“The Question” started early (with a little prodding from Grandpa, I’m thinking) …”Mommy, are we there yet?” I told them right off that every time I heard that question, I was going to collect a penny, and then I was going to go buy myself a big ice cream cone – which pretty much put an end to that little mutiny!
Pineapple, my dear darling, started asking right off …”Are we on our trip, Mommy?” – I replied that yes, we were indeed on our trip. “Where are we going?” was the next question. To which I replied “Uncle Jim’s” (he lives in Buffalo). So, for the rest of the day, every time we stopped I heard “Mommy, where are we? Are we at Uncle Jim’s? Why are we stopping Mommy?! I want to go to Uncle Jim’s!” – or “Are we going to our home, Mommy?” There are just some things on the space-time continuum that a three year old will never get, even if he is almost four!
After lunch we stopped at an original stop on the pony express… the highlight for the kids, pop guns that Grammie bought for them! We also stopped at an old soddy – very cool. Someone crafted a buffalo and an Indian on a horse out of barb wire. I was trying to explain the symbolism to the kids, but it was of course, wasted! They did like peeking in the windows of the soddy, and climbing in the old wagon for a picture…oh, and peeking under the outhouse door! We are reading Little House on the Prairie right now, so hopefully this is putting things in context for them!
And something of note: We finally found a name for the monkey that is making this trip with us – his name is “Clark” – the rooster my Dad is toting across the country, is of course called “Lewis”! Watch for them in the pictures! Lewis and Clark do the mid-west, backwards, this time!
We made it to our first night stop, and to the delight of the children, we spent an hour and a half in the pool! They were so funny, because they have not been in a pool since last summer, and were a little timid at first, but by the end, they were jumping off the side (Sweet Potato) and off the steps (the boys) with abandon. My little Pineapple climbed up the steps, threw aside the ‘noodle’ he had been hanging on to for the whole time, and leapt off the middle step! His water wings popped him right back up, but he did not have as much buoyancy as with the noodle, so you should have seen the surprised look on his face – too bad we don’t have a water proof camera!
So far the trip has gone very well. The kids have traveled well and they are all snuggled up in bed right now, after a viewing of “Lord of the Beans”. Jalapeno gets to sleep in Grammie and Grandpa’s room tonight, so while the other two fall asleep, I am perched on the edge of a chair, with the lap top on the edge of the sink, in the dark…hopefully they will go to sleep soon!
We were supposed to go to Sturh Living History Museum in the am, but a huge rainstorm just swept through, so I am wondering about how deep the mud is going to be…guess we will drive by and check it out! There is something that makes you wonder, when the hotel sign says “Welcome hail damage repair folks”, and every sign you see in town talks about storm repair…just wondering what the van is going to look like when we head out tomorrow!
Going to head for bed now, talk to you again soon!