The kids ate themselves silly at the free breakfast buffet at the hotel this morning in Kearney, NE then we spent another whole day driving. The points system Ashton kindly described in the last post held up nicely plus we had church in the car - everyone picked a story to read aloud from the Friend magazine and we had good discussions about honesty, standing up for what we know in our hearts is right, and other good stuff I can't remember right now. We'd hoped to find a church to go to but our time was super tight because we'd hit so much construction yesterday and we had to get to Chicago...
Observations on Iowa: lots more towns and hills than Nebraska, very green, fields of newly planted crops everywhere, lots of trees and rivers, lots of windmills and a ton of silos. Slower speed limit than Nebraska ): (Iowa was 70, Nebraska and Wyoming were 75)
Observations on Illinois: even more towns, less open space, still very green, bigger wider freeways (with even lower speed limits...) 55-65. Beautiful storm rolling in - but it never actually rained. Great clouds and skies this whole trip.
Random statistics for today:
- Saw 2 burning buildings - a large building and a small house in two different places along the freeway, flames roaring, black smoke like crazy
- Saw about a hundred windmills
- Saw about a thousand grain silos
- Kids had about 25 annoying little disputes about things like Ashton putting his feet up on the seat in front of him, Isaac singing, Eliza making tapping noises, whose turn it was to sit where in the car, who wasn't putting their seatbelt on when they were supposed to.... But those moments passed pretty quickly. Truly, these kids have been very good so far. Until bedtime tonight when they were taking forever to give up and fall asleep and I was really really needing to be done for the day...