The worst part about road trips?
The inevitable long trek home...
A part of me is desperate for this amazing week to never end. The rest of me just misses my bed.
Today, The Munchkins saw the ocean for the first time.
We are salty, sand-covered, and full of hand-dipped waffle cone ice cream cones. We played old timey arcade games, strolled the Hampton Beach Boardwalk, and lounged on the beach. We dove into waves and built an epic sand castle complex.
What a day...
Some days you just need a lazy day poolside.
And by lazy, I mean so full of sun, diving, jumping, floating, and playing that the kids fall asleep in their dinner plates, bellies full of kielbasa from the grill...
Who hikes the highest summit in all of Vermont with three kids, two babes in backpacks, and a ten-week old puppy?
With the Adirondacks to the west of us and the White Mountains to the east, we trekked up Monday for breathtaking views of Stowe. The Munchkins bounded from boulder to boulder, ecstatic just to spend a day out of the car.
Sister was in her element, hiking boots on, on of the twins rigged up on her back, pointing out landmarks and keeping up a constant patter of back & forth with the Luke on her back. I am im awe of her strength. Not even twins can slow that woman down. She has a new serenity about her that I don't remember from before the twins Nothing seems to rattle the half smile from her face. It's hard having her live so far away, but seeing her so stunningly happy eases that a bit.
This is the best version of you, Jane. The most YOU you will ever be; despite past conversations to the contrary.
Surviving an entire day in the car together? Check.
Surviving an entire night with three kids and a puppy all in the same hotel room? Check.
Standing awestuck together on the viewing bridge of Niagara Falls? Check.
Sometimes it's good for the soul to stand in the presence of something immense. With the roar of the Falls in the background, The Munchkins running with the pup in a shady spot, herds of people passing back & forth with cameras and phones attached to their faces, it felt good to just stand for a moment and breathe.
I'm fairly certain this trip has the potential to be the making or breaking of this little group. So far so good.
Not a bad morning, kids. Not bad at all...
When i was a kid, road trips meant car bingo and counting cows for points and seeing how many truckers you could get to blow their horns from the ultra-awesome rear facing bench seat in the family station wagon.
Just now, as we crossed from never-ending Ohio into Pennsylvania, and I stretched my arms out Air Jordan Wingspan style into the backseat, and proudly proclaimed "Two states at Once!!" I recieved a masterful eyeroll and whole body shrug from the eldest, deeply involved with her movie. Electronics rule this car. And don't get me wrong, this vehicle has been blissfully quiet for the past six hours... but couldn't they at least humor me about the crossing state lines? It's kind of my thing.
In other news, the puppy has slept almost the entire trip, and The Captain is rocking out to Danger Zone. We're survivng, folks!
Onward & upward.
...Until next time...
So...this is happening...
As if a blended family relationship isn't fraught with enough daily pitfalls & perils & joys & challlenges & opportunities to annoy the everloving crap out of one another, we thought we'd add a cross-country road trip to the mix.
And? We're bringing the 10-week-old puppy too...
Indy --> New York Niagara Falls --> Stowe, Vermont --> Boston, Massachusetts or BUST!!!