We had a late night last night-- yet we all (11 kids and I) managed to get up by 7:00 in the morning and pile into the van for our road trip. After getting gas, we stopped for donuts. We barely beat the crowd-- but you should have seen their "WOW" faces as we ate our donuts and drank our milk. On top of him being cranky from lack of sleep, Dennis is going through a "whine till I get what I want" stage which made things a little embarrassing for me. Probably because I don't give into him when he is whining... and of course he doesn't like that I am not responding to his verbal cues the way he wants. Oh well. So... Dennis attempted to whine when it was Alex's turn for a drink each and everytime. And each and every of the three times, I reminded him that if he whined, his donut would be taken away and he would go sit in the car with me--- where he wouldn't have anything to whine about. Can't wait till he puts two and two together--- only six more months till he is four!
We got to Sacramento before noon and found parking right in front of the building with 20 minutes left on the meter. Caleb noticed the guy behind us had run out of time so he dropped in a quarter--- why not bless someone else like we were blessed? We quickly dropped off our documents-- then went to the cafeteria to eat lunch while they were being processed. Nearly, $500 later, we walked out MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!
On the drive home, I stopped for gas but noticed how high it was-- so I got back on the freeway to get off at the next off-ramp--- except there wasn't one--- for another 16 miles--- and the low fuel light had just beeped on. Oh snap!!! I nervously drove those miles pondering whether or not I should turn around. It wasn't a very good feeling I had--- for those seemingly endless 15 minutes. I know, I know--- pretty irresponsible since I don't even have a cell phone-- but we made it and the kids were none the wiser! Praise the Lord! And God was graceful too---- this place could have charged even more but I actually ended up saving $.34 a gallon.
The best part about the trip was coming home to an awesome message from Laurel at God's Waiting Children. Someone heading back to Ukraine on Monday can stop by our house and pick up our dossier and hand deliver it for us! What a blessing! This will not only save us the cost of shipping our dossier, but it will save me the headache of tracking it with FedEx all week! Plus, it saves us one week!
After this fun and interesting day, it got me to thinking--- there must be numerous crazy and adventurous Apostilling Roadtrip Stories out there! Do share!