Shortly after returning from California, the kids and I drove out to Mississippi to visit two of my closest friends, Deborah and Anna. Google maps told me the trip would take under nine hours, but I figured that with stops it would take closer to under ten. Which sounds pretty horrible, but really it wasn't that bad. I flipped Mary's seat around so she could binge out on the movie watching with Finn (thank the Lord for rear navigation systems), and we didn't have to stop until a little over four hours in to the drive. When we had less than an hour to go I realized I would have to stop again for gas even though the kids were holding up ok. I decided to push on a bit further at which point both kids needed potty breaks (and by potty breaks I mean Finn said he had to go so bad we needed to pull over and Mary requested to pee in the grass like Finn, but peed down her leg and all over my arm in the process). I thought I was stopping right near a gas station, but my GPS failed me and brought me to a since closed down station. At this point I had 22 miles until I was at my destination, but only 21 miles left in the tank. The closest gas station was 8 miles in the opposite direction I had just drive from, but I figured that was a safer bet so turned back around which is just what you want to do at the end of a very long day in the car.
Then when we got to the gas station I could not find my wallet. Total panic mode set in and I figured I must have left it at the place I first stopped (still back in Georgia!) and I searched all over for any spare change in my car. I ran inside and gave the cashier $2.90 in change and hoped that it would put enough gas that I could make it 30 miles to my friends house. It did not and so I started to sweat and cry and called Miles in a frenzy. My friend Anna was driving to Mississippi from Arkansas and had just arrived and was about to come get me when I reached under my seat and felt my wallet! Needless to say I had a glass of wine promptly upon arrival.
And despite the long drive with the stressful ending, it was so wonderful to spend time with my friends and their kids. A lot of the trips and visits we have lined up this summer are partially because we will be moving out of the country and want to ensure we get this time with family and friends before we leave.
My good friend Molly even drove down and it was so wonderful to get to through a bonus friend into my visit! We squeezed in pool time, dinner and drinks without the kids one evening, and just lots of reminiscing and quality time together. The kids were pretty disappointed we had to drive back, Finn especially. But thankfully they did great on the drive back. Four days after we got back we set out on the next adventure; Wisconsin!