April 8, 2009

Hole N' The Rock

Today Jeremy and I are throwing all caution to the wind and our kids into the car and heading for a spur-of-the-moment road trip to the beautiful and almost always sunny Moab, Utah.

We’ll be here.


And here.


Jealous? You should be.

Oh, it won’t be all red rocks and hiking trails 24-7. There will be at least eight hours where one four-year old boy will be tortured by his baby sister as she sticks her size-four feet in his face, or when she accidentally grazes his leg with her arm, or the mother of all abuses, when she looks at him for longer than 2.5 seconds. How dare she?

But get those two children at a road-side McDonald’s with chicken mcnuggets in their bellies and within eyesight of a Play Place and that same boy must shout to everyone enjoying their Big Mac, or McRib (for a limited time only) that the little girl sitting next to him is his baby sister, Reesafee. And she’s NOT yours. (For some reason, Henry always feels the need to clarify to strangers that Reese is only his and not theirs.)

As an aside, we've been working with Henry lately to not talk to strangers, you know for safety sake. Somehow, he's added his own precautions on to that list that include: Not talking to strangers, zombies, ghosts, vampires and Josh. I have no idea who Josh is, but judging by the company he keeps, it is indeed wise to not talk to him.

So, peace out for the rest of the week. I won’t be here Monday either. I’ve finally been invited to hang with my idol and the coolest chick on the block. My hands are so sweaty just thinking about it.

62 comments:

Maggie May said...

I'm jealous- I love road trips! Have fun you sweet girl.

Miss Grace said...

I went there when I was seven. My sister threw a hissy fit and stayed in the 170 degree car. My dad was attempting to grow a mustache. He looked like 16-year-old cholito.

Peggy said...

Have fun at (in?) Moab!

Wait! You're meeting Casey? Hate. You. Both. I don't really hate you both, I just felt that way for a split second. I'm very jealous! Have a great time and give Casey a wedgie from me! :)

Momma Trish said...

I am jealous! That looks like a pretty cool place to visit with the kids. Hope you have a great time, and that the kidlets don't torture you too much. ;)

Rebekah said...

CRAP you make me homesick! Be safe, take valium, have fun!

Rebekah said...

Also? Watch out for Josh. He's everywhere.

blissfully caffeinated said...

I love that they just call it "Hole 'N The Rock." Those Utah parks and rec people know their shiz. No gussying up the hole in the rock with some fancy name. Nope. They just keep it real, ya'll.

Have fun!

Heather said...

LUCKY GIRL!!! Say "hi" to Casey for us!!!

ChurchPunkMom said...

Awesome.

So jealous.

Have fun.

Dana's Brain said...

That is SO cool, I am definitely envious. Just one more place to add to the huge lists of places I want to take my kids and probably never will. Wow. Sorry for the Debbie Downer moment there.

Have a blast! The McRib TOTALLY grosses me out!

Sprite's Keeper said...

If you bring your kids to a Play Place, do you actually have to stay there, play there, or pay there to play there? And is it really it's own place or more of a room, maybe a space?
Oh, so confused...

Sassypants Wifey said...

I can not tell you how many times we have driven by the exit for Moab. We lived in the armpit of CA in the Mojave Desert for 2 1/2 years and went right by Moab driving to CO. Hubs always said we need to go. We never have. So I say you have fun for us too, cant beat twice as much fun eh? Hmm, does that seem like lazy vacationing on my part? Hey, I say if someone else can do my work, why not?! Have fun! Drive careful.

Cat said...

travel safe!

jori-o said...

Have fun! =)

Cameron said...

Have fun!! I hope you have a DVD player in your vehicle.

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Have a great trip. I've never been there but it looks beautiful!

I've got one of those 'my sister gave me the eye mommy and breathed on my side of the car' kids too. Good luck.

Ms. Salti said...

I'm jealous! I'm soo not an outdoorsy person, but I love Moab. And I have a very similar picture to the one you've posted. Hope you survive the weekend with the kids!

Tracy Lynn said...

I'm not talking to Josh either.

Jess said...

I am just a tad lil bit jealous...but you really had me at McDonalds PlayPlace and chicken McNugs. Have a fun trip!!!! Looking forward to the pictures!

Robin said...

Oh, I am totes jealous!
Have a great time!

Cakelet said...

Have an excellent adventure! Also, wear a hat. When I went to Moab, the sun baked my brains. (yeah, yeah... explains alot... I know)

Captain Dumbass said...

Definitely stay away from the zombies, but I'd give the others a chance. Except for Josh. You see Josh you tell Jeremy to shoot first. Which is ok in Utah, right?

Bee said...

I'm so jealous! My husband won't take me anywhere cool and I'll am asking is for us to go to the Zoo.

Have fun!

HeatherPride said...

I love Moab!!! Arches is my favorite National Park in the US! Have a great time!

Anndi said...

Enjoy the "STOP touching ME!!!!"

Why all the zombie hating? There are good sides to zombies... without them, we wouldn't have all those zombie movies.

beth said...

I have always wanted to go to Moab and maybe do some mountain biking. And, you're meeting up with Casey, too? So jealous...

kel said...

That looks so cool!! I'm jealous? Can I hide in your suitcase?? Your really huge, air-condtioned, upholstered suitcase on wheels?

Oh wait, that's your car.

Chris said...

Jealous for sure. That's gorgeous. The only thing I have to look forward to around here is the corn finally coming up. Oh it's a sight to behold I tell ya.

Isn't it lovely how one second the boys would prefer to throw their sister out of a moving car, but the next, they're warning strangers that should they so much as look at said sister, they shall endure the wrath that is big brother. =D

Michele said...

I love Moab. We were there last Fall. My husband has all the brew pubs marked on a city map if you need to know.

Bex said...

soooooooo jealous! looking forward to seeing the pics.

zelzee said...

Ahhhh, road trips with kids touching each other.........

memories..........

Carolyn...Online said...

Have fun! We just got back from our sandy spring break fight-fest too.

Jenni Jiggety said...

Have a great trip! When I see Josh I will tell him to stay the hell away from your kid.

Sherendipity said...

I am so very jealous. Now that I'm moving on from the black plague, I could totally road trip, and what do you do? You go on without me.
Not nice, my friend. NOT NICE.

Jamie said...

Oh my heck..... Yup had to bust out a Utah thing...

Have fun.... LOVE LOVE LOVE Moab.

I actually have a relative who lives some where around there in the middle of no where - he works as a forest ranger, no his name isn't Rick... as in Ranger Rick but get this his dad's name IS Rick and his dad was also a forest ranger.... Thats right... I have an uncle who is a forest ranger named..... Ranger Rick.

Have fun!

Ann said...

I can't wait to hear about your trip.
Have a great time!
(And look out for the Zombies)

The Mister said...

Have a good trip. Keep an eye out for State Troopers!

Casey said...

First off, why did I not know about the McRib being in season? Both McRib and strawberry seasons are the highlight of my year.

It sounds like Reesafee gets as much enjoyment out of torturing her brother as Elliot does. Women are so evil, I'm glad I'm just a skan and not a woman. Yes, I'm reintroducing skan into our vocabulary, it's been way too long.

Is that hole in a rock place for real? Since everyone already misinterpreted your post to mean that we were meeting in person this weekend, I say we should do it for real. I'll meet you at your hole at midnight. Uh... that didn't come out right.

If you think I'm in any way idol-ish, you're more deranged that I thought.

Keely said...

So wait, you're NOT meeting Casey in person?

I mean, that's right! You're not! BECAUSE SHE'S MINE.

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

I wish I could tell you it gets better with age, but at 10 and 12, mine still bicker about personal space in the car. Who am I kidding? They bicker about whether the sky is blue, what day of the week it is and whether they have the same parents (they do coincidentally, but damned if I can make them believe it). Have an awesome trip!

Wicked Step Mom said...

Henry completely forgot to include pirates and ninjas. What are you teaching that kid anyway?!

Have a good trip!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

You are going to have a rockin' good time! ;) The McRib is back (for a limited time)? Mmmmmm! :) If I see Josh, I'll tell him to tike a hike for the weekend... :) Looking forward to hanging out with you at Casey's on Monday! ;) Have a safe and fun trip!

DeeMarie said...

Sounds like a blast!! I would totally tell people that Reese belonged to me too, but you know, not in the stalker-I'm-going-to-kidnap-her kind of way.
I've met Josh. Henry should keep his distance.

ladibug said...

I have to say i'm jealous too, I lived in good ol' Ogden for a time growing up. My parents threw my sister and I in the car for a 5 day car trip to the Grand Canyon, in a 1986 Chevy Nova. Good Times

Kelly said...

Have a great time!

Susan said...

Just when I got used to you posting regularly! Damn.

Ok, have fun. Really!

April said...

oh, how fun!!! we haven't done a trip in... omg, i can't even think that far back :-/

drive safely!!!

Zip n Tizzy said...

WoW!

Looks Awesome!

I will stay clear of Josh while you're gone.

mrsbear said...

It does look fabulous. I'm always fascinated by the texture of an uneven terrain. We don't have big rocks down here, unless you count the coral buried in our yard that makes it impossible to dig a trench when you need one.

We were just talking about the McRib the other day too, the fake ridges to make it seem like there's bone under all that simu-meat. It's wrong on so many levels.

Enjoy your weekend! I won't tell Josh where you went. ;)

bernthis said...

oh God, I just want a guy in my life. when I read posts like this I really do miss having a partner to just take off with and go somewhere. Have a great time!

Me, You, or Ellie said...

I really really really love Moab. Hike up a canyon for me.

Ellie

anymommy said...

Have a fabulous time.

Yaya said...

Hope you had fun!!!!

FoN said...

What is up with all these bloggers getting to meet? When is the road trip to Saskatchewan planned, huh?

Yeah, I know.

Tricia said...

Yahoo. Have a great trip and be careful not to run over Josh.

Jenni said...

We were in a very rain Philly this weekend. Hope you got lots of sun.

HarryJack's Mom said...

Gorgeous road trip! And unless I've missed it, that's the sweetest Henry thing I've ever read :wub: I've missed you!

TattooedMinivanMom said...

You went to visit the Flinstones?

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