Over the past year and a half, I have been back to Illinois around 6 or 7 times. I know that’s funny to say because I should know exactly how many times I have made that trip but I cannot be certain. However, I think it is six trips now that I have made between April 0f 2016 and now. Tomorrow evening, around 6:00, we will begin number seven.

We typically try to get on the road early and just make a day of it. However, sometimes we will drive in the evening and stop about halfway at a motel. This time, we will do neither. The kids will put their blankets and pillows in the back seat with them and sleep a large chunk of the ride. We’re going to drive the whole way through the night.

It takes me about 2 hours to get out to the interstate from our house. We have to drive to Lynchburg and then go over the Blue Ridge Mountains (which are amazing, for those of you who have never been to Virginia) before we hit I-64. Then, it’s pretty much a straight shot through West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana before we hit the homeland. Ideally, we will be arriving in Illinois sometime around 6 or 7 AM, just in time to see this beautiful face.

Merry Christmas to all of my friends out there. It has been another exciting year. Hopefully, you all accomplished your goals for the year. If not, then you have something to work towards next year. For those of you who are driving over the holidays, be careful and enjoy the time you get to spend with your families.

Life is Strange. Live it Well.

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