Thursday, October 1, 2015


We pulled into Amarillo, TX on Saturday night.  Right as we hit the early edge of town the car started overheating so we pulled over and tried to let it cool and added coolant which helped for a few minutes but in the end we had to get it fixed the next morning.  We stopped by Cadillac Ranch and Eden and Tucker liked seeing a car that had both of their names on one car and we wished we had brought spray paint.  Then we headed over to the Big Texan for dinner and met our friend Jed who was letting us stay at his house that night!   Sam wanted to stop there because he had seen it on so many food shows plus there were tons of signs leading us there along the way so there was no way to miss it! He ordered the kids some Rocky Mountain Oysters to try and they all liked them alright except Eden and even when he eventually told them what they were they all didn't care except Eden!  Sam also had to get a picture of the guys that were doing the challenge! It was also fun to visit with Jed and he hooked us up with his mechanic that made us a priority in the morning and got the water pump changed so we could get back on the road.  We only wished we could see all the friends all over Texas that kept sending us messages but were just too far from where we were.

Monday, September 28, 2015

The trip begins: Arizona and New Mexico

This summer we set out on our epic 17 state trip!  Sam was a little worried about how it would be with everyone in the car so long, but it turned out great.  We enjoyed being able to take our time and stop and see sights and friends and we saw every movie from Redbox that we were even slightly interested in seeing and then some.  There was even only minimal fighting and besides several of us passing around a 1 day stomach sickness, everything went smoothly.   The first night we picked up Brady and Jordan from youth conference and headed out to Arizona. We were supposed to arrive at Nicki's house around midnight but a major road closure didn't get us in until 2 in the morning.  Then we were up bright and early the next morning to head to the Grand Canyon.  It was so nice to have this basket for our luggage on the back of the car that Deveren made and Sam and Brady became expert at getting the loaded and unloaded by the end of the trip!

I got out with the kids to take their first peak at the Grand Canyon while Sam looked for parking.  I think everyone was impressed except Jordan.

Eden and Tucker enjoyed watching the performance that was going on.
Next we headed to the Four Corners Monument and waited patiently in line for our turn with maybe a little bit of wrestling going on after having been in the car for so many hours! (More pictures at the end with our various poses trying to hit all 4 states)

Sam decided that we need a picture with each state sign.  If you ask the kids, they will say this is their least favorite part of the trip but I think they'll enjoy the pictures when they look back!
Next we headed to Farmington, NM to stay for the night but first a stop at Outback for some dinner.  Jordan enjoyed the fact that they brought him an adult cup and Brady a kid cup even though they both ordered adult food and Brady is older!

I was the first one to get sick, I woke up early throwing up at the hotel so this was my view of the family heading off to breakfast and packing the car while I tried to rest a little longer!

I had a very uncomfortable drive to Albuquerque and Tucker also started to get sick along the way but he still managed to get out of the car and get a picture with the other kids at the temple.  The last one was them pointing at me in the car since I didn't feel like getting out.

More pictures at Four Corners, the AZ sign and when Sam joined us at the Grand Canyon