2. I found out that packing 4 outfits each for everyone doesn't quite cut it when a two day road trip turns into three, plus a day to unload, plus multiple spills, accidents, and messes in the car. Not enough clothes. Lesson learned.
3. If you ever want to cook up some roadkill, I suggest you visit the lovely state of Illinois. During our short jaunt through the edge of the state, we saw more roadkill than I've ever seen in my whole life. It was crazy. Just about every other mile we saw some poor animal dead across the road. It was messy and yucky and they really need to do some major cleanup along the freeway. In Heath's words, "It was ILLannoying".
4. If your life's ambition is opening up an adult bookstore, then I suggest you visit Missouri. You could be in the middle of nowhere and there would be an exit off the freeway. No Services available. You outta gas? You hungry? You gotta go to the bathroom? We can't help you. However, we've got a lovely little shack we like to call the "Lion's Den", full of all the adult content you can dream about, and even more you couldn't even imagine. These stores were just as populous as the roadkill was in Illinois. Looks like both states need to do some cleanup.
The nice thing about driving through Missouri was getting to stop at a broken down gas station to say hi to my sister Rebekah and her family. They are moving back to Washington this week, so it was nice to catch each other. We arrived within 30 seconds of eachother, chatted for about 20 minutes, and then took off again.
5. It's a good thing we have free mobile to mobile. For a while there, Heath was calling about as often as we saw roadkill in Illinois. "Hey babes. You look pretty cute driving." or "You need anything at the Lion's Den." or " Whoa! That Semi-truck has an attitude!" or "We are now one state closer to Colorado!" All teasing aside, he didn't have a radio or anything to listen to in the moving truck, so he had to occupy himself some way.
And then...we made it to Colorado!
6. On our last 56 mile stretch, we got off the freeway and traveled on a highway until we got to Colorado Springs. The last leg always seems to take forever, but it was especially slow-going with psycho-slow driver in front of us. He was going about 15 miles lower than the speed limit, and when meandering through the small towns where the speed limit lowered to 35 mph, he was going under 20 mph. So irritatingly frustrating. Come on!! Don't you realize we've spent three long days on the road and are anxious to get to our new home!! The short turning lanes couldn't even help us, what with Heath not being able to get up enough speed with the big truck. However, because we were going so slow, I was able to note the quaint little towns that offered an oil change and a large peperoni pizza all in one convenient place of business.
7. My voice got notably worse every hour of the drive. The cough, the sore throat, the sinus pressure, and the congestion are just too much for me to take on right now. But I guess that doesn't matter. I can't speak. I can barely whisper, and if I try, the coughing fit takes over. I'm pretty pathetic right now. Hopefully it will clear up by Monday and I can get the kids enrolled in school and carry on a normal conversation. Heath has been extra attentive to me and even got up 2 or 3 times last night to make me some herbal tea with honey and lemon to help my throat.
8. It's hard to give everyone a bath when the towels are somewhere deep in the abyss of the moving van.
9. We unloaded everything yesterday and the moving van needs to go back today or we are charged a hefty fee of a 100 bucks/day. We have one small problem. We can't find the key to the truck. Imagine looking through a house that is loaded haphazardously with boxes and bags and clothes. Try finding one little key in all that mess. I think we are doomed.
10. We woke up to snow the morning after we got here. The kids loved it. We only had sweatshirts for them to wear (coats are in a box somewhere) but they didn't mind. They froze, but they had a great time. This house came with a trampoline, and it was a great surprise for them.
Nothing more for today.