1500 plus miles of Road Trip in one week

Some people call it ‘Spring Break’.  I’ve come to refer to our semi-annual family road trip not as ‘vacation’, but as ‘work on wheels’.  On this specific eight-hour drive to Kansas, however, we had an added distraction for our daughters: an SUV with a DVD player.  Granted, DH and I never saw any of the movies, but we thoroughly enjoyed listening to ‘Barnyard’ and ‘Cars’ six times each…  More than that, we did not have to listen to a multitude of statements like: ‘This sure is a long drive,’ or the inevitable question while driving with children who can speak full sentences: “How much longer until we’re there?”  None of that!  DH and I actually had a conversation or two without interruption.   

We stopped and stayed overnight with their maternal great-grandmother, ‘GGMa’ in Oklahoma and enjoyed watching DH’s seven year old cousin play basketball with his team at the Y.  We all enjoyed a lunch at the local Chinese Buffet, and of course,  waddled out the door afterward (I think the cost of a meal should come with a complimentary wheelchair instead of the silly ‘fortune cookie’).    And yes, we actually made it to the farm.

Paternal great-grandparents, ‘Gramps’ and ‘Grams’ still take care of the farm and all of the cattle.  I admire how hard they work!  Of course, when I am there, I’m on ‘vacation’, so I like to take it easy.  After three or four days, I’m feeling like a lazy bum as the two of them run about their daily routines.  We love meals on the farm, since Grams knows all of our favorite foods.  And desserts. And snacks.  There were so many things that we all enjoyed, but the girls had a wonderful time (we ALL did!).  I will post pictures very soon, probably to Flikr…  The girls got to enjoy a newborn calf (born the night before we left) and got to see him tagged, given vitamin shots, and ‘banded’, so he’ll be a ‘steer’ and not a ‘bull’.  The girls enjoyed catching fish with their dad in the various ponds on the property and tossing them back to we can catch them next time we visit.  Halie and Catie created a ‘clubhouse’ in the loft of the old hay barn and stayed dry during the rainy weather for a day or so.  Both girls learned how to drive Grams’ Honda ATV (the smallest of the three and the only one you still have to shift), so the girls would just go out in the pasture and ride around, stopping to look at the calves born in recent weeks and ‘mooing’ at the new momma heifers.   The last day that we were there, we had a weenie roast, complete with marshmallows to toast for dessert. 

It was great to be home, even if it was just to do some laundry and prepare for the rest of the adventure…  We dropped the girls (yes, all three) off with my mom, ‘Granny’ and ‘Papa Tury’ for the weekend.  Why you ask?  The rest of our Road Trip  was to Austin, so I could complete my Practical Exam to earn my license as a Massage Therapist.  I DID IT!  I  am now completely finished, and we celebrated!  I will know in less than two weeks that I officially ‘passed’ and will have a license in my hands in about three.  I will be officially: Erin-Go-Braghless, Licensed Massage Therapist.

Already taking reservations…

Spring Break!

That means we will be ‘vacationing’ by taking to the road, visiting family in two states, finally pausing in our travels to stay at the farm in Kansas.  The girls loved it last time.  This time, Rosie is old enough to truly enjoy all the possibilities.  That, and she’s finally completely potty-trained!  I promise to bring back pictures of our ‘vacation’ adventure, and I will try to get them uploaded before my daughters are in high school.