Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Unexpected Travels

So I realize that my last two posts probably gave you the impression that I am a hugely obese person driving the tackiest, rusted car on the road...no doubt a chain smoker and a hoarder (might as well complete the stereotype)

Good thing I don't care about what people think about me (oh I so wish that was actually true).

So yeah, I may have my struggles (who doesn't?) but if I were to list the great things going on in my life right now, it would by far outweigh (haha) the two lasts posts filled with complaining. But it sure felt great to vent just a little bit...thanks for listening. (and no, the stereotype is not true.)

The rest of this week that I thought would be filled with therapies, mothering, Christmas decorating (and no doubt more complaining posts) has been usurped by the fact that yesterday my grandpa passed away. I wouldn't say as far as grandparent/grandchild relationship that I was terribly close to my grandpa (whole 'nother story), but I am very close to my dad and he (as you can imagine) is quite torn up over unexpectedly losing his dad.

Therefore, we are making every effort to be there for the funeral. Which means a 15 hour drive with two babies- adding in a lot of stress and worry to my otherwise low key week. But it's worth it. Because family is important.

I think driving through the night is our best bet at this point. If you have any tips or pointers of how to keep two babies happy for that long of a drive- I would love to hear them.

I would like to get my Christmas decorating done before we leave (probably Wed night), but I can't decorate the tree until Aaron straightens it, but he says it's already straight and won't move it, so I'm adding in a p.s. to this post asking for your help. (that's a VERY long sentence)

Does this tree look straight to you? (You can see that Addison already knows where the toys should go)

 he doesn't think so...

20 comments:

  1. no, the tree is NOT straight!

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  2. So sorry for your loss.
    I also don't think the tree is straight. :) As for keeping the little ones busy, a portable DVD player if you have one, books, snacks, toys. I hope your trip goes smoothly. :)

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather! I love reading your blog, but I tend to be a lurker instead of a commenter (sp?). :) I live in southern NH (not too far from the VT border) and my dad and I drove to Michigan not long after my younger son was born last year (I think he and Addison are a few days apart). We drove through the night, stopping whenever Isaac needed to nurse, so every 4 or so hours. To keep my older child (Charlie) busy and happy, we packed a bag of books, some magnetic games (with larger magnets to make eating them more difficult) and some of his favorite toys (matchboxes). We also packed plenty of his favorite snacks to munch on (fruit snacks, crackers, granola bars). Driving through the night, we didn't really have to use everything, but it did keep him occupied at the beginning and end of the ride. Good luck!

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  4. So sorry for your family's loss.

    The tree is pointing to the window! Hope you have someone to water it whilst you are gone.

    Praying for traveling mercies.

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  5. So sorry to hear of your loss, Deanna! I will be praying for your family, and for your safe (hopefully calm, quiet) travels. The tree is definitely leaning towards the window. Could you perhaps straighten it yourself? Loosen the screw near the front a little, and tighten the one near the back???

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  6. So sorry to hear about your grandfather. Have a safe trip!

    Oh, and no, that tree is most *definitely* not straight...

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  7. Aaron will probably want to straighten the tree a bit before you leave so that it doesn't end up like the leaning tower (of Piza, I think) As for traveling with two little ones, driving at night may be a good idea if the weather is in your favor, and you both have rested up. Otherwise, having bottles handy in a cooler will help. I'll be praying for a safe trip.
    ~Suzanne

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  8. I would straighten it myself if I could, but the stand is VERY finicky. It definitely takes two people (and the special touch of Aaron) It already collapsed on him once (thus why he insists that it's now straight. lol)

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  9. That tree is as crooked as a politician.
    So sorry for your loss. Will be praying for your dad.

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  10. Okay I have never done 15 hrs but I have driven 7 hours with the boys a few times. What works best for us is a very early start, like 6am, I make breakfast toasties (cheese and ham etc) for everyone and a thermos of coffee and milks for the kids(don't get them confused or there will be he'll to pay!) we eat breakfast in the car as this distracts the kids for about 40 minutes. Then we have some music time and usually they want morning tea, more music or books, then we break at mcdonalds for some play on the equipment and more coffee! By this time it's about 9.30am and the kids usually fall asleep for a while. When things get completely crazy at about 1pm when the kids have had enough is when i pull out the dvd player but I save it as a last resort. I know none of this helps with an infant! ! I would hang of driving at night if you can the kids usually wake when you stop and then won't go back to sleep and are in a foul mood with nothing to see and they won't take food or drink to keep them distracted, hellish!,

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  11. Definitely not straight!!

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  12. Definitely not straight!!

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  13. That tree is so not strait...but it kind of looks fun that way :-) Sorry to hear of your grandpa's passing and travel safe!

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  14. Sorry about your loss and your fathers loss too.Praying for safe travels for you.:)

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  15. Haha, I am going to say your tree looks perfect! Only because I think everyone should have to suffer through a crappy tree like I did last year!! lol

    Sorry about your Grandpa. Hope you travel safe. With our kids when they were younger, we always did the night driving as well. Good luck!

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  16. Sorry to hear about your grandpa! Hope the trip goes well.

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  17. So sorry for your loss! Praying for you and your family!

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  19. It is not leaning at all as long as you tilt your head to the right.Have a safe trip

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