Saturday, April 9, 2011

Road Trip!

I'm taking just a few minutes to blog about a road trip to Chicago to visit my Mom and family. Jack and I grabbed our Grandkiddos Driana and Summer and we headed out this morning. It was raining and foggy most of the trip. I finished a book I was reading while Jack drove. The girls slept the whole way. Having teenagers as passagers is like driving a hearse...you look in the back and they are dead to the world. When we arrived, Driana woke up, looked around and said: "Gee that was quick". I guess if we had slept the 51/2 hrs it would have gone quicker. I'll have to remember that next time! It's been great to see Mom and my Sis, Midge. I haven't seen them since Thanksgiving. Even though I call Mom almost everyday, it's not the same. We sit and talk and laugh and solve all the family problems. While Jack napped I took the girls over to the huge mall. We don't have anything as nice as this near us. They enjoyed shopping and I enjoyed the mall walk and watching all the strange people! I know we have our oddities too, but really it's an eye opener here in the big city. I grew up here, but I think I've lived in Amish country too long! When we got back to Mom's, our son Craig and his wife Amy and their kiddos were there. They are here visiting Amy's sister and other family. It was so good to see how much the kids have grown since last fall. Because of our bad winter weather we haven't been able to see them since Thanksgiving either. We had to cancel two trips due to snow so I was definetly going to make this trip knowing that they would be here too. We had a nice dinner and Taylor got to open his birthday presents. He turned 6 a few weeks ago. I usually mail them out if we can't be there, but I held off once I knew we would see them now. So I'm taking pics that I will post when I get home. I was able to embarrass the girls at the mall by making them pose in front of a big stuffed bear. I knew they wouldn't say no to YaYa and her always present camera. I ran into a Juggler and a Wizard and if the girls hadn't gone off on their own, I would have made them pose with those guys too! So it's off to bed to rest up for more adventures tomorrow. They always say not to post about being out of town. If any burgulars have ideas to come to my house, I have 3 grown sons there watching the joint. (excellent marksmen).. I also have a crazed killer cat. Just sayin'.

16 comments:

Sue said...

heehee

I liked your warning at the end. I wouldn't wanna mess with those guys of yours!

;)

Desiree said...

What a wonderful post this is! I love reading about happy get togethers and knowing my blogging friends are having a great time. Can't wait to hear more once you're back...now, STOP BLOGGING and go and join in the fun with your precious family!

acorn hollow said...

Oh have a wonderful time. You are so lucky to have your mom. and enjoy those teens.
safe trip home.
cathy

Hope said...

LOL! a hearse! I've got to remember that next time I'm driving my teenager around although she isn't sleeping she pops those ear buds in and she's gone.

sounds fun. hope you enjoy the rest of the trip!

Donna said...

I'M SOOOO JEALOUS!!!!!

Donna said...

Hey, what's the weather like there?

Say hi to your mom and sister for me! Oh yeah, and Craig and Amy and Katie and Taylor and Sophie too!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

lol I am like Sue I loved your warning at the end.
Glad you got away for the weekend and you are catching up on seeing your family. Nothing like kisses and hugs with grandbabies.
Enjoy the rest of your trip and thanks honey for all the get well wishes for me.
I made myself get out of bed and check on my friends
Love ya
Maggie

Kristy said...

Having teenagers as passagers is like driving a hearse...you look in the back and they are dead to the world. That made me laugh so hard!! I think I must have skipped that stage, I'm like the annoying child that my parents couldn't get to be quiet. Honestly, if I was on a road trip and wasn't playing "eye spy" or making my parents tell me stories I don't know how the time would have passed! Oh the joy :)

P.s. I got posted to North Bay to be the weather briefer for the American soldiers working in Canada! How fun! So its pick up your life and move again time.. always so scary but new beginnings can be fun. That's what I'm telling myself at least :) x

CHERI said...

Glad you had such a nice trip and visit. I bet the grandgirls love YaYa even more after that trip to the mall. Love your warning at the end:) I'm sure that cat is on guard.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Sounds like a great trip! I enjoy people watching, too. Like you said, I'm sure I've got my issues, too, but boy some people are out there!! LOL
Loved your warning at the end. The marksmen might dissuade me a little, but the cat's got me scared!!
Patricia :o)

Karen Whittal said...

Been great catching up with all the news, love your new photo what a beautiful home you have. I am sure you are really thankful that it is Spring, the flowers are stunning, here we are turning to reds, and browns, the weather is my kind of weather, cold in the mornings and warm in the afternoons

Munir said...

My kids have passed their teen age years, but I know what you mean. They used to have thier head phones on with their tape players. If I needed to talk to them I had to turn around and hold their shoulders and shake them up a little bit. Good thing it was my husband who drove on long trips.

Deb Shucka said...

There's nothing better than special time with family. Yours sounds perfect. I hope you continue to enjoy every second of it, and that you'll share more since the cat's out of the bag and your house is so well-protected.

Deb Shucka said...

There's nothing better than special time with family. Yours sounds perfect. I hope you continue to enjoy every second of it, and that you'll share more since the cat's out of the bag and your house is so well-protected.

karen said...

Good to know about the marksmen guarding the homestead, and especially the killer cat. I'll do anything to avoid a cat scratchin'. Sounds like you're having fun with all kinds of family - it's so nice to get away for a bit, isn't it? Have a great time - looking forward to those "posed" pictures!

Stacy Crawford said...

I bumped into one of those marksmen at Aldis. :) I'm glad you are having a great visit. I hope you got to have all the fun you wanted. And I hope you got to get in a lot of hugs to the mom of yours.