We are finally on the last leg of our vacation. Thank goodness. Don't get me wrong...it has been good. But, OH so long.
My last entry found us in birthday cupcakes and repair garages. It was a bit uneventful from then on out....relatively, anyway.
Thursday, my DH and his dad drove BACK to Yuma to pick up an improved van. They got back and we went to the San Diego Zoo...well, not THE zoo, but a part of the zoo that is kind of a wildlife refuge. It was good because there was a train around most of the park. It took a bit to get back into the swing of things because of all the money and time spent on the FTU.
One of the highlights of the trip was my going out to NC to meet some friends in real life. There is a wonderful group of ladies whom I've been chatting with, and getting to know, on-line since September of 2002. We FINALLY got to the point where we could meet. Sadly, the entire group could not join us....pregnancies, distance and family sickness were some of the obstacles. But there were 6 of us who met for the first time. It was a bit surreal, to say the least. No....nobody was weird...well, maybe a little, but no worse than my own personal weirdness. Anyway, the first fear was dashed when I saw that these ladies were normal. My dh has been teasing me that these ladies were really old men in "wife-beater" t-shirts trying to lure me into their lair of filth and deception. Well, 3 years is a bit long to try to trick me, so I felt comfortable meeting them. It was a LOT of fun. I really liked everyone....2 of the people I thought I'd kind of clash with were such blessings to meet. I feel such a bond with these ladies, now. Love you all, April 2003 Mommies.
The day after I flew BACK to LAX from Charlotte, we went to Legoland. Totally neat. It's no Disneyland, but seeing as how are kids are 6 and under, this other park was perfect. It was a lot of fun. The day after that, we started our trek back east via Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Borger and Odessa.
We drove up to the Grand Canyon. The boys couldn't give a rat's rump for the canyon. I was overwhelmed with it's beauty, but my dh and I couldn't share it at the same time because we had to keep the kids in the FTU. (they scared us too much with their lack of understanding of physics and depth perception.)
So, let's see...we saw the crater in Odessa, TX (did y'all know there was a meteor crater there?) We saw the Grand Canyon then the Meteor Crater in AZ. A bunch of holes. LOL! The Meteor Crater was SO neat...in fact, I would put it at number 2 on my list of highlights for my trip. (I know...I'm weird)
At this point in time, I'm sitting in Odessa, TX trying to get this entry done (the computer is not cooperating, so I'm cutting this short....HOPEFULLY to be back tomorrow or Tuesday). We will go see my grandparents tomorrow and start the 300 mile drive back to North Texas. (I say 300 miles.....you, the normal driver is thinking, "hmmm...300 miles...at roughly 70 mph, they should be home in approximately 4 1/2 hours. BUT, dear reader, let me remind you that I have 4 kids, ages 6, 5, 3 and 1 PLUS a rider (me) who needs a Dr Pepper every 100 miles or so, thus calling for pit-stops.....it'll take us 9 hours EASY!)
I hope to be back in the next day or 2. When I'm more refreshed, I hope to be more interesting. I'm sure my next few entries will talk about all the stuff that I have to do to catch up with my life. Oh boy...are YOU in for a treat.
See you in a day or two.
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