I can't believe it's been only a week! It feels longer, but that's prob because in the last 7 days we drove 19 hrs from beautiful, but freezing Burlington to sunny Florida with three kids in a one row back seat while pulling a travel trailer! This brings me to my first topic:
Topic #1: Pulling a trailer feels like you're pulling a travel trailer!
Now we read all kinds of articles and opinions on what truck to get which tow bars and anti sway bars etc and we got ourselves covered bc being newbies to hauling our house behind us we wanted to get the best. But they all LIED! Only 15 minutes into our adventure Shyla starts moaning her tummy hurts and when I look back I see a poor pale seasick face of my 7 year old and whipped out the children's gravol (thank god it worked) . Another 20 minutes our non complainer Lennon is going green so another gravol to the rescue. Madden on the other hand is happy and in serious busy mode (hooray for quiet) on the iPad with games we downloaded just for him. Not going to lie the ride was bumpy and swayed and every time a truck passed by there was a vortex that seem to suck us in and spit us back out LOL. It definitely was an adjustment phase to get used to rather quickly and Alex and I were quite nervous but he was a trooper and we got the hang of it and made a few adjustments (modified brake controller, tighten chains on sway bars). Just finally got the hang of it and thought the coast was clear when we arrived in the not so beautiful state of Michigan! OMG if I ever win the Powerball I promise to donate money to fix the roads in that state! I'm not even joking there were potholes everywhere on the highway!! We had to dodge parts of cars just left in the middle of the lane while trying not to hit other cars dodging them AND pulling a 31 foot house! I don't know how that was deemed a safe highway it seemed more fitting for Gravedigger, not us hauling our new home with three kids in the back seat! I think Alex and I white knuckled it until we reached Ohio and it was an instant improvement on road conditions. So I must thank you Ohio thank you so much. I honestly thought I was ready to turn around until you're beautiful smooth asphalt highway roads. And the rest of the trip was smooth sailing no more seasickness but there were still the giant trucks that pulled by and swayed the whole travel trailer, but by the 100th time we're so used to it we don't even bat an eye.
Topic #2: I brought too much stuff!!!
Well kids toys really. I mean trying to decide which toys will:
A. occupy your kids the most so they stop fighting each other and/or bug you whinning with the I'm bored noise!
B. Have an educational/creative component (since they spend the long drives in zombie faced iPad world)
C. Be the ones they really want and are their favourites (because asking them to pick is useless as all of sudden that doll we haven't
seen since I was still pregnant with Lennon is all of a sudden Shyla's favourite! Riiiight)
D. Be enough or too little
So much pressure and at the end of our packing phase (thank the lord that's over with and let's note it that was not my most favourite part or preparing for the journey) I think I just started throwing toys into the buckets that made it to the trailer. So now I need to decide what to do with the toys taking up a quarter of the kids room here? I want to donate them asap as I'm having this crazy urge to redecorate and organize as well as clean (wtf? When did I turn into my mother-in-law?).
As for which toys I was bang on with......
1. Sticker books! All 3 kids love them and the reusable Melissa and Doug ones are gold.
2. Water guns
4. Barbies for Shyla, but she did not need the 20 we brought (sneaky girl stuffed a few in from the it-can-wait-for-us-to-return pile)
5. Hotwheels of course
6. Lego (although to be fair he hasn't played with it much, but I'm certain it'll be played with on those rainy or I'm in need of an inside time day)
7. Bikes of course! (honestly that's what they've played with most if you can call bikes a toy?)
Topic #3: The Sleep!
Ummm I'm almost afraid to jinx it, but it's either the fresh air or the VOC levels of this new bad boy on wheels, but damn I have been sleeping like the dead! And dreaming too like cool dreams. Remember those ones when you were a kid and you had super powers or you could fly? Yes! Those cool dreams and every night! So here here my new home on the road and thank you for my precious new sleep this past week. I feel like a new woman and not because I'm technically homeless or a fulltime vagabond or a mother travelling with her family around the USA and Canada but because I have had a full week of restful dream filled sleep! And to that. I say night night friends and stay posted for my next blog please:) wishing you all happiness, travels and sweet dreams! Xo