Once we got to Hiawatha Erin the boys and I got to tell her how much we loved her, Kale talked to her about God. He also told her that he knew that Great Grandpa and God were good friends and having lots of fun in Heaven. She was very happy to hear this and gave Kale a smile and even cried a little. The boys wanted to take her something so we stopped and bought her two (one from each kid) mums. She held onto the one flower that fell off Maks' plant until we left. She always loved them and it was nice she could see the boys give them to her and we could see the enjoyment from her.
We all hope Grandma gets better but she is almost 96 and at this point is just tired. We really just want her to be comfortable and happy. Since she was tired we stayed for about 15 min and then left so she could get more sleep. In the next few days she would develop a fever and struggle to stay hydrated once the IV was removed.
After visiting with Grandma our long trip began. The long trip that consisted of driving to Ohio and back within 3 days! Ya, that's right up and back! We literally drove to Defiance, OH and bought a car (which took all of 1 hour) then hopped in the car and drove back!
It all started a few months ago (maybe years) when Erin decided that he wanted a new car and was tired of his Pilot. You see he bought the Pilot new in '08 and since that time I have driven 3 different cars! :) I may have a slight problem, but I don't see it as a problem I see it as good business decisions (meaning I didn't lose money on any of them). So as Erin started looking around for cars he knew he wanted an SUV and I knew that I didn't want a big one! We started looking around and at first he was looking and SUV/trucks such as the Chevrolet Avalanche but those were just too big for me. Next we started looking at Ford Flex's. We fell in love with the convenience and space. I loved that it drives like a car but has the space of an SUV and he loves all the technical features they offer. So we set out to find the perfect vehicle, first we had to agree on a color, then on the number of seats (they come with 6 or 7), then the trim level we wanted and all the features we HAD to have and what we could live without!
You see this process for me is much easier. I just want a Honda, it can't be gold, green or red, it must have Alloy wheels and the rest well it's whatever I can find the best deal on when dad goes to the auction. But this process does not work for Erin so we must nit-pick everything for months before we commit. After finally finding what we thought was the perfect vehicle (in Michigan) the car sales man that we had been working with had it driven down but turns out he didn't get a vehicle with all the features we had asked for, so long story short I had to tell him "NO", he was a jerk and I will never do business with him or his company again. So we went back to our preference, finding vehicles our selves! So we found a car, in Ohio!
Erin talked with the guy a few times and we decided that it was worth the drive. At first we weren't sure we wanted to drive but then they decided that would work a trade with us and that sold it for us. We knew it would be a stressful weekend with Grandma not being well but we knew that we couldn't change the outcome and that if we sat around and waited to travel that long trip would have to be made in an even shorter time frame since we didn't have any other long weekends coming up and with Erin starting a new job he doesn't want to start asking for days off already!
So off we went. We drove to Ohio for a car and made a family vacation out of it along the way. Below is a map of our trip!
Maks listening to his headphones as we drive through Ohio.
The boys needed to get some energy out so they were jumping on the bed in the hotel room with their Dragons.