After I published yesterday’s post and went out on a walk with Ivan, we got talking. It dawned on me that this a rare year, because the boys don’t have ANY important activities during the 4th of July week. We traditionally always visit my parents for the holiday (an hour away), but typically we don’t even leave home until later in the evening on July 3rd(due to work, and the kids usually having swim practice or camps or whatever too).
I realized this would be a good opportunity to go a little sooner than I had planned, to spend a bit of a “long weekend” there instead, since why not?? The kids love hanging out there and it’s such a summery week. We didn’t really have any conflicts. So, on a whim I decided I would in fact take my floating holiday hours this week, the boys and I packed up our stuff and we drove here yesterday afternoon. Ivan has to work today but he said he would just drive down to meet us tonight for the rest of the weekend.
|Even though there won’t be many festivities this year, I still had to pack up my red, white and blue! 🙂|
It felt nice to be able to spontaneously just up and leave and it was a beautiful day for a drive. Since the pandemic has been going on, I feel like I barely drive anymore! The drive from my house to theirs is mostly just through farmland and open plains- it’s a very pretty, relaxing drive.
We blasted some tunes for a while and then spent at least half of the drive playing “A to Z I Spy”. This game involves starting with “A” and searching for something outside the vehicle that starts with that letter. Once we each found something (like “airplane!” or “ambulance!”), we could all move on to letter B. It’s actually quite entertaining! We completed it all the way through letter Y before arriving at their house. So close to finishing the alphabet. 😉 It was a bit challenging for some letters, considering that like I said, we were driving mostly through farmland without a ton of variety. We got creative though and sometimes relied on using names on signs, like a truck that had the name “Quest” on it for “Q”, for example.
I’ll keep this short since it’s already late. I spent the morning sitting out here on their patio talking with my Dad instead of doing my usual morning routine. I think it was a fair trade off. 😊
The boys and my parents just headed out to play a round of golf. I’m staying behind to work a few hours to make up the few that I shorted my day yesterday as I packed up the car and everything. I’m hoping to have the afternoon free though- they have a park with a nice swimming pond nearby that maybe we can go to.
Enjoy your Friday! Headed anywhere for the 4th of July??
I am grateful for good weather for the holiday weekend! Especially with everyone’s plans, parades, etc. being cancelled this year, it would have been a big bummer to also have a washed out and rainy 4th. We have full sunshine and blue skies here, and it looks like it will stay this way through the weekend.