Today was a transition day. We bid farewell to Dave’s sister and family, after I had done every speck of laundry possible, and headed just a little southward. Dave had a business meeting to go to with a comrade from Boston. They met a a coffee shop in Lexington, and the kids and I went for a donut at Dunkin Donuts. I love treating them to special little things like that, especially when they are not asking or expecting.
After the donuts, we ventured to a battlefield museum in Lexington. I had to do some quick, on-the-fly planning and decision making here. There was a short (long for kids) walk to the museum and the baby was sleeping in the car. I also did not know how long Dave’s meeting would be. I opted to skip the museum and instead let the kids play on the rocks and battlefield area close to the parking lot. I also turned the time into a practice photo shoot with my kids – fun!
After Dave’e meeting, we headed further south and met a college friend of Dave’s in Cheshire for ice cream. That was a total Facebook thing, can’t believe all the friends we have reconnected with because of Facebook!
Our final resting place for the night was with some very good friends in Hartford, CT. They are an incredible family and couple – each of them doing powerful things to make a difference in the lifes of others. Steve works for Love146, a company working to end child slavery and exploitation www.love146.com, and Jamie has written a wonderfully practical book for moms (SteadyDays: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood) and blogs regulary at www.steadymom.com. I am so proud to know them!
This was our only “one night stay” of the whole trip. I had packed differently for this night, putting all the kids stuff for one night in one extra duffle bag and all of our stuff in one bag.
1. Be flexible and make the most of every opportunity you might get, don’t push yourself or the kids too much if it just doesn’t seem like it is going to work out.
2. Take 1-2 empty duffle bags or something that can be folded small. I used these bags for dirty laundry, the one night stay, and coats one time.
3. Visits with friends don’t have to be long, but they are worth it. Catch a friend at an ice cream shop or somewhere with a play ground. Facebook is a great way to make this happen.