Wednesday, July 9

Hi Ho Hi Ho, It's Off To Jasper We Go

We got up at "Way Too Early AM" on Monday (around 3) and drove out to Jasper. It was the arranged meeting place my parents and I agreed on where we could swap the kids. My parents wanted to have the children out to their place for a week or so before I come out so they could have time with them without me. I arrive Friday so until then, they get to party with Grandma & Grandpa along with Uncle Dawson and Adele.

Waking up that early is a chore when I am doing it alone, but trying to wake up four kids at 3 am was even more difficult. They knew we had to get up, I had only been prepping them for the last week and yet, when I went into their rooms to help them get up they all started pleading and begging with me, "No mom...PUULEASE....let me sleep in more, while becoming as limp as a cooked noodle" as if I was torturing them for my own enjoyment.

We finally made it out to the car around 3:45am and our journey of a billion miles in a day began. I really enjoy traveling with my children now, the older they get, the more pleasant trips like this are. They all packed a pillow and blanket to make little forts in their spots, and talked and told me stories the entire drive.

One of the traditions my children have come to love over the years is listening to Stuart McLeans Vinyl Cafe stories while we travel. Actually, my kids listen to them at night before they go to bed all year round. Every Christmas I try to pick up a few more of his stories on CD, so by the time summer finally roles around the children have their favorites memorized and they recite them while it's playing in the car.

"It was inevitable that the chocolates came from Mary Turlington......"

And my kids all squeal in anticipation of the hilarity that is moments away.

I love that they, with the exception of Seth, enjoy chatting the entire drive too. Something magical happens on a long drive and late at night to preteens. For some reason this is when they will begin opening up the doors to their little lives and secrets. Late at night can be tricky, I am often tired and want to just say good night, but when I fight through the temptation of that big comfy bed after a long day and give them my attention, my older two will allow me brief glimpses into their lives and share with me details and feelings. Road trips, I have learned, are very similar. I just stay quiet and let them talk. Funny, I wonder where they got their ability to blabber so much?

Like I said, except for Seth,  Seth is quiet and only makes a peep to let me know when he has to pee. But he is the only one that took a few private moments to enjoy the scenery around him when we stopped.

Mondays drive to Jasper was a good one. It felt much faster going there with everyone chatting and listening to stories, then it did on the turn around trip I did alone.

When we arrived in Jasper, we got there before my parents so we had time to kill. So the kids found things to keep them busy and I sat back and watched as their creative minds came up with things to try.

So Mom, we found a stick and a rock and we want to launch things. You cool with that?

Sticks were fun to launch, but then they found a full package of cream cheese and, well, clearly we had to try.

It made a pretty dramatic splash when it hit the ground. The kids cheered like it had won the Olympics.

 They also launched a puck that almost hit a truck, and that's when the fun game came to a sudden end. We walked around Jasper until my parents arrived and we said Good Bye.

The drive home was boring and dull alone. I committed the time to memorizing songs I like and that helped pass the time. Listening to a song on repeat for over an hour is enough to make anyone go crazy. Here is the song I sang for 2 solid hours

Sara Bareilles-King Of Anything

I miss them already.

I am grateful the drive to jasper was uneventful. Friday when I drove into work my tire blew on the highway and I ended up having to  get 2 new tires..I can't help but be so thankful it happened Friday near the city and not Monday with the kids at 3 am.

I am grateful it's only 2 more days until I get to be out at the lake and playing with everyone too.

I am grateful for family and how magical they make my kids summer.


1 comment:

Ken said...

Hey J!

Stuart McLean on road trips! That's so awesome, we did the same thing. If you haven't already, you should try catch his Christmas show when he comes to Edmonton every year. It's fantastic.

Is the memorizing of the songs for work, or an obsessive compulsive thing? I always like having the lyrics printed out when I'm doing that. :)