7.08.2009

What I learned

We really did have a wonderful summer vacation and now that we are home and the suitcases are finally unpacked and all the laundry is caught up, I had some time to sit and reflect...

Here are some of the things I learned on this road trip

* You never know who you will meet along the way-
while in New Mexico we met Michelle who I found out lives in Okay(where Ena lives)who in fact lives right down the road from Ena, who remembers my Papa when he worked at the school house in Okay, Michelle has the cutest son-who rides the school bus that my cousin drives,she(Michelle) is related to a guy that used to have cattle on my Papas land...it really is a small world

* That just because a map says there is a town appx 10 miles down the road-it doesn't mean that said town will have any structure that remotely resembles a bathroom, so you hold your breath and hope that the next town 10 miles down the road does and when it doesn't you decide that the tumbleweed if positioned correctly could block an onlookers view, then your eyes turn yellow and you just don't care who sees you droppin drawers...

* That there IS a reason it takes your teenage son an extra 15 minutes before he shucks off the blankets and gets out of bed-there are some things a mother should NEVER see...just sayin...

* That a third row should have it's own special place in Heaven

* Telling your entire family that they really should try and pack 2 to a suitcase knowing that the extra room will be nice-having your husband say nawww it will be okay-then watching him swear at the PT Cruiser as he can't load 5 bags and 5 people in the rental-then watching his face as I offer to strap him to the roof instead of saying "I told ya so"

* That the Grand Canyon really is Grand

* Feeling like a true destination expert by reading and researching your destinations for months, trying to prepare everyone and having no one listen to your advice- like bring at least one set of warm clothing for the higher elevations and then not feeling bad that they have icycles hanging off their eyelashes and you don't because YOU headed your own advice...

* That water is the BEST thing for altitude sickness

* That other States really don't have a Quick Trip on every corner

* Realizing we only saw 2 Wal*Marts on our entire 7 day trip and NO Targets-how do these people survive?

* Are we there yets is the reason God invented ear plugs

* It really is BEAUTIFUL out West

* That the Big Texan is over-rated but I am glad we expierenced it

* That I want to move to Pagosa Springs-even tho' they get 38 FEET of snow in the winter

* The memories we made will be forever branded into my mind and heart

* That Jess shares my fear of flying

* That the guys in my life are very lucky that none of the girls were expierencing PMS during this trip

* That you can get use to the scent of sulpher and end up thinking it actually smells good

* The peoples of the Mesa Verde were very advanced for their time-it was just amazing

* That if you can find a convience store and have to use the potty that you MUST purchase something first or they won't give you the key

* That if you stop to get gas and leave your drivers lic. as colateral-it is best to remember to get your drivers lic. back before you leave the state-I did not do this however my brainiac husband did-then you call the store and ask them to mail your drivers lic. back to you because you are 300 miles and a state away and they act like you are trying to rip them off

* That getting your 'end of summer' tan before the end of June isn't such a bad thing-it makes you feel skinnier

My confession for today: My PC needs to go see a doctor

36 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're all back home - safe & sound!! The laundry had to have been a nightmare - yikes!

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  2. I HAVE missed you, Georgie.
    So glad you're back and you've learned so many things. I was totally with you on your list until you said you'd like to live where they get 38 ft. of snow! Girl, you need to rest and not say anything that could incriminate yourself. Think about it!

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  3. LOL! Glad you are back and sounds like you had a great time. We leave this weekend for our vacation-so i will be feeling some of your pain soon!
    Love the comment about why your teenage son stays in bed a little longer in the morning. LA!LA!LA! I'm not listening......I don't want to know!

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  4. Your PC may need a doctor, but at least that danged "S" isnt' sticking any more. How annoying was that?!?!

    It sounds like you had a GRAND time. I'm so glad. Nothing better than taking a trip that refreshes the body and soul.

    But I missed you and I hope your back more often now.

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  5. So glad you got to spend that time with your family. The kids grow up so fast and before long, they are out of the house and spreading their wings.

    Oh, did you get my email?

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  6. Man am I glad to be a man, man..... a vacation without PMS? Now THAT is a vacation!

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  7. Aw, sounds like so much fun! Glad you had a great time....

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  8. I'm glad that you had a good time. You learned a lot also.

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  9. I am glad you had such a great trip!
    But no Targets? That is craziness!

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  10. Ah, back to the real world. Dang!

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  11. great post!!!!!!
    oh no......my son will be 13......i will take your advice!!!!!!

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  12. The Big Texan is highly overrated!

    So glad you all had a wonderful vacation! And thanks for the advice on the teenage boys...I have a few years until then, but am still tucking away that bit of knowledge for future reference...yikes!

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  13. you learned a lot! thanks for reminding me of how of how much fun road trips are! :)

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  14. You know who else gets his own special place in heaven? The guy who invented hand held, battery powered video games.

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  15. car trips with kids......
    I am SO glad you had a good time!

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  16. Sounds like such a great vacation! Glad to have you back!

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  17. Nice way to reflect on your trip! Very creative...sounds like it was a nice time.

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  18. I like the way you reflected upon your vacation ;)
    The comment about teenage boys and the taking of time to get out ot bed....mmhmmm. Scary scary scary... :)

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  19. Yeeeehhhhhaaaaaaa! (That's a Texas laugh...)

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  20. I loved reading that! :) Although I laughed out loud with the PMS thing! HA!

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  21. that was fantastic!

    And the boy thing???? Yikes- right around the corner for me.....

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  22. Should've brought a Go-Girl (heehee). I'm glad you checked in; I've missed you :)

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  23. Wow, you sure learned a lot! This was a fun post to read!! And I thought I was the only one who took note of where every single Target is when I go on vacation!!!

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  24. Way over-rated!!!

    But you had a great trip....that's all that matters.

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  25. Great post! But the 15 year old son thing? Ew. Just ew. SO not looking forward to that! :)

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  26. Wow you sure learned alot. And georgie, not all folks are lucky to be near a Wal-mart. Trust me!!

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  27. I'm sooo glad you are back! Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon are two of our favorite places! What a road trip you were on and it sounds like you had so much fun!

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  28. There. You're done learning for the rest of your life! :) Or at least five years. Welcome back!

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  29. My pc needs a shrink....it's NUTS. I'm so glad you're home. Although the photos are beautiful, I don't envy you the trip.

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  30. Very informative. If I ever go out west I am going to see the grand Grand Canyon and leave my son extra time to get out of bed! Lol.

    Roadtrip!

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  31. It sounds wonderful! What a great trip! I love your vacation reflections! The west is a beautiful place to live;) (even though we will bit "enjoying" 112 degree heat on Sunday! (You got outta here just in time!)

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  32. OK I got stuck on the 15yr old son....I have a 15yr old son...who takes forever getting out of bed, ooooooo!!!

    I have always wanted to rode trip out west!

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  33. You are cracking me up! I bet you are a hoot to travel with.

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  34. It really is a small world!

    Great tips...except the son getting up in the am was a bit TMI...lol!

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  35. This cracked me up!!!

    You are so dang witty!

    Glad you're back and had a great vacation!

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