This was one crazy month. Summer and all of its crazy started in full swing. Bou turned 17, our girls were staying with Jenns girls all the time. Like everyday. For weeks. 😂 You know that is a special kind of relationship when you have 3 girls that match up perfectly with 3 more and they can be together for days and weeks and not have it fall into mean girl ugliness. Even more awesome when you have a mama that is totally good with having the extras, even saying it brings sanity to her life and asks for them! 😂
We had an Ingress anomaly weekend trip planned to Nashville on the 20th then one of my Grandma’s passed away. Expected but still so hard. We weren’t sure of arrangements but it turned out, we would have a whirlwind of a week. We could go to the anomaly but would have to leave late Saturday night when it was over, drive home, repack, then the children and I would head off to San Antonio Sunday morning. Ready, set, go!
We took off Friday after a half day for Mr and drove the 6 hours. We had the truck serviced before we left. Thankfully Mr was with us on that leg because when we got there we noticed it was leaking oil. Not good at all. Thankfully it wasn’t to bad, they didn’t put a plug in right or something, Mr was able to fix it and add more oil.
It was a crazy insane but fun event. Mr was colead for our team. Our team consisted of us plus Busa’s crew – him, Jenn, the 3 girls and Pman and some other people that I didn’t have much (any) time to talk to. So let’s just picture this for a moment – 1 dad who had 100 other tasks to do, 1 dad who would be with us or Mr depending on need, 2 mama’s, children aged 2,3,6,8,8,11,12,12,13,17. One of the 12 year Olds slit open the bottom/side of her foot the day before in a bike accident but insisted she wanted to go and could walk the 6 hour, 10ish mile day, the 6 and one of the 8 year olds were starting to not feel good that morning. Oh dear.
We did all the preanomaly meet and greet stuff, got some Swag, checked the map to determine routes. I was thinking we could drive most of it, was denied by higher ups, they needed us on ground. Grr but ok. Double stroller loaded with 2 children, snacks for each child and each measurement, water, blankets and napkins. Single umbrella stroller for the other little one with the diaper bag of more “might needs”.
The first 2 measurements went well. We were able to maneuver our large crew around the city fairly well and do our thing to hold control of the portals. The 2nd cluster ended with a kind of cool kid walk as the portals were inside a secure courtyard in the middle of a building that our little team had been given access to. After holding the portals and walking out the doors through the other teams crowd who did their best from such a distance but just couldn’t gain control… yeah, it was a high moment. 😂😂
Somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd cluster (3 hours into it), it all started to fall apart. 😂 cut foot was having a hard time walking. “Girls, put her arms over your shoulders and be her crutches.” While at the 3rd cluster, 1 of the 2 upset bellies puked. Puked yall. It’s ok, it was on the sidewalk, rinse it off with some water, clean her up. We still got this. Not 5 min later, the other one. In the stroller. All over the place. And we had 15 minutes to get to the next cluster. In downtown Nashville.
We (I, since it was my child lol) quickly cleaned him up, check the map and decided the truck was a much better option being only a slight detour from the route needed to get to the next cluster. So we beelined. Bolted as fast as our sick, injured and weary crew could go then drove to the next cluster. Happy to report, we made it on time *and* held the portal. 😁👊✊
And decided we would never walk another anomaly again.
The after party was at the Parthenon replica. And apparently our battle weary puking, injured but still made it crew was a topic in a few conversations. 😂😂 Sadly it was Saturday after 4pm so it was closed but we got to walk around the outside at least. Beautiful!! And huge!
Final results – Resistance (that’s us) won the Persepolis Anomaly event and the series. 💙💙
We hung out for a little bit, got some dinner together and then started the *longest drive home eva*!