Friday, July 24, 2015

Operation PCS 2015 Phase 2: The Drive

This was our first real road trip as a family, ya know, like more than 4 hrs or so.  We got ourselves as prepared as we could...bags full of stuff to do for the kids, extra batteries, dvd players, snacks--but after that, you just gotta go do it.   Unfortunately we had to drive separately to get both cars to Iowa.  I drove the jeep with Nora and Macky in the back and Mike drove the truck, pulling the trailer,
 with Davis and Holden. 

Total drive time was around 14 hours and then add in stops for potty, food and nursing a baby every 3-4 hours, that trip just got another 5 hours added on to it.  Definitely a 2 day drive. 

Day 1 was from Asheboro to Cincinnati where we would spend the night.  This was the long day and pulling a trailer thru the mountains just slowed us down even more.   

Everyone did fabulous though.  Macky slept through the majority of the driving.  We just took long breaks planned around his eating and awake times to avoid a lot of crying in the car.  When he was awake Nora was amazing at keeping him entertained.  I'm pretty sure Holden spent most of his first day riding with his nose in some electronic and well, Davis basically talked Mike's ear off. 

I had intended to take pictures of each state sign, but i forgot and missed a few.  
a stop for dinner at A&W 

We got settled in the hotel right at 9pm that night and the kids were so excited about being in a hotel.  Although the twins slept in one for a few weeks in HI, they don't remember that so this was a new experience for everyone.  They were that out of control excited that comes from being cooped up all day long and overly exhausted all at the same time.   It took some time to reign them in, but Mike and i got everyone tucked into bed finally around 1030.  Then when i got out of the shower a few minutes later, this is what it looked like.  

Rise and Shine two "morning" kiddos and then my son, most like me who wants to just be left alone! 

Day 2---on to Bettendorf! and with gaining an hour it felt like a much shorter day. 

Davis talking and Nora playing Barbies in the car

lunch at Steak-n-Shake, which turned into the kids new favorite place
 and then there it was...IOWA, our new home...and about the 10 bridge we had crossed over the past 2 days, but this one was the best, crossing the Mississippi and being 10 minutes from our new home.  That's a good sight! 
speaking of our new home :) not a bad place to spend the next few years, yes? 
happy to be in IA and ready for some new beginnings :) 

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