Road Trips

I love road trips. I like the conversations that take place as the miles pass us by. I also enjoy the anticipation of getting to our destination. This weekend, we were invited to celebrate Easter with my in-laws so we piled into the car and headed out of town.

My son immediately asked for Bonine to combat the car sickness which had yet to rear its ugly head. Now, I don’t really think he gets car sick, but he did get sick once, in the car, so now he is sure he will always be sick on any commute longer than 30 minutes. I always give it to him because you never know, and who wants to clean the car up on a trip out of town? I know I don’t.

So the kids chatted. My husband and I chatted. We complained about songs on the radio, commented on crazy drivers, ate crackers and talked some more. My husband always asks me which way I want to go. So I tell him, and then he goes the opposite way only to hit severe traffic. Then we do the “I told you so’s” all around the car. “Mom told you so Dad!” So then he spends the next 20 min figuring out a way around the traffic to redeem himself. We just laugh because he usually ends up right where I told him to go in the first place.

As soon as we got to our destination, I realized that my daughter had a REALLY high fever. No signs of anything else so we went out to dinner, played some board games back at the house and then went to bed. When we are away from home, my daughter and I “camp out” together which basically means we share a bed. On this particular night I am glad I did because the poor child was burning up! I was up all night giving her water, meds, and anything else she needed and she spent the night having phantom nightmares, etc. Not fun.

The next morning was Easter morning. She stumbled out. Looked fine.. went to find her Easter goods and all looked well..until I touched her. The fever continued. This meant no Easter Brunch. My in laws were nice enough to bring some food by, but I think they were irked that I had a Starbucks cup in hand along with the remnants of a blueberry muffin. Hey, I was up at the crack of dawn and had to eat something with all the meds I had to take!

Anyway.. the trip was sort of a bust and my little one is still with fever. She is with the other Grandma today so she can get more rest. The trip wasn’t a total loss though because I still had a good time catching up with the kids. We are all so busy that we have to take advantage of communication opportunities whenever we can. Even if they happen inside an SUV that is stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.


It’s a Small World..Not

You’ve been to Disneyland, right? Well one of the original rides, It’s a Small World has been closed for a couple of months now for refurbishment. Every once in awhile you see this. Usually for maintenance purposes although that is not always the case. Remember Pirates of the Caribbean? Remember how they added the Jack Sparrow character after the popularity of the movie? They also did this to The Haunted Mansion. I think they did a pretty good job with both.

This time around, they are refurbishing Small Word to accommodate the ever-growing population. Meaning, our bigger butts! Yes! They are adding newer boats or gondolas to accommodate more weight. I know the stats are true, but I am shocked that Disney would admit to this. “You are all getting fatter so now we need bigger boats”. ACK!

I suppose this means the ticket prices will go up again. Actually, they go up every year..did you know that? By the time my kids are in their twenties, I suspect it will cost about $160 per person and the adult tickets will include any child over the age of 5. I mean, right now they consider a 10 year old an adult. My son loves that. “Hey Mom! I’m almost an adult!”. Yeah right.

How can one stay away though? The sights and sounds of Main Street alone are enough to make me wanna buy a ticket right now. The candy apples, the rock candy from the Candy Emporium, the Funnel Cakes from the Space Station. OK, I see how we all got the bigger butts! It’s a vicious cycle. Spend more, eat more.. install bigger boats!

Kind of makes me want to walk a couple of miles tonight..but it also makes me want a funnel cake.

P.S. We are going to Disneyland in April.


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