road trip day 1/ father’s day

June 21, 2009 |  Category:   family life travels













We’re upstate right now. Had a relatively quiet 4 hr car ride this morning even though Mark and I always seem to forget to bring things to keep the kids entertained in the car, and when we do remember, we do something stupid like put the toys in the trunk where it’s not accessible to anyone. Miraculously, they both tolerated the ride well with little complaints despite having nothing to do and being awake the full 4 hours. We had lunch with Mark’s dad which was sweet being Father’s Day and all, and his uncle made us a super home cooked meal.

So Father’s Day…I guess you can say that neither Mark nor I had easy times with our fathers growing up, but now that we are adults and our fathers are older, it feels like there is an unspoken forgiveness as time passes. I still have my days, but I certainly feel like I have come to grips with certain things that allow myself to move on and focus on what’s happening now rather than dwell on things that happened in my childhood. Not surprisingly, the kids have been a real relationship saver. We have some common ground now in which we can relate and much of our relationship revolves around them. My dad is a wonderful grandfather in a way that he was not a father to us growing up. He adores them and and in the kids, have found a mutual adoration and unconditional love that may have been missing in his life for a long time. He feels needed again.

As usual, I am the last to go to bed, but being as we’re all shacked up in one hotel room, I’m turning in before midnight which is really early for me. We had a rough bedtime as Mia started complaining that her stomach ache was getting worse. Well, Mia threw up about a half hour ago which had us scrambling to scrub the sheets, comforter, carpet and mattress as best we could with a washcloth and soap. I don’t expect to get a good night’s sleep. I just hope she doesn’t throw up on me.

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  • Kitty June 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Oh dear…well at least it’s out now…I hope Mia feels better soon!

    I’m not a big fan of Crocs, but Mia’s bright mango yellow ones look very nice. Claudine’s navy frilly top is lovely!

  • Annie From Seattle June 21, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Oh, no. Finally a chance to get out on the open road and the throw up fairy joins the party. Jesus. NOT FAIR! Keeping fingers crossed that you are all three snoozing and will wake up refreshed and vomit free in the morning 🙂
    PS You know, I love the more personal tone that the blog is taking. I am starting to feel like I’m checking in on old friends when I read…is that crazy? Or a sign of the world to come..that we “make friends” with people we’ve never met? Hummmm…..

  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert June 22, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Thanks for keeping in touch during your travels! Sorry to hear about Mia being sick. (Good thing you went to bed early; fingers crossed you get to sleep through the night.)

    I really appreciate your thoughts and honesty about father’s day and all the fathers in your life. I too don’t have a good relationship with my father, but the times my kids have seen him have really made him shine.

    Hope Mia feels better soon and the rest of your trip goes well. xo

  • Lani June 22, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Poor Mia….give her a big hug for me. And hugs for all of you, for being so patient and forgiving of parents. It’s not easy, I know! Beautiful pictures…I’m loving your new camera. Wish I could have a spiedi…they look great!

  • Tumus June 22, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Glad father’s day was adventerous. I really like what you said about how there’s an unspoken forgiveness that comes after the years have past. It’s very true.

  • Jenna June 23, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Annie, that is not crazy. I have met so many people online. These are people who I “talk” to on a regular basis more than friends, funny enough! I think it’s pretty great that we can meet people and share our lives like this. I know that I visit other blogs and feel the same way.

  • amber of June 25, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I love the similar hair on the three of them in the first photo.