This morning we had a lazy morning. We slept as late as we could to be able to make the hotel breakfast, and then since we didn’t have to check out until 12:00 (and we had a shorter drive today), we went swimming for a bit in the hotel pool. We swam until about 10:00, then went back upstairs to get ready and pack in time for check out. We all showered, dressed, and packed (and not too hurriedly), and were ready to go at 5 till 11:00. Like I said, we are beginning to be pros at this packing up thing!
We hit the road then to Springfield, MO, about 4 ½ hours away. It was a shorter drive today, and we contemplated skipping this stop and just heading straight home, but we when we looked at it, it was going to make the drive about 12 hours, and we just didn’t want to do that to the kiddos (or us). It was a good drive, lots of fields and cows, but we did find a Sonic to stop and eat lunch out. PLUS, we are officially back in the land of decent sweet tea, which makes me a happy girl. 🙂
Jake found a good-looking antique mall in Springfield when he was searching on TripAdvisor, so we decided to try that out. We had been avoiding antique stores up to this point on the trip, because we did not have any space in our car to put things. But we figured at this point, we are close enough to home that stuffing a few more things in wouldn’t matter. 🙂 It was a pretty good store, and we did find a few things we liked, and made a few small purchases. Then we headed to our hotel, checked in, and walked over to a BBQ joint for some dinner.
When we got back, we let the kiddos swim one more time, since it is our last night in a hotel, and then settled in for bed, since we are planning on leaving out early in the morning to get on home- all of us, except for Jack, are ready to be home now that we are so close! 🙂