Putting everyone to bed at 12:30 (yes, as in after midnight) would normally set me over the edge, however, I am doing my best on this 17 hour journey to roll with it (as much as a Type A, super-planner can). We did move ahead an hour, so that made it a bit better, but it was still late. Some of our kids finally gave in and fell asleep in the van around 9:30, but one very curious and stubborn seven-year-old did not. Can't say I blame him.
We piled our family of six into a room at the Super 8, threw a few sleeping bags on the floor, and hit the sack for the night. After a decent night's sleep, we ate a quick breakfast at the hotel (were complemented by a woman about how well-behaved our kids were...huh?!), and hit the road. Today our travels will take us from Indiana to North Carolina. Quite the journey!
It was a LONG day...11 hours to be exact. Our kids acted like they had done this before, so our day was actually quite pleasant! We stopped for a two hour pit stop in Ohio to eat lunch, play at the park, and take a potty break. I think it was a smart move on our part! Tired a few of the kids out, so they took a nap before we stopped off again for an ice cream treat and gas. Our final trek was a little over 3 hours through the mountains and it was quite awesome to see things through a child's eyes. They were pretty impressed with the mountains and thought the tunnels we drove through were awesome.
We pulled into our hotel in one piece, awaited the arrival of our Papa John's pizza, and prepped everyone for bed. Once again it was a late night (after 10:00 this time), but we just rolled with it. I suppose vacation is a time to throw bedtimes to the curb and mealtimes as well. What a memorable journey we are on!