Road trip- Why I love to travel with my kids

May 31, 2012 § 4 Comments

Adaptability! It very high on my list of parenting goals to teach. Long drives, scads of new people, pallet beds, and varied food. They are learning; adapt or be miserable. Your day is determined by your attitude.

In this stage of life all the things we see are amazing.  All the words I say, they believe them. All the things they learn are soaked into their brains with delight . I am the most wonderful person in their world. This trip is a gift of time to feed their minds and hear their hearts and cement memories.

I get hours of talking, singing, answering questions. My sometimes divided attention is still more focused now than at home with the calls of cleaning and cooking. We discuss everything and nothing.

In all the driving and the visiting I get to teach skills. Map reading, license plate games, how to be a blessing and not a burden to hosts, sign reading, and story-telling.

As the only parent for a time, I’m on duty. Every hour. I can’t grouse to Ed about the children’s behavior, so I just deal with it, and we’re all happy. Another tiny carving off of self. My character is built when I recognize this as a time to cherish, and not to complain.

Flowers and photo courtesy of my children.


Road trip- what it looks like

May 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

We are 2400 miles into our longest road trip yet. Across the US and back, just Mama and three little ones, enjoying all the wonderful people we know, and loving on this great wide country. 16 overnights with friends and family so far, each a delight and a treasured memory. We have a blessed and giving family of welcomers, spread out geographically, but close by the grace of God.  We have stores of friends and relatives who set us up, feed us, talk for hours, enjoy shared memories and send us on our way refreshed, happy, and thankful.  Our goal is Daddy, the beloved.  He’s working for a time away from us and we will join up with him in a week for needed togetherness. And then many more miles back home, with more friends to see. It has been an amazing trip and I’ll be sharing more in days to come.

For starters, here is the gear we tote. A very adequate minimum, perfectly suiting the four of us. We took the commuter car instead of the big family one; it’s a diesel miracle of gas efficiency, keeping costs very reasonable.

On the top: purse, bag of sewing, camera and kindle, address book, etc, and rolled duvet.

From left to right: green tote with computer, cords, school books, wipes, candy, Bible, cords, headlamps, and a beading activity. Tackle box first aid kit. Peapod baby sleep tent. Picnic mat for all the grassy roadside lunches. 2 sleeping pads. Empty backpack for the hikes and the all-important atlas. Mama’s duffle topped by a stack of bedding, enough for all of us in a pinch. And the versatile towels, good for mattresses,  blankets and swimming. A purple activity backpack. Blue bucket with snacks, frappuccino supplies, and baby food. The most important section; the audio books.  A small duffle for each child and the best stuffable versatile running shoes. Boys activity bag and a crate of hostess gifts. And that is it! 6 more weeks my friends.

Things you can’t see: a coat for me, a large pack of diapers for the baby, 3 car seats, plenty of trash bags, a small empty cooler (shouldn’t have brought that, wasted space), and a pile of skipping rocks the kids keep adding to until we find a suitable pond. I love Lesportsac. And I’d save my Nalgene with lightning bug lid in a fire.

In the Chesapeake Bay

May 26, 2012 § 1 Comment


And happy babies.

Sunny step-up

May 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

Pretty much my favorite. $5 from a VA thrift store. Currently used as a side table in the master bedroom, but so many uses are possible!

Pinterest project- lobster

May 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

An easy hand and footprint lobster from my pinterest “to make” board. Red paint and the squirmy appendages of three kids make a cute critter memory to look back on.

Skirt the retail

May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Little girl bubble skirt, $1.99, Gymboree.

Tea bowls

May 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

I adore these little cups, perhaps remnants from a chinese restaurant. I hope to find a whole collection of them over years.

Great American road-trip 2012

May 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

Found in a weed-lot by a car-wash in Kansas. Was razor sharp.

Mother’s Day bouquet. Precious.

Left on the shelf- botanical prints

May 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Botanical prints are popping up all over!  These beauties were $6 each at the thrift store with a lot more in a set available. I’m sure somebody loved them!


Pinterest project- awesome sauce!

May 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

This took me a few tries, a painted canvas hot sauce love note! I first saw this card and placed it on my pinterest “to make” board. I think it caught my eye because my husband consumes a lot of hot sauce and the Sriracha bottle is so iconic. My canvas is 8×10″ and as always I sketch very carefully to get shape and scale right. The lettering was tricky, I tried to mask my letters with painters tape, but it was so thin that the paint leaked under so I redid the letters witha toothpick. The long skinny letter are my favorite part I believe.

And now it hangs on the “I love daddy” wall.

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