Oh the adventures of traveling with kids.
We made our way back from Iowa on Sunday after spending the last 8 days away from home. We packed up last week and drove thirteen hours there with 3 kids, two DVD players and eight hundred bags of snacks. We stopped halfway in Kentucky and spent the night to break up the trip a little bit where Claire decided to throw herself out of her pack n play five seconds into being inside of it. She skinned her nose & got a black eye (it was awful) and slept right in between us in bed the rest of the trip. We made it to Iowa on Monday & spent a few days with Brandon’s family. The girls were sooo excited to see their grandparents & had way too much fun bouncing off the walls with their cousins. We did some early Christmas celebrating & got to go see a bunch of our friends in Iowa City where we went to college. Side note, if you’re ever in Iowa City with kids, spend a few hours at the the Children’s Museum and follow with lunch at Big Grove! Such a fun day!! We did an early Thanksgiving at Brandon’s sister’s house in the morning, packed up & made a pit stop to see our best friends for their afternoon Thanksgiving & then drove a few hours to my brother’s house for one more evening Thanksgiving dinner! I absolutely must share my aunt’s pumpkin pie & homemade whipped cream here before next year, it was incredible! My parents drove to Iowa separately, so for the first time in over three years, we had all of the family (all spouses and grandkids included!!!) together for a family picture. My mom’s Christmas wish came true! 😉 We spent the day at my brother’s farm & the girls got to ride four wheelers & tractor mowers, which of course they loved.
And then last, but not least, we decided that it would be super fun to eat at a little mexican restaurant in small town Iowa and take food poisoning (or the stomach bug from hell?) home with us as a souvenir.
Yep, we spent our last night there with two kids throwing up, thought they were better enough to get in the car the next morning (we were wrong) and spent the next 13 hours with three kids, two dvd players and eight hundred bags of barf. We ended up stopping again to sleep, even though we weren’t planning on it at the time, but the kids needed beds, and then Brandon & I got sick just as we were getting home. It was hell on literal wheels. We basically slept in a big pile on the couch for the next 24 hours and I feel like we just crawled out from under a rock. It was SO miserable and we are so thankful to be feeling better today!!
Needless to say, we aren’t going annnnnnywhere for a long time & plan to be parked in our living room in front of our Christmas tree from now until New Years! So excited for ALL of the holiday festivities here on the blog, starting tomorrow!262