And alas, I've got some Spring Break photos for you...
If I remember correctly, we were packed up and ready to hit the road by 10:00 a.m.
The kids had no clue where we were headed.
And aside from knowing the state we were going to (Idaho), I didn't know exactly where we were headed either.
Idaho is a long drive, so that meant lots of time in the truck.
And lots of pit-stops.
Everyone was so excited about the trip though.
And everyone was getting along.
And everyone was in such a good mood.
Josh and I even shared funny stories (that didn't feel so funny at the time) about trips past, when we had argued, and how stupid those arguments seemed now since we couldn't even recall what they were about.
Our kids are all at ages and are observant enough now to notice pretty quickly when Josh and I aren't getting along though, so even if we're just being quiet with each other, one of them will say something like, "What's up with you and dad? Maybe one of you just needs to do the right thing and apologize like you always tell us to do?" (It was so much easier to have an argument with my husband back when my kids were clueless.) But because they didn't even know we were arguing, they love hearing stories about seemingly 'perfect' trips when we weren't getting along.
I even had a smug moment while telling those old stories when I thought to myself, "I think Josh and I are finally past all that - I think we're much better friends now, and are much better at giving each other grace." (I think Yans got poked in the eye, hence the tears.)
Day Three of our trip would prove me wrong though.
We live in Western Oregon (just a couple of hours from the beach), which means we had to drive through Eastern Oregon on our way to Idaho.
That made Bend the perfect place to stop for lunch.
Especially since we know a restaurant there with great hand-cut fries.
I'm a fry snob. (I snub previously frozen potatoes.)
Ironically, Josh and I were in an argument the last time we ate at this restaurant.
Not this time though.
This was one of those days when I couldn't get enough of my husband.
There are lots of those days.
Sometimes he's a jerk though.
Other times, I'm in one of those moods where he can't win no matter what he does.
He mocks me and my Jekyll & Hyde perspective of him every now and then by saying (in a voice that sounds nothing like mine), "You're the best husband in the whole, wide world! You're the biggest jerk ever, I don't even know why I married you!" (Annie found that tree laying behind the newspaper stands.)
We've had our fair share of struggles, but mainly, I like him (a lot).
After lunch, we made a quick stop at the grocery store so I could get stuff for dinner (and I surprised the kiddos with some orange Tic Tacs, which were my favorite when I was a kid.)
And then we were back on the road again.
With weather that was literally putting a damper on our Spring Break trip.
Somehow, we've lucked out with perfect weather every year until this (rainy) year.
Like past years though, Josh made a Scavenger Hunt list for the trip.
And amongst the things that could earn a person points, was spotting a 49' Ford.
It's my dream car.
Unfortunately, this turned out to be a 51' Ford.
But dang, it was pretty.
I've got my fingers crossed that we find a blue one someday.
The fellow who owned it opened up his garage to show us his other cars.
That one there was the car he took his wife out in for their first date, 33 years ago. (He had sold it, but then found it years later and fixed it up.)
And then we got back on the road (yet) again.
With a car full of sleepy kids.
All except of this kid...
She eventually gave in to though...
They woke up for a few minutes when they heard there were wild horses.
It was dark by the time we arrived at our first destination, Maupin, Oregon.
Just in time to start dinner.
Josh had reserved a couple of cute, little fishing cabins for us.
With two cabins, it created the perfect opportunity for the kids to lock each other out until we finally got tired of it and told them to knock it off.
And then Courtney journaled.
While Cole tossed his hat at a target (Annie's head).
And landed it.
And then we hung out while our bean dip warmed on the grill.
And Yans drew on her face.
And scrubbed it off.
Then Cole read.
And Courtney journaled (some more.)
And then we had bean dip (but I was too busy eating it to take photos).
And then we set up Guesstures.
Boys against girls.
That looks like baseball.
And it looks like Courtney and I guessed it right.
Begging? Pleading? Praying?
Waving hello? Waving goodbye? Subject movement due to a slow shutter speed?
Us girls were ahead until Courtney Lee decided she'd rather journal some more instead (and then the rotten boys started to dominate).
And then there was some wrestling.
Which didn't end well.
And then there was some (really) funny, but not blog appropriate use of some fish head bookends.
And then it was time for Day One of our Spring Break to come to an end.