Shout out to anyone who has ever fed a child, changed a child, or entertained a child at Side of the Road, USA (or any other country for that matter). Our road trip was filled with these moments. It was lots of work, but lots of fun, too.
The kids and I left Dad behind to go to a wedding in Arizona. We have lifelong friends who live there and I jump at the chance to hang out with them whenever possible. The first two days were a blur of travel that included 17 hours on the road and 14 stops along the way. Fifteen, if you count our overnight at my parents’. One of the first places we explored was the Riparian Preserve. The weather was nice and warm and the kids had a blast spotting rabbits and collecting sticks. Kids are just better human beings when they are outdoors… and so am I.
Day four of the trip the kids and I took on the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. This place is three stories of awesome. Some of the stations we could’ve spent an hour in. I also love that they have a calmer section for smaller kids and lots of Baby Zones scattered throughout. The girls especially enjoyed the bicycle car wash, grocery shopping (check the video for Ellie’s main staple), and the ice cream serving station.
Day five was wedding day! We had the morning to ourselves and hit up Freestone Park. It is a gorgeous place with more green grass and water features than I would ever expect in the desert. The girls even got to take a train ride around the park. Thank you, Phoenix, for being an awesome place for families.
The wedding was a beautiful outdoor wedding. As if they planned it, the weather was a perfect 88 degrees. I gave the girls a brand new toy right before the ceremony started, a wipe clean book, like this one. To my surprise, Ellie colored only in the book and Faith didn’t hardly touch the thing. She was too interested in learning all about marriage and kissing on the lips!
The reception went exactly as I expected. Ellie was one of the first on the dance floor and Faith was slow to warm up. Once she got comfortable, she was all in. Facial expressions and foot stomping like a pro. We were the last ones on the dance floor and I was definitely sore the next day. Our living room dance parties were not enough to prepare me for that kind of dance marathon.
The next day we started the trek back.
Round Trip Road Trip Totals: 33 hours & 25 stops.
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