At Home on a Roadtrip
Our European road trip spanned 15 countries, over a period of two months. During that time, we covered 8000km in our rental car, and stayed at a huge variety of accommodations. This was definitely our longest road trip to date! By the time that we arrived in Austria, we were almost halfway into our trip, and therefore VERY GRATEFUL for some time to recoup. It is one thing traveling as a couple, but traveling as a family is quite different. Elijah was often sitting in his carseat for hours, and then moved directly into the stroller for sightseeing. At the age of two, he was just not old enough to walk as much as we did when we were seeing a new city. Thankful, he is a happy traveller and – for the most part – he is happy to go along with whatever we have planned. It was, however, so wonderful to arrive in Graz and know that he had the freedom to stretch out, play, interact with other children, explore outside, and just be.
We have already done a few posts on our time in Graz, and you can catch up on those here:
A Forest in Their Backyard│Those Austrian Skies│An Austrian Apple Orchard│An Austrian Lunch Date│Lendplatz Market│Graz Schlossberg [Castle Hill]
In this post – which consists mostly of pictures of our sweet boy – we wrap up our time in Austria. It was amazing to have the opportunity to feel so “at home” during our long road trip adventure. We are grateful for the way that The Klugs welcomed us in, and made us feel so relaxed.
Elijah just loves animals! He was thrilled to find a number of cats at The Klug home. One of the cats had recently had kittens, so Eli was always chasing one of them when we were outside. Above, Look at his face – absolutely smitten!
When he wasn’t after one of the cats, he was insisting on jumping on the trampoline. We liked to jump with him, but the poor little guy would get so tossed around that I think he had the most fun when he was on there alone.
We won’t soon forget the awesome afternoon when I massive summer storm rolled in. First hail came down hard, then it started to rain. I’m not sure who initiated, but we all ended up running out into the rain. We danced and laughed while the rain drenched every single inch of us.
When I think back on that day, it reminds me of one of those perfect scenes in a movie when a heart-moving song is playing, and everyone is full of smiles and dancing in slow motion. I have a few videos of us, but most of the pictures turned out awful since there was just no way to keep the lens free from water droplets. As you can imagine, we all went back into the house shivering and soaked to the bone, but it was crazy and perfect!
We loved everything about our time relaxing with The Klugs. The quality time, the laughter, the meals, the space, the sunsets, the ability to wash all of our clothes, the freedom for Eli, and the fact that we were able to have some time alone in Slovenia. I wish that I had taken more photos, but during the downtime there is less desire to take photos when you stay in PJs all day.
McKenzie and I had a few house decoration projects lined up for when we visited. I was so thrilled to be able to leave a little piece of my creativity their home. Needless to say, we can’t wait to visit the slugs again someday. Thank you to all of you!