Home Again, Jiggity Jog.
You know what goes amazing together? Eggo waffles, fresh peaches, and nutella. You know what doesn’t go so good together? Traveling and blogging. Therefor, I’ve taken an unplanned sabbatical the last 2 weeks. During this time I drove to Utah to make sure my kids dad was alright after a terrible mountain biking accident (he’s healing up just fine, on his way to undergoing surgery to fix what problems they found at the hospital), then drove to Colorado so I could send my oldest two off to a monthlong travelscapade through the southwest (more on that later!). A few days ago I drove back to California.
Man, I am tired.
Incidentally, if I ever go radio silent on the blog again rest assured I have not forsaken my precious instagram (freeplaylife), so check over there if you have a burning curiosity about what I’ve gotten myself into!
So, things to blog about that I’ve added to my To Blog list:
*How awesome Sara is and how much I love her Happy Janssen Farm. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t feel like the luckiest person in the world when they see this welcoming them after a long long drive across Wyoming?! It’s a rainbow fence! And a dog! And a smiling toddler! And Sara!
*The importance of friendship. I mean a really good friendship; where there is no judging, or trying to be better than the other person, or jealousy, or talking behind their back, or wanting them to be different than how they want to be. The kind based on laughter and self expression and communication and late night facetime chats and bending over backwards and a delicious blend of apple cider & whiskey.
*The importance of creating a happy and soothing space in your home. Sara does this in spades.
*How much I love Colorado:
What I can tell you right now is how sometimes roadtripping with kids is a huge chaotic mess. I type that while laughing hysterically into my can of beer. Because now the drive is over so I can laugh about it. I mean, I was laughing about it then, too, but in a “this could definitely be going better” kind of way. Sometimes our trips go really smoothly and our schedules are synched together. We’re hungry together, we pee together (well, not together, but at the same time. In our own stalls, of course! Geez!), they sleep simultaneously, and everyone shares a general pleasant mood.
This time everyone needed to pee exactly 30 minutes after the last person peed, everyone got hungry exactly 1 hour after the last person ate, and no one wanted to nap. I stopped pretty much at every offramp between Denver and Grand Junction trying to caretake the issues and pep everyone’s spirits up. This was in a solid downpour. The storm that has now wreaked havoc on the entire front range was just starting. Finally, after driving almost 14 hours in a sheet of rain, Sassy asked me “When is this cloud ever going to end?!” Turns out it didn’t end until we got into Las Vegas.
Sassy was coming down with a cold, so after we dropped the older kids off and it was just her and I all she wanted was to lay down and sleep. I tried to point out that she could sleep in the awesome captains chair that my Toyota Sienna is equipped with in the back. But no, that would have made the drive go by much quicker and easier for her. Instead she stayed up and asked “Are we stopping at the next town? The next town? The next town? The next town?” for 800 miles.
My favorite part with her was when she kept saying she had to throw up, so I gave her a plastic bag (no holes in the bottom!) and told her to holler if she started puking. Then she peed an hour later at a truck stop and said, “Hey! I thought I needed to throw up but really I just needed to pee!”. I let my guard down. Awesome! No puking today! Then a few hours later we dropped the older two kids off in central Colorado…Sassy got out of the car…peed in his compostable toilet…walked over to the back patio…and puked all over the stairs/pathway/deck chair and all over herself/pants/face/hands/shirt/feet. “I’m glad I covered my mouth, Mom.” she said right after. “Otherwise I would have puked on the table.”
Now we are back and trying to get into the groove. I had a sweet brief taste of fall while in Utah and Colorado…and now I’m surrounded by eternal California summer again. Just when I was ready to break out my scarves and boots, dangit!
So, anyway, hi again. Anything interesting happen while I was gone?!