Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our Road Trip Video (Part II)

Other than the unfortunate "roast beef" "sandwich" I experienced at a rest stop somewhere in Western Pennsylvania, every single thing about our road trip to Philadelphia spelled good news.

You may not know this about our family, but we've never taken a legit family vacation with all five of us. And true, driving 10 hours to visit a doctor probably doesn't fit the "legit vacation" criteria, but we were determined to make the most of it.

When the stars aligned and the good people at Chevrolet offered us the chance to travel in a Chevy Traverse, we knew we'd be able to make the journey even more memorable and fun.

The first item on our agenda was to fit all of us and all of our stuff. And for part of the trip, we added my mom and my adult cousin to the mix! Could the Chevy Traverse handle us? I wasn't completely sure when I first locked eyes with it. It looked too pretty and sleek.

I'm happy to say I was wrong. 7 bodies in seats.* 7 duffel bags. A cooler filled with snacks. Miscellaneous purses, backpacks, cameras and computer bags? "No problem," she crooned. (Indeed, our Chevy Traverse was a female with a penchant for harmony. Tell me I'm wrong.) We filled every seat, but with plenty of leg room and a comfy and refined interior, we were good to go!
We drove through two ridiculous hail storms and felt snug and safe with the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety.**

The rest of the week was a whirlwind of Philly Cheesesteaks (wit whiz), neighborhood traipsing, a visit to the historic district, authentic Korean food, time with beloved extended family, and...

...a good report from Calvin's newest doc! 
We've never felt more encouraged about the condition of our biggest little dude. So thankful!

Our family had a blast spending time together, seeing new sights, and adventuring. And of course, we kept the cameras rolling. Here's a video recap of our week with the Chevy Traverse:

This trip was a blessing from every angle, outright and undeserved.
The kiddos are still talking wistfully about the road trip and our sweet ride.

Silas asked multiple times if he could "hug it." So, I mean, yes. It was a pretty big hit amongst us and the shorter set.

We loved driving "our" Chevy Traverse and cannot speak highly enough of it.

Thank you, Chevrolet!

(See Part I here. )

*Seating for up to 8 is standard on LS and 1LT. Available on 2LT. LTZ seats 7.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (


  1. Toodaloo! Priceless.

    And praise God for the good news for Calvin!

  2. Pack him up. Send him over. You know the one.


  3. Chevy Rocks ! I am a long follower of Chevy and have considered the Treverse Myself. nice to hear it can handle lots of peeps as I usually have lots and dogs. To bad they didn't let you keep her huh

    So awesome you got good news for Calvin nothing better !

    May your family be Blessed. Thx for sharing

  4. Be still my beating sweet and absolutely endearing. FPFG and 2 cuties live! I loved it. And now I'm off to buy a Traverse. Ha! We're 20 yr. old vehicle type folks but in 20 years I will own that hefty, sleek people carrier.

    1. Same here.
      It was a strange sort of culture shock when we returned the swanky Traverse and went back to the beater with no hubcaps. :D

  5. so sweet. tootaloo!!! see you soon! Nice work on camera, you are a pro!

    1. Ha! I didn't exactly feel like a Pro. But at least my hair cooperated for this one. :)
      Thank you, K!

  6. Best!! Also, it's taking a bit longer to send you the stuff- I'll try to send it soon!!

  7. Loved the post-- and even more the fact that you had an almost vacation!! (but wasn't able to do the video--that section was blank.)

    1. Not that you want to jump through hoops, but sometimes different browsers cause glitches with videos. Try Google Chrome. :)

  8. Howdy do! I want to see an outtakes video.
    This makes me miss you so much!

  9. I now and forever will tell Siley "toodaloo" when I leave his presence. Well done! You nailed rich and refined one again! And will you will me those earrings along with the shower curtain, if it's still around? xoxo ps. Glo watched these and her comment about Cory was, "I don't like the mustache." ha!

  10. You in your kitchen interacting with your people makes my heart happy. :) Your hair looked great. Love the length!

  11. Just seeing if I can still write a comment. Ha ha.