A photo of the Forrester and Bontorno families on a couch.

32 Days in America, Day 30


  • Miles traveled: 403.4
  • Miles traveled to date: 5218.7
  • States visited today: 3 – Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois
  • States visited to date: 16
  • Tanks of gas pumped to date: 17
  • Meltdowns: 17
  • Loads of Laundry: 24
  • Illness: 5
  • Socks lost or destroyed: 7

Daily recap

Today, we said goodbye to the Bontornos in Oklahoma and drove to Illinois. It was a big driving day, but we had fun along the way. We had dinner at the hotel and went swimming.


  • Getting some energy out before spending all day in the car
A photo of Rayleigh, Dillon, Peter Elias, and Peter jumping on the trampoline
The kids (and Peter!) started their day with a jump on the trampoline.
  • Soaking up as much friend time as possible before parting
A photo of the Forrester and Bontorno kids making silly faces at the camera
Careful, Dillon, or your face will get stuck like that.
  • Library pit stop
A photo of Ainsley, Grayson, Kelsey, Dillon, and Rayleigh reading books in a library
Kevin had to take a call for work, so we stopped at a library.
  • Dinner at the hotel
A photo of Dillon, Ainsley, Rayleigh, Grayson, and Kevin eating dinner at the hotel
Dinner time!
  • Swimming!
A photo of Grayson, Kevin, Ainsley, Rayleigh, and Dillon in the hot tub at the hotel
This pool wasn’t closed for the season! There was a hot tub and an indoor/outdoor heated pool.

Other photos from today

A photo of Ainsley and Grayson snuggled up next to each other asleep in bed in the morning
Snuggle buddies.
A photo of Grayson asleep in bed tucked up in a blanket
They’re so peaceful when they’re sleeping.
A photo of Myna, Dillon, Rayleigh, and Milo playing cards on the living room floor.
Another day, another game.
A photo of Kelsey holding baby Avie
Baby Avie is probably wondering who all these strange people are who invaded her house for several days.
A photo of Kevin holding baby Avie
Look at that smile! Baby Avie’s is nice too, I guess.
A photo of Rayleigh making a sad face while holding a pile of library books
Our kids were sad that they couldn’t check out any books, since we were just passing through.

And now for your moment of zen…

A photo of Ainsley, Rayleigh, and Dillon posing next to a 10 foot tall "man" made out of construction cones and a reflective vest
We found construction guy!





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