Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Roadtrip

I'm not sure what I was thinking. I'm wondering if it is too late to turn back.

It was only eight hours to St. Louis, as far as we wanted to go today. Ten hours later we are stopped for the night in a hotel in the middle of Nowheresville, Illinois, still several hours from St. Louis. I could do some math and figure out our exact rate of efficiency. Or I could just put on my Captain Obvious costume and say, "Wow, that took way longer than it should have."

Right now, I'm sure Bill is at home having a big old party for his week of no kids and no 2am feedings. I, on the other hand, still hear ringing in my ears from the hours and hours of crying and Wheels on the Bus songs. I'm going to go curl up in a fetal position in a corner of the sweltering hot hotel room and rock myself to sleep.

This about sums how all of us felt at the end of the really long day:

All except for the surprise winner of the "Last Man Standing" contest:



Bailey got to the hotel and was ready to get her party on. Too bad no one else was.

Tomorrow we head back out on the road, along with my mom, two of my sisters, and my sister's four kids. I'm not sure I can be talked back into the car again. Well, maybe for the sake of having brilliant blogging material for the weeks ahead. I'll think about it.

37 comments:

leezee52 said...

Congrats on being the SITS
featured blog. Very sweet little ones!!!

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

Ah yes car journeys - can be the most fun or the most depressing times of your life as a parent! Our current fav game is 'first one to see' . . . an elephant (my 2-year-old), Doctor Who (my 5-year-old), our destination (a desperate me!)

Cookie said...

Just wait until the're older! "She touched me!" "MOM!" in a winey voice. "How much longer?" "I have to go potty!!"

Tricia said...

You are a brave, brave woman!

American in Norway said...

Congrats on SITS! B L E S S ... 2 little ones in the car. At least you will have a lot to write about! ; )

Sarah Mae said...

That picture of your daughter passed out on the bed is hilarious - so cute! And I know all about those little party animals - my daughter would stay up all night if I'd let her!

Congrats on your SITS pick! :)

Debbie said...

There for a second I thought you were doing this alone, and I thought, "Man, this chick is c.r.a.z.y!!!"
St. Louis has so much free stuff to do! Bonus!

Kori said...

Congratulations on the SITS post. Blog is great. Cute little girls you got there. I have been on road trips with 2 little ones. And I am ashamed to say I can offer you no advice how to deal with the crying. Earplugs maybe?

Deanna said...

YAY Bridget!!! You got featured on SITS!! That's great!! Have fun on the trip!

Rhea said...

10 hours in the car with little ones is enough to cute anyone of wanting to have ANY more children ever again!! lol You're brave, sista!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on being featured mama! Your kiddos are gorgeous.

Good luck with the rest of your journey!

Mama Mia said...

Good luck, and can't wait to hear more

Julie N said...

You're a hoot! Your posts have me rolling and I can't wait to read more! I so remember the "road trip" days when my kids were that young...now it's the bickering back in forth in the back seat. sigh...Congrats on being the featured SITS blog!

M said...

WOW!!

You are much braver than I. I told my husband there was no way I was driving to FL last time we went. It was flying or nothing. Four kids in a car that long? Not a chance.

Congrats on the SITS featured blog!

Karen said...

WOW !! My hat goes off to you!! You are an incredibly brave woman, as are the other women that are with you!! :-)

Sydney said...

Another SITS sister checking in. Your girls are beautiful! And love your road trip story! We roadtripped from Milwaukee to St. Louis last year in August. My god, the heat! It was 108 degrees when we arrived in STL. We must have been nuts. But staying in a hotel with a pool on the roof was pretty darn cool.

Christy C said...

Hey there--I'm here via SITS...did you say you took your kids on a road trip WITHOUT YOUR HUSBAND?! I am awed by your bravery! My kids are 8 & 11 and I still don't feel ready to do that!

Maria said...

Bridget-
Have a wonderful trip and remember, smarties are great bribes and make no mess! Good Luck.

Angie said...

I'm visiting from SITS. You are so much braver than I to travel with 2 under 2! We road tripped 10 hours from home when my oldest was 7 months old and it was MISERABLE. I vowed never to do it again, but survived another trip, this time with 2 under 3 in tow. Much better experience. Good luck!

Mamahut said...

Your babies are beautiful! Good luck with the car thing :( Mine are 10 and 12 and I still hate getting in a car with them. uggg.

Fullerton Family said...

Oh my~ you are a brave, brave woman. I did a 3 hr. drive once alone and swore 'never again'!!! You have my sympathy, good luck and drive safe!!!
P.S.~ Adorable pic of Reagan! She's so cute!

Fullerton Family said...

So I should have read the comments before posting one, I repeated #4... oops! ALSO, Congrats on being the features SITS blog!

Marie said...

I can almost hear the "are we nearly there yet?"s ringing in my ears!!! We have a 5 hour car journey with our two (4 yrs and 21 mths) next week and I am not looking forward to it one bit.

On the positive side.... at least neither one of yours puked in the car. See, always a silver lining ;)

Hope the rest of your trip is uneventful (in the travel incident sense) and timely.

xMx

Z's Mom said...

Hey, I'm here from SITS...congrats on being featured today. Not sure where you are headed...but I'm in St. Louis and the weather is BEAUTIFUL!!! Hope there is less crying on the rest of your road trip.

Ritch in Love said...

you're a brave mom!

scargosun said...

Reagan must have been tired. She still has her clothes on! :) Hopefully your trip will go smoother tomorrow.

Jenn said...

I have definately been there! Your children are beautiful!

Nichole said...

Oh, you poor thing. I hope the rest of the trip goes well -- and quickly!

Katy Lin :) said...

i am truly in awe of your courageousness! and your girls are absolutely adorable!

Elisa said...

oh wow. you are obviously a much better woman than I am. I would have whipped out the credit card and bought plane tickets back home!

Tara R. said...

Love the top photo... I feel like that every night coming home from work.

Congrats on the SITS feature.

Kristen Andrews said...

congrats on being featured. My son sometimes can't even handle a 30 minute drive!

Sidney said...

Big Congrats on SITS! And your little ones truly are adorable, and your blog is hilarious!

Melissa Lee said...

I think what I enjoyed most in this post was seeing those little chubby legs laid out on that hotel room bed. I was referring to Reagan's legs, mom, not yours - don't worry.
Thanks for posting as many pics of your kids as I do. Isn't that what blogs are for???
Good to meetcha.

Mrs. Who said...

Came over from SITS - great pictures. I'll be interested to hear more about your trip!

Michelle said...

Thank you for reaffirming my insistance on not spending more than 4 hours in a car. I am so in awe of your will to take this trek. Good luck!

Zoey's Mommy said...

Oh my! You are one brave mama!