Jigsaw Puzzle

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Yesterday we drove from Shelton to Spokane. It was (natch) POURING rain when we left, but it became much sunnier the further east we went.

Once we got out of the Cascades, we hit the nice, rich, farmland of eastern Washington. We drove past miles and miles of fields. On one section of highway, the farmers had thoughtfully placed signs telling passers-by what was planted there. I appreciate this kind of thing, because I always want to know what’s going on. The kids appreciated it for about 90 seconds, then they realized I was going to read all the signs to them for 20 miles.

“You GUYS! Look! Corn!”

“You GUYS! Potatoes! Big, look out your window! Potatoes!”

“Mom, it’s just dirt.”

“I KNOW, but UNDER the dirt! Potatoes!”

At one point, I actually said, “Big! Quit reading and look at that dirt field! There are either potatoes under the ground now, or there will be soon! Big! Potatoes are going to happen there!”

“Mom. I’m reading.”

Little entertained herself for HOURS (thank goodness) with her Ikea finger puppets – which, can I just say? BEST TOY EVER. The primary story seemed to star a chicken and an alligator. “HI CHICKEN! I’m your predator! CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP!”

There’s only so much CHOMP CHOMP CHOMPING Grouchy Mom (who’s had to PEE for 97 miles) can take, however, so I still managed to say QUIT MAKING THAT NOISE about 6,832 times.

Now then. For anyone who doesn’t know the key to traveling with kids: get a hotel with a pool. A POOL, people, is the key to sanity. What you want to do, see, is BRIBE them all day with the pool; THEN after you check in, you have the Daddy take them swimming until they are about to pass out from exhaustion while you stay in the room and guard the Secret Chocolate Stash. THEN you chuck them into bed, where they fall asleep immediately, because they are too tired to lay awake kicking each other all night.

So there you go.

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

5 Responses to “Jigsaw Puzzle”

  1. Helena Says:

    Please stay travelling, Deb, for always and always! Because then I’ll always have the awesomeness of your Road Trip Words and New Place Words to look forward to. Because they ROCK.

    I LOVED this. Loved the secret chocolate stash. Loved the moment you wrote, “What you want to do, see,” because in that moment, you have to know that I was totally leaning forward, like you were my guru, and from you I would receive total and complete enlightenment. So great.

    I can’t wait to hear what you saw on the next leg! Potatoes, ooh! Cows, maybe? Possibly a giant sheep monument??? (Dang, you’d have to come here for that). Weeee!

    And if you must stop travelling, Deb, at some point, some day, then please go for long walks and write about those. Just for me.
    Helena´s last blog post ..things that are hard/things that are easy

  2. MNKristy Says:

    LOL…you are funny. Traveling with you must be a hoot. In fact, living with you must be a hoot.

    And you are correct, hotels with swimming pools are the bomb.
    MNKristy´s last blog post ..Tour of Tables Brunch

  3. Connie Weiss Says:

    Do you see that your suitcase if frowning? TURN THAT FROWN UPSIDEDOWN!

    The Pool is the only way to go!
    Connie Weiss´s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday

  4. Happy Elf Mom Says:

    Your truck looks like 3d tetris. 🙂

    I’m so glad you are blogging this trip of a lifetime. Your kids are going to look back on this and go, “My parents were crazy! But the fun kind of crazy!”
    Happy Elf Mom´s last blog post ..Chess in Des Moines, Iowa!

  5. Ingi Says:

    That was almost our day today! Seriously! Even the wee part. Except no pool at the end…bummer.
    Ingi´s last blog post ..Birth, death and life