We live about 1700 miles from our family in Idaho. According to MapQuest it would take us about 26 hours to drive that distance. This is with ideal weather, no gas stops, and and an in-van potty. If we were semi-realistic about it, we could possibly do it in two days. Then possibly two days back. Chad can only take a week of vacation at a time. That would only leave us with three days to pretend to be rested so we could enjoy both families. Oh, and we can't afford to fly.
Luckily, we have Steve and Em just 550 miles away!
It should have only taken us 9 hours to drive there. Sadly, we had less than perfect weather. There was a severe weather alert issued for the state of Kentucky, and it was in that state that after seeing many accidents, that we had a small one of our own. In Tennessee we "handled" the problem. At any rate, we made it safely to Oxford, Alabama, their home sweet home.
We had a wonderful time! They had a list of things we could go see and do, but to be honest, we just wanted to spend time with them, and be a part of their lives. It is what we miss most. We went to a junior basketball league game, we made meals together, we had family scriptures and family home evening. We went on walks, Zumba class (just Emily and me) and church together. It was awesome!
One of the highlight activities was the cutting down of a tree in the back yard. Chad had boasted to Steve that the tree he recently cut in our back yard "fell within 6 inches of where I wanted it." After several hours of work, the tree they felled fell about 180 degrees in the wrong direction! We agreed there was divine intervention since it did not fall through the roof of the house and into their dinning room. It turned out that the Lord's landing place was a much better spot than the one they picked.