Well on the night that I watched Frankie swim (when lanes had an accident) I had mapped our route a little, and since our last hotel night was a Friday, I looked to see if there was anything inexpensive that I could book early. I found a Clarion that had an almost 50% military discount (LOVE when that happens) and since I thought Clarion was the more upscale of the Choice Hotels, I quickly booked it after confirming with Matt.
The Clarion wasn't bad, per se, but it is actually not one of the more upscale choices, and when you are banking on a really nice hotel for your last night, and you tell your kids, that just makes it all the more disappointing. Oh well!
We got in and got girls to bed super late, which made our early morning fire alarm that much more annoying.
Just after 6:00 the fire alarm sounded. Matt and I were super disoriented, but groggily woke up and he checked the front door while I checked the back sliding glass door. There were people evacuating through the front door, and I swear I smelled a faint smell of smoke out the back, though I didn't see any. we decided we should probably wake girls and head out, just to be safe.
There were probably only 1/3 of the hotel guests that actually came out. But really, unless you were under 10 I don't think anyone could sleep through that alarm, so what's the point.
That caused our normal late start to be even later, and after the worst breakfast ever (in a weird conference room by the pool), and swimming in the "3" pools, (indoor pool and hot tub, and outdoor pool) we didn't roll out until noon. #sobright
She just had to decide she could do it, which she did, and after forgetting just once, has been happily toilet pooing since. She kept saying "mommy, are you so proud of me? Are you so happy? I didn't even know I could poo on the potty!" I have a sinking suspicion this having to do everything on her own timeframe is going to continue through her lifetime. Oh help me!
We stopped at the world's nicest McDonald's for lunch in the beautiful hills of Kentucky that afternoon. We asked if the had a military discount, and he ended up giving Matt his meal for free. Super sweet. We'd have loved to have stopped and eaten fun local food, it was even on our road trip bucket list, but time, money, and picky kids did not really permit that. I kept saying though, this won't be our last road trip, there's always next time!
I didn't notice Frankies glove till later.
We unloaded the car in 90 plus degrees, threw everything in our room and the front room, and slept in our own beds. Jiggety jig.