Kinda home but in limbo
We officially got back to the state of MN on Friday at 6pm local time. Not our fastest land speed record but we took our time.
First, we detoured south to go to Sesame Place. It was hot and crowded but we had a good time anyway. The age range is odd, there are a few things for big kids, a few for babies, a few in the middle and all ages so nobody is left out but nobody is overwhelmed with options either. I think my 6 year old was the most suited to the park.
Instead of going back to long island, an island guarded by high tolls and epic traffic, not to mention a troll of a state surrounding it (new jersey) – we had escape velocity and went west to stay at a friends house. It totally rocks to have friends all over the country because there is nothing better than a comfortable bed and great conversation.
Onward through the great state of Pa and around lunch we figured out that we would be right near another friend’s place at a very nice time to stop and take a run around. We have talked about visiting for years since she is super close to pennsic but pennsic is so all encompassing that we never leave site. It was fun to see her, and the farm, and it was a fantastic surprise to meet her son at school and shock him with seeing his friends. It was 2 hours well spent, but, not the way to get cross country fast.
That night we stayed in the family suite and it was totally worth the extra $40 to have bunk beds with nightlights as well as a king bed and a pull out sofa and a ton of space and a table and microwave and sink etc. On our way early for the long slog through Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconson and FINALLY home. Sleeping in my own bed was really nice but not as restful as I expected because I kept being confused about where I was.
The road trip was not ‘easy’ but it also wasn’t really bad for 1500 miles in a small metal box with 3 kids. My mom drove, I parented, and together we made it. I think we have the process down pretty well now with food etc but it is just long.
Weekend was decompressing, unpacking, laundry, getting Lars re acquainted with just how loud kids can be and visiting the local sights with mom who will be here a few more days.
That leads us to today, the last week of summer. I can’t really get us ‘back on schedule’ because there isn’t one quite yet. Seems silly to get back in the swing of MN summer because it is nearly over and can’t get onto school yet because its a week away. I hope to enjoy (minimum survive) the next 8 days before school.