Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Girls Traveling Without Men

The girls and I took a quick trip to Colorado last week. It took us eleven hours driving each way, but we stopped a lot. When girls travel without men, they don't have to hold it. I think I should make a poster with that little message on it.

Only once did someone-who-shall-remain-anonymous have to pee in a cup, and that couldn't be helped. There was an emergency and we were in Nowhere, Wyoming.

When Peanut Head travels with us, there's an itinerary that must be followed to the letter. "We're going to be in Who Cares, Nevada, at oh-one hundred hours and we'll stop for rations there."  It's a military operation when he's with usI've found a way to get around his itinerary though. I just program a Starbuck's stop into the GPS as a via point, and then it's the lady that lives in the GPS telling him where to go, and he can't huff and puff at me.

Anyway, we went to Colorado to visit my dad and step-mom. It had been eight years since I had been home. Sadly, it was my step-mom's first time meeting Annika. I should be flogged for that, I know. Keeping the grandkids away like that.

Frankly, I don't know how eight years passed without me knowing about it. Time passes quickly anyway, then you have kids and every year comes at you BAM, BAM, BAM, and you walk around in a  stupor, wondering what happened to that baby that you just had yesterday.

All that guilty conscience aside, I've been working on the pictures from our trip, and I actually sat down and digi-scrapped to put together a book as a thank you gift. Actually, I'm using the term "digi-scrap" very loosely here, because I just dragged and dropped my pictures into pre-designed templates. Then I tweaked them a tinsy little bit. It's cheating, for sure, but it's efficient. You know I like efficient.

This is Grandma and Grandpa's uuuuuuuuugly dog. I'd like to tell you that she's sweet too, but Girlfriend is moody like she's perpetually on her period. Click on the layouts if you want to get a closer look, but please, brace yourself.

We had a lot of fun in Colorado, and I made a promise that I won't stay away so long next time.

What about you, are you going anywhere fun this summer?


  1. OMGosh Jill, the page with Zoe looking @ your dad had me laughing so hard I had tears running down my face. That will be a story that the girls tell for years.

  2. Next time you come to Colorado, we should get together. The Midge would love meeting your girls (and I've got a cuter dog than your dad and stepmom...).

  3. I'm flying out to Minnesota to stay with my hubs while he's away on a business trip.
    I'm more than a little excited.
    Mall of America! YES!

    Looks like you had a lot of fun with the girls.
    They are darling.

  4. LMAO! I love your LOs!!! (pre-made digi or not!). Seriously- that dog and the story of your dad crashing on the chair have me laughing OUT LOUD!

  5. I don't think the dog's ugly... but that's just me.

  6. Sounds our husbands are of the same mind! Mine has to always 'make time'! If we even so much as THINK about sitting down at Mc Donalds rather than hitting the drive thru, his head spins and his eyes bug out and you'd think I had just told him the car blew up! Crazy! Glad you had a good time! As for the dog, I supposed I'd feel like I had perpetual PMS if I looked like her too!

  7. We live in CO-what part were you in? We are spending the majority of the summer, as we do every year, with my parents in NJ. But I loved your post, because nearly every year the girls and I travel by ourselves from CO - NJ. This year we flew.

  8. wow, what a pretty looking trip!!!! Travelling with men is so different than travelling with girls. it's a little funner. :-P

    Most of our summer travels will involve trips between our old and new house. When we find said new house. :-P

  9. great blog. became a follower