my jockey box
#3 A navigational system is a must
#4 Don't pack a suitcase full of shorts when I am going to Burley in June, it's freezing!
#5 I can travel with 2 kids by myself on an 8 hour drive, but it's really smart to break it up and then you have a chance of surviving! :)