Sorry, I’ve been away for a few days……ROAD TRIP!!!!
My niece graduated from High School on Saturday. I couldn’t, wouldn’t, miss it. This is my brother’s step-daughter. Amazes me that she could be graduating. I met her when she was 5 years old. How far she has come from the beastie she was then. She is an amazing young woman, and I’m so proud of her.
It was a great weekend. My family is going through, and has been through, a lot this year. My sister Debby continues to battle cancer. She had another scan yesterday following her second round of chemo. She’ll get the results tomorrow. My brother has separated from his wife, and struggles with the fallout from that. It was important to me to be with my family to celebrate this, celebrate something. Michael couldn’t take the days off work to go, so I went, with all three kids. Eight hours in the car each way, just me and three young, children. All I can say is if I ever get a chance to meet the person who invented dvd players for the car, I will get down and kiss his/her feet!!! I would not have survived without that dvd player! And lots and lots of snacks!!
Ethan screamed for an hour on the way up, beginning about an hour after we left the house. And as soon as we finished lunch, he was asking to go home. “Ready to go, Momma? Ready to go?” he kept saying, over and over and over again, all weekend long. That and “wanna go home, Momma, NOW!” I felt so bad for him. He is my little homebody I guess. We also got an inflat-a-potty for the car. On the drive home, there is a lot of “middle of nowhere” space without rest stops or gas stations. And we all know how predictable and reliable Ryley’s bladder is……We stopped six times on the way up, NOT including our lunch stop where he potty’d twice. AAAAAHHHHH!!!!! Needless to say, I was completely wiped out by the time we got there and went out to dinner with my mom (HUGE mistake when Ethan is tired and hungry). But we managed to get through that, and get to my brother’s where his three kids were staying for the weekend as well. Interesting to have six kids aged 8 and under in a two bedroom apartment. Again, we survived. They just have so much fun together, and don’t get to see each other that often, so we do what we can to have them stay in the same house whenever we visit each other. There were a few timeouts and lost privileges, but for the most part, they were all pretty good.
Sunday, we took my three to the A’s game. Ryley barely remembers being there two years ago. Grace and Ethan don’t remember at all. Ryley was very into what was going on after playing t-ball this year, and Kip and I had a blast explaining the game and the various baseball slang terms to him. The older two were so good….sat in their seats the entire time, didn’t harass me to buy them a bunch of junk, and paid attention really well. Ethan ended up going to sleep for three innings, blessedly! The A’s even won. When we had each of the kids, Michael and I cut deals on which teams which kids would support (Michael and I are both avid sports fans, but do not like any of the same teams). Michael is a Cubs fan, but we don’t get to go to Cubs games, so my kids are all ending up A’s fans. Kind of funny. They even learned Take Me Out to the Ballgame, A’s style. Ah, the sweet joy of having your kids take after you!!!
All in all, it was a great weekend. Was I a little nuts to drive 8 hours each way with three kids by myself? Probably. Was it worth it? YES! Would I do it again, probably not in the foreseeable future!!!!!!!!!!!!!