We made it, damn it. We made it!
The truck, loaded, by the Delts. I intended on paying them generously for their efforts and not one of these guys would take a dime. That, my friends, is just good people.
I can finally show pics now of where we lived in the Midwest.....since I don't reveal current living arrangements. Our neighborhood.....
And, our cute little house. Loved it. 4 stories, a split level home, lovely trees and certainly a change from what we had in Colorado. This was our attempt at living in an older home. Learned a lot.
We woke early Monday morning to finish up the small details of final packing.......freight carrier took off with the trailer......and we were on the road around noon.
Bye, bye, KC. I miss you already.
Carter loved this Jayhawk statue, of course.
Flint Hills in the middle of Kansas.
Lots of random pictures from the road.
We drove until midnight and then stopped in Frisco, Colorado, near Breckenridge. Slept for about 5 hours, had a birthday breakfast for our 3 year old baby girl in the state she was born in not so long ago....
Back on the road.
Holy road trip, people. I'm not usually a negative person, as Shannon says, but even I was complaining via Facebook about this trip. So long. Longest day of my life.
One of the 12,346 stops we made to go potty.
Birthday girl holding up the bridge!
And, then leaving it.
Hello, Utah. You're just as pretty. Less inhabited, it seems. But, gorgeous. I listened to the best ever bootleg from Widespread Panic.....New Mexico.....2001. Blake and I traded off vehicles........that certainly helped the trip. Even though he lucked out driving during all the damn naps.
There he is. Hi, honey.
"Wild land fire" in Utah. Signs were on the road telling drivers not to call about it. Contained. OK.
I know these pictures are in order, but I couldn't begin to tell you what town this is. I will tell you that if I ever step foot in a McDonald's again, I will spontaneously vomit upon smelling the fried food.
Rest stop. Blake had the kids doing laps to tire them out.
Back on the road, for what seemed like forever. We drove through Vegas, at night......kids loved that. Blake tried to explain to them that it's really for adults. Jack's response:
"Las Begas wooks cool. I adult. Yainey adult. Carter adult. Wet's go!"
I have no pictures of the low points. I cried. Too much caffeine + stress + driving through unknown territory is tough, peeps. I absolutely didn't want to stay another night on the road, but have never witnessed time pass so slowly.
We arrived in Oceanside around 12:30am Pacific time. Think our total on the road was around 29 hours. I'm still too tired to do the numbers. So, you'll have to live with that.
Furniture doesn't arrive until Friday (hopefully), so we're camping right now. Little ones fell right asleep. Thank goodness for Pa, who was in town when we arrived. He picked up our house key and met us there in the middle of the night to help us get kids settled. I love Pa.
So, it was a very challenging journey.
The good news: we made it here safely; our house is darling; the back yard is even more fabulous than we saw via real estate sites and google earth. Pictures coming.
Lots to do......more to share......we enjoyed our first day here and ended it with a picnic on the beach to watch the sun set.
Oh, one more thing.....while in the hotel in Colorado, Blake spotted a TV on the wall showing quotes. How perfect is this?
"Your kids inevitably want to move where they had their vacations when they were younger." -Jim Harrison