Kansas part 1…

oh my lands.
when it’s been 2 plus years since you’ve been back with your family, a lot changes.
a lot.
all of us get older for one thing.
and, new babies come along that we don’t get the chance to meet and know.
not to mention life just goes on and our lives don’t run as parallel as i always thought they would.
nonetheless.
our trip back to Kansas last week was truly epic.
we had a wonderful time with my family and crammed as much into one week as i think we could considering all the kids that factored in.
and, if i may, i’m going to brag on my kids a little bit.
a 24 hour road trip is not really anyone’s idea of a totally awesome time.
not driving for a few hours and stopping for the night and finishing the journey in 24 hours time.
no, i mean driving for 24 hours straight and stops factored in after that.
that’s how we do it.
4 kids, 2 adults, and all our stuff crammed into a minivan and we set out at 7:15 on a Friday night to drive straight there.
the first hour was possibly the worst.
Kate isn’t and has never been, fond of her car seat, so until she came to grips with the fact that she had to stay in it, we had tears and loud cries. thankfully, she settled down and we rolled along with very little drama after that.
but, back to my kids.
when we travel, we take along a dvd player and a host of movies as well as books, pads of paper and pencils and this time they took their d.s.’s. we expect that they are going to get bored, you know?
but, i’m telling you what. they did SO good!
they talked and read and played games and snacked and entertained themselves so well.
and, watched 2 movies on the way there and only 1 on the way home.
i could not believe it.
i would gladly have let them watch more, but, for whatever reason, they didn’t even ask!
it was really not until we got home that i realized how impressive that was.
i was telling Tim about it and we were both shocked and told our kids how awesome they really did on this road trip.
maybe it’s the thing of them getting older and understanding more of what these sort of trips mean and being okay with the whole thing, i don’t know.
of course there were moments of frustration and i’m pretty sure the question of ‘when are we going to be there’ was asked exactly 33,278 times. but, we made it. and, it was worth it.
i’m just going to let these pictures tell their own story.
next time, i’ll give more details with more pictures.

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5 thoughts on “Kansas part 1…

  1. Wow. That’s how I feel after reading this post, and seeing the pictures.
    You weren’t home for two years? I got a little teary reading that part. What JOY there must have been in returning!
    The pictures of time with your family are so wonderful. The wheat harvest is incredibly beautiful!! And I LOVE the picture of you standing and watching your kids in the harvester, with the fields in front of you. There is so much emotion in that picture, it is just beautiful.
    I’m so glad you were able to get time with your family!
    xoxo

  2. kristy says:

    Oh those combines make me miss those days. I would so love my girls to get to ride on one. Many good memories of it…

  3. carmen says:

    wow, 24 hours sounds like a daunting trip, but when family is at the end of the long journey, it makes almost anything worth it. 🙂 Your pictures look like a truly wonderful time!! So glad you got to go and spend time with your family.

  4. i read about your kansas trip backwards, starting with part three. 🙂

    i always enjoy your oatney enthusiasm, the connections on so many levels that i hear you have with your family and roots… and i love that you had such a great time being at home with both.

    with all of our loose ends and messes that we have going on, our kids travel well too. the little ones are even technology-less, except for an mp3 player. one of the best things from last year’s Big Road Trip of over 4, 400 miles in 10 days is that jacob says frequently, “i wish that we were just leaving!”

    happy last days of summer rachel! hope to see you soon! ❤

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