We endured our usual silence in the car, as we always do...aside from the random thought or Kinley-ism. Most couples discuss thoughts and dreams of the future or plans to make or whatever. Not us. Silence is how we roll! But then we're in marriage counseling too....go figure.
She actually did amazingly well on the ride there. We decided to leave at 5:30 in the morning so that she would have to get up extra early and then sleep part of the ride. And she did just as we had hoped.
It is relaxing there. But it's a lot of outdoor time.... and the more that I go there, the more that I realize how much I'm not an outdoorsy type of girl. Bugs make me scream, jump, do a stupid dance and get laughed at. And with it being the big Cicada infestation, there was a lot of Joy screaming, jumping and dancing. And then their reaction of laughing their butts off. I didn't find it funny. My daughter, on the other hand, loves it outside and can't spend enough time out there. I've learned that I'm a great outdoorsy person, in the city (or suburbs) but not a very good out-in-the-backwoods outdoorsy person. There is a huge difference.
On the way home, I got the great idea that we should stop half way home and have a picnic. We knew we'd have to stop for dinner regardless and instead of getting her out, changing her (she travels in a sleeper), fixing her hair (she ripped out her ponytail and looked a bit like La Roux), and making her sit in a highchair that she didn't want to be in--why not just run through a drive thru and find a park to go to. Like a
After she ate and ran for a bit, we all loaded back up and made the trip home in peace. It is definitely a new part of our trip....weather permitting.
So now we're home and done traveling, for a few weeks anyway. I have a bazillion things to unpack. Laundry up the wazoo to do and grocery shopping that needs done. I have no energy to do any of it. But am ever so thankful that K is sleeping in today. After all, she was up late "working" on the computer. She had a lot of things to catch up on.