Monday, November 3, 2008

A Roadtrip to Remember

My husband decided that it was time we took a family road trip. So by the seat of our pants, we threw some clothes into some suitcases and hit the road. No map, no schedule, just five kiddos and two crazy parents who giggled with anticipation. The first night we drove all night and the next day. We made it almost to Minnesota by Thursday evening - we left Wednesday at 3:30pm. That is A LOT of driving. We slept good in Fargo, North Dakota and headed out. We made it to West Virginia in three days. Stayed there for two nights, met up with Jason and Amanda Hand and then started back. We went through Kentucky to see family and stay at a home that my father n law grew up in. Kentucky is beautiful. We also saw the Creation Museum in Kentucky! That was awesome! You should take time to go and see it! They explained things so vividly. It was just an amazing experience that impacted all of us. Then we headed to South Dakota to see Mt. Rushmore. WOW! That was fun. It is amazing that a group of men was able to carve into granite and form such a widely known memorial. After Mt. Rushmore off we went to Yellowstone! Ellie came down with the tummy flu, so that was hard - but the boys really enjoyed the animal sightings and the canyon and Old Faithful! We started the trip with no map and eventually got a free map at Cracker Barrel that showed their locations nationwide. We used that to go to West Virginia. I know . . . crazy. We had a blast. Why do this? . . . you ask . . . - why not? What a special thing to be able to see the country. We experienced some pretty great things: cracker barrell, sweet tea, the beauty of the changing leaves, the creation museum in Kentucky, Mt. Rushmore, and Yellowstone National Park. Most importantly we experienced one another without any distractions. It was such a sweet time.

A lasting memory.

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12 comments:

Tom and April said...

OH ..it looks like you guys had some much needed family time fun. I am so glad you got to go. The countryside is so beautiful. Praise The Lord that your morning sickness has gotten better also. We missed you and are so glad you are back. I just love all the photos, and it may be just me but the kids look older somehow, more mature....I dunno. I noticed that at church last night. Well, I hope you all get rested up.

Mrs. Renfro said...

WOW. How fun is that! I am glad you were able to spend so much time as a family. The kids will talk about it for the rest of their lives. Some of my fondest memories were the roadtrips that we took when we were little.
Can't wait to catch up.

Jenny said...

Oh, your photos are so nice! Although, I only got through the first 50...but I have to go now, I'm going to come back and look at the rest when I have more time! I can't wait to the rest! You got some beautiful photos of the country-side. That's so good that you are feeling better. We have never done a long road trip as a family yet...wait, we drove to Disneyland...but that feels like it shouldn't count, we were just trying to get there fast, not enjoy the journey. I look forward to seeing the rest!

Garth & Becky said...

Looks like everyone had a great time! Mount Rushmore and the Creation Museum are on our list of things we'd like to see.

Anonymous said...

It is so good to see that ya'll had a great time! you look so refreshed (even after the crazy driving!) It is encouraging to see that you definately know what an ELK looks like! ;)

~your friend, Emily
p.s. I missed you soooo much, my friend!!

Mrs. Pizo said...

It looks like you had a blast!!! I am so glad that you were able to enjoy your family and our country too. Road trips are so much fun!

Jenny B. said...

How awesome! I love road trips (when you are not moving during it)! I went to the Creation Museum in Indiana, and it was awesome. You guys drove right by us! :) What a fantastic memory! By the way, Chloe looks so much like Philip in the picture where she is sleeping.

Amanda said...

I am so happy for you guys. Praise the Lord for your time together. I know your older children will never forget it!

Hazel Eye Beauty said...

So glad you got to experience my side of the world!! Nothing like a big glass of sweet tea! Your photos were great, made me homesick! I hope you guys didnt get out where that rattlesnake sign was! so happy your family got to sea the countryside.

Sally Ann said...

Looks like a fun vacation!!! I wanna go!

B.E.Hughes said...

I LOVED your trip! Brought back so many memories of days gone by (like about nine x-country in 4 yrs or so, LOL. Glad you went and had a grand time with the young-uns!

michelle hillard said...

I'm jealous! It looks so beautiful over that way. Also, I watched an episode of the Duggar's new show, and they had gone to the Creation Museum, so I got to hear and get an even better look at some of it. It looks so cool. I'm so happy for you, too. Especially that it looks like you got to enjoy food on the trip!!