My family was big on roadtrips. With five kids in the equation, airfare was sky high [pun intended] and so we turned to the road. In what kind of car, you ask? A gem, that's what. Huge green conversion van we called "The Beast," complete with TV and VCR (that's right. V.C.R.) and pulldown blinds on all the windows. The thing was practically a hotel on wheels. And yes, we slept in it sometimes. Don't judge. [Side note: It also had a ladder on the back. You know, just in case you needed to climb on top of your car.] This weekend the three of us are taking off for Portland and although we don't have the van to accompany us, I'm sure it will be epic. Happy New Year, friends!