January 14, 2009

Bbbbbbbrrrrrrrr!

Ccccc can't ttttttalk....
ffff ffff freezing....
We've been caught in the Midwest by this big freeze...
Our furnace regulator has frozen so we have been living in hotels since Saturday.
Thanks to Priceline (and my quick learning curve ;-) we haven't had to pay very much for the hotels, but it's a trying way to live. We've got two large space heaters keeping us warm while we drive now, but I caught a cold and a nasty eye infection, so we lost a few days with very little travel and are only just leaving Bloomington, IL toward St. Louis.


We did luck out and get stuck in Rockford which happens to have the best children's museum we've seen so far and were able to go twice. Thanks to our reciprocal program with the Association of Children's Museums we were able to get in for free and also see the Rockford Natural History Museum.

When we arrive in St. Louis this afternoon we'll head straight to their Magic House children's museum which is supposed to be really something. We'll likely hang out until they close and spend the night in St. Louis, heading to Memphis the next morning.


Our first big stop will be in Birmingham, AL to stay with our beautiful friend Sorrel who I've been missing terribly for the past 6 months. Then it's off to Florida where we will play beach bums until we're sufficiently warm to think about heading to New Orleans... one of my very most favorite cities. I'm working on writing down the story of the time I ran away to N.O. when I was 17 and had to pan handle my way back to Dallas. ;-) Are you out there B? Remember that?


But, for right now I'm going to get back to watching this incredible snowstorm were traveling through and say my goodbye's to the beautiful white blanket.

xoxo

16 comments:

Sailing Simplicity said...

I wish I could send some warmth your way. The midwest is my home. I hope you love it.
Teresa

ella said...

oh yea! it is freeeezing back up here in Wisconsin! good thing you were able to get a bit further south!! i slipped on some ice yesterday and fell hip first into the frozen staircase of Memorial Library, after stepping though snow drifts in my high heels and interview outfit! i had to soak my toes in warm, then hot water for quite a while after that. but it is even colder today than it was yesterday! i am so jealous of your south bound journey!

JacQ said...

Oh, I feel for you Aimee. We were in Minneapolis last week. As soon as we heard it was going to be -20... we headed straight down to Austin. Wish you can stay warm and tough through the freezing weather. Winter RVing is tough~

Love,
JacQ

hippymummy said...

Whilst i think snow looks very pretty it scares me to death,falling over on snow and /or ice would be a real no no, i'd be totally imobile for months. Luckily for me we don't get much snow here, it looks so beautiful to see the mountains wearing their snowy mantle but if i'm totally honest i think it looks so much more beautiful through my window whilst i sip chai in front of a blazing fire! Hope you didn't hurt yourself too much Aimee, i'm sending you wishes for warmer temps, take care xXx

Babs said...

hey, let me know if you get close to Orlando Florida. I love your blog and I work at Universal Orlando...can spot you some comp tickets and you can enjoy the day at our parks!

Cage Free Family said...

We are actually going right through Orlando! We hope to be there around the 24th.
None of us have been to Florida before and we're really looking forward to it... especially the beaches ;-)

Anonymous said...

The Magic House is ok, but please, please, please consider going to The City Museum in St. Louis. You will not regret it. It's one of the most amazing places on earth, created with recycled materials all the way!
Safe travels,
Katie

Anonymous said...

Jeff you look like a metro lumberjack. :-) stay warm!

Brandon

PKJ said...

Stay warm you guys! It looks like you are heading towards Seattle eventually, it's not nearly as snowy here.

Anonymous said...

That was so kind of ya'll. I am a firm believer that when you do something kind it comes back to you in other wonderful ways. Hope you get better. Lots of love and kindnesss your way. Talithia
www.sheltont3@aol.com

Gillie said...

Aimee, I don't need a bag but just wanted to leave a comment. Thank you so much for buying all those feed bags! I am a long time employee of WFM (almost 11 years)and have seen and heard of many good things during that time, but this probably tops the lot! Again, many thanks and hugs. Sorry about the Midwest weather (I'm near Chicago) hope you find a warm spot soon!

Jessica said...

Fellow Austin mama here who's been following your blog since before you left. I admire everything you stand for and have to say you are in inspiration! And what a life your children will be able to say you gave them. Lucky kids. Hmm...wonder I can live in my Honda Accord? :)

One Crabapple said...

I live in Fargo, ND right near the 10,000 Lakes Festival...its so this winter I can't believe it...but I love this area and would never move... love your blog..

Money Funk said...

Wow, free comp tickets to Universal Orlando. Nice. I believe that you would really enjoy that one! ;)

That is very gracious of you to buy so many bags for a wonderful charitable cause.

I just recently started donating to the Baobab Home, my local Salvation Army's food pantry... The Thai Freedom Home and The Discovery Channel's Global Partnership are next on my list. I hope to keep my charitable habits going.

Your family is very inspiring to watch. Continue having a safe trip and I hope you feel better soon!

Simpler Living said...

This is a little off-topic, but I'd read your blog if it was nothing but photos. Not that the words aren't wonderful, but the photos? Man.

Happy travels. I sure wish I were heading toward Florida right now.

Stephanie said...

This is an incredibly touching post. Thanks for sharing and for reminding us that we actually do have what we need.

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