On Tuesday we came up north. It's the Harvest Holiday time of year again. Everybody in Utah knows that this really just means "deer hunt" and since we don't hunt, we decided to come up and see our peeps.
Only, Joel still had school till Wednesday, so the girls and I came up by ourselves on Tuesday. I am never thrilled about driving 3 hours by myself because it's hard to pass out snacks, keep the peace and operate the DVD player while keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel.
At one point, I got sick of the DVD player (Hilary, you'd be proud) and we decided to play the alphabet game. You know, the one where you try and find signs with each letter of the alphabet. Bria's first reaction was rather violent, "I hate ABC order! This game is for little kids! I'm not playing! Hmph!" Chloe was pretty excited about it, though, since she's in Kindergarten and it's all about the letters right now. Sophie was asleep and didn't care.
By the time Chloe and I were on the letter B, Bria was all into it. The hardest part was the fact that this particular stretch of road between where we live and where we were going is quite possibly the most deserted stretch of road in the United States, with the exception of the boring bit of road between Reno and Tooele. When we were on X, which is usually the easiest letter, we didn't have an Exit sign for 15 miles. And then we got bored and turned the DVD player back on.
Once we got into town and off the freeway, Bria was a little worried that I didn't know how to get to Mamah and Grandpa's house. I assured her that since I grew up there, it was not a problem. She wasn't too convinced until she recognized the horse stable at the beginning of my parents' street. I actually remember feeling that way when we'd go visit my grandparents in San Diego. I was always pretty amazed that my mom knew how to get to their house.
Now I get it. She grew up there. She could find it more easily than any house in America.
I'm just glad that I'm driving home with Joel. It'll be a lot easier to win the alphabet game.