Thursday, July 29, 2010

Days 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17

I know I'm about a week behind on blogging...
Thank you to those of you who are following. Your tips, advice and support is amazing!
Here's a little of what our Wed-Sun looked like...

Day 13
We left Lake Stevens, WA later that afternoon. I had been playing phone tag with a bloggy friend of mine who also lives in WA. I call her my big sister(a mentor to me) We have never met but have connected online. I finally got a hold of her as we were filling up at a gas station that happened to be 1 hour in the opposite direction of her house. She was in Seattle at the time visiting friends which was about 2 1/2 hours from her home. I told her sorry it didn't work out and that maybe we can meet up another time.
She called me back and we decided we should just make it happen!
She called her husband and said, "Hey some strangers, their 5 kids and a dog are coming over, make room in the driveway and entertain them till I get home!" LOL
She got in her car and drove 2 and a half hours home.
My husband turned the rig around wondering why I was wanting so bad to visit people I have never met before.... I told him that I really think we should go and that Laurel said she would cook for him. ha!
You know men and food:)

My kids read and look at pictures of their kids and their kids follow us on our journey as well.
So the kids we're excited to see each other!

Laurel's husband Jim backed us in their driveway and immediately invited us in for ice cream and Laurel's famous pie. Yum!
Jim (Laurel's husband) and Justin got along really well.
Jim is a crack up and had us laughing the whole time.
He reminds us of Steve Martin in the movie, Cheaper By the Dozen.
Did I mention Jim and Laurel have 12 kids too!?!

Their family is so much fun!
They only have 6 living at home, the rest are:
I just have to brag...
Joshua - age 19 - entering Jr. year of college, majoring in Secondary Education to teach English (completed his 2 year AA degree at age 19)

Lindsey - age 21 - has traveled with missions to Mexico (twice), Costa Rica, Germany (twice), India, Bangladesh, Czech Republic ... currently working as a live-in nanny and volunteering as a Youth Leader (completed her 2 year AA degree at age 19)

Carissa - age 21 - has traveled with missions to Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Chile ... has been a missionary with YWAM in Argentina for the past 2.5 years. (completed her 2 year AA degree at age 19, before moving to Argentina)

Jeremiah - age 23 - attended summer school at Princeton University at age 16 ... attended Ronald Reagan Leadership Academy at age 18 ... completed 2 year AA degree at age 18 ... manager of a coffee shop age 18-19 ... volunteered as a Youth Leader for 3 years ... attended Liberty University age 19-20 ... taught school age 20-21 ... lived in Ammon, Jordan age 21-22 working for a missions organization and attending full-time Arabic Language School ... currently completing his Political Science B.A. and will go to Officer Training School with the U.S. Navy next March.

Cassie - age 24 - has traveled with missions to Haiti, The Gambia, Senegal, and India. Completed her 2 year AA degree at age 18 ... worked full-time in Children's Ministry for 2 years ... currently working as a nanny, has her own photography business, and is volunteering as a Youth Leader.

Gregg - age 26 - served in the U.S. Army for 4.5 years ... deployed to Iraq for 2.5 of those years ... currently managing a PacSun Clothing Store in Louisiana.
read more here.

She homeschooled all of them too!
She's been homeschooling for over 20 years!
And look, they have received scholarships and joined the military and all!
And she's still sane!!!!
There's hope fellow homeschool moms out there, we can do this!:)

I must of picked her brain about everything...
Us parents talked till midnight while the kids played.

My husband and I are both so thankful to Jim and Laurel for inviting us over and having us turn our rig around. It gave us both a really neat vision of what we want our family to be like and how we want to raise our kids.

Day 14

We woke up to waffles (no not frozen waffles like I make) real waffles...
I walked in and Hosanna (her daughter) was sifting wheat...we we're sure in for a treat!
With homemade jams and whipped cream!
I think my husband was happy we turned around!ha!

This is Hosanna (13yrs) and Faith(9yrs)
Don't they kind of look like sisters?
I have a feeling Hosanna will be Faith's mentor one day, like Laurel is mine.
Sweet girls!

The girls had fun playing dress up and the boys had fun playing Lego's and running around like boys do....
Faith finally learned to braid from Rachel and Sarah (Jim &Laurel's adopted girls)
Farrah had some braids in her hair and the Barbies all had braids too. So cute. After we left their house Faith wanted me to braid her hair in a ton of braids just like Rachel and Sarah had.
I did about 30 before I gave in and told her to wait till we meet up with Rachel and Sarah again and they can do it for her. haha!

We had such a wonderful time!
We have made life long friends with this big family!
Laurel sent me on the road with a yummy iced latte! (with whipped cream I might add!)

We drove to Lake Easton and stayed in a campsite there.
I had to catch up on laundry! My laundry was growing it's own science projects on it. ugh!
We hung out and relaxed for Days 14 and 15!

Day 15

Relax, watch movies, read, do laundry.
(I don't think you need pictures of that)

Day 16

Move over Daddy!
Mom's driving...
Don't worry, I have everything under control!

It's actually kind of nice driving, I get to relax and just look at the road.
While Dad's in the back keeping everyone entertained and fed..
I just might start driving more often:)

Dad thinking it's funny to make fun of me...praying for our safety.
So, I hit the "drunk bumps" a couple a lot of times... you know the bumps on the side of the road that make the car vibrate.

I drove us to Spokane, WA
Where they have the worlds largest Radio Flyer.

I even went down it...

I barely fit ...but we had fun making a train!

We hung out at Riverfront Park and went on the Carousel.
Then we enjoyed seeing the Spokane Falls from the Skyline.

The lollie pop girls.....

We left Spokane and drove to Idaho.....
Stayed at good ol' Walmart. Stocked up on food and went to bed.

Day 17

We spent the day at beautiful Coeur d'alene Lake.

Then we headed to Sandypoint, Idaho
60 miles south of the Canadian border.

stayed at an RV park right by the water....
Enjoyed a BBQ
Steak and Idaho Potatoes of course!

Here we are pretending we are on a romantic getaway...
We enjoyed Sandpoint for the short time we were there.

Day 17
On our way to Montana...
we stopped in Wallace, Idaho
The Silver Capital of the World
(a mining town founded in 1884)

We learned about how life would be impossible with out mining.
Almost everything we use today comes from the ground.

We learned about mining and the tools used.

All that blasting, digging and drilling made these boys hungry.
Roast beef sandwiches.....

Soon we arrived in Montana and it was time to take our State line picture , put a new sticker on the map and read the facts about the state.

Only problem was the state sign was on the over pass...
So we ran and risked our lives to bring you...

this picture!

In Montana they have a bunch of white crosses all over the highways.
The state puts them there as they represent highway fatalities.
I can't believe how many lined the sides:(

We kept a lookout for wildlife too.....but didn't see any.

We stopped at a fruit stand on the side of the road. We passed on the Elk and Buffalo burgers but picked up some cherry's and huckleberry jam.

Finley loved the cherries....

and so did her crazy sister!
can you tell??? messy girls....

We pulled in late to a campsite near Glacier National Park.
stay tuned...


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Looks like you've had a FUN week!

We LOVED having you here for a visit. Thanks so much for turning that big rig around. :)

Too funny ... that Jim reminded you of Steve Martin in Cheaper By the Dozen. I LOVE that movie, because it is way too much like our family. Jim used to be a coach ... and I write books, too (just like the movie).

Fun to see you enjoying Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. Jim and I were married in Spokane, and spent a couple of years there before moving to the west side of the state. And ... we have vacationed at Coeur d'Alene almost every summer for the past 29 years. So, another of our most favorite places. Glad you all had a good time.

We're planning our Road Trip. The kids want to do the Jr. Rangers Program. Way cool!

Love ya LOTS! Hope to see you SOON!

Laurel :)

Big Sister Cassie told me that when she reads your blog she always things Faith is a lot like Hosanna. It will be fun to watch them both grow up to be godly young women. I wouldn't be surprised if Hosanna became a "big sis" to Faith. Too fun!

Cassie said...


i am so blessed that we all got a blog shout out from you!!!!

but. i'm not going to lie. I am still super sad i didn't get to hang out with you guys!!!!!

hmmm perhaps someday!!

Love Being a Nonny said...

Love the picture of all of you on the wagon!! And I have LOVED following your journey! What a lifetime of memories for your children....and for the daddy and mommy too!

Jill said...

Looks like such an amazing journey!
Many blessings to you all!

Taunya said...

Looks like a ton of fun! I love reading your adventures. You are braver then I am to get the Montana sign :)

Dionna said...

Glad you're enjoying the Northwest! We're down in Boise, ID. Looks like you didn't hit it down our way. But hoping you're enjoying all of the different terrain. Curious - what would be your top 3 favorite states so far?

We went on our second 3 week road trip in June. Right now I'd have to say I love Kentucky and Tennessee the most - except for all of the traffic! :)

Valerie said...

too cute! I loved reading about that sweet family you stayed with too. It's adorable. Looks like so much fun that (I am sure I am not the only one) I have to work on NOT ENVYING! ;)

Claire said...

What an amazing week! What a pleasure to find your blog!


Kelly said...

I've been following your blog for a while now but have never commented. We live in Spokane and are often at Riverfront Park. Would've loved to meet ya. Glad you all had a good time!

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