Here are a few pictures of our rental house. We miss our house in Washington very much and are trying to make this house work for us.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I think I forgot to document a day because yesterday was day 5 I believe. Yesterday was the day the boys said they were tired of being in the car. Simon cried when I was packing his pack n play as if to say he didn't want to keep traveling. We drove 4 hours straight and they all did a great job. The little boys take naps off and on and "watch" movies. Jonah broke his DVD player on day 2. We bought them new for the trip and he thought it would be a good idea to pull parts out of it. So yesterday was uneventful. We went through Minnesota and arrived in Iowa where we spent the night. Now we're getting on the road and will arrive in Illinois this afternoon.
Monday, June 23, 2014
We drove and drove until we reached our hotel outside of Sioux Falls, SD. Today we don't have any plans other than to drive. We'll stop in Cedar Rapids tonight before finishing the final leg of our journey to Illinois on Tuesday.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
We left Idaho and drove through Montana. We decided to skip Yellowstone because with the dogs we would be limited in where we could go. We stopped in a small town to have a picnic and let the kids play. It started raining on us so we loaded up and as we headed out of the park the van got a flat tire. It took a while to figure out where the spare was and put it on but eventually we did and drove to get a new tire. It was a 2 hour detour we hadn't planned on pushing our arrival at the hotel to nearly 10 pm. The kids were great and all fell asleep on the 3 hour drive. Matt took them swimming when we got to the hotel and I stayed with the dogs. One of us always has to be with them because they would bark nonstop if they were alone.
We're in South Dakota now and will visit Mt Rushmore today. We could make it to Illinois by tomorrow night but that would mean more driving than I would like to do in a day. Instead we'll have a more leisurely pace that allows the kids have more time out of the car to play.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Today is Matt's last day of residency. He is using vacation and sick time to round out the month. His graduation dinner was on Saturday. He is going to miss everyone so much. He was honored with the medical student educator award and leadership award. His co-residents pooled their money and bought him and Ipad Air and a little gumby trophy. He was very embarrased by this but it shows his generosity and kindness did not go unnoticed. I may be biased but I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be absolutely beloved.
The plan is to leave Thursday morning after Matt's last grant writing class. We'll spend tomorrow picking up med refills, hopefully some sightseeing and being out of the house for the home inspection. Then we'll be on the road for 5 days, stop in Illinois for a few before heading to Cincinnati. I am incredibly sad to be leaving here and not ready but I would like to fast forward about a month to where we're settled in Ohio and the kids are on normal sleep schedules again.
Here are a few of the pictures the photographer took of the house. They show how our house would look if the children and dogs just stood in one spot and never touched anything + photoshop.