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Travel Tales!

Our journey to Idaho for our final training begins in South Georgia on Valentine’s Day…

Packed Tight!

Packed Tight!

I think that's it!

I think that’s it!

Grandpa helps tie on the trunk.

Grandpa helps tie on the trunk.

On Valentine’s Day we pack the car with everything that we have left that is not in our crates and head toward Idaho.  We head toward Kentucky to stay the night and take a tour through Mammoth Caves!

Watch out for Bats!

Watch out for Bats!

In the Caves.

In the Caves.

After Mammoth Caves we made our way to Chicago where we stayed with some good friends and supporters, the O’Youngs.  We stayed a few days and had a wonderful time!

Jeanette & Joy

Jeanette & Joy

Double Date Night with Jeanette & Jason.

Double Date Night with Jeanette & Jason.

Reagan, Kylie Joy, Caleb & Bryce.

Reagan, Kylie Joy, Caleb & Bryce.

Ripley was Reagan's new best friend!

Ripley was Reagan’s new best friend!

Bryce and Caleb are Lego Buddies!

Bryce and Caleb are Lego Buddies!

After Chicago we headed to Nebraska where we were blessed to visit with another family that are friends and supporters.  On our way, we had to stop at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois.

Just like my Great Papaw!

Just like my Great Papaw!

Caleb Harvesting Soy Beans

Caleb Harvesting Soy Beans

Hanging out.

Hanging out.

Taking a break in the tractor tire.

Taking a break in the tractor tire.

In Nebraska we woke up to 5 degree weather and were shocked when our friend, Molly, suggested we go to the zoo!  Since it warmed up to 11 degrees by the time the zoo opened, we decided to go for it!  Fortunately, all the sights were in indoor pavilions.  I guess they were used to cold weather!

Fun Times!

Fun Times!

Reagan makes a new friend!

Reagan makes a new friend!

The kids were amazed by the frozen water falls!  Water doesn't freeze in GA & TX!

The kids were amazed by the frozen water falls! Water doesn’t freeze in GA & TX!

We were able to have a couple of extra days with the Gaviolas.  Our car cracked a radiator and had to be repaired and a snow storm decided to dump 10″ of snow on us the day we were to leave.  After digging our car out, we finally got on the road.  The conditions were pretty good until we got to the Rockies.  We hit another storm and made it through.  It didn’t help much when Caleb threw up across the state of Nebraska and Reagan joined in and threw up across the state of Wyoming!  It took us an extra day to travel it.

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Holding Baby Elijah.

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Playing in the snow instead of traveling!

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Hanging out with Isaac.

On the road through the Rockies.

On the road through the Rockies.

We finally made it to Idaho, 3 days later than we originally planned, but on time for Luke to start training on Monday morning.  This was a trip that we will never forget!!

At the apartments at MAF headquarters.

At the apartments at MAF headquarters.

Travel Worn

Travel Worn

Relaxing in front of the fire.

Relaxing in front of the fire.

Everyone's wiped out!

Everyone’s wiped out!

 

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Packing Up

How do you categorize your life?  What things in your home can you not live without?  What toys will fit in my trunk?  These are all questions we had to ask ourselves as we started packing up for good.  We needed to fit everything we owned into three 4×4 crates and our suitcases.  It is pretty tough for a 5 year old to decide what toys will go with them on the airplane and what they can do without for a year and a half.

Filling in holes with books!

Filling in holes with books!

Joy's Mom & Grandma drove from TX to GA to help pack the crates.

Joy’s Mom & Grandma drove from TX to GA to help pack the crates.

Finally Closed Up!

Finally Closed Up!

Caleb moving crates into position for the fork lift.

Caleb moving crates into position for the fork lift.

Caleb moved the crates himself!

Caleb moved the crates himself!

Reagan helps...notice the shorts and bare feet in January...

Reagan helps…notice the shorts and bare feet in January…

Caleb works the fork lift.

Caleb works the fork lift.

Ready for Storage!

Ready for Storage!

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Uncategorized