Sunday, December 21, 2008

Traveling Statistics

Time Left: 7 AM (an hour late)

Temperature upon departure: 43 degrees

Miles to go: 910

Stops made: 4 (probably a record - would've been 3 but a potty break was a necessity)

First stop: Breakfast at McDonalds in VA - 8 AM - the kids were hungry!

4 hours later we stopped again at a rest area in SC so the girls could run around. As Julianna would say "I running!"

Kids in the car:

Time spent sleeping:

Kirk: 15 minutes
Dorinda: 20 minutes
Kaitlyn: 35 minutes
Caleb: 2 naps 30 minutes each
Julianna: 1 hour (at 9:45 PM)
Rachel: 3 naps 20 minutes each
Alyssa: 0 (yep, not a single minute!)

(We did make one more stop at a Florida McDonald's to see an old co-worker of Kirk's but I got caught up in talking and forgot to take a photo)

Number of hours girl's spent screaming: between 2 and 3 - you would think that when the sun goes down all would be quiet and everyone would sleep but no, that was not the case. Instead 3 cranky girls alternated screaming.

Most number of kids crying at one time: 2 (yes, I'm grateful it wasn't 3 but that joy isn't as great as you think it would be)

Most number of kids asleep at one time: 1

Time arrived: 11:30 PM

Total number of hours traveled: 16 1/2

Tempurature upon arrival: 73 degrees

Number of people arriving safely at Grandma and Grandpa's house: 7

A photo of our van packed - this is how you travel with a family of 7!! It was tight but we made it - Christmas presents and all :)


The Nash Family said...

How did you even see out of the back?? Crazy trip! Glad you made it here safe though...see you in a week!

MaryBeth said...

Glad you guys made it there safely! Enjoy your holidays!!

Nicole O'Dell said...

Oh my! So glad you arrived safely. Now don't even think about the return trip and how it's really likely that you'll leave with more presents than you brought. hee hee :)

Cadi, Lance and our 4 miracles. said...

All I can say is, I'm impressed!! I bet the screaming drove you crazy. I don't know how you do it. I guess the 73 degrees part was the thing that kept you going. And also knowing you'd have help when you got there.

Denise Wheeler said...

I am glad you made it safe and sound. That is the most important thing. Hopefully going back home the trip will be a little smoother. Keeping you in my prayers.

Tripletblessed said...

So glad that you made it safe. Have a Merry Christmas!

Misty said...

Glad you made it safely!
Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

Karen said...

You are way braver than me. I will absolutely NOT put my four into a van and drive to Florida. I REFUSE! I've told my father if he wants to see the kids, he has to come HERE! :)