We are in beautiful Connecticut this week and enjoying every bit of the fun and meeting all of Tracy's family! We left GA about 10pm on Sunday evening. We were packed and ready to go, and everyone was so excited we decided to go ahead and leave since we weren't going to get any of the boys to sleep anyway, lol.
The boys got a few decent hours of sleep. Tracy drove all but the last half hour of the 16 hour trip! I didn't really get sleep, but a got a 30 minute nap and a 15 nap. Even so, it was a surprisingly good drive. I can definitely see us doing another night trip...it's cooler, but it also prevents "cabin fever" from setting in too bad with the everyone crammed in the van.
On the drive up we went through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and finally Connecticut. For a family that has never been farther north than NC, it was a fabulous drive. The boys were so excited to go through New York!! We didn't go through the city, but we did cross the Tappan Zee bridge, and we could just barely make out the NYC skyline from the bridge! Tracy picked up little travel journals for all 4 boys, and they can write down what they like about every state. Even though we drove through the night, we are hopefully splitting the drive back into 2 days so they can take more in as we go through each state.
The weather here is amazing. It's crisp and cool in the morning and evenings and not overly hot during the day. Even though I'm from the south, I am most definitely a cool weather gal. Bringing out my hoodie for the first time this season was worth the 900 mile drive! :D
The boy's just had their official back to school last week. Coming off of DragonCon, and getting ready for this trip, they understandably haven't gotten too much done yet this year. We thought about making them do their T4L here (Tracy's boys use the same core curriculum as we do), but ultimately we decided that we weren't going to force it this week. T4L is a great program for traveling, but their heads just wouldn't be in it. I'd rather them get home, get some rest for a day, then get started and be able to be fully focused. I can check out the online lesson plans when we get back and I can judge from there if they need to double up for a few days, or if they can just work through a couple of "personal days" we plan throughout the year. :)
There is a lot going on here, and MANY photos have been taken. I will do another post when we return with photos and stories of our week.
Really missing the hubs and the rest of the family, but I am very thankful for having the opportunity to make this trip. Hope everyone has a great weekend!