On to Ohio – today.
Thursday we woke to no rain and the sun attempting to say out. It was pretty windy and cool though. I got up and around and got Summer out walking around Leonard’s land. Got the day going with food, clean up fun – making beds, getting dressed and the kids making their way to the garage to ride the Y Flicker- they have all gotten good on that fun toy this week.
We got going on school work finally and I was able to divide the kids up and spent some good quality time with each of them reviewing their lessons and completing one with each of them today. That was nice to be able to do that. They really are good kids, for the most part we stay focused and get through their material fairly easily. As I started them at the beginning of each material and after being in school for a quarter this year – I was feeling like we were not getting any new material. But since we have been doing 2 math lessons a day – we are starting to get into some new material for all 3 of them. I was feeling insecure about being the teacher earlier this week – but those feelings are beginning to go away and we are settling in to more a routine and I am now feeling like we can add some things as we go.
We finished up school and the girls and I took Summer for a long walk in the neighborhood behind Leonard’s garage. The topic of the day at breakfast was should we go home to be in KC for the Royals excitement or should we keep going and try to get to Washington DC. We discussed me and the kids(included the fur kid) just coming home without Dawson and the RV and seeing family and friends. Franki really wants to go home – she would love to hang out with friends and see everyone. She seems to miss home more than anyone else.
We talked and discussed all our options – and decided we would walk on it. We are big into looking for signs and asking God what we should do. I was on the fence – I mean what a big win the last 2 nights but also – what a great adventure we have just started!! What to do? Do we go home for a week or – do we stay with the RV and go on as a family??!! Please God – help us make a good decision. Right then when we were talking as a family – I knew in my gut we should stay together. We will walk on it but I think for now we need to travel on.
Our walk was long, and once we turned the corner to head back to Leonard’s the wind shifted and was in our face. It was chilly!!!! But we had a good walk and the girls ran back to the house with Summer in tow.
We started preparing for our departure. Loading up bikes, storing stuff into its place for going down the road and we got all our belongings out of the garage- work out equipment (jump rope & yoga mat) and fishing poles. I cleaned all our dishes and got them all put away. And I was very careful to check on the ipad I had just spent too much money on to get fixed. Let’s get that baby in its case in a safe – low place so it will not break again! Ok – RV slides in, leveling legs up and our electric ready to unplug.
Leonard helped Dawson check the tire pressure of all the tires and they filled them up some. Thanks LEONARD!!! We so appreciate the support and guidance. We then knew it was coming to an end and there was a feeling of sadness creeping over all of us. We gave lots of hugs, did a few more rides on the Y Flicker on the smooth garage floor and then took some more photos. Q ran Summer up and down the yard playing with her to wear her out for the road.
We thanked Leonard for EVERYTHING – dinners, RV hook up, garage facility and bathroom and great company and friendship. Our stay in Indy was great due to the awesome people we were with while we we were there. Leonard and Felicia – we will see you both again! And I know you have family in KC but if their home is full – our guest quarters will always be open to you.
We really can not thank you enough. It was great and now it’s time to head on. Ohio – here we come.
We pulled out at 2:22 pm (Dawson’s numbers still presenting themselves to him). The ride to Cincinnati was really nice. It was a very sunny clear day but it was windy. The drive was fairly easy and pretty short. The kids did great - initally napping then reading the books we bought in Indy. It was really enjoyable to be able to sit up front and just catch up with Dawson and the terrain driving here was beautiful. We both are still in awe of the fact that we are really doing this crazy adventure. As we are almost 3 full weeks into it – is is feeling better and better. We are getting more comfortable and starting to enjoy it more and more. Ugly mom hasn’t shown up too much this week and everyone is less on edge.
We pulled into the Indian Springs Campground and were escorted to a lake side camping spot. Literally right out our front door is the lake with a whole lot of funny ducks swimming around and quacking at us. Even before we were all hooked up – Mena was out with bread feeding the ducks. There is one with a whole wad of funny hair on top of his head. Too funny. Quinten calls them the Aflac ducks and Summer wants to attack them and pull whoever is holding her leash into the lake after them.
It is funny – because since Mena fed them you can here them out there quacking outside the RV for more. We plan to see and spend some quality time with Dawson’s Aunt Deborah and her family this weekend. We are going to explore the campground here and make dinner. I assigned the kids some homework tonight and then we will watch a movie. Mena has called sleeping on the big couch pull out bed tonight so she can get ready for bed and watch the movie from there and then just go to sleep. It was a relaxing evening – all 3 kids watching the movie …Dawson could not get his satelite dish to work and I read 2 magazines that Leonard had given me that he was going to recycle. It peaceful here by the lake.
Good night all.