Alright, onto the rest of the trip. We ran into a ton of traffic coming home but still managed to keep level headed. Bellies were full thanks to Aunt Elsie & Uncle Bob. Well, we finally got into North Carolina. That's when the
Well, evening wasn't over yet. We passed some sewage plant. Remember, the kids were on silence until we hit the front door. Well, this is what transpired next: Alright, I've tried everything and can not get this video to upload. Warren told me he'd work on it tonight. So, do check back tomorrow for the video. It's Nik and Alex. You can't help but to laugh along. Just an absolute laugh attack and think it came at the right time after the others were arguing back and forth. Too many in close quarters. Need a bigger van...maybe a tractor trailer will help?? LOL. Ironically, I can remember fighting in the backseat w/ my sisters when we were younger. Oh well, it happens. But, when you see the video, that will do nothing but make you smile. And, we could all use a good smile at this point.
Trip, except for about the last two hours, was fantastic. We learned a lot on it. A few things we learned:
1) Punch bug game is a bad game to introduce. It is now banned from our car.
2) Always pack water wherever you go. You will be thirsty in 90 some odd degree weather.
3) Kids can eat more than their weight at a breakfast buffet.
4) 5 hours may not seem like a long trip, but add 7 kids to it, and it's an eternity.
5) Kids can go to bed on time if you wear them out enough.
6) If it is in their head, they will say it out their mouth. Watch for these moments.
7) Brothers and sisters CAN get along.
8) 2 bathrooms, 20 minutes to get ready & 9 people takes some creative thinking.
We learned way more than this obviously. We had a great family vacation and seriously can't wait to go again. Hope you enjoyed our trip as much as we did. Other places we'll be going this summer are the beach, a train ride, some local museums and the zoo.
Things are going well at home. The sisters are now going to be baking all day tomorrow together and then taking our orders and serving us all. Though I must say, there was some real bonding going on today and I was rather impressed. yana and Alyona (you know, the same exact two that wanted to tear each other apart) were sharing music on the mp-3 player together. Sharing the same set of headphones. AND, Yana carried Alyona on her back all the way home on the walk. While she was pushing one of the tots in the stroller. So, I think they are back to normal. Chaos Manor is jumping lately. There have been a minimum of 12 kids here everyday. Not bad and not too many incidents. Everyone seems to be getting along. Plus, this is good practice for when the 10 of them are here. I still have energy at the end of the day so I guess I'm doing okay with it all. though, my yoga has fallen to the wayside. Plan on picking it back up. Will try to update more tomorrow.
We'll try to get the laugh attack video up tonight. You have to hear this thing. Nik and Alex are just too funny. You can't help but smile when you see it. Can't wait to share it. Enjoy your weekend everyone. More to come later.