Friday we got up bright and early - really just a few hours after going to bed - so we could get a good start on our drive for the day. We went down for the hotel breakfast. This is the kids' favorite thing about staying in hotels... the hotel always has more and better breakfast options than home! When we got back to the room to gather our things, Preston laid down on the bed. Then he announced that he didn't feel good and might throw up. As I'm sprinting across the room to him and telling him to run to the bathroom, he proceeded to lay there and throw up all over himself and the bed.
By the way, as soon as Preston was cleaned up and changed, he felt fine. He never complained about a sick stomach or threw up again for the rest of the trip.
We spent the rest of the day driving across Nebraska, where we learned that Nebraska has towns with the fun names of Worms and Bogus. We made it into Iowa City for the night and briefly saw Rachael and Ts`ooane before going to bed.
Saturday was the funeral. It was both beautiful and awful. It was a lovely service and possibly the saddest thing I've ever seen. I helped Rachael put together a slide show of pictures of Isaac to play during the viewing, and couldn't stop the tears from streaming down my face as Rachael picked the photos of her beautiful little boy. I sobbed when I looked at that sweet baby lying in a casket clutching his teddy bear. I'm crying again now just remembering it all. I hope that I never have to see something like that again. Rachael and Ts`ooane seem to be bearing up very well considering the circumstances. As Aaron said - They are two of the strongest, most faithful people he knows. If anyone is going to be able to make it through something like this, it will be them.
After the funeral and spending a bit more time with Rachael and Ts`ooane, we were on the road again. We headed to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to meet up with some friends of Aaron's from his days in grad school. The timing just happened to have worked out that there was a conference going on this weekend so several of Aaron's friends were all there in Cedar Falls to attend. We stayed in the same hotel they were at and Aaron got to spend some time catching up with them all. That was a nice high point for the trip!
We headed home on Sunday with the ambitious plan of making the entire drive in one day. It's a 12-13 hour drive, so technically it can be done in one day. Of course, by the time you add in breaks to stop and eat, to let the kids run around, to use the bathroom, etc., it adds on quite a bit of time. We did make it home by about 2:30 on Monday morning (after a break of about 2 hours to take a nap at a rest area). So we kind of made the drive in one day, but it was a LONG day.
Luckily Monday was a holiday at my office and Aaron had taken the day off. We were already being charged for daycare for all the kids (and Haley had a field trip she'd been looking forward to), so we got up long enough to get them ready and off to daycare. Then we got to take the day to get caught up on our rest and ready to go back to work.
The high point of this trip for me? You may recall that we just seriously started potty training Preston back on Monday. So I was quite worried about taking him on this 3-state road trip... I thought it might spell disaster for our potty training efforts. Instead, he made it through the whole trip without a single accident! Woo-hoo!