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The 5hr trip took 6hrs to get there and 7hrs on the way back. Having 3 kids across made for lots of fighting, there was never a moment when all 4 kids slept at the same time, exhaustion caused tantrums in the car which resulted in waking up the sleeping kids which in turn caused more tantrums, I cannot begin to fathom how many times I pulled over to retrieve a toy that fell to the floor.
The kids had a great time at my parents. We went to a big pumpkin patch with amusement rides 2 days in a row. Their uncle came over a bunch and we all rode bikes and played outside.
It was a bit of a safety catastrophe there from shot guns, boiling water incidents and broken doors. Mostly my parents and there house just aren't designed for little kids.
My DH got a lot done at home while we were gone. He moved his office downstairs and laid new carpet in the room that is now Nathan's. The big girls share a bedroom and Kaycee has her own.
Lastly it was an emotional mess. My dad pretty much continued his role of being a dead-beat grandpa. He made Reagan cry a few times from not saying goodbye and not joining us at the pumpkin patch and just not being around a whole lot. I learned a lot about myself, my dad, my brother and my husband this trip and I can say that I am so proud of both my husband and my brother for being the men they are and breaking the cycle since they both had dead beat dads. I love them both and I feel so lucky to have the two of them in my life.