July 12, 2007

Lessons Learned

You'd think after all this time traveling to my folks' I'd have all the kinks worked out, in particular as I've been doing my 'Southern Tour' with the boys alone, for a few years.

But no. I don't.

So some things I'll change and some things I'm glad we did...

1) I will never take my 'skinny' clothes to my Mom and Dad's ever again. Since cutting out dairy from my diet, I had lost some weight. In a small frame like mine, even five pounds can make a big difference in my clothes. Yeah, well, five pounds comes back pretty quickly. Half the clothes I took no longer fit me.

2) I will pack more bandaids, BIG JUMBO bandaids, next trip, as well as knee and elbow pads for scooter rides down steep hills. Luckily, I had insisted everyone wear a helmet. We are flatlanders, so there was even a greater thrill seeing how fast their little scooters could go down hills... but they also stop quickly when hitting a hole and... well... thank God for helmets. I am the master of engineering bandaids to cover bloodied joints... knees, elbows, etc... where the surface area of the injury is FAR larger than a stupid large bandaid from a standard box. The usual medals of childhood.

3) Towels. I will pack towels. This is twice Eric has been good enough to take us to the river, and twice that my boys have gotten some part of them wet. Today... pretty much their entire bodies. In the river. Towels with boys is mandatory, just as baby wipes with babies is as well.

4) If in Chattanooga with children, you MUST do the Creative Discovery Museum. My kids were there for 4 hours. They had a fabulous time!

5) Sometimes memories from one's childhood do not lie. Sometimes that dessert you remember as a child, as being absolutely THE BEST treat,... really... was. Recipe to follow this week for... Eclair Pie. Mmmm...

6) Pack warmer pajamas. It may be summer time, but Good Lord, my aunt keeps the A/C on 'snow' after 10PM until 6AM. And what kind of mother am I? I joke all the time how sleeping with Bones means you are sleeping wrapped in child, we all joke how he must be in your space... even in sleep, yet I got so cold at my aunt's, that I found myself poking my feet into the warmth of the sheets he had laid upon previously... constantly searching to suck heat from him. I think I fell a couple notches in the Mom-o-meter...

7) It is not possible to emphasize enough to my offspring, that they will not bring river creatures into my car. No matter how much they say they understand ahead of time, push come to shove, when at the river, they will try to coerce me that bringing a rubbermaid container full of water or 'just a little bit of water' with some water bug/fish/thing, is a most excellent idea.

8) Twisty windy mountain roads makes people sick in the back of the van after they've just eaten lunches of cheese burgers, Pork BBQ sandwiches, and corn dogs. That's a fact. They'll even turn down ice cream at the Mayfield's ice cream tour. Even Moose Tracks.

We've had a wonderful vacation... but I am beat. And we have so much more we're doing!

Posted by Boudicca at July 12, 2007 08:32 PM | TrackBack

.... they got sick on the way back??!..... I'm so sorry!.... but still, it was great seeing you and the your boys again.... that little stretch of river never knew what hit it!..

Posted by: Eric at July 13, 2007 06:31 AM

Yeah, they got a little queazy. But it was no big deal and if they had to do it again, they would.;-) they had a great time trying to dam up that river!

Posted by: Bou at July 13, 2007 07:50 AM