The thing about a long road trip with kids is that you really have to be flexible. We had always planned on hitting attractions all along the way but after Philly, DC and Shenandoah this leg of the journey we decided to adjust our plan.
The kids, though happy to get out of the car for a while, were not really liking the attraction part. We were having lots of fits and crying and it was all just piling on to our own stress levels as well. So we shifted gears, ditched our plans and just headed for Texas.
From Tennessee to Texas we really just leap-frogged from Cracker Barrels to rest stops.
At Cracker Barrels we enjoyed wide aisles, decent food, kid friendly attitudes, and child-sized urinals. I also liked being able to nurse the baby in a rocker on the porch before we got back in the car. Me and my boobs were like the official greeters. I half expected someone to come out and say something but i honestly just don't think they cared. What;s more country that a baby at your breast anyway?
Arkansas may have crappy roads but their rest stops are lovely, and really about all we saw of the state. After meals and for in between stops we'd find a rest stop and Stephen and Huck would play soccer while I fed Jemma.
The last 2 days of this leg weren't the action packed adventure we'd had in mind but it worked. The kids were happier doing this than getting dragged, tired and cranky, through zoos and museum. And we made better time which got us to our ultimate destination, and out of car seats all together, a whole day faster.
And here we are...in Texas with family.
We had a relaxing Easter weekend and are feeling more settled and rested for the excitement to come. Along with all the fun we have planned here in the Lone Star State, I've got some giveaways coming up, the Sheriff's Log will be back this week and then more Dispatches at the end of the month as we start our final leg back home. Stick around.