Here are some of the Tricks and Treats along the way of our trip.
Treat: On the whole, the kids have done remarkably well. This can be attributed to several things- the babies are little and really only sleep and eat, both of which can be accomplished relatively well in the car. The big girls enjoy watching movies. A lot. They don't get a ton of TV time at home, so they think it a great treat to watch movies all day long.
Trick: On our way back from CO, Bella figured out she could pull the power cord out of her portable DVD player which caused her and Lily's movie to go off. That meant we heard three partial showings of the Lady and the Tramp and Sleeping Beauty never was awakened in our car. It was very annoying, since I had to climb to the back of the car to get it all set back up. Classic First World Problem.
Trick: This is what Bella looked like many times on this trip. During our lunch stop today, she was upset that she couldn't stand on the granite counter at Panda Express. It's a hard life. The picture is from our Target lunch stop.
Treat: Seeing some dear high school friends. We met at a CFA (of course we did), and it was so fun to catch up and laugh. My high school friends are all amazing women now, and I am so thankful that God put us all together in those tender years.
Treat: Although having three children in diapers is not easy on the pocketbook or the nose, it does make traveling more convenient. Lily has a bladder of steel, so there have been some travel days that we have only stopped once in an 8 hour drive.
Trick: I had one of my "undergarments" eaten by my in-laws' dog. This happened three years ago as well, but I had totally forgotten. Even though it was tucked into my bag- he found it and chewed it up. Tricky dog.
Treat: John got to run a 10K in Estes Park on Father's Day. It was one of his favorite activities in one of his favorite places. You can see him modeling his shirt with all the kiddos at lunch today.
Trick and Treat: Driving the full length of Kansas. It is flat and mostly boring, but the big sky is nice, and we stumbled across several fascinating wind farms.
Trick: At our cabin in Estes, there was a VHS player with some Disney movies the girls hadn't seen, like Aladdin. I watched a lot of it with them and realized that my childhood was very low-def. Then, the VHS player ate the tape. I don't miss those days.
Trick: This morning, while working on mailing our estimated quarterly taxes (which is usually such a treat . . .), we discovered that with everything going on in April, we forgot to pay our regular quarterly taxes. Whoops. If you are an IRS official reading this, please know we are sorry and fixing it right away. Also, how do you have time to be reading this with all you have going on?
Treat: We got to see and enjoy so much family along the way, and it was great to be able to introduce the twins to so many people that love them already. We are so blessed to have family that has supported us so graciously in this adoption process.
By all measures it has been a great trip, and getting back the the real world tomorrow will be a rude awakening. Hopefully we will be able to find a way through.