Christmas Road Trip 2007

TOTAL MILES: Almost 2000 miles

 

TOTAL TIME IN CAR: Almost 26 hours

 

TOTAL TIME OUT OF RICHMOND: 5 days

 

REWARDS: Priceless!!!

 

It was so nice to see everyone.

 

I was so glad to see the Broyles Family. I really enjoyed being able to spend time with each of them alone. Aunt Natalie and I had a great conversation about church, how small groups work, about my church, and about North Point Church and Andy Stanley. I got to talk with Uncle David about politics, the crisis in Pakistan, and about what’s happening with the Back Yard Burgers business. I got to talk with Kelsey about college, her friends, and life in general. I got to hang out with John Allen and discuss PSP games, Middle School Life, and his friends.

 

I was so glad to see my mom. I love her so much and I am glad we got to see her. We got to do some of our favorite activities with her MOVIES!!!

 

It was so nice to see Lynette and Krystal. Plus we got to see Krystal’s daughter, Jade, and she is a cutie.

 

I was so glad to see my Uncle and one cousin (Hillary). He is getting older but still looks the same.

 

I loved getting to see both of my grandmothers. Mimi in Memphis and Gram in Knoxville, they are both looking great.

 

I was so glad we got to see Sam and Phyllis. Even though it was only for a couple of minutes it was really nice.

 

I really liked being able to spend time around the family and friends.

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ROAD TRIP: Pt 5 – Back To Richmond

Wake up time: 9:25 AM

 

But only for a couple of minutes then I crashed until 10:25 AM. I got up and Uncle David was making Chex Mix for the family and neighbors. It was really good!!!

 

Aunt Natalie finally got up and I found out that John Allen was up and playing his PSP. I went and watched for a while.

 

Then we ate breakfast; eggs, bacon, and biscuits. I got to eat some more of Aunt Jess’ Homemade Jelly and that was really good.

 

After hanging with the cousins around the house we had to hit the road but not without one more stop to Back Yard Burgers. We ended up getting to see Aunt Phyllis and Sam, who ended up being there.

 

We hit the road around 3:15 PM or so. The ride thus far has been fine. We should be in Richmond by 10PM or so.

ROAD TRIP: Pt 4 – Back to Knoxville, TN

Memphis, TN to Knoxville, TN (350 miles – 6 hours)

 

We got up at 7 AM and got ready for our next part of the road trip. We ended up hitting the road at about 8 AM but not without a stop to Starbucks and McDonald’s.

 

 

We had to drive through rain the entire day. It was not fun at all especially around the trucks. We made pretty good time to Knoxville (about 5 hours).

 

As soon as we got to Knoxville, TN we met the Broyles Family (Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins) at Back Yard Burgers. They own the franchises in Knoxville. I love BYB it so good. I got a bacon cheddar burger and waffle fries, then a chocolate milkshake to finish everything off.

 

After BYB, we headed back to their house where we opened more gifts. I got a $25 gift card to Friday’s from Aunt Phyllis and Sam and then $50 from Gram. Thanks Phyllis, Sam, and Gram.

 

After that John Allen challenged me in a round of pool (on his new 3-in-1 pool table, ping pong and air hockey). I won somehow by default of him not hitting the 8 ball right at the end. Then I challenged Kelsey to Air Hockey where I was loosing then Kenny and John Allen jumped in for a little 2-on-2, in the end John Allen and I ended up winning with the two in a row shot.

 

After all that fun, we headed out to the mall to go to Game Stop. John Allen and Kenny both had gift cards to use. John Allen ended up getting Madden ’08 for his PSP and Kenny got some game for his XBOX.

 

After that we met up with the Bearden United Methodist Youth Group who was doing a lock-in. They were going to see “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”. We all went to the movie then John Allen and I headed back to the house to hang out and play some more games. Kenny and Kelsey ended up staying and going to Ice Skating at 1 AM in the morning. They apparently got home around 3:30 AM.

 

It was kind of cool to hang out with John Allen after the movies. He is now 12 (as of 12/29/07) and the conversations are about different things now. John Allen is such a cool cousin, I am glad I got to see him this Christmas.

 

We ended up crashing around 1 AM.