A Backfired Prank & Lowered Expectations---Road Trip Post Number Two

We are officially on day five of our trip!

Our schedule has been full of stuff, but I'd be willing to bet it's not the type of touristy stuff you'll be expecting. Here's a breakdown of what we've been up to:

Sunday we got up and went to church. It is the church that the local ForeverLawn Dealer attends, so we were able to meet them there. I really enjoyed it and the fact that we were still able to go even when on the road. After church, we went out to lunch with them and their four kids. It was such a fun time!

The rest of the day we spent getting prepped for the week. The kids were exhausted from travel and the time change, and it was clear they needed some down time...

 Look at Liberty's pathetic face..

The week quickly came to a start and Monday I began planning all of the extravagant things I wanted to be able to do while visiting a new city. The more I tried to plan though, the more the kids were begging me to go to the pool, go to the hotel gym, and go play outside.

I slowly started to realize that maybe all those extravagant things weren't so ideal.

Something I learned from my Dad is that when it comes to the kids, they don't care about all of the extra money you spend on them. You don't have to take them to all of these extraordinary places to make their day super exciting. The more the kids were begging me to just go do the simple things, the more I realized how true that was.

As you guys know, we are working on paying off our debt, so after a little persistence form the kids, I snapped out of it and decided to let them make the plans. I figured it was better to lower my expectations to meet theirs than to drag them around and make them do things they didn't really care to do anyways. As tempted as I have been to take them and do all things Texas, I'm realizing that they are just as (if not more) happy with having my attention on the basketball court, playing with sticks, reading books, and going to the playground. I know they won't be this easy to please forever, so I'm going to take advantage of it.

While the stories are likely going to be a little less exciting share, and some tourist attractions might go unseen, I'm going to be okay with it because the kids are having a blast, and we aren't paying an arm and a leg to make that happen!

While we can totally do most of what we have done here at home, the reality is that I usually don't. I usually don't give them this undivided attention (working on it) because I'm busy with my responsibilities of everyday life. So anyways, we are enjoying this, and here are some photos to prove it.

Monday, the three of us hung out at the hotel, worked out, played basketball, and did some school work. We attempted to go to the pool, but it ended up being infested with bugs, so they closed it down. Ew.

The gym rats:

 Before we found the infestation of bugs..

When Corey got home from work Monday evening, we decided to take the kids out. As some of you know, we have been scheming to take them to meet Dude Perfect. While we were never able to get a hold of them, we still wanted to take the kids to their office to see where the magic happens. We decided to surprise them so we told them we were going to this really boring museum called the "Peruvian Winchester Museum of Wigs." We made them wear wigs and look up photos of the wigs of the presidents. We realized it was beginning to backfire when the kids started getting really, REALLY excited to go to the wig museum. I wish you guys could have seen Liberty strutting her stuff in her wig.

Anyways, when we got there the kids were excited and disappointed all at the same time. They were stoked to be at the office of Dude Perfect, but they were so sad the Wig Museum did not exist. Once Liberty realized we were there and they guys were not, her disappointment escalated to rage and she attempted to break in to see them. I could not stop laughing.

We ended up getting some cute pictures and then taking them to get some BBQ and dessert. All was made well.

Today we are back at it working out, playing basketball, and playing with sticks. My kids are happy, and so am I. We will likely find a hiking trail later this week, and if we do end up going to do something touristy, its purely because of my own selfish motives.

One thing Corey and I really want to do is go to Magnolia in Waco. Has anyone been there? I think that is probably totally worth it, and I'm also thinking it's kid friendly. If you've gone, let me know! It's a two-hour drive, so I'd love to get info from someone who has been there.

Oh one last thing! Yesterday Carter got some exciting news that he booked another commercial!! The good news is that he is getting jobs and loving every second. The bad news is that just like the first commercial threw a wrench in our travel plans, this one is doing the same.

Now, Saturday night Carter and I fly back to L.A. so that he can film Sunday and Liberty and Corey will travel on to New Orleans. We will meet them there either Sunday or early Monday.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I'll post again in a day or so!

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