We ended up being at our destination for twenty-seven hours. Total drive time was about twenty-four hours. In the four days we were gone, there was not one day that we did not drive at least five hours.
I do not recommend this schedule.
The kids did a lot better than I thought they would, being away from their own beds and toys and potty seats – not to mention how much it must suck to be strapped into carseats like little Indy drivers. I had lots of different treats – coloring books, sticker books, travel games, and snacks – that I doled out one at a time to help with the boredom.
Jim went to the funeral by himself on Saturday, while I took the kids to WalMart to get even more treats and found a park to run around in. We visited with his family, and one of his aunts was kind enough to take us down the road so the kids could ride a horse, a tire swing, and chase each other around with sticks.
I had told Jim that if he insisted on showing the kids farm animals, he would be in charge of answering all the questions. So I was a little disappointed not to see the well-endowed pig, which would have been followed by pointing, shrieking, about ten-thousand questions, and watching Jim squirm uncomfortably while I laughed at him mercilessly.
On Saturday night, we drove back to Dodge. We had planned on doing the tourist thing there on Sunday, but nothing was open so we hit the road for 8 hours of “are we there yet?” and “I have to PEE!” and “she has MY book!” and so on and so forth ad nauseum.
I am glad to be home. I missed you guys. Four days without my computer was torture.
Obviously, I need an iPad.