We left this morning a little after 9am with Mikaela driving. We made it as far as Lexington, Kentucky before stopping for the evening. Tomorrow we head to east Tennessee to visit Aunt Pat and Uncle Glenn. Can't wait to spend some time with them and let them meet the girls. They only briefly met Maimie a couple of years ago at a funeral.
I noticed that while I still packed a ton of stuff for the beach, it was a whole lot easier than packing for our China trips. I'm sure that's due in part to knowing there's a Walmart right down the road from our condo. When I packed for China I packed as though we were being dropped from a helicopter into a remote area where we could never survive unless I brought everything necessary to sustain life. Turns out we did just fine in China, but we were definitely well prepared.
I packed for Steve, Maimie, Saidie, and I and made sure the boys at least had the necessary clothes. After checking the back at the gas station when we got ice for the cooler, I found that Joseph had added a harmonica, a metal detector, and an acoustic guitar...for the beach. Sigh.