16 October 2007

A 12-Hour Trip Stuffed Into 28

It's funny how kids can make a trip take longer. Actually, I have learned to multiply my travel time by 1.5 if I have my children in the car with me. For some reason, they need to stop to eat, go potty or just run around the car for 20 minutes straight, all at regular intervals of about 45 minutes. Interestingly, especially on long trips, they never feel the need to sleep.

Anyway, our trip to Seattle, Washington this week for a family vacation, while uniquely scenic outside the car, was no different inside the car. Zac figured out how to open water bottles, but not how gravity affects the situation when the water bottle is tipped over. Twice. Remi discovered that by drinking heavily from the water bottles, he could increase legitimate stop-offs by 30%.

However, Kristi and I did accomplish some goals that we set at the beginning of the trip. First, Remi never used a binki while in the car. Second, we only re-watched one movie. It was a VeggieTales movie, so I was okay with it.

So, why are we in beautiful Washington? We are visiting my cousin Mary and her husband Ned. We've come during the rainy season, which may mean that we will see a lot of the inside of our car or her house, but we will probably tough it out in the end if the boys are sporting. I am excited to go up to Victoria and also to see the sea anemones on the beach. Remi is excited to get some new rain boots.

Kristi is reminding me that my goal is one paragraph a night. Apparently, five is not one...so, I must go.