Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rites of Passage

Today I will drive 3.5 hours to LA, in rush hour traffic, with my two kids. They will have no one to hand them snacks, get out the art supplies, or pause the Pink Panther DVD, as I will be driving 75-80 mph on the 101 and the 405. And I am not stopping every 15 minutes, so I have advised them that they will need to be self sufficient. They will need to be like Survivorman in the backseat of the car.

Tomorrow the three of us will fly to Nashville for Thirty-Something Bride's wedding, and I will be flying solo with the chirren (Southern speak for "children"). I have purchased an entire season of Sponge Bob on DVD, and I have a portable DVD player with two sets of earbuds. Since the kids don't have cable, and they haven't seen Sponge Bob since summer, it should work wonders on the long flight.*

Hubby will follow us on Saturday.

We're all very excited about the wedding although the boy is a little apprehensive about all of the kissing that might be going on, along with having to stand around and get "shhhed" a lot. But I have given him some indication of the centerpieces at the kids table although they have not seen this picture:



As for me, I've been focused on last minute shopping and packing. It's not easy to pack for six days for three people who need a variety of casual, dressy, and formal clothing (I am the MOH, the girl is the Flower Girl, and the boy wants to "dress like the President")--in suitcases that I must be able carry by myself while keeping hold of my kids in the airport!

As for the flight itself, I have purchased an entire season of Sponge Bob on DVD, and I have a portable DVD player with two sets of earbuds. Since the kids don't have cable, and they haven't seen Sponge Bob since summer, it should work wonders on the long flight.

Time for me to get cracking! Three hours and counting before departure and our grand wedding adventure! It will be great to get there and begin the festivities for Thirty-Something Bride and the Candyman. Woo-hoo, y'all! Time for someone to get hitched.

*As for those of you who would attempt this adventure without such entertainment, you are clearly beyond the "good enough" realm of motherhood and in some other realm--a realm of which I have no understanding, a realm in which I have no ability.

8 comments:

Studentmum said...

Never mind the DVDs what have you packed for your entertainment - a hip flask & Buffy?

Good Luck 'enjoy' the journey :)

baxie said...

Good luck!
Take pix!

angelapea said...

Have Fun!

TKW said...

That Spongebob DVD is gonna save your ass...

Contemporary Troubadour said...

Safe and peaceful travels!!! Looking forward to hearing how everything goes.

The Thirty-Something Bride said...

Here you come! Here you come! You'll be here TODAY!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Enjoying the visual of you recklessly driving through LA, things flying out the window as you scream at the kids. Not that you'd do that, but it's funny in my head.

The Steel Magnolia said...

I do so love a wedding! Safe travel (I mean that in every sense of the phrase!) and many blessings.
. . . And now I'm totally missing all the fabulous food in Nashville . . . .

Ink said...

Hope you have a FAB time! And what a cool centerpiece, btw. Very Willy Wonka Chic!