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#crosscountryadventure2015: This week’s Cranston Herald article is up!

6 Aug

20150806_152621It is with mixed emotions that I share this week’s article. My emotions are mixed because it is the last of the sightseeing articles for our trip. The next and final article will chronicle the final week, the ride home to Rhode Island, and it will run in next week’s paper. This week’s article that I share with you today follows our journey out of California, through Nevada, into Arizona (again), through Utah and into Montana and South Dakota. It shares the exciting things we did while we were in Montana at Yellowstone National Park and in South Dakota at Mount Rushmore. We had a great time and made more wonderful memories together. I hope you’ll click on this link to read the Cranston Herald article for this week!

#crosscountryadventure2015: Watch the video

6 Aug
Twenty-nine states traveled in thirty-four days, staying overnight in seventeen of them.

Twenty-nine states traveled in thirty-four days, staying overnight in seventeen of them. (Graphic created by Don Cowart II)

There are still a few #crosscountryadventure2015 posts left to go, but today’s means a great deal to me. For months leading up to our trip, our oldest daughter Caroline kept talking about her goal of making a video of the trip. Photo and video work are her passion, and she was really looking forward to doing this. She bought specific songs on iTunes before we left, working out the soundtrack in her mind. Throughout the trip, she took quick snip-its of video showing the changing landscape, the major landmarks we visited, and even some of the family we got to see during our trip. Clearly you can’t capture the entire five weeks’ trip in any less than, well, five weeks, but she sure did try. In eight minutes she has given an amazing, make-me-cry-every-time video of our trip. The first time she showed it to me, I only looked at the cover photo and started to cry, so she knew it was good. At that time, the video was not finished and only covered up through California. Last night she finished it, capping off weeks of compromised storage space on her phone as she accumulated video after video, and worked for many hours editing video and pictures through her phone as we traveled. I can’t thank her enough for this video. It will forever hold a spot in my heart.

#crosscountryadventure2015: The Cowarts go to Hollywood

30 Jul


This week’s article is filled with all of the exciting things we got to see and do during our visit to California. Click here to check it out!

#crosscountryadventure2015: Wild West: The OK Corral, Grand Canyon and beyond

22 Jul

From Texas to Arizona last week!

This week’s Cranston Herald article is online now! Click here to read about our Arizona adventures. Stay tuned for more adventures as we move along on our journey!

#crosscountryadventure 2015: Into the west and through the Lone Star State

15 Jul


I’m so excited to post the third article in my travel series which is being run in today’s Cranston Herald. You can read it here.

#crosscountryadventure2015: Binders, binders and more binders Part II

14 Jul

In my previous binder post I talked about the kids’ binders I’d created, but today’s post is about my own organizational binder.
20150316_124426My organizing initially started as a little, yellow two pocket folder that I kept on top of my microwave for about a year. Any time I saw something that I wanted to keep aside for the trip, I stuck it in the folder. Pretty soon though, when we got into the nitty gritty of the trip planning, I outgrew my two pocket folder. I needed some serious organization to make this trip go off without a hitch.

My binder is 3” thick and I’m pretty married to it on this trip. I carry it with me in and out of the car every morning and every night, and I take it with us everywhere. It’s got a whole ream of loose leaf paper in the back for any notes I want to make throughout the weeks we’re gone, as well as empty page protectors for any receipts or memorabilia I want to save.
Additionally, it’s chock full of very full page protectors.
20150707_232921My very first one has our calendar in it. It shows when we’re pulling into and out of each state and where we are staying. It was on our dining room wall for months as we planned, and before we left I slid it into a page protector and put the giant wall map into the front binder pocket along with a smaller road atlas that I got at the dollar store that shows major highways in every state.
The rest of my page protectors are full of lists. Any time I saw a list of the quirkiest things to see in every state or the best landmarks in all 50 states, or the biggest pieces of food in every state, or anything of the sort, I printed the list out and put it in my binder. No matter where we went, if there was something not to be missed whether it was historical, wacky, weird or edible, I had a list of it. I didn’t know if we’d see all of it, any of it, or none of it, but I was ready.
20150707_233249As people who’d done this trip before or had visited various places we were going to sent me their tips and tricks, I printed them out and put them into a page protector. I have one friend’s blog of her family’s cross country trip printed and in there.
Additionally, I printed out some activities I can do with the kids too. I have a list of interview questions to ask them and some “Would you rather” type questions and some road trip games to play. I thought it’d be fun for me to spring some of those on them throughout the trip as well, especially on the back end of the trip when they might get tired of driving and driving and driving.
My binder, as well as my kids’ binders, also work well a lap desk in the car for any time we need something to lean on, which was not my intention, but an added benefit to having something so sturdy, so close by when in the car.
My binder, although mostly all business, will be something I’ll save forever too. It’ll have my notes and lists in it so that I too can look back on this trip forever, remembering all the planning that went into it as well as all the amazing things we did while we were on it.