The Cherry on Top of An Ice Cream Sundae Week

Fan photos with the team.
Arkansas vs Auburn Softball on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Auburn, Ala.  Anthony Hall/Auburn Athletics

On Friday, we dropped the dogs off for boarding, loaded up the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, checked the kids out of school a little early, and headed for Auburn, Alabama. It was a combo mini-cation, visit with extended family, cousin birthday party, race, cheer the home team, and support the local boys trip (although the […]

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We headed out last Thursday morning with an extensive itinerary. My stretch goal was to be on the road by 7:00 am, putting us in Auburn around 11:00 for lunch with my friend AnnMarie and her daughter Hannah, though my drop-dead pull out time was 8:00 am. We pulled out of the driveway at 7:08, […]

Mayberry Road Trip: Finale


Day 5: Wednesday Unlike the other days, Wednesday started out slow. Instead of rushing off to “do stuff” I kept the kids at Mickey Manor and put Nathan down for an early nap. My friend AnnMarie and her daughter Haley, who are from Massachusetts, were coming into town to spend a few days at Walt […]

Seven Snippets: Road Trip Edition


— 1 — Labradoodles may be the most patient dogs EVER. At least my friend Katie’s dog Tillie is. Nathan climbed on her, put his hands in her food bowl while she was eating, flopped onto her dog bed when she was about to lay down, and followed her around like she was the Pied […]

Mayberry Road Trip: Day Four


At the end of Monday night’s game, I should’ve known by the frighteningly close lightning strike followed almost immediately by thunder loud enough to set off a few car alarms that Tuesday wasn’t going to be quite as painless as Monday had been. Day 4: Tuesday In our continuing efforts to disrupt Katie’s life up […]

Mayberry Road Trip: Day Three


Day 3: Monday Unless you’ve been to Walt Disney World a number of times, you probably aren’t fully aware of how much there is to see outside of the four theme parks. I love Disney, and we visit fairly often, but I avoid the parks like the plague during the summer – it’s too hot […]

Mayberry Road Trip: Day Two


Day 2: Sunday Although we didn’t go to bed until around 1am, Sarah Kate set the alarm on her watch to wake up in time to watch the women’s Olympic marathon on Sunday morning at 6am. I got up with her and we settled in on the couch where she promptly fell back asleep (of […]

Mayberry Road Trip: Day One


You could say it’s a little uncharacteristic of me to take off on a spontaneous road trip with the kids. You could also say that the Pope is a little bit Catholic. But Mayberry’s 9-10 year old all-stars made the World Series so I decided to take the kids. No plan and no idea when […]