10 days, 7 states, and over 3,100 miles driven. When we told family and friends that we were driving to Charlotte, NC versus flying, the one question that kept coming up over and over again was “why?!”.
Here’s the thing, road trips are my jam! I love planning them and I love taking them! The last few of months of 2017 were crazy stressful and I spent lots of time at work so I really needed some undivided time with my people. This road trip was exactly what we needed!
Our final destination was Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Belk Bowl where our Aggies were facing off against Wake Forest. Colby has set a goal to see all the SEC football stadiums so we adjusted our trip so that we could check off a few more stadiums from his list! And, of course I had to make a visual! haha!
The kids didn’t get out of school till Friday, December 22nd. We woke up that morning to discover that our elves, Waldo and Joy, had been granted special permission from Santa to travel with us.
Hope wasn’t concerned about Santa finding us in Charlotte but she was really upset that she would have to say goodbye to our elves early so this made her super happy!
Waldo and Joy arrived in a special travel capsule and also brought baby Jesus to remind us that He is the real reason for the season (even though at first glance Hope thought our elves were telling us that they had a baby!)!
Hope found Waldo and Joy on the stairs along with travel pillows and some goodies for the car ride.
The last day of school before the holidays is the perfect day for Pajama Day! Hope asked if Waldo and Joy could come to school and I happily said yes.
Waldo and Joy enjoying Hope’s Winter Party at school.
The room moms did a great job with the party! I loved this sponge painted snowflake!
After the party, I checked Hope out of school early so that she could go to work with me – but not before getting a special delivery of Spark and my favorite cookies from the bestie!
I had to hustle to get to a meeting on time – you should have seen me arriving with all my stuff, a kid in pajamas, AND two elves in a bucket!
Before we left we decided to show Waldo and Joy Kyle Field. We knew they would have a chance to see a few more SEC stadiums before flying back to the North Pole and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to show them ours.
We had hoped to leave around 5:00 pm… Trying to get everything completed, packed and ready is tough! We travel like a heard of turtles!
I have to giggle at the temp – 39 degrees was the average temperature of our entire trip! Brrrrr! After a 3-hour car trip, we arrived at The Hill (aka my parent’s house) around 11:00 pm.
Waldo and Joy waking up at The Hill.
We were able to see almost all of the cousins but their great-cousin, Elliott, stole the show! We taught her how to open gifts. I’m sure her mom is thrilled with us! 🙂
Holden had seen these Santa pancakes on Pinterest and was super excited to try making them herself! I think they turned out precious!
It was SO cold but the girls wanted Pop Pop to take them back to the pasture so that they could try out his new Mule.
It was a quick 16-hour visit but we were so glad that we could spend time with Dede and Pop Pop before Christmas!
Somewhere in Louisiana…
We arrived in Starkville, MS around 8:45 pm and stopped by the Mississippi State sign to take a picture. Who knew there was an alarm on this sign that would alert the police – well, we did a few minutes later! Apparently people steal the letters so they’ve had to start monitoring the sign.
This is a terrible picture but it cracks me up! When we were talking to the policeman, we asked him if the girls could go to the police station to use their restroom. He said no and Holden was about to bust!
We drove a little further to Columbus, MS to spend the night and enjoyed a late night Chick-fil-A picnic in our room.
Riding on the luggage cart AND having your elves travel – this girl was in heaven!
We were on the road by 8:45 am (miracle!) but had to pull over when we saw these cars! I can totally see Holden driving something like this in a few years!
We arrived in Tuscaloosa, AL and thought this bridge was too cool not to capture! It’s fun to visit college campuses when students are there but it’s really awesome to visit them with no traffic!!!
All the college campuses we went to were amazing but if I had to choose a favorite…Alabama would take top honors!
When Colby hopped up here for a picture, we made it 2-for-2 with police calls…
Holden’s favorite part of visiting Alabama was finding this painted rock! On the back there was a message about finding them on Facebook and now she is inspired to start painting rocks and leaving them wherever we go! So much fun!
Road trips aren’t all fun and games – there is also a lot of device watching and lots and lots of sleeping!
I had to giggle at Holden’s Instagram post!
A few hours later and we were on Auburn’s campus.
One of Colby’s favorite players.
After a long day of driving over 1,300 miles on Christmas Eve, we finally arrived in Charlotte around 9:00 pm. Just in time to unpack and prepare for Santa’s arrival!
I’ll never travel without twinkly lights ever again!
When Waldo and Joy left, they left baby Jesus for Hope!
Twas the Night Before Christmas…
You can read the rest of the posts here:
Charlotte road trip part III