Road Tripping with 5 boys is a lot like childbirth. You forget how painful it was the last time you did it, and you become dumb (or forgetful) enough to do it again. The road trip we did over spring break was no short jaunt. We traveled 2800 miles (round trip) to visit family in not-so-sunny California.
The first day, we drove non-stop to Vegas, where we spent the night at Circus Circus. Being Vegas virgins, we thought staying at
This is the part where I give a shout out to family members who knew of our intentions, thought they were a bad idea, and neglected to chime in and warn us. (To DECLAN and LORIE, we sincerely THANK YOU!)
If you're a fan of cigarette smoke, drunk parents who are more worried about losing the humongous bear they just won at the balloon pop game than they are their own offspring, bathtubs with ring around the tub and bodily hair that DID NOT fall off anyone in your family, police officers detaining people 3 doors down from your room at 8:00 AM, and smells that cannot be identified, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!
Lesson learned-Not all things with the word 'Circus' in their titles will be fun....or suitable for children.
Our second stop, was Pa John & Annette's house in Clovis, CA and was a much more enjoyable experience. After a long day of driving, we were happily greeted with a huge meal and warm (and clean!) beds to sleep in. Our visit was much too short, but was filled with bug-hunting, fish-feeding, karaoke, walks with Pa John, and Annette's famous oatmeal (which I will spend my life trying to perfect).
the California Academy of Science, several 'factories', including Jelly Belly, Spaghetti & Fortune Cookie, and even went hiking up Mt. Davidson in search of the shimmering rock.
This boy turned 7 during our trip and told us that "Turning 7 in California was the bestest birthday ever!"
Happy birthday to the bestest 7 year old we know!
backyard fire pits (complete with marshmallow roasting), to crab dinners, to light saber fights with Darth Maul, let the record show that 2011 holds the record for the BEST spring break adventure our family has even seen.
PS-Let the record also show that Darth Maul wears jeggings. Only in California.