i got a bit of flack about my getting-ready-for-a-roadtrip post -- "overachiever mom" "what's wrong with electronics the whole way?" -- that kind of thing. and yea - it was over the top, totally worthy of some eye-rolls. truth: we didn't do most of the things i thought about; i didn't make a family favorites album, but i wish i had, we listened to enough raffi to make us (nate and i) looney. henry couldn't have cared less about the trip journal - flop. and i didn't have little packages for the kids to open every hour, but i did take a bit of time before we left to make sure I had a few tricks up my sleeve for the restless moments...
and! our time in the car was really great. we listened to charlie & the chocolate factory (on CD) and we were completely enchanted. (roald dahl is my hero). at one gas station stop we all hopped out and picked out a chocolate bar to enjoy during the next chapters. it was magical! and we chatted. and sang songs. and played the guessing game. and ate junk. and had fun.
so i'm pressing on in my idealistic ways; you can roll your eyes if you want to. this morning we made our *summer 2011 list* -- all the things we'd like to do while the fruit is ripe and the sunshine is warm and we're schedule-less.
our list is not 1/100th as cute as Meg's, (above) but it is magnet-ed to the side of the fridge and we will consult it regularly for inspiration.
here are a few things we're looking forward to:
*star gazing on mimi's lawn
*homemade ice cream, probably peach flavored
*making pajama pants & having a pajama party
(we're going to need someone with sewing skills to help with this one)
*sprinklers, splash parks, swimming
*making fruit popsicles
*sending a package to a friend
*making the kids room a more colorful, kid-happy place to be
*getting new sunglasses (mom & henry)
*eating a picnic on top of a (small :) mountain
*make-your-own pizza party
*late nights with friends
*breakfast in bed
fun starts today - we're spending the morning with our crayolas and then we're taking our creations to our dear elderly friend, ethyl.
what are you doing this summer?