I say bye to Dad
We go through the many states
New York New Jersey
I retired early last night so that I could have my best driving face on today. Of course the Pickle woke up at 11 and 4. Last night of ALL NIGHTS to not get a full nights rest?
We had 6.5 hours on our first leg.
I had printed out all of the directions in case my iphone GPS failed me. I labeled everything by date and in order of directions used. I paid no attention to this this morning, and entered the SECOND address we were meant to go to, instead of the first. When my GPS said it was longer than I expected and started taking me a different-than-expected way right out of the gate, I knew something was wrong. I almost hit a car parallel parking (and the words of my soon-to-be brother-in-law reverberated through my mind: Most accidents happen within 2 miles of home), and then pulled over to re-enter the correct address.
Which was for an OUT OF THIS WORLD toy store that I discovered on Road Trippers. I literally chose our first stop because of the review of this toy store, and wanted something fun the first day out, since the road trip would take a while to get going, what with ALL THE DRIVING. Plus I thought the building looked cool. I picked the closest hotel to this store that I could find, that had free breakfast and a pool. First stop: Butler, PA it is!
My strategy for best kids behavior: Each girl has the potential of earning $5.00 per CAR DAY. How do they earn 5 bucks? They have to get all the points. Each day has a different amount of points.
For example, today 6.5 hours of driving = 6 potential points earned. How do you earn a point? For every hour that you obey, do what I say, help the baby, obey, don’t complain, stay tidy, obey, do exactly what I say—you get 1 point.
Guess who got 6 out of 6?
ALL PARTIES INVOLVED.
Actually, they got 7 out of 6….here’s why.
After 4 hours—we went 4 HOURS!!! without stopping—we had our subway lunch, used the facilities and changed the diaper–the torrential rain (seriously, torrential, like I could not see very far in front of me) began for the next about 2 hours. I was following Siri’s commands and was so stoked when we had only a half hour left!
Suddenly our destination was upon us, and it was a spot on a highway in the middle of nowhere. Like, there wasn’t even any building there, it was in the middle of a road going 55 mph.
I pulled over, tried to regroup–decided to enter our hotel’s address instead….it was 1 hour the OTHER DIRECTION.
I stayed calm on the outside and just a tiny bit ruffled on the inside. I told the girls that the GPS (or someone) had messed up and we had still 1 more hour.
My gas was nearly gone and there were no stations in sight. Finally with only 15 miles (so Siri said…can’t trust her anymore) to go, I found a station and pulled off in time to refuel and change a poopy bum…no one was allowed out of the van.
And let me just tell you, those road trip warrior girls just settled right back in and they did it. 1 more hour and we were at our hotel (passed right by that cool looking toy store but didn’t stop because we were meeting our cousins) ready to swim.
We swam. I hate swimming, but Pickle loves it…the girls and I threw her back and forth between us–she lurved it. Lolly really clicked with my cousin’s daughter.
We yarn-bombed. Phoebe made a teeny tiny swatch today, and we found the perfect spot for it.
We cleaned up the car (how did it get even MESSIER after 6 hours?)
Thanks for following us! See you tomorrow!
Today’s BADGES brought to you by Cammie and our Primary Prez:
Go! and a beaded button to keep track of the number of times we attend church on the road (you can see Lolly holding that one in the video)!
Today’s musical: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat