Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Alright Already!

Well, to the 6 of you who wanted to hear the rest of the story. . . hear it goes. (If you think I am obsessed about comments lately, I am. Because I still have not gotten over this. . Sorry, I am feeling jaded)

After our 2 hours and 10 minutes on the beach (I know, because that is what my meter said after I plugged all of the change I had into it), we started to head home. The big part of my master plan for traveling home worked. . . kids worn out after ocean time. . . take a nice nap. Ahhhhhhhh quiet. They ALL slept, being warn out after D-land and the beach. It was the nicest 2 hours in traffic I have ever spent.

I have NO idea where all of the people in Southern California were going. . . Indio? I don't know, but they were all going there and they were all going there with ME! I was just grateful to have some peace and quiet. However, we didn't reach Indio until about 4:00 p.m. The good news is, there is a McDonalds in Indio with a pretty great playland. (Wait, was I even IN Indio?I can't remember) We stopped and went inside. I was hoping to find the playland empty, but no. .

There was a FULL BLOWN MEXICAN FIESTA PARTY! With Tias, Tios and Abuelos included! (Thanks for the terminology Jessica!)

We had only been in the playland for a few minutes noticing the birthday party going on when all my kids got plates of cake and were heading to tables to devour it. (They can all thank Jaxon for asking) The nice gentlemen (we will call him Tio- Uncle in Spanish) dished them all up a 4x4 piece of cake. WONDERFUL! Sugared up kids for the car! YAY ME!

They continued to play with the kids in the party and a few minutes before we were about leave Tia (the Aunt, in Spanish) started handing my kids gift bags. . . as party favors!! I protested saying, "No! That is ok!!!" But, they got them anyway. I shoulda looked in those gift bags before we hit the road. They were loaded with MORE candy! All of it was candy from Mexico and my kids had tons of fun trying new kinds of candy that they had never seen before and couldn't pronounce the names of! They kept quiet about it until I looked in my rear view mirror and saw this.

See the guilty character with candy in her hand? And barrettes from her gift bag in her hair? (One was a Big Bird clip-- It was an Elmo themed party) Yeah, she was already all the way through her candy. :)

We hit the road again and I was doing my best to make up some time. Unfortunately, we had to make a pit stop when Abby's tummy was doing flip flops from eating all that candy! We pulled into a truck stop and an Elderly trucker was standing in front of the parking space we pulled into. . he was just havin' a smoke. Abby shot out of the car and into the gas station to find the bathroom.

I got out, and walked to the back to let Jaxon out to stretch his legs. . . Then, I walked around to the other side, and let Wade out. This encouraged the man to scoff, "YOU GOT MORE IN THERE??????" Yessir! Just me and my clown car! They just keep hoppin' out! I pulled K out to change her diaper. . .yep, right there on the pavement. I threw down a towel and did the dirty work as quick as I could. Flies a swarmin' and everything! I am sure it is quite a site to see a 3 month old baby spralled out on a towel in the middle of nowhere behind a parked car 1/2 naked in 98 degree weather. . . You can picture it, No?

After that, I walked into the truck stop (with all the kids) to find Abby, who was STILL IN THE BATHROOM! We walked in to the bathroom and she said she was going to be done in a minute. We waited and as she came out, she noticed a dispenser on the wall... (this may NOT be "G" rated- Warning Noted) She exclaimed, "LOOK MOM! THEY GLOW IN THE DARK!. . . IT SAYS WATCH IT GROW! CAN WE GET ONE?" Me: "Um, no Abby, we can't. Those are NOT TOYS! " Crickets chirping, Abby: "Then what are they?" Ugggggggggggghhhhh.. Do we have to have this talk right now?????

9 hours later we got home. Yes, I said 9 hours and YES, it is only supposed to take 6.



Anne said...

So the real question... would you do it again?!?! I seem to always be up for one more try.

Heidi said...

Wow, I am exhausted just thinking about your adventure. I only have 2 kiddos and I just can't keep up with you. How do you do it?

Arian said...

I want to know what you explained after Abby asked you what the glow in the dark "things" were for??!! :)

Natalie said...

I'm totally laughing right now. Out loud:)!

Memories like that are what kids will treasure. Not the glow in the dark treasures, but the trip w/ mom treasures:)!

You're awesome.

Christa said...

So this beautiful story is making me rethink my trip home to California next month. Right now the plan is me, 3 kids and a 12 hour drive. YIKES!

The Grant Family said...

He he he...I'm still laughing! Hey, if it glows and it grows then it MUST be a toy! Right? Ha ha.

We're going to LA next month for my sister-in-law's wedding. Fortunatly I'll have hubby with me though!

Hillary said...

Oh man...I love that story. I've told all my friends and we think it is hilarious!!

Kara said...

You are a brave, brave woman!

jessica said...

You've got to love the Latino community...if we are going to party, everyone is going to party with us.

This is such a crazy story. I am still giggling over Abby's picture and her good reading skills;)

nurse graham said...

Whew, if you can handle that adventure you can handle anything! The party at McD's--how hilarious.

Melissa-Mc said...

Good job, Mom! You did it, but I am sensing more story in the "9-instead-of-6-hours."

Leah said...

Your trip reminds me of Pee Wee's Big Adventure for some reason. I can't remember the movie very well, but I remember LOTS of crazy things going on!

Ilene said...

Ah, this story will be retold for generations.

You will be held in high esteem along with the women who crossed the plains.

the Aymster said...

OK, I can totally see the whole glow in the dark scenario happening to me. thanks for the laugh!! Way to go super mom

Bridget said...

These memories are great though, don't you think? Growing up we would always drive to Utah from either NJ or California (after we moved). One of the funniest memories I have is the summer that we had a rental car and had two flat tires, had to be towed with all 6 of us crammed into the cab of the tow truck to a motel in the middle of NOWHERE. We spent the night, got a new rental car - there was more damage than just flat tires- and we were on our way.

Don't worry so much about comments. Unless you are really counting on the advertising dollars. Just know that people love you regardless. People like me. :)

Tate Family said...

I love your story. We're all a little crazy, driving around in our "clown cars!" I'm sporting one heck of a clown car now, I tell ya! We went to Florida last week and Dave came to pick us up from the airport and we were the curbside wait-for-your-ride entertainment for everyone!
xoxo! Jules

Lauralee said...

so did you ever explain the glow in the dark items for sale at the truck stop? :) the family at mcd's sound like they were so nice to your kids! I bet that was fun for them!

glad you made it home.. would you do it again?

google reader has made me a lazy commenter.. I don't always go to the blog to read ...still enjoy reading yours!


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