The plan would have been perfect, if we hadn't brought the chilly weather with us.
Peter came home from out of town late Thursday, went to meetings Friday, took a nap, and then worked the 8PM to 6AM shift at work. I procrastinated packing and took a day off after cleaning all week to prepare for book club at my house. Um, I mean I didn't have to work too much because my house is always spotless. Never a mess here. Just don't drop by unexpected to prove a point.
So Saturday I packed and loaded the car and stopped by the store because I somehow thought that Ryan had black Sunday pants that fit him but was proven wrong when searching the house for the non-existent pants. Stupid growth spurts. Also had to stop by the glasses store because someone stepped on Kirsti's glasses and broke off the arm and I thought she might like vision on our trip. And then we drove. And drove. And went crazy with the kids.
Here are some highlights of our trip:
- Staying in the creepiest motel we'd ever visited. Well, not the creepiest, that would be the place in Texas were we found nasty videos behind the TV when we were making sure we'd not forgotten anything. But this place was pretty divey
- Visiting our old ward. We sure miss everyone.
- Easter at my sister Kim's house with Amazing Race afterwards.
- Farming out all our kids at friends or family and cleaning up the old house (and getting caught up with the neighbors).
- Marbles museum
- Beating my sister Tami twice at Settlers of Catan (Peter once and me once). This was the first time she didn't trounce us.
- Raleigh Tea Party- yes we tend to be slightly political.
- Swimming in the hotel pool
- Finishing the book on tape I bought for the drive home- A Wrinkle in Time- 2 minutes before we arrived at home.
- Too cold & rainy to visit the beach
- Kids ruined their Easter clothes so no pictures till next Sunday
- Forgot to bring our dyed Easter eggs with us
- We still own a house in North Carolina
- With the exception of Sunday, didn't leave the house until after 11
- No public bathrooms at the tea party
- 12 hours each way in the car with arguably the loudest set of 6 children in the world
- Forgot to bring the new Fablehaven book with us to read (technically I remembered the book, but one of the kids took it out of the bag "to hold" and promptly put it down).
It was a nice trip. We had a lot of fun, but it is nice to be home and be able to sleep in a room separate from the kids. And I am still a little bitter about the cold weather.