I've decided to spend Memorial Day weekend with Peace Corps friends up in Vermont. I was posted with this couple in Makokou, Gabon for two years, so to say that we know each other well is an understatement. We know each other in a way that only people who spend two intense years of their lives trying to figure out life in the middle of the jungle can know each other. We're family, really.
I try to get up to see them a couple of times a year, and I've loved being able to stay in face-to-face touch with them since moving to the east coast. They have two kids who are in second grade and kindergarten now (I think? Or is it first grade and preschool?) so they have a kid-friendly house and lifestyle.
I think it will be a great trip . . . once we get there. It's a 4+ hour drive. The twins have historically done great in the car, but they are at an age where they are so mobile and want to be on the move so much that they grow bored with being strapped in their carseats all the time. It would be one thing if I had another adult with me to give the kids toys and snacks, but it's just me. I'm going to keep a bag of toys on the seat next to me and toss them back as needed, but I'm fearful of how well that will work. We'll see . . . my plan is to leave tomorrow morning when they are ready for their morning nap and hopefully get a couple of hours of sleeping out of them. Then I'll stop for a snack break and hope for the best. Keep your fingers crossed for me! (My constant plea.)
Once we're there, all kinds of fun awaits: a family cabin on the lake, a big backyard, lots of never-before-seen toys, two big kids, different snacks, a wading pool . . . it's like a kiddie resort. I'm looking forward to getting away and recharging a bit. Hopefully I'll get to do a little relaxing.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone.