Day 13: Thursday December 13
Well, today was it. The last day of vacation. We spent the day packing, doing laundry (I love not bringing tons of dirty laundry home), DH did a little bit of work, and I took the girls swimming. I didn’t swim…it was too cold for me right at 70, but the girls had a blast. Around 3:00 some friends who live about an hour away came to visit for the evening. They have all girls (and surprised us when they showed up with four girls instead of three…obviously we’re not in touch super well so that was surprising!) and our girls love getting together with other families with all girls.
We took all the girls (7 of them!) to the resort’s playground and they played and ran around for an hour or so while we adults visited. Then we headed back to the resort where we pulled out all the random food we had and they helped us devour most of it. That was such a relief to me…I hate throwing away food. My in-laws had not eaten a single meal with us that I had planned on so I had extra food from them not eating. And then, since this family is only an hour away, they took all of the food that was opened but not used or that would likely spoil or be damaged on the drive (anything refrigerated, half-eaten bags of chips, condiments, etc.). The first set of in-laws must have thought we were going to be eating in a lot more than we did because they bought all sorts of stuff, ha. I was so glad to give it to someone and not have to throw everything away.
They left around 7:30 or 8:00 and we got the girls ready for bed and continued to pack but honestly we were tired and we’re just tired of packing, so we left a lot of it for the morning and went to bed at a decent hour.
Day 14: Friday December 14
We managed to check out of the resort around 8:45. It was a good bit later than we had hoped for but thankfully we didn’t really have any big cities we were trying to avoid at rush hour or anything like that. So, we hit the road and managed to make it until lunch time without stopping! Major accomplishment for DH, who, if you’ve read the rest of this report, was responsible for at least half of our bathroom stops. We grabbed some Chic-fil-a for lunch, filled the car up, and continued on our way. I think we stopped maybe two other times for bathroom breaks and we stopped around 5 pm for dinner at a Cracker Barrel. We only had an hour left of the drive by that point but the girls were over being in the car and needed a break. I think we arrived at my in-laws’ at around 7 pm. All in all, the travel day was fine. My girls did well in the car, all things considered. I think we’ve driven about 5,000 miles in 3 months, so they’re sick of the car and I can’t blame them for just being done with it!