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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Road trip

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.

14 comments :

  1. Ahh... we are HUGE players of the alphabet game -- even on that stretch of I-80, although it is exceedingly painful.

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  2. Have fun at your parents house! What a good break for you! :O)

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  3. Growing up in Logan, I had never heard of Harvest Holiday. When Christian informed me last week that it should actually be called "Hunting Holiday," I laughed out loud. And probably snorted.

    Have a great time up north!

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  4. I think my mom thought me the alphabet game. Have fun and be safe.

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  5. I'm really gonna have to try that game one day.

    Also, check out my last post. I took some of your advice about letting the kids be creative and gave you a shout out! Happy Thursday!

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  6. I love Utah. Only here do you get a holiday to go and shoot large animals.

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  7. I used to have to travel six hours with my three kids to see my parents. My ride always turned in to a lot longer because I would have to stop change diapers, feed, blah blah, blah. So I feel your pain. When traveling we play kinda the same game, but we spell all the kids names and if they still are interested we spell our last name too. It is a good learning tool.

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  8. good times, I am the same about my 2 1/2 hour drive to Prescott.

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  9. Haha! Fun! I remember always being amazed, not so much that my parents knew their way to my grandparents' house, but around the surrounding area. How funny kids are!

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  10. Driving through Eastern Oregon and Nevada, we played the license plate game. In this version we'd spot a car way off in the distance and try to guess whether it was an Oregon plate or a Nevada plate.

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  11. I loved playing the alphaabet game as a kid, but nobody else would play with me so I always won.

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  12. Ah, Bria. :) Zoie will give me a little of that sometimes. But, she's usually into the stuff I suggest these days.

    Glad you're up here!

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  13. I totally remember the excitement of pulling into my Grandparent's house after a long drive up from the SLC airport.

    Enjoy your stay!

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