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I have been having a minor meltdown-when it comes to vacations I am a planner, searching for the best deal on hotels and things to do on the cheap, keeping 3 beans happy etc...
This summer we are flying(gulp) all 7 of us(yes, I know you say, BUT Georgie you are only a family of 5-I will get to that) so we are flying into Phoenix, renting a car and driving to Sierra Vista to see my Great Uncle Tex-we are buying his Ford Expedition. Then we will leave his house and drive to the Grand Canyon, on to Four Corners, Mesa Verde, Durango, Pagosa Springs then down into Taos and provided I haven't murdered anyone along the way back in to Oklahoma.
We are taking a road trip and while I love the aspect of giving the Griswald family a run for their money, I do not find excitement in staying in a different hotel every night-I like to get where I am going, semi unpack and have the cabana boy bring me drinks with little umbrellas in them while sunning my thunder thighs. You really can't plan when you aren't sure where you will be on any given day *sigh* I can do this I can do this(my mantra) Oh and to make matters even more appealing The friggin Brady Bunch is on RIGHT NOW and guess where they are headed? YEP The Grand Canyon...
We were also looking forward to having a larger car for traveling with 2 teens and a tween the Ford has 3 rows so there would be extra space-ya know how car travel is with beans right? Notice I said were and would, I am getting to that, just trying to convince myself this is really happening...
Last week Ena(that's my Grandma) kinda, sorta invited herself on this family vacation-which is fine, shes quiet and easy going, then Thursday night I get a call from my daddy...wanting to know why 'he didn't get his invite to go on this trip as well' and the next thing I know we have another passenger. Now I know some of you are saying awwwww Georgie how fun, your gonna have the time of your life blah blah blah, again I chant, I can do this, I can do this....Travel with daddy is NOT like traveling with your daddy I promise...
Daddy, while he is easy going, he isn't quiet and he called me 5 times yesterday, 5 TIMES, he has all these things he wants to do while on OUR summer vacation, like go on a 5 hour trail ride(none of us ride-I am terrified of horses due to the fact that as a bean my daddy would put us on unbroke horses and say HANG ON!), a couple of not so off the beaten path side trips-more like 200 miles in the wrong direction of our best laid plan of travel I mentioned way back up there...see minor meltdown...that's my Ena and Daddy and how do you say "I am sorry but you can't come with us?" I know you open and mouth and say the words and I tried that...no words came out...
Let me just say I am glad to be able to spend this time with Ena and Daddy BUT 10 days straight on a very long car trip-kinda scares me! I am sure it sounds like I am complaining, I choose to use the word VENT...Daddy doesn't look at this as him coming along with us and that he invited himself, he looks at it like an opportunity to go and see things he wants to see and since he likes those things so should everyone else...I can do this I can do this...The Faloozie(My sister) said we should limit him to one or two side trips and they can only be so many miles in the wrong direction-I am taking her advice.
So about the only thing I can plan is how much duct tape,rope and bungee cords I am gonna need-cuz that luggage rack may be getting a workout...I kid I kid...it will be an adventure of a lifetime that much I am certain and in the end I know I will be glad to have had this time with both Ena and Daddy...
Love Dare-Day 7 Love believes the best
[Love] believe all things, hopes all things. --1 Corinthians 13:7
Get two sheets of paper. On the first, write out positive things about your spouse. Then do the same with negative things on the second. Place both sheets in a secret place. At some point during the remainder of the day, pick a positive attribute from the first list and thank your spouse for having this characteristic.
Questions to ponder:
Which list was easier to make? What did this reveal about your thoughts?
Love Dare Day 8- Love is not Jealous
Love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire. --Song of Solomon 8:6 NIV
Determine to become your spouse's biggest fan and to reject any thoughts of jealousy. To help you set your heart on your spouse and focus on their achievements, Take yesterday's list of negative attributes and discreetly burn it. Then share with your spouse how glad you are about a success he or she recently enjoyed.
Questions to ponder:
How hard was it to destroy the list? What are some positive experiences that you can celebrate in the life of your spouse? How can you encourage them towards future successes?
My confession for today: When I stress I get a fever blister...Guess what popped up over night! Oh and guess who is on his way to my house? Yep daddy, he wants to look at some trail riding places online...
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