I told you about our first day of traveling on the road. 6 kids + 2 adults + 13 hours = YIKES!!!!
But I was pleasantly surprised. And Day 2, I was pleasantly surprised as well. We continued awarding tokens for good behavior every hour, and letting them bid their tokens in auction style for control of the game/video/radio. Believe it or not, we only played 1 game the entire day!!!!!
We played Car Bingo. I had pinned it from here. It was ok. We played twice. Once for the original “Bingo” and once for the “Whole Card”. It took about an hour and was a great way for the kids to practice attentiveness!
We had a wonderful day, with very little arguing. Not did I hear, “Are we there yet?” or “He’s touching me!” That’s a huge feat for 6 kids in one vehicle! I was so impressed and happy.
At about an hour from our destination, Papi decided to call the hotel and double-check the reservation (for the third time). The hotel we were staying in said that they had the rooms, but instead of 2 non smoking rooms next to each other or across from each other, they were on 2 separate floors! Papi was upset, but I told him it would be ok, it was only a week, and we really would only be sleeping there, so it was no big deal.
We kept driving, and quickly reached our destination. We pulled into the parking lot of a very pretty brick hotel. Papi parked the truck and went inside. And we waited. And we waited. And we waited some more. After what seemed like forever, I told the kids to get out of the truck and we went inside. Which was good because 2 of the 6 had to use the restroom. I should have had a clue…..but I didn’t. There was no restroom in the lobby. They had to go into the manager’s office to use the restroom. I think having all of the children in the lobby made the front desk clerk work a little faster, because we quickly had our keys to the rooms. We separated – boys on one floor and girls on the other. When I opened the room door I was engulfed in the smell of stale bodies and smoke. Immediately my asthma started. We quickly got the a/c going and I put some drops of Peppermint and Lavender oil on the unit to try to cleanse the air. I checked the kitchenette to discover it had almost NO utensils of any kind in it. I slipped off my shoes and immediately put them back on because the floor was sticky. Papi called from his room and his first words were, “Is your room as bad as mine?” I wheezed out, “Yes.” But there wasn’t much we could do, right?
And then I used the restroom. Oh my. Let’s just say it was worse than some public bathrooms I’ve been in. But the kicker was when the toilet seat came off in my hand.
What I say next will cause some of you to think I am an insufferable snob. But I’m really not. I grew up poor. I know what it is to actually LIVE in a No tell Motel for a while. But my asthma was going crazy and I couldn’t imagine my precious babies staying in this place for a minute longer, let alone an entire week. I called Papi and told him I wanted to leave, and right away. And he agreed because before I could barely get the words out of my mouth, he was at my hotel door and we were gone.
But now we had a huge problem. We were in Nashville, TN. It was Saturday evening at 6 pm…and we had nowhere to sleep for the night, let alone the week. Papi got on his phone and I got on mine. He was checking on the internet, and I was checking with a family I knew had been to Nashville several times for good hotel ideas.
The kids were nervous and worried. But I wasn’t. I knew we would be ok. Especially if I could make it an adventure for the children. It took a couple of hours of phone calls, but we finally did get a wonderful hotel….and it was SUCH a blessing!!!!
not only would we all be on the same floor….we would all be in the SAME ROOM! Yes. They had a room that slept 8!!!!!!! I can not say enough about how wonderful the GuestHouse Suites in Nashville, TN is. If you are ever in Nashville – please visit them. The staff was amazing. They handled 6 tired, cranky, kids and 2 worried parents with grace and sweetness. We got the room for the entire week. And they gave us a great rate because of our dire situation.
To quote a different hotel chain, “They’ll leave the light on for ya’!”