Driving to Washington to Visit Jeena!

This was forever ago now… but it feels like last week! I wanted to go to Jeena’s baby shower. At first the plan was for me to go with just the littlest kids. Part of that reason was because Brooke had a church thing on Saturday that she was desperate to go to. At the very last minute the church thing was cancelled due to the fires and heavy smoke in the air and literally the day before leaving for Washington it was decided that Allan and the other three kids would come with me!

In some ways that was great… being with Allan, not having to do the road trip alone. I thought it would be good.
In other ways it was horrible, and I’ll get to that through this post!!

So the trip started off pretty well! The kids were excited to go to Washington and have a road trip. Ember and Everett fell asleep and took naps and all seemed promising.
(Oh and this first picture is how Allan entertained Everett while I ran around getting everything ready the morning we left!)

I was looking and looking for healthy options for restaurant food during our trip but it was hard finding things. By the time we got to this town with a McDonald’s Everett had been screaming in the car so much that I was about to have a nervous breakdown. We kept looking for better food options and were debating stopping at a store to put something together but with the constant crying from the back seat I snapped and was like, “Let’s just do McDonald’s!!”

We had brought lunch for everyone else which we all ate in the car (sandwiches) so I took the little kids in to get them happy meals and the big kids stayed outside to play with Allan instead of being stuck sitting at a McDonald’s table.

Surprisingly Everett was repulsed by the hamburger meat. Not surprisingly he devoured the fries and freaked out with joy over his happy meal toy. It was pretty darn cute!

We were running late but I couldn’t force myself to get everyone in the car just yet. I let Everett hang out outside with everyone for another 15 minutes in hopes that he wouldn’t hate the car so much when it was time to drive again.

This is how/where I change his diaper when we’re on errands. haha

This parking lot had this cool little area that the kids loved. Rocks to climb on and gorgeous weather = win.

In this next picture Payson’s making a weird face… if you see him doing that (which you will frequently nowadays) it’s because he’s pretending to be “Jake.” Jake is a character he made up who is silly. It’s Payson’s favorite thing to play with his siblings. He’s silly and dumb and can’t do anything and the kids help him and teach him. Jake does a certain face most of the time (shown in the pic) and says a dull, “Uuuuh.” sound in response to everything. Payson’s definitely the clown in our family. We’re all constantly laughing with him.

Everett spotted a bird that landed nearby and was tickled over that. He kept doing his bird sign language sign (he used to do the fingers pinching together but now he’s shortened it to just curving his pointer finger) and started doing chirping sounds. I love that he loves animals!

So….. fast forward a bazillion hours and we’re in Washington. Everett cried and cried and cried and guess what. CRIED the rest of the way. It was traumatic. I feel my anxiety rising just remembering it!!! It was SO bad. I now despise the car. lol

So anyway we finally get to Bellingham to our hotel and we go in and there are no vacancies! Not only that the hotel staff tells Allan there are no vacancies anywhere in the city or nearby cities!

I was originally going to sleep at Jeena’s house with the little two and I think about doing that but it’s now midnight and I don’t want to wake her up PLUS my phone died and I don’t have her number memorized. So I can’t even go sleep with the littlest kids. We’re sitting in the car with five kids and nowhere to sleep and Everett is STILL crying and we’re looking at another two hour drive to a city far enough away to find a vacant hotel.

This sucks.

So, WHY were all the hotels full? Well, there was a big storm in Washington that day and the power had gone out for so many people and they’d flocked to the hotels for power!

And why didn’t Allan and I have a reservation when we always have reservations.
Well, the night before leaving we’d got online to book a room and there were rooms available but our internet wasn’t working!

Allan was calling around and around trying to find a vacancy.

He was having no luck. By this time I said we should just drive to somewhere a couple hours away but we should eat in Bellingham first because the kids were starving and wanted a break from the car. So we settled on eating at Denny’s and then heading a couple hours away to a hotel.

Allan called more places trying to find a hotel.

Kids have no concept of things going wrong. All they know is dad is on the phone a lot right now, but we’re having dinner at a fun restaurant at 1am, and we’re going to a hotel! Funnest night ever!

Once finally finding a hotel only an hour and a half away in Issaquah Allan cheered up!

We drove to Issaquah and got the hotel. They told us all five kids couldn’t stay there so Allan went and got the hotel room with only two of the kids and I took the other three in at a different time so they wouldn’t know. lol! Like, seriously you’re going to tell us we can’t sleep three in a bed?! Normally we’re strict rule followers but not that night!!

It was super rainy in Issaquah the next morning!

We scrounged up a weird food combination and fed the kids in the car.

Payson was goofing off in the parking lot (pretending to be Jake) and fell and got his pants soaked.

I did my makeup in the car as Allan drove, trying to save time.

So by the time I got to Jeena’s shower I was an hour late. I was so frustrated! There were a million other things that happened on this trip to ruin things but I don’t even remember them all! And I didn’t take one picture at the shower! I did steal this one of Ember and Audrey playing from Jeena’s friend Justyne. Justyne is Jeena’s best friend and threw the shower. Her power was out that day but she did a great job! I was impressed. She took this picture of our daughters playing together. Ember is so social and was in love with Audrey.

So then after seeing my family for about an hour we had to go home!! Can you believe that? It was such a psycho trip!

Stopping for gas on the way home.

This was a moment when Ember asked if we could roll her window down so her baby could stick her head out. Um, NO. haha

The weather that weekend didn’t disappoint. Sunny sometimes, smoky sometimes, windy and rainy and stormy sometimes… all the feels.


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