The four of us are leaving after Gabe gets home from work. We’re driving to Florida. I know that Cynical Dad says that 286 miles is too far. So I think he pooped a little bit when I told his we were driving over 1000 (1046 to be exact). Don’t panic people, I have a minivan and a DVD player.
Believe it or not the thing I’m the most worried about for this whole trip (the kids and I will be gone for almost three weeks and for two of those weeks Gabe will be home) isn’t the car ride, or The Goon Squad acting like maniacs in public, or sunburn, or even my parents trying to make me crazy on purpose. I am most worried about Klaus. The good news is that he started eating on his own on Sunday night. The good/bad news is that his staples come out on Friday and I am having horrible guilt about not being here for him. I’m scared that he will think we have abandoned him and he’ll stop eating again.
I should hopefully have internet access most of the time I am gone, but I’m guessing I will either be really busy (I have about 30 people who I am supposed to hang out with when I am there and they are in like six different cities) or really bored. My guess is that the first week in Tampa will be insanely busy, then we go to the beach, and since both of my parents will be working I will end up being bored except for the constant stimulation that is trying to stop The Squad from cutting themselves/choking on something/breaking things/getting outside and drowning in the ocean or pool/hurting each other causing me to write run on sentences like this one. I seriously doubt that I will have the balls necessary to take them both down to the beach alone. I mean – sometimes a trip to Target with just the three of us is enough to drive me to drink.
We’re also hitting Hot-lanta on the way back so the twins can hang out with their Uncle and cousin. My brother bought a house about two years ago and I’ve never even seen it. Plus, it was a good way to trick Grandma into driving back to Washington with me. How can she refuse an opportunity to be with both of her children and all three grandchildren at the same time? Especially without the distraction of having to worry about feeding all of us.
Anyway – my point is I think I’ll still be able to post, and I’ll probably end up putting even more pictures on my flickr account (I’ve gone pro). I plan on taking about a bazillion pictures. We’ll be seeing family and friends and there will be a group birthday party for Becky’s and Bridgette’s twins who were all four born on the same day. They have been kind enough to include Ian and Claudia who were born two weeks later. My guess is that there will be a great deal of screaming, but I’m looking forward to it anyway. I miss all my Florida friends and suddenly three weeks doesn’t seem nearly long enough.