I'm pretty sure my kids think we live in our car.
We told them we might make it home tonight and Clara responded, "I don't want to go home. I want to stay in a hotel." It's actually pretty amazing how well they just adjust. If we had another week of this left, I think they'd be just fine. I don't know if the same could be said for Ryan and me.
It has been fun though. An adventure, for sure. Monday night we rang in the New Year in our Kansas hotel room. We made it there not too long before midnight. Tuesday night we stayed at Great Wolf Lodge, the indoor water park hotel. We thought the kids deserved some fun after all they've been through.
The next night we stayed with a dear blogger friend, D, and her family. We hadn't seen them since they moved several states away so it was great to visit and meet their youngest daughter for the first time.
It was also my birthday yesterday and she surprised me with a cake. It was so sweet of her. I had a great day. Although after having the stomach bug on my birthday the last two years, I was happy to just feel well this year!
Essie Grace is amazing. She's such a great little traveler. I have this complex, though, that everyone who see us wonders what the heck we're doing out with a teeny baby, but I just have to let that go. They probably aren't thinking it as often as I think they are, and even if they are, they just don't know the story.
One thing I am happy about is that I'm still getting the you-look-great-for-just-having-a-baby comments, that wonderful perk of adoption. I'm not exactly at my thinnest (and two weeks of eating out - mainly fast-food - doesn't help much in that department) and I wouldn't have been surprised if people looked at the baby, looked at me, and thought, "ya, that's about right."
Well just about seven more hours to go. It'll be so nice not to live out of a suitcase. Not having to pack every morning. Being able to just hold Essie. Sleep in our own beds. Eat our own food. And back to cooking and cleaning. There are some perks to life on the road :)