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This spring, we went on an epic journey across 8 states of the southeast/south central US. One of Matt’s very good friends was happening to get married on the weekend beginning spring break. He wanted to go, but it was in Alabama. Flying there was too expensive, but we weren’t sure we wanted to drive 18 hours. Then my dad called and said Uncle Phil was in the hospital. So we decided to leave on Friday after Matt’s call at 8am, drive 18 hours to Birmingham, Alabama, and get in at 2am. Then on Monday, I would drive to Alexandria, MS to see my cousin and her husband. Tuesday, we headed to Tyler, TX to see my uncle and my other cousin and his wife. Wednesday, we drove to Dallas to spend a couple of days with Matt’s aunt. Friday morning, we drove to Wichita for two days. Sunday, we finally made it back to Scott City! Oh, did I mention that Matt flew out of Birmingham on Monday morning? So I did the whole rest of the trip by myself with our three lovely kids. My family was awesome and took great care of us the whole time. I could not have done it without them. We are so blessed to have extended family that know and love us.
Here are some pictures of the trip.
Jack and Lily were on swim team this year. I kind of made them be on it for several reason. For one, I always wanted to be on swim team. Two, they LOVE the water. I never heard any complaints about practice. Competition was a different story with my perfectionist first born. Three, they are now being homeschooled and need socialization, right?
Anyway, we only went to two meets this year and I wasn’t at the second one in Lakin. These photos are of the swim meet we hosted in Scott City. You would think living in western Kansas, having a morning swim meet means perfect, sunny weather. However, it was so cold. Certainly too cold to be a normal summer morning, but the kids were troopers and finished strong!
Oh my goodness…if you have never been to family camp, you are missing out. It was the best vacation I have been on in a long time. Get this moms…no cooking and no cleaning for a whole week! Not only were we in a beautiful place in Colorado, but I could truly relax with my family. We were able to borrow some 4-wheelers from some very generous friends, which made it much easier to explore the place. The kids love them too, until we went up a trail with massive rocks to roll over. They did not like all that bumping around! While we did do a lot of exploring, the camp also had a pool, water slides, a playground, bowling, and a gym. The kids were never bored because when we weren’t doing the aforementioned activities, they were playing with cousins and new friends. I mean, seriously people…a week with no cleaning, cooking, or boredom! Pure bliss!! Who is coming with us next time?