On Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. Roy and I decided that we were going to bite the bullet and drive 8 hrs to Post Falls to watch our boys play football. They flew. We didn't tell them we were going, thinking a surprise would be fun.
Friday morning dawns and they leave for school, dropping Melynda off on the way to her school. Frantically, we unpack the car from the week (sad, I know) and pack it for the night. We are racing the clock cuz (this is a spelling I learned from 17 year old son) we didn't know how long it would actually take us with 3 kids in the car, 1 being 5 months, 1 being 3 and then said 13 year old. Mel didn't know we were going so we picked her up from school for a "family" and said "something has come up." Hit the road and told her where were going and what were doing - her response, "Sooooo, I'm going to miss practice???" Insert eye roll from me and a "uh, yeah" from Dad.
Drive Thur breakfast - freeway and it's already 10:00 somehow.
I'm in a good book and the first 2 hrs flies by til I finish the book and have to listen to the noise in the car. I.e. face reality of a 8 hr drive!!!
Baker City - Paco has to pee. Dead man's Pass - Javi needs to nurse. Kennewick - lunch at McD's. Yummy? Still no. My turn to drive and I get the wind and dirt looking tornadoes while Roy sleeps - yes, he actually sleeps in the car while I don't/can't. Next stop is some rest area with free coffee. You can imagine how yummy that was - I did imagine and said no....
Can't be certain if that was the last stop but we made it to Cour d'Alene by 4:30 and had a few hours to R&R (yeah, right) before the game. The kids were so excited about the motel (Paco's term) that we basically changed into our Cougar gear and left for the game.
Game time was great and our boys played good and hard. We lost 40-35 so big bummer there. With all the flag happy refs, we didn't get done til 10 p.m. (PST) and we were to have supper after the game with other families so it was a LATE night. Early morning to be exact as it was 1:30 a.m. MST when we turned off the lights. Everyone crashed fast and hard and morning came ALL TOO SOON!!!
The drive home took 30 minutes longer. I got a new Michael Buble CD at Starbuck's and love it!
Fast long trip and nearly 900 miles later we made it home. Yes, I'd do it again. I love my boys.