This was a Quiet day, as we were in the car for most of it. In fact, we were so busy in the morning, I forgot to take many photos until later. It was clear we had Worn the kids out on our trip, they were perfectly content to finally get in the car and get going.
We got on the road about 10:30 am, after doing laundry, loading the car, cleaning after ourselves, and cleaning ourselves. Chris even got his flush done too. It was quick morning. The only thing we left behind was that we forgot to throw away one last dirty diaper as we were leaving.
The boys were ok with not stopping at Monticello. It turns out when you multiply the cost to visit, X5, it's rather expensive if you're not planning on doing a whole day. Plus Chris was still pretty wiped out from the festivities from the day before. So I consulted Sam, whose birthday was the next day, as to which path to head back, go through West Virginia (the southern route) or return the way we came (Pennsy Turnpike). Sam chose to return the way we came. We popped in our CD of Alexander Hamilton and listened through Virginia, Maryland and into Pennsylvania. Jacob fell asleep moments after we hit the road (weird, but we weren't going to fight him) and slept for almost 2 hours. We popped in Percy Jackson and got even further. We started to get hungry and snacked on all the car food we had. We opted to just snack rather than stop for lunch. We figured we'd stop for dinner wherever we crashed for the night.
We got out and ran around a little in West Virginia.
We took advantage of this stop to do some math. We had stopped just into PA on the way out, and we realized when he took a break, that we were only 5 hours from home. It was only 3:30 pm. We figured if we could make it to Columbus, that would be a good place to stop for the night, maybe play a little the next day. But Sam was our leader, as we approached Columbus, he wanted to stop for supper, and keep driving. We realized we could make it home by 9, and we could all wake in our own beds. That began to sound pretty good, and we hadn't even gone through our stash of movies yet. We stopped at Subway, popped in Moana, and headed home.
Eric and I got a good laugh on the outskirts of Columbus, that was from Vacation! Grizwold. Haha!
This was the last picture I took, somewhere around Dayton I think.
But this flag was huge, not Star Spangled Banner huge, but huge enough that it made me think it was a good photographic note to end the trip on.
And so it was.
We made it home a little after 9, and got to sleep in our own beds. And we've been recovering all week. It's the one thing I like about the Balanced Calendar, the two week break for Fall and Spring. I like if we travel for a week, we have another week to Recover. I do not like it if we don't travel, because after two weeks of being home with little routine, the kids make me crazy.
But they did really well this trip. I mean seriously, doing a 9 1/2 hour trip in 10 1/2! That's Amazing for my 3 yahoos. At least we hadn't left Jake in underwear, that probably helped that we weren't stopping every hour for potty breaks. But I suspect next trip, he'll be ready. There was so much in DC that we didn't see, that the kids are already plotting what they want to go see next time we go, like the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on the mall, and visit Jefferson in the big deodorant, and to see Mount Vernon and visit Monticello, to do whatever it is they do in Monticello. ;)
This trip went so well, even with puking in the Capitol, and a sick kid for half the week, I still can't wait to go back and do it again. That's a good sign!