buckle up

We are headed south to the Mother Country for the next week.

Texas, I’m comin’ for ya.


Someone please get me this shirt for Christmas.

I’m a medium. 

The last time we were in a vehicle for 20 hours (which, ridiculously, was only two months ago) each way, Curt and I were deciding what we’d like to do over the next few days of “vacation” (P.S. “vacation” is a dumb word when you have 3 young kids… it’s a TRIP, not a vacation). He asked what I wanted MOST and I answered, “Read. By myself. Read by myself alone.”

It was quiet for a moment until he looked over at me and said,

“You are so unpredictably boring!”

Coming from a man who calculates odometer accuracy for a good time, this stung a little.

On the other hand, I certainly never claimed to be the poster child for excitement. I used to be cool. I climbed big rocks with little ropes and I sang on big stages and I travelled the world with a backpack. Now I’m completely content to catch a re-run of M*A*S*H on tv and make homemade popcorn. I know things have changed.

On the OTHER HAND (Fiddler reference there),  I took a naked child to a doctor’s appointment AND recess duty because she puked all over the van, her clothes, and her carseat on the way INTO town, I watched Lazarus the Calf come back from the dead, and I taught Gus Man how to crack eggs for pancakes.

I’m all about adventure, People.

It just looks different now.

All that to say, I’m a little nervous for our upcoming travel conversations. Any question prompts for me? Can you make me more interesting?

And because my life always come back to books, I need to ask you:

Have you read True (…sort of) by Katherine Hannigan?



It is absolutely one of the top 10 books of my life. I would describe it as a modern-day Charlie Brown story: good kid with bad luck changes the/her/my world. It’s Young Adult fiction, but do not assume that means it’s simple or beneath you or childish. It’s amazing and funny and heartbreaking. She has broken characters that are stunning and true. The language and expression took me by complete surprise… I could see every thought and understand every emotion. Hope and Loyalty and Faith all play heavy here… you can see why I am a fan. Do yourself a favor and read it whilst I’m on the road, ok?

I have Someday Someday Maybe and The Eyre Affair on audiobook for my graveyard driving shifts. We have a tractor show on the calendar, a date night in San Antonio, and a cow show in Ft. Worth. There are also a handful of college roommate hugs and one ‘meet me at an exit on the highway as we pass through town’ in the works.

I cannot wait.

I’ll yell when we get there.

Please pray.

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12 responses to “buckle up

  • Lizzy

    Have fun on your trip! Alas, I cannot help with the excitement ideas. I myself would choose the good book option and my hubby is usually content to calculate (and then inform us all) how long it takes to drive each kilometre… *sigh* – well at least it seems we’re in good company 🙂

  • MC

    NOT boring. It’s the little moments. That is our adventure…and my husband and Kurt would love to get together and chat about odometer maximizing someday.
    Have a great trip and I am all about the book recommendation. THANK YOU!!!

  • Mandi Watts

    I couldn’t agree more about going somewhere with your kids being a trip rather than a vacation! And, about reading all by yourself. I dream of that, too. Life with small children is ALWAYS an adventure, with more than enough excitement to go around, even if it doesn’t look the same as it did pre-kids. If you need some car conversation, though, I have seen road trip questionnaires floating around on Pinterest.

    Sounds like your Texas days are pretty full, but if you have any time on Wednesday, we would love to try to see you. That’s our only day without extracurricular activities.

    Be safe!

  • Missy

    Good gravy! I love your book picks! Will have it read by end of October, k? How’s about a question like- if we weren’t parents, what would we be doing on this trip instead? Or how’s that odometer calculation comin’ along? 😉

  • Em

    I burst out laughing at this line: “Coming from a man who calculates odometer accuracy for a good time, this stung a little.” As always, thanks for adding more laughter to my life.

  • Regina C.

    Are you coming to the Tractor Show in Temple this weekend?! Because, I think we are going too! Jason wants to take Austin and so, of course Emory wants to go (I don’t even think she knows what a tractor is – poor girl, being raised in town).

  • Margie

    Your trips make our pansy drives to Colorado look like nuthin’. I am So Excited to be part of your plans. But the 3 am meet in the hotel lobby? It might be happening…the hubs wants to camp that weekend, and I said, “But my friend Katie will be in from Michigan!” And he said, “Oh, yeah.” I’m not sure what that means, but we’re on, regardless of time and place.

  • Steph

    Hugs for you in Cowtown!! I will definitely read your book suggestion. And I have never thought you boring… But then our idea of having a good time is essentially the same. 🙂

  • Abbie

    And… you should just swing on over to Texas’ next-door-neighbor, New Mexico and visit the Huizingas!! We’ve got a room and a bed ready for you (Lord knows Eddie won’t sleep in it!). Ok. See you soon!

  • Kim Aguilar

    I wish AZ and Michigan and Texas were not so stinking far apart.

    Also, I wish I had more time to read. (I put your recommends on my goodreads list that is a few miles long.)

  • Margie

    I’m writing this late, but I put the book on my To-Read list.

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