So Papi and I got this crazy idea to have an actual VACATION instead of a Stay-cation. Crazy, right????? After discussing it thoroughly back in February, we decided to take the kids to the ATI Bible Conference in Nashville, TN. We paid for the conference, put money aside for travel and for food, and talked about driving all night Friday night and arriving 13 hours later in Nashville. Yep. Our equation was this….
1 Truck + 6 kids + 2 very tired adults + 800 miles = Fun Vacation.
Up until the week before we were leaving, I believed that was the plan. Papi would work all day Friday, get home about 4:30 pm (a little early), we would load up the truck, pack some sandwiches, and away we would go. I would need food for that evening and a movie to put them asleep. We would take turns driving (let’s be honest, he would drive almost all of it) and hit there about 8 am. Then we would wander around Nashville until check in at 3 pm.
The week before the conference, Papi and I actually talked about whether this plan would actually work. We decided it wouldn’t. So Papi decided we would leave about 11 pm. The kids would sleep. We would take turns driving (him driving almost all of it) and get to the hotel in Nashville at about 1 pm on Saturday completely exhausted. This would take more creativity on my part, because I would need things to keep the kids occupied during the times they were awake. So I started pinning all sorts of things on pinterest to entertain them, mainly because they weren’t allowed to bring Kindles, mp3’s, cell phones, or anything electronic.
On Tuesday, i think, Papi decided we were going to stay in a hotel in Georgia on Friday night. The new plan (the one that actually kind of happened) was that Papi would work 1/2 day on Friday, get home around lunch. Then we would eat lunch, pack the truck, and head to Georgia. On Saturday we would make the rest of the journey from Georgia to Tennessee.
So Papi worked 1/2 day, and we packed up the truck….
We finished packing early, and decided to get a head start. Stopping at Sam’s to get gas, Walmart to stock up on goodies, and McDonald’s for lunch. We were off!
After about an hour, we hit Yeehaw Jct. YES, there is a place called Yeehaw Jct. I even photographed the proof….
I rewarded the kids for being good. Each of them got a poker chip. (Yes, it was a poker chip, no we weren’t playing poker). We traveled another hour with the kids looking at the incorrect maps I printed for them and trying to figure out where we were. And we hit Orlando.
And the kids each got another token. But by now, the natives were getting restless….
(No, Barbie is not picking her nose)….And I started the bidding war. Each of them had tokens rewarded for good behavior. Being over and above nice got extra tokens. They were allowed to bid on picking an activity. I think Eyes won the first one, picking to play a movie (He paid 2 tokens I think). So we slipped in one of the Star Wars movies and had a semi quiet ride for the next couple of hours (not counting the blasters going off in the background). Each hour the first day, each kid earned a token. We were on a ROLL!!!!! (Bonus was I got to work on the baby blanket I’ve been crocheting for a baby that was due ANYDAY!!!!!
Two hours went by, each kid had earned 2 tokens, and Barbie won the next bid, electing to play her favorite Christian CD’s for the next hour. And we had then reached our destination…somewhere in Georgia…..
We hit the Huddle House for dinner (that was a new experience for me) and fell exhausted into bed. Who knew that driving that far could make you exhausted when you weren’t even driving?????