Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Road Trippin’

First of all, I want to welcome all of you visiting from SITS.  I’m so excited to be the featured blogger today, and I hope you keep coming back to read more!

So, we have been back in Texas for three days now.  After a 30+ hour road trip from Monterey, California to Hillje, Texas with two kids, a dog, and an elf.  And guess what….we’re not in the loony bin!

I was a little worried when Jarrod suggested driving back to Texas for Christmas rather than flying, but our trip actually went really well.  We were able to see some magnificent scenery.

(Those of you that follow me on Instagram {username: creativelyblooming} have probably already seen these pictures, but I wanted to post them here for those who haven’t seen them.)

Mojave Desert
Mojave Desert

Mojave Rainbow
Rainbow in the Mojave Desert before entering a storm.

We were hoping to stop to see the Grand Canyon on the second day of our road trip, but we ran into a bit of a road block.

Arizona Snow

A really beautiful road block.

Arizona Snow2

I’m thankful that I didn’t have to drive through it and could snap pictures!

We did make a few other stops on our second day though.

Route 66 Store
Route 66 General Store

Winslow, Arizona
Standin’ on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.


Lava Rocks
Stopping to check out lava rocks.

The kids were really good on the drive.  There were times that they got cranky and Jarrod and I were cranky back.  But then sometime Friday afternoon, I got on Facebook and my feed was full of posts about a school shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.  The killing of 6 and 7 year old students.  At that moment, whining, cranky kids didn’t bother me anymore.  I was happy that my kids were with me and they had the chance to be in a bad mood.  And that I could watch them sleep soundly in a hotel bed at night.

Sleeping Babies

We weren’t on the road long Saturday morning when we crossed the New Mexico border into Texas.

Texas Windmill

We still had another 9 1/2 hours of driving to go, but we were home.


Jennifer {Life Darling} said...

What a fun drive - I know it's easy to say now that it's done! LOL! Your pictures are gorgeous, my favorite has to be the ones of the snow, it's just so right for this time of year!

Stopping by from SITS to wish you a happy SITS Day! I hope you get a zillion visits! :-)

Lynn Kellan said...

Loved your photographs! One of these days, I'd like to take an extended vacation to see those rugged parts of America. Lovely meeting you from SITS! Many thanks to you and your husband for your service to our nation.

Xae Nafew said...

The road trip sounds amazing! And the pictures are awesome :)
Stopping by from SITS to congratulate you on being features, but I might have to hang around to see more.
Great blog!

Andrea said...

Happy SITS Day!! 30+ hours is a long trip!! Great pics from your trip!

Sue said...

Congrats on being featured on SITS :)

cool pictures and sounds like a good road trip. You are braver then me. I moved only about 12 hrs away from home, and am nervous of taking everyone on that road trip. - lol

Happy Holidays :)

Crystal said...

Happy SITS Day! Love the pics, especially the General Store. :)

Penelope @ Penelope Says said...

Happy SITS day! I love the pic of the ginormous dino - so much fun :-)

Julie Moore said...

Sounds like it was a lovely drive. :) Great pictures!

Happy SITS Day! I hope it's a great one!

Oh, and please tell your husband, "Thank you for your service" for me. Service men and women are my heroes. :) Thank you! :)

WhisperingWriter said...

Great photos!

Happy SITS Day to you!!

Cher-Ann Texter said...

Have a fabulous SITS day! Love the pics of your trip!

Lyza @ Chic Shades of Green said...

Great pictures! I drove from San Francisco to the East Coast many moons ago, so I visited many of the places you pictured. Next time I take a long road trip with my family I'm going to come over here for some tips. Happy SITS day!

misssrobin said...

Beautiful photos. Glad the trip went well and you found a renewed appreciation for your kids. I think a lot of us had a similar experience.

Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it's a great day for you.

Michell @Prowess and Pearls said...

Congrats on your SITS day! ;-) I LOVE road trips! Great pics...good thing you took the scenic route, lol! Have an awesome day! ;-)

Sherelle said...

Your pictures are beautiful! Great captures of nature at its best. Happy SITS day!

Kim @ HappyPrettyBlog said...

Visiting from SITS and wishing you a very happy SITS day!! I loved looking at your photos! Whenever I go on a driving trip, I never think to get out for photo ops or even breaks! This reminds me that I should really do that more often!

Stephanie Kneese said...

Happy Sits Day! Love the pictures!

Catherine Gacad said...

Road trips are the best! Such a lovely way to have quality time with loved ones.

Just Me said...

Happy SITS day!

The Roving Retorter said...

Road trips and rainbows are two of my favorite things! Hope you enjoy your day!

Eva Gallant said...

Happy SITS Day! Your family is adorable, and I would like to thank your husband for his service and you for the sacrifices you've both made for our country. Love road trips and enjoyed your photos!

Kat Biggie said...

Wow you are brave! We used to drive up to NY each summer (from SC) - 16 hours and that used to drive me bonkers! If we had enough time to stop and enjoy some sights it might be different. Happy SITS day!

Melissa G. said...

A very happy SITS Day!

The Red Humor said...

Love your pics. Great road trip!

My Traveling Troop said...

I love the photos you took on your road trip! Happy Holidays & SITS Day!


Demetria Spencer said...

I love all of your pictures! What a great blog post! That rainbow is very beautiful!

I was very sad to learn about all the children from Sandy Hook as well. I did not sit down and watch the news or hear any reports about it until Saturday night. Friday was my son's 10th birthday so I was like a mad-mom running all over doing last minute preparations along with babysitting a 3 year old and eating Christmas lunch with my son. I was very sad to see the news when I finally had a minute to myself to breathe! We should all be thankful for what we have.. life is so very precious.

Thanks for sharing! I will be following along. Feel free to stop by my blog. Hope to chat with you soon!

Denyse @ Crazy Beautiful Life said...

Happy belated SITS day. It may have been a long drive but it looked like a beautiful one.

I'm having a PINTEREST Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Pinterest. If you don't have Pinterest it's ok, come link up your blog.

I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week beginning in January. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

Victoria said...

Such great pictures! The family trips I remember the most are the ones where we didn't fly, but drove through until we reached our destination. Those are some of the best memories I have. I'm so glad you all did that with your children. I have 5 children and we try to do the same. This is a time to make precious memories that our children will look back on and realize how loved they truly were. Glad I found your site from the SITS website.

Sarah Williamson said...

Oh my GOSH - I love this post! I just got back from a two-day road trip from Texas to North Carolina (we had traveled to TX for the holidays). You have inspired me to do a similar post!


O'Habitation said...

Glad I found you from SITS - I love a good road trip!

Erin said...

New follower from SITS and fellow Texan blogger! Love your post and blog.