For those who were paying attention, you should know that Princess & I just returned from our road trip/vacation to my parents' place in South Dakota. When we first started planning to go, I was thinking, "Oh, I should have BD's tax refund from back-owed child support; I can use it for our tickets out there!" Not that I can't afford plane tickets, but since he owes a bit more than $8000 in c.s. (alone -- remember the attorney fees owed, as well), that was my first thought.
No surprise, I haven't gotten a dime of child support in months... the last payment was $15 back in early May. But, that's another story. T asked if I wanted to drive with him & his family, since he has an 8-passenger vehicle, and was already going to be in my area (returning w/mom, Princess, & his family from a weekend at the beach). By this point, Ace had decided to stay home (can't take that much time off work if he wants to be paid for the Santamas vaca he'll be taking this year), so that made six of us, plus "stuff".
We headed up & over to SE Washington (where T's crew lives) Sunday night (August 21st), stayed overnight at T's house, then left Monday morning; headed east! My parents' campground (Fort Welikit Family Campground) is in Custer, SD (and currently for sale, if you're interested!), so this drive took two days (with an overnight in Bozeman, MT & a rock through the windshield at some point) since we had T's two small children with us (Bug is potty-taught, but has a tiny bladder!).
Our visit was filled with family (including a cousin I haven't seen in person since I was 5yo!), food, and some tourist-fun (T's girls had a lot of fun at the petting zoo). There were also some great thunder & lightning shows... Of course, I think South Dakota has THE BEST thunderstorms! I got a bit of video (hard to get good pics); hopefully it turned out okay. Saturday, everyone came to the campground for lunch on the barbeque and a couple hours of visiting.
By Monday morning, though, our trip was over... it was time to head back. In Billings, we hit a storm (no broken windshields this time), and finally got to our hotel (in Butte) about 6p; in time for dinner and a little swim before the little ones went to bed. We rolled into T's a little after 6p, helped them unpack, repacked our own things, and played a little cards. I finally got to use my "Easy Sleep" program on my phone; works great... and I needed it!
We were awakened around 6am with T's shower & the automatic garage opener, but went back to sleep until about 8am. After coffee, breakfast, and a bit more visiting with the little ones & D, we were on the road by 10am. When you only make two stops (potty & gas), and eat while driving (sandwiches; quit freaking out), it doesn't take nearly as long to make the trip home; we were in my door at 405p.
Now, it's all about laundry (already on load four) and going through all the photos!