I’ve been toying with an idea for a couple of weeks now. Just yesterday, I got the cajones to ask my husband what he thought about it. Much to my surprise, he agreed and gave me the go-ahead.
On June 30, I am packing up the minivan and heading east for the entire month of July. With the kids. By myself.
Many of you, including my parents think I am crazy. I probably am, a little bit.
On June 30, we will begin our cross country road trip. Me and couple of toddlers. Alone on the wide open road. With a cooler full of snacks, countless DVD’s, books, and stickers. We will be stopping in the boys’ place of birth first, Des Moines, IA. Where we will see countless friends, whom we regard as family. My BFF and her hubs just built a beautiful new home with plenty of room for the boys and I to shack up for a couple of weeks. Hopefully, we will be able to make a pit stop in the fine state of Kansas where we can meet a blogger who writes over at You Know It Happens At Your House Too and her brood. Holy shit, that’s a long way. Deep breath. Continue.
In the middle of July, we will be heading to Columbus, OH, our original home, with a pit stop in Indy to see my Mommo and other family members. Columbus, OH is the home of my husband’s family and many friends from my childhood and college years, including my other BFF. We will be staying with the in-laws for two weeks and then the hubs will fly up, hang for a few days and then drive us home.
Many of you are probably wondering why the hell I am driving. There are several reasons for this including:
1. Expenses. Gas round trip will cost around $800. David’s one way ticket will cost around $200. Other Miscellaneous Travel expenses are around $200. I am budgeting around $500 for spending money, including groceries, activities, etc. That brings the total trip budget to about $1700. Originally I was shooting for $1500, but I forgot to include David’s plane ticket. If we were to fly to both places and procure a rental car, we would be looking at roughly $3600. That doesn’t even include spending money! Insane.
2. Flying with toddlers sucks. Security is a nightmare and God forbid if something like this were to happen. I would probably be detained for freaking the eff out and never get to our destination. My kids are not easy fliers. We have done it a number of times and if I had a nickel for every evil look I received when the turkeys refused to sit still, I would be one rich lady.
3. This one is a combination of both #1 and #2. I am a control freak and by making the decision to drive cross country, I am in control of the trip. That’s really nice.
4. I want to get out of the heat for at least a little bit and by driving I am able to get away and stay away longer. Seriously, people, they aren’t kidding when they say it can get to 115 in Phoenix. I don’t care if it’s a dry heat or not, 115 is effing hot. The first couple of summers it didn’t bother me too much, but it’s getting to where I am dreading it. So the idea of heading to the Midwest for a month is so appealing. Of course, with my luck, it will be 90 and humid. But, and this is a big BUT, at least it cools down at night. In PHX, it is still 100 at 11pm. Ridiculous.
5. I want to see as many family and friends as possible. Driving is the only way to accomplish this goal.
6. I would love to make this a yearly thing, but in order for that to happen, I gotta take that first leap.
I think that about covers it. Straight simple to the point. I am nervous, anxious, but most of all, excited from my head to my toes. We are scheduled to get our tax refund on May 22, at least that’s what the IRS website said. It is taking much longer that I anticipated, and all because some douchebag didn’t know his social security number. The whole trip will be paid for in cash, since credit is a dirty word in our house. I certainly shall be blogging a great deal about our adventure in the next couple of months. I welcome, with open arms, any suggestions, tips, etc. that any of you may have to offer. Have a lovely Friday friends.