Brace yourselves. I'm about to take a dump. A camera dump. We got home Saturday after 2 days on the road driving back from our trip to Maryland. I say TRIP and not VACATION, because I'm pretty sure a vacation involves palm trees, adult beverages on the beach, and a brief plane ride to your destination, as opposed to a Toyota Sienna full of stickers, kindergarten workbooks, Crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, notebooks, coloring books, four DVD players, 37 kid-friendly movies (only two of which were watched routinely - Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and Despicable Me). Oh, and headphones. Thank GOD for headphones.
Look, it was great to see my sis and her family, and it really was a beautiful drive on the way back, but I am in NO hurry to load up the family truckster again anytime soon.
Not to mention that sharing a hotel room with my mom is, well, CHALLENGING. The woman snores. I mean, she snores like she is PISSED OFF. She snores aggressively.
I learned some things about myself, though. I learned that I really do think I belong to the best gym in the world. I mean, my sister's gym is good, but her instructor did not make me feel like I wanted to vomit in the middle of class.
I learned that, God help me, I love cheese in a can.
I realized that my niece penned the best birthday card EVER for her brother while we were there:
I learned that Annapolis knows how to keep it classy:
I learned that they also have the Best Playground Ever.
Seriously. And sadly, we didn't go there until the day before we left. OH THE HUMANITY.
I learned that I REALLY did not need to pack everyone's pillows, because apparently my children do not need to sleep, EVER, on what amounted to two 12-hour driving days. OH THE HUMANITY.
I learned that Scarlett is afraid of heights, as evidenced by the lack of her presence in the photos below, taken along Skyline Drive in West Virginia.
I learned that no matter what anyone else says, John Denver will ALWAYS be my co-pilot on a drive like this.
I learned that the all you can eat Amish buffet is NOT worth the $9.95/person for me. I do not need that much country cooking EVER. It was like paying my mom $9.95 to eat Sunday dinner at her house. The Amish DO have a ginormous pumpkin in their entry, however.
Finally, I learned that I REALLY need to clean my windshield. Still, even through the grime, Kentucky was also a beautiful state.
Hope you're still checking in on me. Oh, and stay tuned for the Best Shopping Score EVER later this week. I'll give you a hint - TWO LEATHER JACKETS FOR UNDER $100. Okay - that was more than a hint, but JUST YOU WAIT.
Happy Monday, yo!