Driving from Utah to Colorado we took a detour to drive through Arches National Park. Wow! Are those huge red rocks amazing and beautiful or what? In Colorado we stopped for two nights to stay with Michael's sister, Flora, and her husband who live in the beautiful mountains SW of Denver. We also got to quickly visit Michael's brother, Dan, and his family (who were unable to attend the reunion) as well as some other relatives of Michael's.
After church Sunday morning we hit the trail to Iowa; we didn't get in to Iowa City until midnight. After a night's sleep we were on the road again to Ohio. Monday was the hardest and longest day of the trip for me. Two driving days in a row + no time in between for the kids to get their wiggles out = one testy mom. Getting to Ohio early in the evening was a nice treat. We let the kids run through the hose and just go crazy outside before putting them to bed.
To celebrate his 6th birthday, our kids' second cousin, Logan, wanted to take our kids to Build-A-Bear. We spent this morning playing outside until it was time to go for Logan's party. My kids had never been to Build-A-Bear and were instantly enamored with the store. They all hugged their toys the whole six hour drive home and are in their bed with them now as I type this.
It does feel quite good to be in my own home. I am so glad we took this trip and saw so many loved ones, but there really is no place like home.
Here's a brief overview of our vacation: Our Trip By The Numbers
Days on vacation: 26
Miles driven: 7126.8
Days spent driving: 11
States driven through: 13
States slept in: 6
License plates of different states seen: 46
Trips to urgent care: 2
Books on tape listened to in car: 7
DVD's watched in car: 29
Hubcaps lost: 1
Pounds of M&M's consumed in car: 9
Speeding tickets given: 1
Photographs taken: 446
Memories made: countless