We wanted to surprise our daughter for graduation by bringing our son's family with us for the festivities but because of scheduling, they would have to drive straight through the 20-or-so hour drive. Since we knew from experience that toddlers appreciate lots of travel breaks, we offered to take the boys with us. We were planning to spread the trip over 3 days and wouldn't be in a hurry, so we thought it would be the perfect solution.
As travel time approached I recalled more vivid details of our travels with our own children... and I got nervous. I asked my husband many, many times "Will it be okay?" He always answered "Yes, we will be fine." My follow-up statement was "But I want to do it well."
The day before we were to take off I was
I blabbered on for a few minutes, and when I finally took a breath to listen, the only thing that I heard was "ENJOY!!!!" Funny how God uses so few words to respond to my barrage.
So my theme for the trip was ENJOY!
After driving around the dreaded Washington, D.C. beltway, we drove a couple more hours and stayed overnight in a hotel. This was still not Arkansas, but the boys were thrilled that the trees right outside our window were "HO-HO" trees, meaning they were wrapped in colorful Christmas tree lights.
Grandpa, Levi, and Liam all slept quite well. Grandma... not so much. But I made up for it by napping several times the next day!
The boys were quite glad to have their favorite DVDs to watch (Finding Nemo is NOT one. They preferred reading. I'm good with that!)
Now just so you don't get the idea that everything was happy and la-dee-dah, I want to assure you that it was not. There were a few
We heard "Aw-saw!" much less frequently as time passed. I can't say that I blame them. It isn't the most fun drive. Nor is it the most exciting destination. If they could have articulated it I think they would have said "WE WERE MISLEAD!"
Just to help you recover from those sad little faces above...
After a long day of driving, we finally arrived in Arkansas (the boys were totally unimpressed when I told them) and stayed the night at a hotel in the town of our destination. We had a large room with a good amount space for us all to spread out and play, but the lack of HO-HO trees was kind of a bummer.
The next day, Mommy and Daddy finally arrived and their little family was back together. We were all quite ready for it.
And, our mission was accomplished. We ENJOYED!!!
Oh, yeah, and our daughter was completely surprised .