Journey to the West – Day 31

It’s officially been one month since we left Minnesota.  We’re making the most of our time – enjoying time outdoors, playing games, watching movies, visiting museums…  I think that the Littles think that we’re on a really LONG vacation!  Even though we said good-bye to our friends and family in Minnesota, and left our house keys on the bar in the kitchen, I don’t think that they realize that we’ve actually “moved.”  

I spent the morning making phone calls, trying to take care of bills and insurance stuff…  The big boys dried our laundry that didn’t get dried last night.  They had to go back twice.  The first time they went, someone had taken our clothes out of the dryer and set them on the folding table, and put their clothes in the dryer.  So the boys brought our wet clothes back to the camper and waited a while before going back to dry our clothes.

The big boys spent most of their morning working on a script for their movie.  They are writing a movie based on a game that they made up when they were little.  They’ve spent a lot of our “camper time” working on it.  The big girls are also working writing a movie script, and they spent their morning working on theirs.  The littler Littles played on their tablets and watched “Cars 2.”

After nap time, the kids and I drove to the top of the mountain, hoping to take a hike.  Halfway up, there’s a spot called “Gravity Hill.”  It’s one of the “Seven Wonders of Casper.”  You are supposed to “go just past the big tree, and put your vehicle in neutral.  If you are in the right spot, your vehicle will go uphill.”   The kids and I tried to find it.  After a few failures, which scared us all because we started rolling backwards down the hill, we found it!!  There was a lot of cheering and screaming coming from our van.  After we defied gravity a few times, we continued our journey up the mountain.  Just as we reached the top, the rain started coming down…then there was a flash of lightning and a clap of thunder.  (Before we left the camper, I told the kids that I thought it was storming on the mountain.  Everyone, except Abbie, thought I was nuts.  So… I said we’d drive up there and see.  Turns out, I am not so nuts after all.)  

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I turned the van around, which is no small task, and we drove back down the mountain.  Abbie googled “The Seven Wonders of Casper” on my phone, and we decided we’d go see a few “wonders” downtown.  We were just about downtown when we realized that the storm was following us.  UGH!!  I turned around, again, and we headed back to the camper.  We got out of the van and ran into the camper just as the rain started coming down.  

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In the camper, the kids decided to watch “Free Willy” and eat ice cream sandwiches.  Maggie and Eliyjah needed baths after they ate their ice cream sandwiches.  

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Turns out that the sink makes a great bathtub for Maggie, but it’s a li’l tight for Eliyjah.  He didn’t mind, though.

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As the movie ended, Adrian came “home” from work.  He took Lollie and Eliyjah to the store to buy propane, then grilled cheeseburgers for dinner.  After dinner, Adrian and the big boys fixed the bike tires that had gone flat.  (My tire wasn’t flat.  Oops!  The handlebars had been spun around twice, which made the brakes grab funny…and it just felt like the tire was flat.  So glad I have a man to figure those things out for me!)  The other Littles and I cleaned up the camper and watched “America’s Got Talent.”  After our show, we got the camper set up for bedtime.  The kids s-l-o-w-l-y got their jammies on, brushed their teeth, went potty, and we all said our prayers.  When everyone was tucked into bed, they struggled to get their wiggles under control.  It was 10:30 before everyone settled down and stopped giggling.  (Bedtime started at 8:45!)  

I woke up in the middle of the night, sick as a dog – sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, and fever.  I got out of bed, took some Tylenol and Benadryl, and stuffed Kleenex into my nose.  I snuggled back into bed.  Adrian rolled over, looked at me, and whispered, “You are so pretty…even with Kleenex shoved in your nose.”  Awww… He really loves me!!

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