Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Monday, April 20, 2015

An Epic Spring Break

So, we wanted to do something uniquely American over spring break with the boys.  As we thought about it, what is more American than a road trip?  Hours upon hours in the car, construction, stopping at strange road side attractions.  Nothing I tell you.

Oh sure, the boys had road tripped it to Panama and Nicaragua, but those weren't quite the same.

So we started to plan.  We have friends from language school in Memphis and in Kentucky and some friends from college in Southern Indiana.  And then we found out about the City Museum in St. Louis, and a route began to form...

A great big oval.  The first day our goal was to hit the City Museum by about lunch time, which meant leaving MI at 4:30 am.  Early, but doable.   We got on the road right on time, but the kids didn't follow the plan of falling back to sleep once in the car.  At least they were in that zombie like state for a couple of hours.  Well, except for when one started throwing up.  Poor kid, 6 times.  We thought he had out grown the car sickness.  But we made it.

Boy, we weren't prepared for what the City Museum really was!  It's an old warehouse with a series of holes and passages and tunnels and all sorts of things to climb on in and out of the building.  We initially thought we would bring the stroller in, and then we quickly realized that was a really really bad idea.  There were a million people there that day (the walls of the building were sorta pulsing with noise when we waked by on the outside!), but once we figured out the best plan was for Noah to take the big boys and I take Quinn it actually was fun from almost everyone.

Quinn's favorite was by far the piano which I let him bang on as hard as he wanted. The big boys loved the skateboard room where you just run and jump and slide.

Then it was back in the car for another 5 hours on our way to Memphis.  We were sooooo excited to see our friends the Savells.  They have been back in the US for about two years now and are doing great!  We kinda feel like war buddies with these folks.  You know, because Language School is like war!  Or maybe I've been watching too much M*A*S*H lately.  Anyway.

It was great to have personal tour guides of Memphis and boy did we hit all the high points, Graceland, The Peabody Hotel, Beale Street, A. Schwab, Lorrane Motel, and BBQ.  And when I say we hit them, there was some driving by, and some visiting.  Either way, it was a lot to pack in.  There was a lot of laughing, and amazing food!

After a couple of days with the Savells, it was on to Kentucky, to visit more friends from language school.  The Steeles are back in the US as their ministry focus has shifted and Tony is doing a lot of traveling.  We had a great time with them, more good food, learning about their area of Kentucky, seeing the Tennessee and Ohio rivers and laughing.    Somehow we never got a picture with them!

After another few days, we hit the road again and headed to Southern Indiana to see friends from college, the Mains. 

They were amazing!  More great food (as you can tell, this was an eating vacation!), playing outside, porch lunches and exploring caves! The boys even got to pan for semi precious stones at the caves.  Elliot was in love with that whole process!  That kid is a hunter gatherer for sure!

The Mains also threw an fabulous party for their small group so we could share about what God is doing in Costa Rica.  Their church also wanted to hear more, so we were able to share on Sunday morning as well.  Amazing!

After one last lunch on the porch, we hit the road again for the Mitten and made it back by about 9pm Sunday night.  What an Epic Spring Break!