Sweet Sisters

For there is no friend like a sister 
In calm or stormy weather;
 To cheer one on the tedious way, 
To fetch one if one goes astray, 
To lift one if one totters down, 
To strengthen whilst one stands.  Author: Christina Rossetti

I have two sweet sisters. Two sisters who can be the same and yet so different. We all take care of each other, we are there for each other whenever one is in need. We can be each others fiercest supporter and on the other hand disagree to an extreme degree. No matter our differences we always stand by each other.

I enjoy spending time with my sisters. On a few occasions we have traveled together and it is always an adventure and so much fun. One important thing I have learned during my life is that when you travel with someone whether sister or friend, you have to compromise. Compromise on food, music, places to stay, sites to see and things to do.

My younger sister and I took a road trip this past week. If you read my blog on 7/11/14 (What we do for our children) you know what the purpose of the trip was.

We left behind our children. I left my seven teens and above aged children with my husband. I did prepare a few meals for them to give my husband a break. I know he was slightly overwhelmed but he survived. Tara on the other hand left two adorable little ones eight and seven years old with our parents. Her children definitely had a hard time with the separation.

Tara and I did some preparation for our trip last week. We planned out how we wanted this trip to go and what we needed for the journey. The main goal besides getting Camille’s car safely to her was to enjoy the trip, and that we did!

Items we took to survive our 20 hour road trip:

  • Map (my iPhone worked great)
  • Snacks (Isalean Protein shake, Isalean bars, fiber snacks, fresh fruit, dried fruit, almonds, chips (need something salty), H20
  • Music
  • Comedy CD’s: Bill Cosby
  • Books on CD: we both like Agatha Christie mysteries (yay)

Here are a few tips that worked for us.

  • Take it slow, we drove about 5-6 hours each day
  • Go to bed each night to at least sleep 7 hours (stopped in to see some of our family along the way)
  • Wake up to your bodies clock
  • Enjoy the scenery (we took a side trip to Yosemite)

Trip Map

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What we do for our children

Today I will start a road trip from Oregon to Arizona. Why? To my surprise, my darling parents bought our daughter Camille a car for her High school graduation present. Awesome gift by the way! Camille is over the moon about it. It’s a car she has always wanted. Yet there was one problem, how to get the car from Eugene, Oregon to Scottsdale, Arizona. My husband is locked in with work right now and I was not going to let my Dad to drive it down. So you know what that means? Mom’s got to do it! Camille planned on joining me on the trip but she recently started her first job and could not get the time off.

When you have children there are times you have to make sacrifices. You put aside your own comfort for theirs. You feed them before you feed yourself; you make sure they have what they need before you, right! This is one of those self-sacrificing moments for me. Don’t get me wrong I like road trips, but I did this road trip last summer with my family. Once that trip was over I said I was not going to do it ever, ever, ever again. Yikes I spoke too soon! However I am definitely going to do this road trip differently. I am taking my time. No driving like a mad-woman to get home in a day or two even. No worries, I am not taking this trip alone. My dear younger sister Tara, a mother herself, is sacrificing for me and well for my daughter too. Who does that? Who just offers to take a 20 hour road trip to drive a car to another state? Then hop on a plane the next day to go back home? I will tell you! My sister, she is a giver, actually both my sisters are. I have two wonderful sisters. They both are self-sacrificing.

So my sister & I are headed out to the open road, we are determined to make this a fun, relaxed trip. We will see some sites & family along the way. You can read all about our trip next week on my blog. For now I will be singing Willie Nelson’s song “On the Road again”