So all week the kids (especially Mena) have talked about missing home and I can sense that it is on their minds. They don’t want to upset me but I know and can tell they miss home. Heck – I miss it too. We have talked about the adjustment and will give it more time. I told them we might miss home the whole time we are on the road but that I think we are making some amazing memories for when we get home and off the road. They seem to agree. We will continue to monitor their thoughts.
Kids journal entry today for school I had them journal what they missed about home....they are so sweet and wrote such nice things. They miss the physical sense of their home they wrote about their toys, their rooms and their beds –they miss friends, school, family and teachers. There were some tears this week from everyone at some point or another....but it's an adjustment process - I think or at least I hope. Probably normal but worried that it might not be.
Mena liked Chicago but thought it was too big for her. She liked it with us and visiting but she would not want to live there. She likes her city she told me and then proceeded to ask me when I can take her back to her cities down town area….like when we went to Lindsay’s wedding and stayed in a hotel down town. Too funny that sweet girl.
The day started out pretty mild and some sun for our morning dog walk but as the morning went on it warmer and warmer - what a beautiful day. We were wiped out from our adventures yesterday in Chicago so we just took our time with school, and after lunch we sat outside, road bikes, did yoga outside and then decided we needed to venture out in the town of Huntley. We went past the train museum but didn't have the energy to really do to much there. Mom looked up Weber Grill and the big warehouse there in town - they had tours on their webpage but it said "coming soon". So we just kept driving and decided to wipe out a few errands that needed to get done. Huntley was good size and they had everything on Randall Road.
We needed dog food for Summer so we went to pet store and Mena fell in love with a little white mouse with red eyes....she said he liked her and kept coming up to her on the glass. Too cute until I told her they were snake food. The circle of life can be so cruel but I was just being honest. Another lesson or at least interesting discussion was stirred from that stop at the pet store. We then stopped to pick up some groceries at Target near by and then drove around the town to see what it had to offer. Dad needed us to pick him up at enterprise at 5 so we headed that way. There is a whole story with the rental car and we ended up driving back into Woodstock to return it there instead of in Huntley. It was a pretty drive and we all chilled out. Back to the RV for some dinner - mom cooked up some tasty spaghetti. As we ate dinner - we needed to decide what next. We threw out some options of staying in Chicago for the weekend, moving on to South Bend, INDIANA or to Springfield, ILLINOIS....Dawson decided to let the kids decide. It was tough decision but the kids picked Springfield to see why ILLINOIS is called the "land of lincoln". So tomorrow we will clean up camp, ready the RV to roll down the road again and move on. It was a good week but we are all ready for a change of scenery.
We watch Kung Fu Panda as a family – and we wanted to note the profound words of the wise turtle, “yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today is a gift that’s why it’s called the present”. We all loved that quote and have it logged in our memories for this week. It was a good movie and it had been awhile since we had watched it. Pretty fun to hang out and enjoy our evening together as a family all cozied up close in the RV. We are feeling good about Springfield - we booked a campground at the Double J and will pull out tomorrow afternoon. From there we will head to Amy Allen Crosier dad's driveway (see ya soon Leonard -it was good to talk to you on the phone today). Thanks for the offer - see you Sunday in Indianapolis.
Good night to all!
The Fercho Family