Fast forward to Wednesday... after 2 days of cooking for trip, nursing sick little patients & therapies intersperced... the house looked like a trainwreck. But, the good thing about disaster is that it will patiently await your arrival home days later. Seriously need a cleaning fairy!
Packing the Yukon, or black bus as Roo calls it, was amazing. Our 150 qt cooler just fit the back width. We had backpacks for each child, shoe bag for all, small suitcases for each of us. A small emergency vehicle stash of supplements, first aide, cold/allergy/flu remedies, sunscreen & natural bug repellent. 2 additional baskets for dry food, golf clubs, life vests, snack cooler, extra travel clothing & porta potty made our Clampetts transition complete. Toileting, loading into carseats & situating with juice & snack cups, blankets, asst toys & DVD loaded & we were on the road again.
The trip up was ok-- just short of 6 hours. The kids were actually quite good considering they were sick. I had to perform contortionist manuevers to get into the back for potty breaks, diffusing fights b/t Roo & Sbear & carrying out my flight attendant duties. I was so glad to get out of that truck!
Kiddos really had fun at Grammy & Papa's & for the first time since the twins were mobile, I actually had fun being there with them. Can I have an AMEN! They all have been progressing well (exceptionally so these past few months-- way above anything we've seen prior to detox) & seeing them outside our normally sheltered existance was truly telling of just how well they ARE RESPONDING to the medical, nutritional & therapuetic interventions that have become our normal routines. They all stayed together rather than bolting in opposite directions to the nearest dangerous opportunity, took interest in what other people were doing, looked to interact with other kids (YES!) & slept a great deal better than EVER before. This all was so awesome, especially when they were a little under the weather. For the first time while there, I didn't have the maxed-out hyper alert feeling of propetual adrenaline surge the entire trip. Even with the mountainous FOOD issue of trying to keep them clear of contaminants which are the normal for intake for others wasn't nearly as much of as a battle-- probably b/c our kids have matured some in that aspect & are better able to control their impulsivity currently. Again-- all such progress.