Greetings from the Griswolds
Last summer, the first summer we were crazy enough to try the cross-country road trip, the biggest annoyance was baby Owen crying for what seemed like hours at a time from the back seat. This year, we have an entirely different annoyance - Sydney's constant barrage of "Are we there yet? Are we at the hotel? How much farther do we have to go? I'm tired of sitting in this seat. Can I have a drink? I'm thirsty! I'm hungry! Are we at grandma's house yet? How much more driving do we have to do?..." And on. And on.
What was I thinking?
The thing that makes it all worthwhile is the gorgeous scenery of the western US. It's so easy to forget how vast and beautiful this country is when all you do is fly from city to city. This country seems so crowded until you drive through the west and realize how much empty space there is out here. Today we're heading off to Helena, and I'm really looking forward to the short trip across the northern panhandle of Idaho. It is so pretty. Assuming the family wakes up in time to make the trip before dark! They don't seem to be in any hurry.
Sydney and Owen are all snuggled up together. They both insisted on sleeping with Bill (which was very cute, and gave me the chance to wallow in the spaciousness of my own bed), and right now Owen has both of his legs over Sydney and she has an arm across his chest. They're so sweet when they're sleeping - you can forgive them pretty much anything! I'm going to go stare at them for awhile. It might be my last chance today to see them actually getting along...