So this last week I took the last week I took a road trip with my mom, Grandma, and Aunt Connie. Josh took me to Topeka last Friday (9-16) to meet up with them so I could ride out to Owensboro, Kentucky where my brother & family recently moved to. It was about an 11 hour drive but well worth it. The drive was beautiful - lots of trees and sites I'd never see before. Besides for flying to New York, Georgia, and Florida, I'd never been east of KC. We stopped for lunch in Columbia at Fazzoli's. I got to see the St. Louis arch and the Cardinal's Stadium for the first time as we drove through.
Then we headed on to Illinois, Indiana, and finally Kentucky. Cole and Cason were (im)patiently waiting for us to arrive. We had to take a detour route through Evansville, Indiana because a bridge was out. Jer called 2 miles away from our turn on S-40 (great timing! otherwise we would have been so frustrated). Once we got there Jer fixed up tacos and we celebrated Cason's 7th Birthday (that was the day before). He wanted to save his ca
ke for when we got there.
We mainly hung out and talked for that evening. We all knew the next morning was going to be early - Cason had a football game at 9 and Cole at 2. It was so great to get to see more than 10 minutes of their games this year. Last year I caught 10 minutes of their games before shooting a wedding. Regretting not going to more of them last year I wanted to at least make one this year. Cason played the entire game - doing awesome even though their team lost 13-0. The refs were so terrible. Granted, it's flag football but come on. One kid kneed another boy in the crotch - they're 5-6 --- good grief.
Everyone braving the rainy weather. (Grandma, Aunt Connie, Jeremy, Mom, & Amy)
Sunday we had a big breakfast and then Jeremy took mom, Grandma, and I around Owensboro, showing us the boys' school, future schools, downtown, the Ohio River, and his office.
Side note -- all 3 nights Cole and I shared a bed. Every time I'd move he'd be right next to me --- feet, leg, arm, whatever in my side or back. Such a weird sleeper but Cason's almost worse --- Cason tried to pick my nose when we had the boys this summer.
Unfortunately, Monday morning came and we had to head for Branson, Missouri after the boys went off to school. That drive seemed to take forever and ever. We left Owensboro about 8:20 and got to our hotel at 6 - checked in finally at 6:30 because they didn't have our reservation right. Before getting to our hotel we made a pit stop at Russell Stover's candy for some goodies. We also had dinner at the famous, Lambert's in Ozark, Missouri. They throw hot fresh rolls at you. I got the privilege of catching most of them for our table. They were yummy but they were hot when catching them.
We had a beautiful condo tucked away at the south side of Branson. We went to the Lee Greenwood/Louise Mandrill show at the Welk resort. It was a beautiful theater --- I loved the curtains. Not my type of show but it was fun. He sang "Please Come to Boston" - I have now heard Lee Greenwood, Wade Bowen, David Allen Coe, and Garth Brooks sing it live. Wade's my favorite by far! Grandma enjoyed it - except it was too loud for her.
The next day we stopped at the Tanger outlets for some fun quick shopping. Never in my life would I think I would agree to going into Coach - but it was an outlet so mom & I went to check it out. We both ended up with purses --- on sale big time. With a $5 donation to the support of breast cancer, you got an additional 30% off. I still haven't took "Madison" out of her bag except to show my husband - who still thinks I'm nuts. She's beautiful and I'm in love haha. I went to check out the Disney store while everyone else went to Harry & David's. I found some reasonable shirts for Kohl & Coy to start my Christmas shopping. It'll be here before I know it.
After our Tanger Outlet experience we headed south outta town to Arkansas to cut across to Oklahoma and back down to Plano to see more family. We had Girlandi's (sp?) pizza - a coal brick over pizza. It was good surprisingly. When I found out their "hamburger" was a meatball I was not too thrilled. But I was starving and it worked. It was great to finally get to meet my cousin Matt's fiance, Cat. They're expecting a baby girl in 3 1/2 weeks - I can't wait to meet Miss Teegan also!
Mom & I stayed that night with Brian & Allison since my aunt's house is a little full at the moment but it was perfectly fine with us. We just wanted sleep. We left shortly after noon the next day to head back to Kansas. My aunt & uncle had a wedding back in Guthrie, OK that following day so they were quick to drop us off and head back south. Josh came and got me the next day after my hair appointment. So overall I traveled (technically) through 14 states (8, but some were counted twice) and 1, 982 miles + (doesn't included all of the driving around.
It was a trip I'll remember forever. I'm so glad I got to see Cole & Cason play a football game this year, help Amy with their new home, see where my brother works, the Ohio River, Branson, and my Texas family.