Here we are in day 3 of the trek to Alabama. Yesterday was our longest driving day with over 10 hours on the road. We got into the hotel very late and went straight to bed. We spent the day driving through Colorado and Kansas, ending the evening in Salina, Kansas. We were able to stop in Denver for lunch with my Aunt Maren. It was a great visit and I am so glad the timing worked out.
The thing I noticed most yesterday is how quickly the landscape changes. One minute we were driving through winding mountains with snow, the next we are in east Colorado and it looks more like the flat plains of Kansas.
The drive was long and pretty uneventful but we were all ready to stop for the night and get some rest.
This morning we got up bright and early for an 8.5 hour driving day. Finishing up Kansas, into Oklahoma and ending in Arkansas. Stephen had some real southern food for lunch that got him even more excited to be close to home again. I am sure all that fried goodness would make for a bad driving combination so I opted for something lighter, knowing I’ll have plenty of time to try the good stuff when we get settled.
One funny thing about today, I was very tired and thought about giving Reece a container of gold fish crackers to feed himself. Stephen warned against it, thinking he would spill all over the car. I kept giving him small handfuls as needed and rested the container on my knee in between. Well I guess I fell asleep, because I woke to the crashing of the container and gold fish all over the front of our car. It probably would have been less of a mess to give them to Reece in the first place. It made us both laugh very hard though so it was worth it!
We went into Cabot, Arlansas to meet up with my old friend Shasta at her house. She has two young girls and we haven’t seen each other in a while. Reece loved playing with the girls and it was such a good time. I am so exited to be close to her again!
We then met up with Stephen’s cousin, his wife and their two kids for dinner. They had not seen one another in 12 years so of course I hadn’t met them. Their son’s middle name is Reid and daughter’s middle name is Reese so we hit it off right away. It was good hearing about younger times hanging out with Stephen. Their kids were so cute.
We headed to the hotel next and got settled. Reece has done so well today but he was wore out and needs some rest. The dogs are doing well but not eating well, I think they are too anxious with everything going on.
We are looking forward to the relaxed drive tomorrow and only 6 hours on the road. I can’t wait to see our new place, I hope it is livable at least through our lease – it is crazy planning a life in a place you haven’t seen or visited before!
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