Summer Car Trips “Carcations”



We have coined the term car-cation. I have heard of a staycation but we’ve called most of our family trips carcations because we have too many kids to fly affordably. I just thought these were great carcation shots from somewhere along our travels from Omaha to Houston. We don’t have DVD players and only one child has an ipod and he didn’t even use it very much at all! We enjoyed four new cd-roms of music (I love Alison Krauss but thumbs down for that cd she made with Robert Plant – yuck) but we enjoyed listening to Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson and Rascal Flatts. Some are a few years old but since we don’t listen to country very often and we haven’t bought a physical cd-rom for YEARS, this was a great way to kill time on a road trip! I think we’re going to make it a tradition to pick up some new cds every time we take a long car trip to discover many great songs we’ve missed over the last decade. Maybe next time we’ll do Billie Holiday – I never get sick of her songs. Or maybe show tunes! That would drive the kids nuts!!! If you have a favorite album – any genre – let us know and we’ll try it out on our next trip.

Joppy in Joplin



I have a ton of pictures to post from our trip but first, these from Joplin, Missouri. It was our first night away from Omaha and our second night away from our home in Gretna. I took Daisy out in the early morning hours at the hotel and the pool guy had just saved this toad from the drain. I brought him in for the kids (who hadn’t gotten out of bed yet) and they loved him and named him Joppy for Joplin. Joppy the Hut – die hard Star Wars fans that we are, we really had no other options. More pics coming soon!