Okay, I've never tried to do a blog update from my phone, but since I am in Boone, NC without my laptop, I thought I'd give it a try. We're having a great time here in the mountains, despite the fact that my mother is A LOT more...."hyper" than we are. The husband and I are pretty laid back -- we have to be with 4 little kids. My mom isn't used to kids as little as ours. My sister has 2 kids, but her youngest is almost 6. It is a lot different traveling with 4 kids. They never all have to stop to pee at the same time unless wherever you stop only has one bathroom, then they all have to go RIGHT NOW. They never are all happy with where you have dinner or what they get. And they don't move fast. Ever. Unless you want them to go slow. Yesterday, we drove 30 minutes or so out of our way to go see these gardens on top of Roan Mountain just back over the Tennessee state line. It was beautiful. Rhodadenderons as far as you can see, surrounded by the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. And there were bees EVERYWHERE. Most of you know that I'm scared of bugs, but I'm highly allergic to bees. I carry an Epi-Pen in my purse in case I get stung. Well, my kids know this too. William, the 9 year old, reacts to mosquito bites like I do, so I have told him before that he MAY be allergic. Of course, to him, this means that if he ever gets stung he will die a horrible death. We walked about 1/4 of the garden path to the first overlook before he flipped out and I had to take him back to the car. He was very upset. This left the husband with my mom and the 3 youngest. My mom would walk rather briskly and find herself suddenly 100 yards or so ahead of the group because they had all stopped to look at, touch, and talk about something super exciting like moss. As soon as they'd catch up, she'd take off again and they'd all stop to see why she was stopped and she'd be ahead again.
She has our days scheduled. This doesn't go over real big with my crew. We're a pretty laid back group when it comes to schedules. But when we are only here for 3 days, we HAVE to have some sort of schedule. We're up by 7:30, in the car by 8:30, and off to another beautiful location. My kids are having a blast and this kind of trip is something we could not do for them without my mom. I'm thankful. Incredibly so. And as much as I love to tease my mom about our differences, you have to be a little bit, well, anal to pull off what we have done in 3 days. I am certain that when I can type on a keyboard I'll share more of our trip, but right now I'm tired of typing with my thumb and I have do idea how long this is or if it flows and if it makes sense since I can only see about 4 lines at a time. This may not even post. What a waste of time THAT would be.