It’s nearly 11pm and I need to get up by 4am tomorrow. I’d like to hit the road by 5am at the latest. Well 5:30am wouldn’t kill me I guess. I’ll wake the girls at the last minute, throw them in the bathroom to pee, brush teeth, change clothes, brush hair, and then throw them in the sexy and fast minivan, and then throw them each a waffle.
Lots of throwing going on here tomorrow.
We are heading out on a road trip for nearly a month. We’ve always gone away for a week or so each Summer – but never a month. But I figured ‘what the hell’ and truly I’m not sure why we haven’t done this before.
The girls are out of school all Summer, and I work from home. Who knows when I may have to re-enter the ‘going to work-force’ again, so why not use these lazy, open and flexible Summers we have for a few adventures.
And since Jed works mainly in the Summer – well, I’m taking the three girls and my Toyota Minivan and heading East for a month. (Jed is staying home to work and feed the cat and watch the house). “HI JED!”
My kids are amazing in the car – and again, thank goodness for electronics. And I love to drive. Did you know I wanted to be an Indy 500 driver when I was little?
We are heading out tomorrow and doing a long-ish drive with plans to find a hotel near the Indiana/Ohio border. Then we’ll drive about 6 short hours and arrive at the home of Mark and Fred. I need to meet the man who would actually marry Mark. But I guess since they’ve been together now for 24 or so years, Mark must be a pretty good guy, and well frankly, Fred must be a saint. We plan to stay one night there(or just stay forever unless they serve me boxed Franzia wine), and then we are heading to see Jed’s parents in Connecticut.
We’ll spend time with family and friends as we travel through Connecticut, Boston, Maine, and New York…and then we will make our way to Indiana to see my parents and my brother and his family. I’ll leave the kids there for a few days while I go to a work conference…then we will celebrate Astrid’s birthday, and head home via Chicago as I attend another amazing BlogHer.
Whew. And honestly we don’t even have a lot of firm plans along the way – I want to keep our schedules pretty open and we’ll just do what we do(WHICH IS TOTALLY NOT ME!)..but hey, I’m going to embrace Summer and embrace a road trip and have some fun with my girls. Our biggest goal(besides seeing family), is to get to see all 50 States in the license plate game.
Then we arrive home and I sleep for 40 days and nights.
Or do 42 loads of laundry and get ready to start hauling the kids to camps and dance and piano and get back to the nasty task of grocery shopping.
Anyway, wish us luck and we’ll be blogging, updating my Facebook page, and you can follow us along on Twitter and Instagram. We will be using the hashtag #girlsaretrippin(Mom, I’ll explain what a hashtag is when we arrive in Indiana). Congrats to Alison for winning the “Name our trip hashtag contest!” I owe you coffee.
Have you taken your family on a long road trip? Where did you go?