I’m afraid that I may be a bit less regular here, but I will still be here as much as I can. I had been posting on my lunch break but we’ve got some scarry new rules at work so that won’t be happening any more. I’d rather play it safe than sorry. But I am quite sad that I won’t be as “in touch” as I had been. Oh well, there’s really nothing I can do but try to adjust and make the best of it.
That said, we certainly beat the average number of miles driven over the holiday weekend. We drove to my sister’s house Saturday and then Sunday took a day trip from there to White Sands National Monument. It’s by the missile range and airforce base. I was a bit surprised to find that they randomly close the road for testing but luckily it didn’t get closed while we were there.
The kids had a blast. The sand was a bit damp from recent rain so it made great castles. We rolled and slid and climbed. I impressed everybody with my ability to sprint up a sand dune barefoot in hot pursuit of a runaway four year old. A thin crust had formed on the tops from the wet, sand chips are great fun to build with.
It’s illegal to take the sand home but despite my best efforts to leave it there about half a dune made it into the car with us. I had sand in my hair, my ears, between my toes, even in my bra. But we had a blast.
J loved the going down part but kept insisting on getting carried back up to go again. I’ll be feeling that work out for a while. Well worth the drive to get there. PB decided that “it’s my home. I’m going to stay here forever and ever.” And he used that religous conversion tone of voice, like he’d been brain washed by the experience.
But I’m really beat now. I drove 18 hours in the last 3 days. I played hard. I managed to squish in a few minutes of girl time with my sister. I got everyone home, fed and put to bed. Got the car unpacked and the laundry washed. Next weekend will be car-cleaning weekend. The kind of cleaning where I dis-assemble both car seats and wash them at the car wash too. And I have to get a few winks and be at work early tomorrow. Hopefully my sis’ll send me the pictures she got soon. Granted, it’s mostly just white sand as far as the eye can see, but it’s unbelievable. Of course, it was kind of crowded so maybe I should say that it was terrible and no one should ever go so we’ll have it all to ourselves next time. They’re already asking for a next time.