Before I start on some great reality footage of our “Ventures” to Nashville, I’d like to begin with some behind the scenes details of our trip. Around Christmas time, my siblings and I started planning a surprise 50th anniversary celebration for my parents. Their actual anniversary was February 21,2007, so we were only a mere year and 2+months late! The boys were born less than 3 weeks before their incredible milestone, and on their actual anniversary Clark became very ill with his digestive issues, so needless to say, their big day became a bit overshadowed.
Clark receiving fluids via a pic line due to premature digestive system 02-23-07
However, we wanted to honor this accomplishment of marriage and celebrate with them, regardless of the timing, so we began planning a trip for 17 to Nashville, TN.
My parents holding Clark and Brooks – Mother’s Day 2007
We weren’t sure how we would fit 4 pack-n-plays + four boys + their enormous amount of stuff in our Chevy Venture, but then a triplet buddy, Linda, gave me this great product recommendation: Kidco Pea Pods!
If you look closely at this picture you’ll see four little boys asleep inside their little tents complete with their camo sleep sacks. We are in love with this product, because it can go anywhere, takes up minimal space, and folds up to the size of a flattened basketball. I’m serious! (And no, they are not paying me to endorse their product!) It’s one of our favorite products thus far. And grandparents are pumped that they’ll be able to stay overnight now! We had them “practice” in the playroom for one week to adjust to the new surroundings before trying it out for the first time in a populated hotel!
So that’s some background prior to our official road trip “Venture”. To give you fair warning, this post will be part of a mini-series of posts, complete with bloopers and more details than you probably wish to digest. It is sure to become a moment in history for our family, so I’m using the blog as a way to document the memories, which is one of the main purposes of this blog. Read at your own risk.
Videos of a “Venturous” Vacation: The Calm Before the Trying to Stay Calm