We took our very first family road trip over Memorial Day weekend to Berkeley, CA. We woke the children at 4am and they were so excited to see Aunt Rachel, that they happily changed and got ready and loaded into the car. We were off by 4:15 or so, had coffee in our hands by 4:30, and hit the road!
Fuel for the parents
The kids were surprisingly alert and awake for being up before breakfast, but they did a great job in the car. We stopped at a rest stop in WA and then made it to Salem for a breakfast stop. Sam was in a poor mood….
Sam before pancakes=bad mood
But he cheered right up after a plate of pancakes and some hashbrowns from my plate. He has truly earned the title of Carb King!
Sam after pancakes=happy!
We powered through with a quick pit stop for snacks around lunch time and made an early dinner at In-N-Out at the first one we saw in CA! It was such a great time. The kids were happy and actually ate their cheeseburgers (because it was like Aunty Carrie’s!) and the staff at In-N-Out were really friendly.
First family In-n-Out experience
We arrived to our rental house around 9:30pm. Despite some stress with electronics (what do you mean we don’t have navigation for CA?!?!?) and tired kiddos, we made the trip in 17 hours and were all very happy to see Meama and Papa and Aunt Rachel!
The next day was mostly spent walking around the neighborhood, playing in the little yard and doing anything other than getting in the car. That evening, we enjoyed a dinner at my sister’s house for the graduating class members and their families. Beatrice and Samuel played in a giant pile of rocks and Bea made a new friend, which was adorable to watch. They were incredibly dirty and pretty sleepy by the time we made it back for bed.
The next day was the big event: Commencement. We were all very excited to be there to clap and cheer for all the hard work my sister has done and for the way she is serving God in the world! B&S made it through most of the hooding of the graduates and then spent the rest of the time playing around outside. Thankfully, California weather that weekend was idyllic. And we saw a lizard! Highlight!
Congratulations, Rachel! We love you!
The whole gang after commencement
Mom and Dad with the graduate
While the children were resting that afternoon, we took the chance to have a little walk while my parents watched the kiddos. We took our photo at the YOLO street sign near the rental home because it was fun and funny! And true. YOLO!
The next morning, we got up and had a leisurely time of things and were on the road after breakfast. We took some last photos with Aunt Rachel and were on our way (after a stop for coffee, of course).
One last photo with Aunt Rachel
Ha ha! This book is so funny! (They’re figuring out gratuitous laughter)
The kids did really well in the car again. It was less exciting to be driving home, so there was a little more whining, but they were able to be generally happy in their car seats.
Happy on the road!
We finally pulled into he driveway around 1am and fell into our beds as quickly as possible! We are so thankful we were able to take he trip to be part of graduation. It was really special to spend some time with my sister and meet some of her friends and see the community she’s built during her time in seminary.