Monday, September 5, 2011

Week by numbers: My big fat family road trip

0: Times I ever thought that when I moved away for good at age 14 that I would eventually go back to visit with a husband and two sons.

1: Family wedding that never happened. (1: Heartbroken bride who slumped to the grass, sobbing, which I never want to see again. Ever.)

1: Beautiful neighboring city.

1: Perfect afternoon on the South Shore, climbing sand dunes and enjoying a calm Lake Michigan.

1: Perfect evening on Navy Pier.

1: Family member who saw too many trains for a family trip. (That would be me.)

1: Crazy little volunteer firefighter brother who sneaked the Man-cub and Junebug out for a spin in the town's fire truck and scared the whole volunteer crew, who thought they'd missed something.

2: Boys excited about penguins, as usual.

3: Excellent museums that aren't like any others.

7: States. Florida -- my home. Georgia -- land of peaches, pecans, "boiled p-nuts," red clay, carpet factories and lots of hills. Tennessee -- where people seem to love fireworks, vehicles are mounted high in the sky for advertising, and there are beautiful mountains I'm not used to driving through. Kentucky -- where you find horses, caves, lots of hills and a thick Southern accent. Indiana -- a state covered by corn and soybean fields, and towns that advertise two-for-one cemetery plots. Illinois -- similar to Indiana, but it has Chicago. Michigan -- land of lakes and forests and friendly, efficient people, some of whom don't accept cards for payment.

2,000: Miles. Give or take. (Ahem. Husband corrected me. It was 3,180 miles.)

???: Love for family.

It's good to be home.

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Blogger Jennifer Swanepoel Photography said...

Looks like you guys had a great trip!! We miss you!

September 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Oh my gosh, Holly! I thought brides were only left at the altar in movies. I'm so sorry.

September 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Elita said...

Are you seriously saying that you drove across the country for a wedding and the groom never showed up? Oh my GOD, how awful!

September 6, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger LceeL said...

That's three times you and I have been in the same state - less than 100 miles apart - and we never got the chance to meet. It cannot EVER happen again. Period.

September 6, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger LceeL said...

Oh. And I'm sorry that whole wedding thing went south - poor girl. That's just so sad. Almost as sad as missing you when you visited Illinois.

September 6, 2011 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger CaraBee said...

Oh my, how horrible that the wedding didn't happen. I can't even imagine her devastation. But at least you had a fabulous trip. And it does sound wonderful. And great pictures, too!

September 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger TheAngelForever said...

Oh my, the wedding never happened? Oy! The photos of your adventure are wonderful. I especially love the one of the ferris wheel with the stars glowing in the sky.

September 6, 2011 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Audubon Ron said...

Aww, sorry for the bride. That made me sad.

September 7, 2011 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Mrsbear said...

Wow. Sounds like the most eventful road trip ever. Sorry about the bride. I can't even imagine what would possess someone. Her poor heart.

September 9, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Caterina said...


Ditto what Elita said.

But way cool trip!

October 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM  

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