And sometimes we'd get in and swim with them.
My top three favorite things about our beach road trip were 1.) spending time with family 2.)seeing Nauvoo and Carthage and 3.) going for a morning jog along the beach each morning, and usually with Scott. Since Nora slept in our room and would usually start to stir about the same time Scott and I were headed out for our job (630am or so), I would go grab Elisabeth from her room and she would come lay down with Nora until we got home. Sometimes she'd grab her kindle and let her watch part of Frozen, and other times we'd come home and she had given her breakfast and they were just playing. It is SO nice having older kids that can help the younger ones, and it was nice to stay in a home with lots of other adults so that we were able to go on a jog together each morning and not worry about kids safety etc.
Some more pictures from the beach:
Some family pictures:
And then we were off for home. The first day we drove 8 hours (left Corolla around noon) and stayed in Charleston, VA in a hotel that had a HUGE breakfast: your typical hot breakfast items like Belgian waffles, eggs and meat, plus gravy and biscuits, an omelet bar made to order, cereal, fruits etc. We ate a lot :). The next day we drove 11 hours to Kansas City, KS where we stayed with our BYU friends Cameron(he worked w/Scott in the engineering building..can't remember what the job position was called right now) and Lori and their kids. We had never known them with kids and now they have three! A lot of time has passed! It was so good to see them again and visit for awhile, they are such good parents, and I'm ticked I didn't remember to get a picture!
The long drives for those six days really weren't bad at all, well except maybe on Sunday...we won't drive on Sunday again. Why? Because we knew we weren't going to make it to church which was a big bummer so instead we brought a few church movies (not enough!!! should have brought more!) and we listened to an old general conference for a little bit, but the kids, without their Harry Potter audio cds, got into more disagreements and annoyed each other more and whined more than at any time which was hard on everyone. So even though we tried to make that Sunday a day that was different and set apart as a Sabbath day, it didn't work and we had more feelings of frustration. But we're not willing to give up our Sabbath worship so yeah, next time, no Sunday travels. But really, overall, 56 hours of driving in 12 days, so basically 6 days of driving and 6 days of not, they did fabulous! And no one threw up this time! I blame that on the audio books, they were amazing. Jim Dale who is the narrator for the Harry Potter audio books, is AMAZING! Anyway, and because they did so well we're already thinking about where we're going to go next! (though I don't know we'll do such a big trip like this for a long time).