Before we left the house, I made goodie bags for each kid with their name on it. I got several little items, wrapped them in newspaper and put in their bags, along with some snacks like teddy bears and granola bars. I wasn't sure how this would work, but it really entertained the kids. About every 70 -100 miles the kids got to open a new gift. The gifts weren't anything spectacular and I didn't spend hardly any money. I put a pkg. of gum, chapstick, a small notebook for the kids to write/draw about vacation, a beach toy, a squinkie, a new pair of sunglasses, hand sanitizer, etc. They really got a kick out of finding out what they would get next. It also helped keep the car clean because the kids had a place to put all their stuff.
We stopped in Kentucky for Andy to take a final exam for one of his online classes. Yeah, his professor wouldn't even consider letting him take it at a different time, it had to be Saturday at 12:00. I was worried something weird would happen, either my laptop with 3G wouldn't work(which happens quite frequently), or we wouldn't be able to find free Wi-fi. But it all worked out and he still has a perfect 4.0. Whew!
|Eating subway while Andy takes his exam|
We made it to Florida around lunch time today. It was hot and steamy, about 98 degrees. The traffic got crazy then, and by crazy I mean I was in the slow lane going 75-80 and getting passed by almost everyone. It didn't take us long to make it to Treasure Island! Our hotel - a family owned place right on the beach.
While our room isn't fancy by any means, it is nice. It is a two room suite with a kitchenette. We have a double bed and twin bed in the bedroom, the couch in the living room pulls out to a double bed, and there is another sofa as well. It is roomy and clean, has a heated outdoor pool, and is just a short walk across the sand to the ocean!