Friday, June 26, 2009

Part two

Well the second day flew by. Kind of. I hate hate hate the drive after Sacramento. It is fine for about an hour and then you hit the farmlands and fields. It is flat brown stinky and every time you open a door, you get bombarded by flys from all of the cows. But I must say that I was grateful for one of those flys because it kept Bug entertained for almost an hour while Bear took a nap in the afternoon. Her eyes followed that fly all over the Jeep. She would start to get fussy and it would land on her and catch her attention all over again.
I tried to plan our trip around LA traffic. I planned to leave at 4 from Redding getting us through LA before the bad traffic hit. It was a good plan in theory. But Bug, not being in her regular environment was up and crying every hour. At 3, I brought her back to bed with me, and then couldn't sleep for fear of her crawling off the bed. At 3:15 when my alarm went off, I thought, screw it, I am not getting up now for a 12 hour drive. So we left at 7:30 and hit wonderful beautiful 5mph traffic for 2 hours. Luckily, they slept through all of it. They would lift their heads every once in a while, look around, and go back to sleep.
They did so awesome, I did not have to bust out the DVD player once. I did however indoctrinate my children with oldies. We sang out hearts out to Neil Diamond, The Beattles, Ricky Valens, and listened to a lot of Adventures in Odyssey.
I saw one funny thing that still makes me wonder. It was a truck carrying two port a potties. On the outside door were scenes of a beautiful Hawaiian beach. And this made me think. Why don't they put those scenes on the inside walls so that as I am squatting, doing my business, I could peak out through my watery eyes every now and then and pretend I was somewhere else. Now I realize that these would have to be very strong pictures to be able to make me pretend I was not sitting in a box with other peoples poop and very questionable circulation, but still, it would be a nice try.
So we are here. It is 80 degrees out. I am getting us unpacked and ready for Disneyland tomorrow. WAHOO!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Part one of two

Forgive me if I don't make a lick of sense. I am so tired and all I can think about is my butt. It is kind of tingly. Still. We have been out of the car now for 2 hours and I have been trying to stand as much as I can. But it still kind of tingles. You know when a foot falls asleep and it tingles for awhile. Anyways enough about my butt.
We made it from Mukilteo to Redding in eleven hours and 45 minutes. Not bad. We only had to stop 3 times officially. One time not so official. I count it as official if we all get out of the car. We were 45 minutes out and I was informed that Bear had to potty. Now. So we pulled over and he peed in the back of the Jeep. Crisis averted.
I rue the day I mentioned Disneyland to him. Every time we stopped today, "mommy, are we at Disneyland?" "No, we need to get some gas/go to the bathroom/get some food." "I would like to go to Disneyland first please." Every time we stopped.
Although I am using it now. When he starts to misbehave, I just tell him that I am going to tell Mickey Mouse. For some reason, he bit her today. I don't think it was malicious, she kept sticking her fingers in his mouth and he was laughing she got nipped. A little later he shared a cookie with her. I told him I was very proud of him for being so considerate. "Mommy, can I tell Mickey Mouse I shared with her?" "Yes bud, he will be proud of you too. But if you bite your sister again, I am going to have to tell him that too." A look of horror crossed his face, "Mommy, I don't think he would appreciate that!" I am going to use this for all it is worth.
They did okay. But it is my fault that there was so much touching. When we turned her around, her car seat did not fit properly with the head rest. And the only way to get the head rest off is to cut it off. Now I am no expert but I can't imagine this would be too good for resale value. So she got put in the middle. And he is right next to her. So there was touching. Hand holding, food sharing, food stealing, toy trading, toy snagging, poking, licking, biting, kissing and at one point I think I saw him picking her nose. There were the usual threats from me. "Do not make me pull this car over!" "Leave your sister alone!" But my finest hour came at the end of the day. I was tired and cranky and my throat hurt from singing so much. He was just touching her and she kept squaking every time he looked at her. "STOP TOUCHING YOUR SISTER, GET YOUR FEET OFF MY SEAT, DO NOT LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT, AND STOP MAKING ME YELL!"
But even after all of that, I tucked him in tonight he looked up at me and said, "We had a fantastic day today mommy!" I am glad he had fun.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm going to Disneyland!

As I pack for this trip, I realize I am a little apprehensive. Not just because Bug woke up today in a "put me down, and I will scream my head off mood," but because it is now the summer months and there will be more people on the road and at rest stops and gas stations and Disneyland. I mean we are no stranger to these trips. This will be our third coast trip this year. The kids always do so awesome, I guess I am just waiting for the trip where the other shoe drops. The one that they don't do so well. The one where they scream their heads off the entire time.
I am also nervous because this is the first time we are doing a road trip with no pull ups on Bear. Okay, he has not had an accident in a month and always tells me when he has to go. I just have this image in my head of us being in the middle of no where and he has to go potty. And we will be on the side of the road peeing in a bush. Ha ha. I did buy a potty that is in the back, so I guess I don't have to teach him how to pee in a bottle yet. :)
We are going to Disneyland on Saturday and Sunday. I am so excited. I think I might be more excited than Bear. Although he has been asking me every 10 minutes if we are going to Disneyland yet. And he keeps listing off the rides he wants to go on, Teacups and Dumbo top the list. I really want to take them at night to see the electrical parade. I think they both are going to love it. I just have to keep them both awake until 9pm.
Well wish us luck. I can't wait to go and lay out on the beach and feel the warm sun on me and let them play in the sand. I am also looking forward to the fact that tomorrow night at this time I will have had 2 plain cheeseburgers, an order of fries and a vanilla shake from In-n-out.