Posted by: whimsigal | July 1, 2008

We’re Outta Here!

Tomorrow morning, we’re heading out on what will probably be the only vacation we take this year, going up to PA to visit my hubby’s brother and family. This will be our third 4th of July vacation up there and we’re all looking forward to it very much. The first year we went, we made the mistake of driving up I-95, through DC. Please believe me when I say we won’t be doing that ever again! The traffic was an absolute nightmare so now we take a more picturesque route through Virginia, West Virginia, etc. It’s a beautiful drive and I’m really looking forward to all the scenery, the quaint farms and livestock that dot the countryside as we zoom past in our little suburbiamobile.

I don’t know what my posting capability will be while I’m there but I’m taking my camera and my laptop, just in case.

Yesterday our stimulus money arrived and just in time, too because things had gotten quite scary around here. I took a little bit of money and bought the boys some much needed clothes and, just as the money came right when we needed it, Old Navy was having a fabulous sale! Many things we marked down to 50% off so I was able to buy many things for very little money. $91 to be exact. Not too bad for outfitting a couple of boys with summer gear. When we arrived at the store, Iain said, “Momma, I want to pick out things that I like to wear. Is that ok?” Oh. My. God. He’s getting so big, already interested in shopping for himself and not interested in me picking out anything at all for him! Of course I let him choose almost everything and tried to offer a little guidance where I could. Iain has really been into these muscle shirts and old navy had some athletic ones for $9.50 and some cotton ones 2 for $10 dollars. I told Iain that he could get two of the cottons for the price of one of the style he had chosen. After carefully weighing all the styles and options, he settled on his first choice because it was the one he liked the best.
iain muscle.jpg
Had I been shopping on my own I would have gone with the 2 for $10 for economy’s sake but I was happy to relax and let him make these choices. We also went to Target to pick out a couple of snacks for the road and Iain again was making some interesting connections. There was a box of Roll-ups that was $2. It was advertising a contest where you could win $5 in specially marked packages. Iain asked me, “Momma, what’s -2 +5?” Well, damn. After I picked my jaw up off the floor I asked him if he had an idea already of what the answer was and he said, “Yeah, I think it’s 3.” Right on, Dude. Right on!!

Ryan has been really into Indian Jones for a while and loves to dress up as his favorite archaeologist. Here he is yesterday all decked out in his best Indy regalia:
indiana jones.jpg
Nevermind that it was 85 degrees yesterday, the kid is ALL about the details and wasn’t about to pretend that he had on an Indian Jones outfit. no way! He picked out the whole thing, all the way down to the button down shirt inderneath the jacket! I love his attention to detail even though it can get a little frustrating when we can’t find exactly what he wants when he wants it.

Well, that’s all from our neck of the woods and, if I don’t post anything while we’re gone, please have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. Of course, if you don’t live in the States then just have a great week! 🙂



  1. Have a great trip and visit!! Can’t wait to hear about it and see pictures. 🙂

  2. I know what you mean about D.C. traffic. My husband is from there. Have a great trip. Happy 4th.

  3. Awesome costume, Ryan!

    Wow, Iain is doing lotsa math. That is cool that you let them pick their own clothes. I bet that Iain will feel a lot better in the one shirt he chose than he would if you bought 2 shirts he didn’t
    want as much.

    Have a great trip!

  4. Have a great trip! Love the outfits! And the ‘tudes.

  5. enjoy the trip–we’re off on our own road trip tomorrow–heading south–95 promises to be a nightmare! your kids are too cute–little Indy is rockin’ the cowboy hat.

    thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

  6. Love the ‘Indy’ photo! Have a great trip – oh, and great to see a photo of you too 🙂

  7. Awesome shopping trip! Love the photos too. 🙂 Have a great time. That is a beautiful drive.

  8. Those photos are great! The Indy photo just slays me, too friggin cute! Have a great trip!-K

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