Home Sweet Home

We did it. We survived driving halfway across the country with the kids for a second time. When we did it the first time to go out west, it seemed so so so much easier. Zoey was only 5 weeks old so she slept most of the way, Nick wasn’t cutting 5 teeth at the same time and Alex was excited to go see Nana and Papa. Coming back… Zoey is 11 weeks old and enjoys her awake time and her play time, Nick is cutting 5 teeth all at the same time, and Alex was mad at us for taking him ‘away’ from Nana and Papa. /sigh/ It was a long trip back. 

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Day one: Day one we travelled from Winnipeg, MB to Thunder Bay ON. That leg of the trip is 708 Km’s or 440 Miles. It took us about 9 hours. The kids were great on this part. They were happy to play in their car seats, watch movies, etc. It wasn’t until the last half hour or so that they started getting cranky. I was cautiously optimistic that the trip was going to be easy. Until we went to put them to bed. After fighting with them for 3 hours, they finally went to sleep and we all got about 8 hours of sleep before we set out for Day 2. 

Day two: Day two we travelled from Thunder Bay, ON to Sault Ste Marie, ON. This leg of the trip was the same length as day one and took us the same length of time. Day two was a little more hilly than day one and the ups and downs were really bothering Nick, so he was a whiney mess all day which resulted in him and Alex not napping well in the van. Which sucked. Both of them were in bed by 530pm. And up at 2am ready to go. Since we had gone to sleep when the boys did, we were feeling pretty well rested and decided to start day 3 instead of fighting to get the kids to go back to sleep just to have to wake them up in a few hours to start our day anyway. 

Day three: Day three was supposed to be Sault Ste Marie, ON to Ottawa, ON, which would have been 795 km’s or 494 miles, but since we left so early we hit Ottawa at about lunchtime and it seemed a little ridiculous to stop that early in the day. The kids were cranky. Nick’s teeth were bugging the hell out of him and he was letting us all know it. Around the time we hit Ottawa I gave in and gave him Tylenol. I don’t like to give the kids meds if I don’t have too. But he was obviously in pain, he was keeping his brother and sister awake from his whining and screaming. His screaming was distracting Hubs from driving and it was driving us all insane. So anyways. When we hit Ottawa we decided to keep going. All the way home. In total this leg of the trip was 1819 Km’s or 1130 miles. It took us until 4am to make it into our house. I was so excited to climb into bed. The last day of the drive was stressful. My anxiety level was through the roof. First, I hate driving through Montreal, QC. The traffic is nuts, and we hit dinner hour rush when we went through, and we didn’t grab the kids dinner before we hit Montreal so the hour we spent trying to get through Montreal was made that much worse by the boys whining they were hungry.

Then of course there was the lovely gentleman who tried to cut us off and when he was unsuccessful (as we were too far up and his lane was ending) decided he would just try to drive into the side of our van. When Hubs honked at him, he started swearing at us. I, being stressed and anxious and tired and hungry, started yelling back at him and in the process taught my kids a couple new words. Thankfully, I haven’t heard any of them come out of the kids mouths. 

I also hate driving in the dark. Or being a passenger in the vehicle when it is dark. Especially when we have been on the road for 24 hrs +. We did stop a few times so Hubs could nap in the car (I don’t drive, so he does all the driving) and the kids and I would go play in the rest area for an hour or so. 

So anyways, finally at about 4am we got home. Alex and Zoey decided they didn’t want to go back to bed, so I got to be up from that point on.

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Which is why there was no post yesterday. I wasn’t ‘there’ enough to handle much, and after I got groceries, opened the mail, returned phone calls and caught up on (hopefully) all of your lovely blogs I was done. 

So this was my adventurous road trip this week. It was long. It was stressful. But I would do it again. Just not right now. 

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

 

**I just want to add, that at no time did I pick up a hitchhiker to entertain my kids, I just turned the music up louder to drown them out. Sometimes, singing to the Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald had a Farm and Here we go ’round the Mulberry bush as loud as you can and dancing like a crazy person is all you need to restore your sanity. That and coffee. Lots of coffee. But the singing and dancing makes the kids laugh. Who cares what the people in the cars around you think!**

Eek! It’s that time already!!

Hello blogging friends!!

It’s that time again. Time for me to take a bit of a hiatus. Time to say goodbye to all my wonderful Manitoba family and friends and hit the highway back east. 

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I’m not sure our trip is going to be as happy as this family’s looks, but I think we will be alright! 

We are leaving Monday morning, but I won’t be around tomorrow since I need to pack, clean, organize and spend the day with my parents. 

My anxieties are a little out to lunch with the idea of spending 4 days in the car with 3 babies, but we did it 6 weeks ago to get out here so I am sure we will do fine going back home. I’ll be on the computer each evening in the hotel, but I don’t plan on doing much more than some reading while I wait for the kids to fall asleep. Which means I should be able to keep up with the blogs I follow, but if I don’t keep up with you all, don’t hate me. Over the last few months you’ve become like a family to me, and I would be sad if you hated me. 

Also… if this post seems a little wonky and not as well thought out and written as my normal posts… don’t hate me for it. I got a whopping 3 hours of sleep last night (nightmares for Alex, teething for Nick, and the two of them crying waking Zoey, because, you know, only one of them having a bad night at a time would make my life too simple)  and then spent the day at a family reunion (which meant we were outside in the sun all day, and we all know how draining that can be) and it’s after midnight already and I just got the kids settled into bed and I needed needed needed some me time. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be another coffee day. Who am I kidding… everyday is a coffee day. 

I am hoping that the kids at least sleep in tomorrow. You know, since they were up past 10 and they normally go to bed at 7. But we will see. 

To you all, I wish you a good, safe, happy and healthy week. And I will see you on the other side!

Love, hugs and more to come later! (it might seem like forever, but I will be back!)

Lynn

I found the sock monster!!

Well today should have been our travelling day, but sadly thanks to a couple wonderful winter storms hitting us on the same day the airport cancelled our flights and re booked us for Monday night. Air Canada was nice enough to give me a choice of two flights when I called to re book. One was at 6 AM and had a 8 hour layover in Montreal. The other arrives in Winnipeg at 1130 PM (130 AM for what the kids and I are used to!) but only had a 2.5 hour layover in Montreal. I think I can survive a late flight with more sanity then I can 8 hours in an airport with the boys.

There is a bright side to this delay though.

Yesterday I was doing my last load of laundry that we needed for our flight when my washing machine decided to stop working. It would fill up with water. Spin around a little bit. And then stop, so we were left with a load of laundry sitting in water. Yummy stuff. And of course this is a couple months after our 1 yr warranty was up on the stupid thing. I was very very concerned about how much it could potentially cost us to have it repaired. But after a couple hours of taking things apart and lots and lots swearing my wonderful husband was able to get the pump unclogged. Turns out it’s not the dryer that eats socks. It’s the washing machine. Once we got the sock out of the pump and Hubs got the washing machine back together, I did manage to get my laundry done and I am done packing now. 

So we are going to spend the rest of the weekend waiting out Mother Nature, keeping our fingers crossed that our power doesn’t go out (so far so good, and I think the worst is behind us!) And then Monday evening the kids and I are going to head out to Winnipeg! 

 

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

Hectic weeks…

I realized last night it had been awhile since I had posted anything. Which is bad on my part, I promised myself that I wouldn’t get too busy to post at least a couple times a week!! The last week has been pretty hectic though, and the next week is promising to be just as, if not more, hectic! 

On Saturday the kids and I are going to be embarking on a 6 hour journey to go visit my parents in Winnipeg. It comes with a lot of prep work. Mostly because we are planning on being out there for a few months. And you know, the whole one of me and two of them flying halfway across the country with a connection in Toronto. If you are prepped for that, you are asking for trouble!

So I have invested in a double umbrella stroller (I was going to use a carrier for Nick, but since I am going to be 25 weeks pregnant the day we fly, I don’t see that working well in my favor!) I bought Alex a color wonder (I remember giving him a normal marker in the car once… hubs wasn’t impressed with the purple door.. so I figured a marker that can only color on special paper is safer) I bought him a super cool wallet that holds crayons and a notebook. Some cars. Some little toys. And of course child sized headphones so he can watch Blue’s Clues to his hearts content, as long as he is content. 

I’m I am making this trip out to be a lot harder in my head then it will be in real life. The hard part I am sure is going to come in July when Hubs and I drive back out to NB with a 2 yr old, 1 yr old, and a newborn in our Toyota Matrix. That part of our trip is going to be when the real fun happens. But we’ll worry about that in June or so when it is a little more impending. 

For now, I need to maintain enough sanity this week to last the 6 hour trip on Saturday. The light at the end of the tunnel? My mom and dad are going to be waiting when we get off the plane in Winnipeg and I can pass the monsters off to them and sleep until I can’t sleep anymore!! 

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn