Best Road Trip Tips (from a family of 7)

Best Road Trip Tips (from a family of 7)

Summer is here and that means it’s time to head out with the family on a few adventures. Whether you are driving thirty minutes to the beach or six hours for a family reunion you will probably be spending some time in the car. All that time cramped together in a tight space, breathing the same air, and no escape other than rest stops can put strains on even the greatest of family relationships. 

Both my husband and I moved away from our families to attend college and we never moved back. This means that the closest family we have is over three hours away. We have been taking road trips since before kids and have kept them up with each addition. The frequency has lessened a bit now that the older kids are in school, but we still make 3 to 6 hour one way drives at least three times each year. 

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Bedtime Stories, Smores, and Parades - seven places I found joy in the chaos this week

Bedtime Stories, Smores, and Parades - seven places I found joy in the chaos this week

What a fantastic week of vacation! We traveled the six hours to Micah's parent's house because it's a great place to hang out. They currently live on an acreage almost in the middle of nowhere so we can run around yelling without disturbing neighbors, stay up late to see the stars, drive around on a four wheeler, and spend lots of extra time outside. Plus the best part - all the family time! 

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Family game time, new hair color, and the end of school - six places I found joy in the chaos this week

Family game time, new hair color, and the end of school - six places I found joy in the chaos this week

We are officially on summer break! The boys ended the school year on Thursday which was definitely one of the highlights of the week. Now it's on to fun adventures, late nights, silly games, and all the fun that summer brings. Before we jump in let's look back at the best places of the last week of school. 

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My Monthly Goals {Update on March and goals for April}

My Monthly Goals {Update on March and goals for April}

This month was crazy. It was going all dandy and we were looking forward to a family vacation when one by one we started dropping like flies to a stomach bug. Thankfully we were able to defeat the bug and all get healthy again but that week seemed to take forever and really took a lot out of all of us. It also really affected our goals for the month. 

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Spring break, best friends, and craft time - 7 places I found joy in the chaos

Spring break, best friends, and craft time - 7 places I found joy in the chaos

After the stomach bug hit six of the seven members of the house we weren't sure if our spring break vacation was going to happen. We were supposed to leave on Friday the 10th but because of getting sick we didn't actually get to leave until Sunday the 12th. I'm so thankful that the bug left in time for us to enjoy a few days of spring break rather than being miserable the whole time. It was such a great, even though it was short, trip! 

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