The North Road Trip – Days 12 + 13

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Tuesday, we woke up with a plan. We left Rapid City early in the morning and made our way East toward the Badlands. Our first stop was Wall Drug. I remember visiting Wall, ND with Josh on our honeymoon. We passed through late at night, so nothing was open. The only thing I really remember … Read More

The North Road Trip – Day 11

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We woke up on Monday with a plan to hit up Custer State Park and the Badlands. I’m not sure why we always do this to ourselves, but we always underestimate how long it will take to do a state or national park. Needless to say, we only covered a very small portion of Custer … Read More

The North Road Trip – Day 10

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Any time we travel, we always have the random rough day. Sunday was that day. I even thought for sure that since the kids had a good night sleep the night before that we would be good. Turns out everyone was grumpy. I guess you can’t win them all. The thing I always find amazing … Read More

The North Road Trip – Day 9

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Well, just as I predicted, the kids were up at the crack of dawn… literally the crack of dawn. The nice part about it was we were able to get loaded up and out doing things quickly. I fully expected today to be an absolute disaster as the kids didn’t get much sleep last night. … Read More

The North Road Trip – Day 8 Camping

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One of the best things about small towns is the cafes. We had driven into town the night before to check out the scene and Josh was so excited for the café. (Keep in mind we were in Pettibone, ND, population 69). Josh’s favorite meal is breakfast and when we eat out as a family … Read More

The North Road Trip – Day 7

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It really sucks sometimes when you have these grand plans and you try to do awesome things with your kids and they just act bratty. My friend Sara summed it up perfectly the other day when she said her kids were acting entitled. That’s exactly how our kids have been acting lately and it’s very … Read More

The North Road Trip – Day 6

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Full disclosure: today sucked. It was probably one of the worst travel days we’ve ever had as a family. I knew we were pushing our luck keeping the kids up so late at the Mall of America. Lia had a meltdown before we even got on the road. We met some friends for breakfast at … Read More

The North Road Trip – Day 5

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“We’re not going to ride rides until 5 o’clock,” I said for the 82nd time in less than an hour. The thing about family travel is that everyone has different expectations and different things that they get excited about. And the thing I’ve learned about my kids is that if they are excited about something … Read More

The North Road Trip – Day 4

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Monday morning arrived too quickly, as usually happens when you put the kids to bed WAY too late. Luckily for us, the Hurlburt kids woke up happy. We headed out to Excelsior with them to shoot some happy family portraits (photos coming soon!). After our photo session, we decided to grab some lunch at Joey … Read More

The North Road Trip – Day 3

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You know those days where you just shake your head and wonder how in the heck it could have gone so wrong? Day three of this trip was pretty much that. Sometimes we set our expectations too high and everything comes crashing down all at once. Maybe I should have taken my own advice and … Read More