Monday, October 31, 2016

Post road trip

We got back to Tucson after our five day road trip in the early evening on Monday, October 10th.  We ate dinner with the kids and Michael's parents and then went to my parent's house to spend the night.  We got up early on Tuesday and then drove to my school because I was moving to a new (and way, way, way) better office.   We hoped to be done with everything in about two hours.  Five hours later we left.  

This was when it was almost done.  I did some more tinkering the next week. 

Michael's parents brought the kids and Ginger home on Tuesday afternoon.  It was a happy reunion.  Ginger actually rested her head on my lap that night. She never does that. 

On Wednesday we went to Target.  We did not buy this. 

Ginger was adorable. 

And Spencer cracked us up dressing his bunny up in matching boxers. 

Elliott insisted on sleeping in winter footy pajamas despite the roasting temperatures. 
On Thursday Elliott went to day care and Spencer and I spent the whole day together.  He needs that every once in a while.  I do too.  

We went to paint pottery first. 

Our finished pieces (before they were fired). 

I made one mug, this is just both sides of it (and the inside). 

After we painted pottery we went to lunch at Mad Greens.  I was impressed with their kids meals. 
Then we had Spencer's nine year checkup.  After the appointment we went to the movies to see Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.
On Thursday I changed Spencer's sheets and discovered that the plastic mattress cover had melted.  His greasy stuff for his eczema dissolved it. 

On Friday we made an unexpected trip back to Tucson for a funeral.  We didn't think we'd go again until Veteran's Day weekend, but instead we made it 2 days.  Ha!

The moon looked cool raising over the Catalina's. 

On Saturday we went to the funeral. 
My uncle was there and went to the luncheon afterwards.  He looked like a cool guy driving home after, so I snapped some pictures. 

We drove home after the funeral and spent the next two days finally recovering from the trip and getting things back in order. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Road Trip to Arkansas: Day 5- The finale!

Guess what we did on the fifth and final day of our road trip?  Did you guess drive all day?  Because if you did, ding ding ding.  You are correct, sir.  Or ma'am. 

We had stayed at a Red Roof Inn in Amarillo on Sunday night.  Michael went in to the office and asked for their best rate.  We got a room for $60.  We were expecting a tiny little shack of a room but we were blown away when we walked in.  I took pictures before we checked out on Monday morning because we were so impressed with it. 

It was huge!  And had brand new wood floors.  I don't think I've ever seen a hotel room with wood floors. 

Our only complaint was the patched and unpainted wall which, on a scale of 1 to 100, in how much it bothered us, was a .2. 
It was a quick drive from Amarillo into New Mexico.  I finally got the actual welcome to the state sign on the highway.  It's quite hard to get these pictures from a moving vehicle I have come to realize.  

We stopped in Tucumcari to get breakfast.  We had seen a sign for McDonald's and nothing else so we resigned ourselves to eating crap for breakfast.  Then when we exited the freeway we saw there was a Blake's Lotaburger across the street.  I had never head of it so I did a quick google search.  And google told me they were open for breakfast and sold breakfast burritos!  We got coffee at McDonald's and then drove immediately across the street. 

And OMG were these the best breakfast burritos.  I'm still dreaming about the one I had with green chili. 

Michael got red chili and said it was equally enjoyable.   
I was kind of sad to find such a tasty breakfast burrito that was only available one state away, but then later in the day we found out there are two Blake's in Tucson.  Well sign me up. 

After breakfast we pressed on through New Mexico.  We stopped for a snack in Albuquerque but really wanted to eat lunch in Hatch.  We also did some chili shopping once we got to Hatch.  And some chili photo shoots. 

Guess what we ate in Hatch?  More burritos!  Mine was not of the breakfast variety.  I don't remember if Michael's was or not. 

We bought about six bags of chili powder.

There are about 250 miles between Hatch and Tucson and I think they were the longest 250 miles of the whole trip.  We were so close.  Yet so far!  The worst 100 miles of the trip were the last 100 miles on day 2, BTW.  We were on a two lane highway trying to make it to the rehearsal dinner and we got stuck behind a school bus that kept making stops letting kids out. And then we drove through a bunch of tiny towns.  I nearly stroked out. 

Finally back in Arizona. 
And then, 2,500 miles later, we arrived at Michael's parent's house.  Where our kids were not very excited to see us.   But Ginger was, which is all that really matters.