Our recent road trip to visit good, good friends who live several states away was everything I could have wished for and more. The days were full and rich--I cannot possibly capture it all in one post. Add to that, we have been going nonstop since we arrived home (birthday parties, grandpa's house and now, July 4th preparations), I almost didn't start this post at all tonight. I do want to caption a few photos before I start to forget the details....
Although I made sure both boys took care of business before we left McDonalds, Henry said he needed a restroom break 20 minutes later. I found a rest stop and as luck would have it, there was a playground. The boys played for about 15 minutes and just as I got them ready to leave, they were joined by a girl their age. I pushed all three on a tire swing. At this rate, we were never going to reach our hotel.
Back in the car, I kept the boys busy with low tech toys. Each had a cookie sheet and magnetic shapes. They designed robots, trees and houses. When they tired of this activity, I gave them each a handful of colorful pipe cleaners; they were absolutely mesmerized. They quietly shaped and combined those fuzzy wires for at least a half hour! About this time I also started our books on CD. I brought about eight of them from our library. Marc Brown's Arthur, DW and Francine helped us make it through the last leg of the first day's ride.
Before getting back on the road the next morning, I let the boys go for a quick swim. They actually enjoyed the shower more than the pool.