Monday, August 10, 2009

Day 7: I Am Woman. Hear Me Snore.

Well, we made it.

Eighteen hundred miles, six piles of laundry, five states and one muddy (yet, miraculously, odor-free!) car later, I am exhausted.

I'm too exhausted to post all the cute photos of the good times we had. Just trust me, we had good times and we looked really cute having them, ok?

My philosophy on vacations is this: Family trips are a lot of fun to plan and a lot of fun to remember. If they happen to be fun as they actually occur, it's just a delightful surprise.

This whole solo-experience was really good for me. I mean, I got married the month after I turned 20. I moved from a loving childhood home to BYU-approved housing then straight into the arms of a loving husband.

I've never really been the one to fill the tank or haul the suitcases or carry the cash. I have always been taken care of and, usually, I like it that way.

But now that I have driven half-way across the country without losing a child at a gas station or blowing a tire on the interstate, I feel a huge sense of mompowerment!

(And for those of you keeping track of my License Plate Bingo scorecard, I did manage to spot plates from each and every state in the Continental US--plus several Canadian provinces--all but South Dakota. And does anyone really even live in South Dakota? I don't think so.)

Today I-70. Tomorrow the world.

19 comments:

diane said...

Now you deserve a trip to the spa. The car gets detailed...why not the mom.

♥Shally said...

Diane is sooo right! To bad you don't live close, and I could go with you. I really need a spa day, and I didn't even drive solo 1800 miles with kids!!

Good for you!

hannah said...

That is quite the accomplishment!

Annemarie said...

I still am so impressed. I thought about you the other day when I drove my four on a 1 hour drive to Provo. Amazing how it only takes a mere hour for the "mysterious odor" to appear.

Travelin'Oma said...

Let's do a sista roadtrip!

cami said...

MOMPOWERMENT all the way, baby! You rock!

Claire Wessel said...

Gab, I'm flippin' offended :) I live in South Dakota and it ROCKS here!!! :P It's NORTH Dakota that has nothing going for it.

gab said...

Claire...So sorry. Will you please drive to my house so I complete my gamecard? Then we can start in on Alaska.

Christie said...

You are the bravest woman I have ever met. I am not kidding.

Lisa-Marie said...

Your flower pants were very cute (and you look very cute in them, btw) but I'm thinking you should have worn a superwoman cape instead!

marta said...

congrats gab!!!! welcome back! am so glad you made it and had so much fun. way to make a memorable experience for your kids. can't wait for next year's trip to I.F.

Lauren in GA said...

I love the word, "mompowerment". You are a genius, my dear.

I have no doubt that all of you looked cute why having good times on your vacation.

Diane is so right...I love how she said the car gets detailed and so should the mom.

Cathy said...

Good job, great "mompower"! What fun memories for all!

martha corinna said...

You are an excellent mom. And you are so right, they are fun to plan and remember. Sometimes fun gets lost in the thick of them.

the wrath of khandrea said...

diane rocks.

i am stunned to hear that you have not always been independent and self-sufficient. i never would've pegged you that way. seriously.

that makes the trip very impressive.

Rochelleht said...

Can't tell you how impressed I am with it all. That's just amazing, girly! What a great mom you are and what wonderful memories you just made for your kiddos. Bravo to you!

polly said...

what a fantastic experience for you and your kids! you are amazing and very brave!

Claire Wessel said...

Well, I might be going to PA in two summers so I'll email you a pic of my plate by the state line so you can always have it for future bingo :) I saw a convertible Benz with an Alaska plate at Walmart here in SD yesterday. Why would anyone in AK drive a CONVERTIBLE!?

Jenibelle said...

According to my son in law who did the Oregon to Wisconsin drive this summer (you remember)....NO one lives in South Dakota, and that's a fact. He filled up twice there and never saw a soul. It's like the Twilight Zone.

When's the spa appointment?

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