[We are actually back from NC already! I tried to get this posted during the trip, but alas, we were too busy! So piece by piece, here is the report of our weekend at The Family Economics Conference.]
Written Thursday, March 10th, 2011:
I once again write from the road – quite literally. White billows of road mist, blown into the air by the tires of the cars preceeding us, swirl around our snug little vehicle as we roll steadily on toward North Carolina. It rained the whole day – from packing the car, to arriving at the hotel.
The last week has been a flurry of activity as we have prepared for this (short!) trip. One of the biggest problems, was that nearly all of us (Amanda excluded – she got hers for Christmas) needed a wardrobe update – Daddy had no dress pants, Lady L (still) needs short-sleeved shirts, I needed some tops, and Mama (still) needs almost everything (you know how moms are, so worried about their kids, they neglect to take care of themselves). Though it was a struggle, we all finally got the outfits we needed pieced together.
And then the last two days we have been cleaning up the house a bit (to be presentable for our neighbor who is coming in to take care of the animals and watch the house while we are away), getting trip stuff together/organized/packed, and preparing food for the trip.
Yep – that’s one of the ways we make traveling more affordable, by bringing most of our own food. It’s also usually healthier. So here’s what we made, in just the two days before we left:
- Caesar-salad flavored croutons (snack)
- Granola bars (snack)
- Cantaloupe (snack)
- Cucumber and zucchini salad (lunch/snack)
- Vegetable salad (lunch)
- Cole slaw (lunch)
- Chicken salad (lunch)
- Cranberry muffins (on-the-road breakfast)
- Sheepherder’s stew (hotel room dinner)