Sunday, July 25, 2010

goodbye Canada

Hello Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada & finally...
California.
Something amazing is happening....
Little ones - will you remember this epic journey? Our first "family holiday" that wasn't to visit family?
Will you remember our marathon 25 hours of driving - spread out over 2 days - singing in the van, watching movies, comforting babies, trying to sleep...
Remember how after 3 hours on the road we hit the US border? The border guard came back & greeted you each by name, whistling under his breath, "seven kids? to California?" - & we all knew that most people thought we were crazy, but we too giddy with excitement to care. As we drove our first 30 seconds into Montana, daddy teased you all, remarking how different the scenery was from "way back in Canada..." but it wasn't long till the scenery did change & he found himself muttering, "Just another flavour of breathtaking, isn't it?" & i smiled 'cause i love that i'm married to a man who appreciates beauty.
Will you remember the laughing fits that precipitated the bathroom breaks? Will you remember the grungy Super 8 that greeted us at 1AM in Idaho & the way the lady at the continental breakfast called everyone "sweetheart"? Remember when you all tried to put in your orders when daddy stopped at Starbucks in Salt Lake City? Nice try, guys :) Remember the oppressive wave of heat that greeted us when we opened the van door in Las Vegas? The breathtaking sight of those red hills in Arizona? Remember how proud we were of Gagey for being dry the whole way here? & how hard Ephraim laughed at Charter for no reason - well, i think he had his reasons, but we sure couldn't figure them out...
Remember how i sang, "route 66" when we passed Barstow - & how daddy chased you all in San Bernardino around the palm trees through the green grass when everyone was "done" & needed to go to the bathroom on the last tiny leg of our journey...
Will you remember how we all crowed & laughed when we finally pulled into our destination & couldn't believe that *this* was where we were staying for a week. & how dad just kept ordering, "fancy ladies, guys, fancy ladies!! - pulleeeze just remember to act like fancy ladies..?" & Charter was so incensed 'cause there was no possible way he could act like a fancy lady... Daddy told us to wait in the van while he got us registered... didn't happen - but he forgave us.
Will you remember that first day at the pool? Calamari & nachos. Dad's specialty...
oh, i'm thinkin' i'm too busy to blog this week...
but it would be a tragedy if i didn't steal a few moments here & there to help us remember the time we packed up the silver fox & did something crazy.

9 comments:

Lisa said...

Awww... that makes me all teary! What a great adventure!

fawne said...

yeah!!!! i'm so glad you got to do this. i'll never forget our only family vacation. i hope you soak it all in and enjoy it to the fullest cause it's a special time that you'll always remember and talk about forever.

Mindy said...

So exciting!

Denise said...

So glad you could go... haven't had a real family vacation in years either... with Gordon we always went to his Mother's and even though others may have thought flying overseas was exciting, it got old visiting the same relatives (that I hardly knew) every year and having little control over our itinerary. I can relate to the excitement over the border crossing... in April of 07, when John and I were in Ontario, I coaxed him to drive home through the States (he wasn't keen) but we decided to "try" (I only had my driver's licence for ID) -- and we were in a bit of shock when they let us in and we pulled across at Niagara Falls into New York State! I kept phoning Mum and Dad collect to inform them what State we were in now! So fun to see and experience new and interesting things...

Anyway, I shall look forward to hearing about the rest of your journey...

Enjoy the stolen moments...

Saskatchewan Cousin

Jen said...

:) Glad you made it safe.
Can't wait to see pics!
Have fun!

Treasured Grace said...

Sooooo much fun!!!
I'm so glad you decided to post a little bit. I love the way you write the words and I can actually picture myself right there with you.
Enjoy your time away with your family:)

Carlee said...

Sounds awesome & glad you made it:)
Have a great time!

Hillary said...

Wow you make me want to jump right in the car and go with you! :)

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