It'd been almost a full two years since we left Minnesota and we hadn't been back. It felt so good! We had been toying with the idea of getting a cabin up north (sboiler alert: after our trip we're hoping to move back sooner and get the cabin after we're settled in again). Anyway this trip was so good and we all had a lot of fun, despite the insane amount of time spent in the car. The kids had Friday and Monday off from school for teacher work days. We left Friday morning after I taught a 6am Muscle Pump class at the YMCA. We'd dropped Harpo off the day before at the boarding resort - he does so well there, it's a relief to not worry about him while we're traveling.
I had made some dry erase activity books and put together 'state line goodie bags' so each time we crossed into a new state Kansas to Missouri, to Iowa, to Minnesota the kids would get a little bag of treats, the last one having a small toy in it.