Tuesday, August 23, 2016

VA2UT Days 1&2 *VA*NC*

The Olsens were so kind to convince us to stay with them the last night. I obviously had no idea how hard it is to pack up a house and should have stayed with them more than one night like they offered!Last day of school! We pulled out of our driveway around 6 pm on Thursday, February 18, only an hour behind schedule. We did have to stop at the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for Tyler. While I waited he went over to a tire shop to put air in one of the tires that was low. Grandmama & Pappy were such a huge help that whole week and we were crying as we left them in the driveway. They wanted us to spend the night with them and start fresh in the morning but we didn't want the extra driving time. We felt so loved by thoughtful gifts from friends and neighbors. One kind sister gave each child a new backpack full of wrapped books, activities, and candy for the ride--plus two new dresses each! Waze took us through a bunch of neighborhoods to avoid I-95 traffic and it worked pretty well. Around 9 pm that night Mara was crying pretty hard but I thought she was just tired. A little bit later we turned on the lights so the kids could eat a treat and discovered that she had thrown up all over herself and the carseat! We cleaned it up on the side of the interstate in the dark and got to our hotel in Greensboro, NC (not positive on the city) a couple hours later.
First fun stop of the trip was Lazy 5 Ranch. The kids and I had been twice with Page and were so excited to show Tyler all the cool animals. After the petting zoo, wagon ride, and car loop we headed on the road. We stopped in South Carolina to get Cook Out for dinner and continued driving into the night through Georgia and Alabama. Around 9 pm that night we got a flat tire (no, not the one that was leaking air!) and again found ourselves on the side of the highway in the dark. This time everyone had to get out of the car and the kids were a little nervous about getting too close to the scary forest while Tyler and I kept trying to keep them far away from I-20. We had to unload most of the back of the van to reach the tire changing stuff and the captain chair area to get the spare. We had planned to go a little farther that night but since we were only an hour from Shawney and Ben they graciously offered to host us that night.
Hotel Walters gets five stars for creating sleeping accommodations for seven people on short notice! Adriel slept on a loveseat, Dallyn on a couch, and Brooklee was under the dining area table! Truman slept right in front of the front door and Mara's crib fit just perfectly in the kitchen. Tyler and I were on an air mattress. It was cozy and a couple times during the night I found either Dallyn on Adriel creeping into our bed since the air mattress touched both couches.

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