a) safely to our vacation destination
b) in the nick of time for someone (ahem... not always the kids!) to use the potty at a rest area
c) through hours and hours and hooouuuurrrsss of driving
On Monday we ventured from our southern Manitoba locale to the metropolis of Minneapolis. Grand adventures, a nice hotel, and fewer hours in the kitchen awaited us. Oh yeah, and we left our paint brushes at home!
We commenced our trip with a picnic in the rain. It was very ... interesting ... watching J perch an umbrella precariously over the heads of our girls as we scarfed down sandwiches, cheesies and grapes! We had booked our hotel through Expedia, and were a bit nervous about what our room would be like (it was rated 3-star, and we got a GREAT DEAL!!) - but we were NOT disappointed! It was fabulous! Clean, spacious and a lovely continental breakfast that meant that I did not have to scrounge around through the cooler (and the soggy floaties at the bottom) for dry bits of cereal and warm milk.
It's the simple things in life, really!!
We had fun. The girls discovered the thrill of Kiddie Park rides, we strolled through a zoo, conservatory and butterfly garden, we hung out at the Mall of America AND we got to stop at IKEA. Ooooh la la!! Giggles galore (but the squeals of delight came from moi, when I found the curtain rods I'd been searching for :P at a fantastic price of $6.99 for a whole kit!).
And there's nothing like that home arrival. Good to go away, but so good to come h.o.m.e. As much as I love my peeps, I love my space too :). Space is something that I haven't taken much over the summer, and my soul is paying the price. Space to think and breathe uninterrupted, space to rest and rejuvenate, space to laugh.
And really, even when "TomTom Bonnie" announces the arrival of a destination, I know it's just a passing point along the way of this incredible journey. I revel in the moment of having "made it" while preparing to embrace the next leg of the road. ESPECIALLY if that includes a stop at IKEA!