“This is the longest we’ve ever been away from our spouses.”
“No, I guess it’s not.”
Me and Adam drove up to Indiana on Friday night. We were discussing how long we’ve been away from, well, our spouses and came to the conclusion that Adam has been away from Danielle longer than I have been away from Rick. Adam’s been away a week and me, this is the first time I’ve been away a night. So, there were many calls to and from Rick on the journey! The reason for our trip? To pick up my Grandma Lee and bring her back down to Florida to stay at mom and dads.
Adam came over on Friday afternoon and we set to getting the Expedition ready to go. It needed an oil change and they rotated the tires as well for us. That took awhile though and we didn’t actually leave our house until after three. Or was it close to four? I don’t remember now. It didn’t take us long to get our of Florida. It seemed like we were filling the truck up for the first time in no time! We switched drivers with Adam taking over. (Adam only does the speed limit……) We were driving for a little bit and then all of a sudden: CONSTRUCTION AHEAD!! We were stop and go and stop and go for a long time. I spent some of it trying to sleep but I only got a few minutes worth. Adam drove until past Chatanooga and then I took over again and when I drove there was no road construction!! It was funny.
I drove on into Indiana and all the way to Granmda Rita’s house. Well, I guess it’s Sheldon and Wendy’s house. Got there and they weren’t there. They were doing laundry at Sheldon’s other grandmas house. We kind of slept. Kinda of didn’t. When we got there we walked in the house and Eli was sleeping on the couch so we were walking really quietly. I had to go to the bathroom so I did and me and Adam sat down at the table for a little bit. Then we went back out to the truck and I laid down in the back and catnapped. Or at least tried! Adam talked to Uncle Leeroy and after awhile Sheldon and Wendy got back. We sat and talked for a little bit and then mom called and said we had to go and see Poppy Bob. So we did.
Once we got to Poppy Bob’s we parked and walked down to the barn where he was mowing and we saw someone pull up and Uncle Nathan stepped out! We haven’t seen him since we were little kids at the Bloomington house. We talked for a bit. His kids were there and they look just like the pictures they send at Christmas time. Grandma Donna came over from Spencer; I guess. We chatted about this and that and then we said goodbye and left to go back to Sheldon and Wendy’s. As soon as we got back we piled back into the car to go to Washington to see Grandma Rita at work. We didn’t stay too long. We cooked out that night and the hamburger I had was yummy. We watched TV for awhile but I was exhausted so I went to bed. Slept pretty good. The dogs kept whining and the flies were bothering me but I did get some sleep.
The next morning we waited for Grandma Rita to get out of church so we could go bury Grandpa Woody. He donated his body to science and they creamated him and sent him back. So Sheldon dug a hole and we put the box with the ashes in it in the ground. Afterwards we were looking around the cemetary at the other gravestones. Grandma was telling us history and all that. Interesting. Me and Adam left straight from the graveyard and went to Grandma Lee’s. We stopped in Bloomington to get gas and some food. We cleaned the car up a little bit and drove to Grandma’s. It was a little tense because I was scared that water was going to be covering the road even though everyone had said that it was off. We pulled down the driveway and we got out and went to Uncle Timmy’s house to say hi. We said hi, he said everyone was in the house and we went in. Hugged and kissed everyone. Aunt Sharon handed me stuff to take out and I put in the car. Grandma came out and showed us what was going and we packed up, Uncle Timmy loaded the trailer with the lawn mower for dad and we said goodbye. That was it. No lengthy stay at all.
We pulled out and didn’t stop again until Evansville to get some White Castle for mom and dad. Ninety burgers. Yup, that’s what I said. 90! I miss White Castle. I miss their onion sticks. Oh. But I digress……. We didn’t stop too many times but it seemed to take longer than coming up. We got into Clermont at eight fifteen and Rick and Adam drove the truck to our house while me and Grandma were in my baby. We filled up the gas tanks and we were home in no time. Candy was there and while Grandma settled her and Conner in, the rest of us got the stuff out of the car and put the trailer in the garage with the mower on it!! That’s what Candy said dad wanted and apparently it wasn’t because dad kinda laughed about it when he got home. They ordered pizzas for us all and after we ate Rick and I drove home. I fed the dogs and went to sleep! I woke up a little too early for my taste this morning but I’m going to take a nap!!
I love you ALL