Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nauvoo, Illinois:We made it!

We've been in the car for 24 out of the last 36 hours. I've used my glittery voice so many times, I think I deserve a medal. Or at least a hot fudge sundae.
"West, my dear, sweet son, please take your sweaty feet off your sister!"
"Sailor, my kind-hearted girl, when West puts his sweaty feet on you, please don't scream-calmly and serenely ask for help!"
"Oh, charges, can you count how many ears of corn you see in Nebraska?"
"Only 682 miles left till our destination-think how much closer we're getting!"
Oh-I've been positively chipper, if not always genuine. There's a huge responsibility on the shoulders of the mother, and not just in the car. The mood of the family hangs on your ability to keep your cool. If you are calm, the family will recover from grounchy moods and squabbles. If you are crabby, the whole family will let loose with existentialist angst. Remember that if you are thinking of having children. Forget about learning Lamaze and how to diaper infants. Practice being cheerful when everyone around you is cantankerous. That's the most pratical advice I can offer to potential parents. Ohm. Serenity now. Fake it till you feel it, baby.
We are here-and I can say that much with an absolutely 100 percent genuine glittery voice.
"Charges-it's time to unload the car! Oh, ho! Now won't that be fun?"
Be Back Tomorrow with more about Nauvoo...

18 comments:

Seth and Julie said...

You made it! I am so happy to hear that. I only wish you'd been three weeks earlier. We'll pray for your continued safe travel, and I can't wait to hear about your time in Nauvoo.

gigi said...

That is a long drive. Glad you made it safely there.

Rich'n'Rach said...

thanks for the advice! i know its a fact, and i definitely need to work on that before we "start trying" - it'd probably make marriage a heck of a lot easier, too :) Have a fun vacay w/ all the church history!

Katie and Mark said...

Oh! It's oh so clear now! ;) I've got some practicing to do....Have fun!

Julie Harward said...

LOL...been there done that... with 8 kids...have a fun time! :D

Lorie said...

Prudy, I am laughing out loud at this post. But you have also given some golden advice. It is so true that the mother dictates the mood of the household.

Keep up the good work!

Becky said...

We just got back from Nauvoo, driving a straight 23 hours. It is worth it. I hope you have a wonderful time. We took 6 kids.

Leigh said...

Please stay in the shade! We're only a few hours from Nauvoo and the heat (plus humidity) is unbearable! I hope you planned to see the pagent, it is really well done. Enjoy the trip and stay hydrated!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Glad ya'll are safely there!

Wendyfmckinley said...

Your my role model, in 4 days we make the trek to Montana, in the car, with three kids, Say hi to Jack and Barb for me!

Natasha said...

One of my most absolute favorite places on earth! Oh, Nauvoo!! I'm looking forward to pictures.

Michal said...

I love how your posts make me giggle. Yet your advice is sage. Thanks for the great example you are to me.

It's all Good- The Allen Fam said...

Words of wisdom indeed....and you are so young! You are so right about the being cheerful and faking it...Love it!

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