So, now that I have everyone rolling on the floor laughing at my less-than competent computing skills, I hope you enjoy reading about our journey to Florida that took place in mid-March. :) And I really hope you enjoy pictures, because there will be a lot of them!
My dear husband and I decided, after much debate, discussion, and consideration, that we needed a vacation REALLY bad! With all of the things that Mr. Lacy Life has been going through and dealing with on his job, along with all of the long hours he's been working. Add that to the everyday stresses of life, the busyness, and just the normal workings of a family of 6, we couldn't NOT accept our dear friends several invitations for us to come and visit them down in Florida at their new vacation home. Our family vacations usually consist of a weekend getaway up to the North Shore of Lake Superior in our home state of Minnesota, or going "up north" elsewhere, as we call it here, or going on a fishing/cabin vacation somewhere else in our "Land of 10,000 Lakes". We even went to South Dakota once, but NEVER have we went on an excursion quite like this one, where it would take us 3 days to drive there, and 3 days to drive back! All totalled, We were gone for 11 whole days, and we packed a LOT of family fun and special memories into those 11 days. It was a well-deserved, greatly appreciated, time or rest, relaxation, reprieve, rejuvenation, and re-connection as a family.
First and foremost, I must say that I really, really wished that I would have gotten a picture of our mini-van all packed up, and pictures of the kiddos practically "buried" in our van! It was hilarious...a sight to behold to be sure! Our mini-van was like one of those brain bender puzzles that fits together in one way, and one way only. But until you figure out that specific way, it is nearly impossible to figure it out. I am happy to report...that after packing, unpacking, and repacking at least 3 times, we finally figured out that "brain bender" of a packed mini-van, and we were on our way out of Minnesota to Florida! Yay! Cheers all around!
Okay, so you think that is funny, well the real funny thing is, is that one of our children made the comment that it felt nice and warm, cozy, and safe in the van. Truth be told, we were packed in there like sardines, and the reason it felt that way was because we literally had things packed around us on all sides! Seriously! Thank God we didn't have a car accident, but I am convinced that if we would have, we would have been perfectly safe and sound padded by all of our "precious" belongings that we couldn't bear to leave home without! I think my children inherited my notorious "over packer" gene, which I inherited from both my mom and my dad! LOL! Love ya, mom and dad! (You know it's the truth!) :)
We set out on our 11 day journey on a COLD Minnesota morning with our gloves and hats on, and our winter hats within arms reach. Our first destination was Hebron, Kentucky where we planned to stay the night and spend the whole next day at the Creation Science Museum. We drove through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and arrived in Kentucky on our first day. We arrived at our hotel kind of late, but that didn't stop us from allowing the children to spend a little time in the hotel pool burning off some serious penned-up energy, while my DH and I relaxed in the hot tub-we were on vacation, after all! :)