Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The Annual Trip
This week has been, and continues to be, crazy. In my normal hectic life, I am known by some as 'The Blur'. I'm the person running here, there, and everywhere. This week I'm not even a blur. I am the wind. *g* I try to take off at least one night a week to settle in for a movie night with the family. (That would be Steve and the fur kids.) This is us last week enjoying a holiday classic. Well, Steve, Billie and I enjoyed it. Sadie (the cat) and Cheyenne (the little dog) fell asleep. Aren't they cute?
Today, after work, we're driving up to Long Island to spend two days with my in-laws. Depending on traffic, anywhere from a three to five hour drive. Billie and Cheyenne will come with. Sadie will stay home with a sitter. Billie loves to ride in the car. Cheyenne gets car sick. Not fun. Last time, the vet suggested Benedryl for a long trip to make her drowzy. It works like a dream. Yay!
Back to Billie. She loves car rides. She loves the annual holiday visit with the Ciottas. Dad C (who calls himself her grandpa) gives her lots of treats and takes her for long walks. She's always excited as we zip up the Garden State Parkway, not settling down until we hit Staten Island. She dozes through Brooklyn and along the Northern State, but as soon as we veer onto the Meadowbrook Parkway, she pops up and starts looking out the window. I don't know how she knows that turn, but she does. She knows at that point we're seven minutes from her grandpa's. Amazing. This will be her 12th or 13th holiday visit to Long Island. Even though she's moving slower these days, I know she'll perk up like a little kid when she senses we're close to grandpa and grandma's. It does my heart good. Cheyenne will just be happy to be anywhere but the car. And Sadie will enjoy having the sofa entirely to herself. As you can see from the look on her face, sometimes she gets a little squished.
Are you making any trips this week? Are you going to friends and family? Or are they coming to you?
From my family to yours... Happy Holidays! May it bring out the kid in you!