It is 10 a.m. as I write this update.
We FINALLY left about 8 . . . . stopped for gas. Found out a tire on the trailer was put on backwards so stopped and switched it.
Got a quick bite to eat.
Then stopped at a Starbuck's for coffee before hitting the highway.
At which point, the engine began to squeal. It smelled hot. It shut down.
So, we called a tow truck (thank goodness for AAA). We are all back home now while the van is taken to the nearby mechanic. Now begins the wait on what is wrong with it, how much it will cost and how long it will take to fix it. I really, really, really want it to be later today but don't have a lot of hope for it.
So, we are back home and the kids are falling asleep and I am trying to decide what to do to make it still feel like a fun day because you know what? So far, it sure hasn't.