Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We Have Arrived!!

Hi Everyone!! We have arrived safely at our grandparents house!! I am glad to be done with long days of driving but our trip here was fun.

 In Jackson, Tennessee we went to our favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel!!!

 The next day we went to the Casey Jones museum. If you don't know who Casey Jones is then I suggest you go research him :) He is a worthy historical figure.
 This is an actual confederate hat. It was picked up on a battlefield near Jackson.
 This is part of the little town that they have built around the museum. That train car is a real train car and there is a man in it with a christian library and he does counseling :)
 We also toured Casey Jones' house

 There was a model train station there too.
 Us four olders tried to reenact the four Pevensies in Prince Caspian :):)
 Then Sean, Hannah and Scott reenacted WWII loose lips propaganda

 Today we went to a little town called Beauford with Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Spencer and his family. Nora is so big now!!!
 Elianna fell in love with the "baby" :):)
 Page and Scott are special friends :)
 Beauford is an adorable little town on the coast!!

 She is SOOOO CUTE!!!! And her hair is red :):)
Grandma and Grandpa live right on the water now. The sunset was gorgeous today!!
Forgive the Photomatix watermark :/

Tomorrow we leave for the NCFIC conference. We are all looking forward to it! I will let you know how it goes ;)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Begining of Our October/November Adventure

Hello from Arkansas!!! Here everything is green and gas is under three dollars!!:):) We are on the third day of our October trip an we already have had alot of fun.

We had saved pretty much all of our packing for Sunday afternoon. So after taking leave of our friends at church we packed, organized and cleaned until 11:30 :)
 We got a new trailer that is much bigger and more fun than our old one.

My sister, Hannah, was the most organized among us. I couldn't believe how detailed her lists were:)
 This is my backpack. I needed to make sure I had enough reading material for the next six weeks! :):)
 We left our house at 5:00 in the morning. Excited as we were most of us slept until we were in Bakersfield. Our destination was Flagstaff and we planned to arrive there at 5:00. Driving to Flagstaff really takes you through the section of California that makes you wonder why in the world people considered California the promise land :/ We ate lunch at a little park in Needles that was right on the Colorado River.

We arrived in Flagstaff at 6:00. I went to a medical language class with Maddie. It was interesting. We stayed up till 2:30 chatting that night. I was really too busy to take pictures so I will have to make up for it on the way back ;) We left the Gindorfs in the morning. We drove through New Mexico most of the day. I guess it has it's own type of beauty. Too little trees, water, grass and mountains for my liking though.
It was our longest driving day and we crossed two time zones.

It rained for a while when we were driving. It  has been a long time since I have seen a good rain!! :) Also we stopped at a gas station where gas was only $2.75!!!! 
We arrived in Amarillo, Texas at 11:30 Texas but to us Californians it only felt like 9:40.

 Elli was so happy to be out of her car seat!! She has been a good little traveler though :)
Dad woke us up the next morning (today) at 7:00 Texas time but it felt like 5:00 to us. We had a good amount of driving to do today so we wanted to get an early start. I slept all the way through Texas and woke up in Elk City, Oklahoma. In Elk City there is a cool Route 66 museum that we went to last summer. We liked it so much that we revisited it today. They have a little transportation museum with cute old cars in it. Then they have a small town outside that represents Elk City in the early 1900's. They also had a little museum about a family who is in the rodeo buisness and has been for a long time.
 In the transportation museum they had an old fire engine that Ellianna really liked.

We spent our whole day driving through Oklahoma. Tonight we stopped in one of our favorite places right on the border of Arkansas. We had dinner at WingStop which is the reason this is one of our favorite places. Their wings are sooooo good!!! Now everyone is getting ready for bed in our hotel room.... well they are supposed to be; Tobin and Brendan are kind of going crazy. I guess they are burning all the energy they have from being in the car all day.
Anyways, while we  are on our trip my family is trying to memorize Psalm 91. Here is what we have memorized so far. FYI I typed this by memory ;);)
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, 'My Refuge and my Fortress; my God in whom I trust.' For it is he who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence."
With that, Good night y'all!!! :):)