Sunday, September 7, 2008

Our Trip - Five kids, four cats, grandma, a 26 foot U-haul going over 1000 miles from home!

Think National Lampoons Vacation, remember with Chevy Chase and family headed to Wally World ... okay well we are not that funny but we had our moments.

The 26 foot U-Haul ... the big question was... will everything fit?

Well, thanks to Dan's creative packing and lots of hard work - it all fit, mostly! We did leave behind a couple small things that we gave to our neighbors ... my bin of composting worms (I plan to get more) and my mushroom tree. Oh yeah and a bike that had to go on the roof of the van!

So after two days of loading the truck we headed out, on the road ... our big move ... we made it to my moms, 30 minutes away and stopped for dinner and all the 'see you laters' and guess what? We never left (until morning)!

Okay, so now we are on the road, REALLY! Our plan is to get at least eight hours of driving time, just over 500 miles, the half way mark!!!! Dan and his mom were in the UHaul with one of the boys (Jacob and Rick really wanted to ride in the big truck) and myself and the other children and the four cats were in our minivan! The first few hours were great, everyone was excited! The next few hours everyone slept BUT then the last few hours became more difficult -- Sam our one year old, he is a mover and a shaker and he wanted out! At first he was entertained by the soundtrack to the musical CATS by the end the only thing that would help was if the older girls sang him his favorite song ... you all know it ...

I am still singing this, in my head, in my sleep, ALL THE TIME!

Apparently the scene in the UHaul was a little more relaxed!
Jacob and Rick who were so very excited to ride in the big truck had a hard time keeping their eyes open! Thanks to Grandmas comfy pillow they had a luxurious ride!

So indeed we did make it to our half way point the first day, it was late and we were tired. Thanks to today's technology I was able to call my mom, she Google Searched pet friendly hotels and we called and booked rooms ... nothing fancy just beds to crash on for the night so that we could function enough to travel the second half of our trip!

The second day of travel went well, still more singing, can everyone say "Ooh, eee, ooh, ah, ah"! We were all kind of tired of fast food, this is really not what we are use to eating and it seemed to be dragging us down! But here we are at one of our stops ...

Again, we made it to our final destination, it was really late but we were excited to get here ... Knoxville, Tennessee ... where we now call home!

I guess we can barely compare to Chevy Chase and all that humor but we did have fun and have some very silly memories, maybe Grandma will comment on scaring Jacob half to death!!!!

For one final note ... Ooh, eee, ooh, ah, ah, ting, tang, walla, walla, bing, bang..." you know, keep singing!


Wicked Step Mom said...

I am glad you guys made it! That trip had to be rough on the little guy. Hopefully, you will have a little time to recover before life starts getting to crazy!

Wendy said...

I can't believe you made that trip with all those kids and all those cats and you're still sane enough to post. I'm impressed, to say the least!

Tricia said...

What an adventure! I really want to know how Grandma scared Rick half to death.

I hear you on the road-trip junk food. If you're not used to fast food, it just kills you.

Judy Haley (coffeejitters) said...

wow that's quite a trip

ThisGrandma said...

On Jake - he enjoyed being in the big truck - up high on the road, watching other big rigs and interesting sights. He and I would challenge each other to see and identify road kill. Yes, one has to be creative and age-appropriate when on long road trips with children.
But after a couple of hours, that white line hypnotizes and one needs a nap. And Jake nodded off - so very relaxed with my support pillow. And just when he was in that soft floating zone entering into real sleep, I had a huge uncontrollable COUGH !!
Poor Jake came awake with all limbs flying - eyes popped wide - hands and feet going in circles !!!
Dan and I laughed and giggled for some minutes, trying to keep our eyes on the road through our tears.

Jen said...

Missed you!! Glad you're safe - sounds like quite the adventure!

Naima said...

It seams like a fun trip to me!