After much preparation, we packed up everyone and headed out to visit my family down in Arizona and California. We have traditionally driven down in the 2 day (15 hours each) drive, but last year we skipped it as I didn’t think I could make the trip with my bad neck, and the year before was especially bad with 3 of the kids getting sick on the way down. This year we finally bit the bullet and flew us all down, even though it required we drive 3 hours to a cheaper airport. While the 3 1/2 hour flight beat 2 long days driving for sure, it wasn’t a piece of cake either.
My mom got each of the kids a blank notebook and a bunch of scrapbook supplies so they can document their fun vacation. They’re really having fun with that.
David is having the toughest time, not understanding the lack of wide open spaces, and wanting to run and run, and not having quite enough back yard to suit the speed of his legs. Thank goodness for parks! I’m looking into getting adjusted while I’m down here, as I’m still hurting from the trip down, and honestly a little nervous about flying back already. I need to not think about that right now. Right now we have some lovely days with my parents and grandparents, and then we’re driving to San Diego to visit my sister and her family by their new home just a few short miles from the beach.
Then we will visit my brother out in Los Angeles, who has a very special surprise for them that is so secret, that I shouldn’t even blog about it. We’ll also see some dear friends of ours, and then head back to my parents for some rest before we head home.
As a mom of 5 kids, I’m loving so much being “mothered” by my mommy. I have missed not being here. My kids felt at home instantly (even little Ingrid), even though they hadn’t been here in 2 years. My mom is showing them pictures of my brother and sister and I and they are all getting so much attention. My Papa (wonderful step-dad) had to work a bit today, and David has been anxiously waiting for him to come home so they could play chess. Papa was his original chess teacher, and I have a feeling there will be dozens of games before we make the next leg of our journey.