Today I drove the whole family (Mom, Zak, Natalie, Dorian) to Dulles Airport which is a little over an hour away from here. You see, today begins a very exciting, and all the while frightening, adventure to Scopolos Greece. My dad will be flying in from a business trip in Paris, Mom/Natalie and Zak/ left today, and Dorian and I will be leaving on Sunday after her regional gymnastics meet.
(If you are still following all that) After the 1.30 crammed in the car with way too much luggage, Natalie stressing out because my mom hadn't "prepared" her carry-on yet, and Zak contributing unnecessary sarcastic comments EVERYONE was ready to get out.
|Zak tweeting everything about the drive @twiddadat|
|Surrounded by girls|
Then we get a phone call from our cousins (who are meeting us in Greece) and said they forgot a few very important items and need for Dorian and I to pick them up from Baltimore and bring them on Sunday. While this sounds easy enough, this little 12yr old and have lots planned for the weekend and only had this afternoon to make the 2hr trip to Baltimore from DC. So we headed straight there from the airport and well....SAT IN TRAFFIC FOREVER!!!!!
|This is Dori when we finally made it to pick up the forgotten items. "I can't believe we drove all the way to get controllers that will just keep the boys from spending time with us." (Controllers were not the only items we picked up)|
We did enjoy the time together singing too loud to the music and screaming at the top of our lungs (just because we can). But what upset me more than the traffic was the fact that I found myself saying "Don't these people know we have 2 puppies that need dinner, and that we want to get home sometime today." AS if I was am so important that the roads should part for me to drive through!
At the end of the day, all the stress and anxiety I feel about getting on a plane and leaving my comfort level is so insignificant in comparison to the joy and memories that are made along the way. My biggest prayer for this trip is not that everything will go smoothly, or that I won't be so nervous about flying (while that would be nice), but that I would be able to recognize the memories and once-in-a-lifetime moments along the way.
|This was before we got on the road ( ha ha)|
|This month's quote in my calendar, how perfect!|
Also I just need to say for the record, that I really miss having my husband around these days. I thought we were a professional long-distance couple, but it's still so hard to feel connected. Reminding myself that we are so blessed to be able to communicate at all during this TDY (temporary deployment).