Friday, April 18

Road Trip!

Bright and early tomorrow morn I am packin' up the three kiddos and my grandmother. Our destination is my father's in Ottawa, about 7 hours away if the Travel Gods smile upon us gently.

When I was a child we traveled constantly. The top photo is of my eldest brother, my mom and myself (the wee one..) in Paris.. circa 1978-ish... at that time we lived in Naples, Italy and my parents owned the finest of travel accommodations. A green VW bus, custom outfitted with a pop-up sleeper. We used it well and whenever the chance happened we were off and cruisin' Europe.
Don't ya just love the pink sleepy PJ's with the feet? I can remember those so well! The toes were way too long and the white felted plastic tips flopped as I walked. Anyway, I think every person in my family has very fond memories of our adventures. I don't remember most, as I was so young, but I have the pictures to prove it!

So, anyway, off I go, to make a few memories for my children and for myself. Wish me luck! Honest, wish me luck, cause I'm really not so sure about the 7 hours thing with a 10 month old, a two and half yr old, a nine yr old and my grandmother of all people! I will return sometime on Tuesday, hopefully with all my hair.

Have a fabulous weekend dear friends!!
xoxo~
Abbie

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Abbie, have a safe, wonderful, non- hair losing trip!!! Enjoy your adventure, all my best, Janie

Firefly Hill said...

Love these pictures Abbie! Have a great trip...

Annie

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Love your photos of the unremembered journeys through Europe. Your traveling concerns sound like the stuff of novels and movies. ;>

Have a grand time, Abbie. Go with the flow!

Suzanne said...

You'll do just fine Abby. Just tell the kids they can't ask "Are we there yet?"

It's wonderful that you were able to travel, even though you don't really remember it you can tell people at a cocktail party, "Oh yes, I've traveled the continent...when I lived in Naples!"

I love, love, love the VW bus, but of course you know I'm a car nut.

Will be anxiously awaiting your return and tales from Canada.

Nancy said...

Enjoy the road trip. Savor the memories you are making with your children. It's funny but it's usually the small things that make the best memories.

Nancy said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention the VW bus! I love it and so would my oldest daughter. Belive it or not, that's her "dream car."

Paula Bauer said...

you'll do great...building lovely memories for your kiddos. Loved the pics and especially you in your pink jammies!

I was reading Blueberries for Sal to my Littles last night and was struck at the resemblance of your profile pic and one of the first illustrations of Little Sal's mama! And the setting is in the Northeast too...so now I shall always think of you when I read that book!

Have a great road trip!

Utah Grammie said...

Hello Abbie - I'm new to your site - I love the "rememberies" of your travels and am green with envy - I am an "armchair traveler" but love all the photos and info I can get. I look forward to reading more of your past posts. Have a wonderful & safe trip-
Colleen

Anke said...

Hi Abbie, you are brave, but that's an awesome thing! I hope everything is working fine and you make it save there. Take care and have lot's of fun!!!!!!!!
The fotos are lovely! What a treasure! I love my childhood fotos too.......
So see you around after tuesday, smiles, Anke ;)

Miss Sandy said...

Abbie,
Here is a road trip blessing just for you!

Well wishes and safety for your travel, joy in your journey, make a pocket full of memories, and may you have a head full of hair when you return!

Sherry/Cherie said...

Wonderful photographic memories of your youthful travels...pink footed pjs and all!!

Have a wonderful vacation Abbie..hopefully everything has thawed in Ottawa (they had it worse with snow and winter than we did in Toronto)...maybe some of the tulips will even be pushing up!!

Love your new banner btw!!!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Have a great trip, dear Abbie, remember to breath deep!

I love the VW bus. What a classic.....and you were such a sweetie in your PJ's.

((hugs)) Rosie

Angie(quillysilly) said...

Like you...some of the most wonderful memories I have are of summer trips with my family. While we never went overseas, we travelled the US camping and sailing. I remember one summer we spent 3 weeks on a sail boat in Kentucky and then we explored caves and mountains...I still remember canoeing with my brother and hiking in Colorado. My hubbie and I are determined to give our own kids those memories and we take a trip at least once a year! I hope you and your family enjoy making your own priceless memories! See you when you return! Angie

Kathleen Grace said...

Wow, what an exciting life to have lived in and traveled Europe! Have a great time with your trip and tell us all about it:>)

Rhondamum said...

Ok, obviously I love the Eiffel tower pic, but really, I have to respond on the VW bus. I swear, I have the same pic of me standing in the same spot, with the same type of pjs on. Only difference is our bus was white and I had a pacifier in my mouth. I have so many memories in that bus. I love this trip down your memory lane.

The kids might just surprise you. I am sure you packed plenty of activities and will have great fun.

Be safe and enjoy!

R...

Mary said...

What a fun childhood you must have had! Have a safe and wonderful trip, and good luck with the hair...
xoxo,
Mary

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

What a good momma you are...hope you are having a terrific time filling up your minds with treasured memories!

xoxo

Pherenike said...

Good luck! hope you have lots of lovely adventures!

amanda said...

Hope you had a fabulous trip! Can't wait to get the update!

Smiles,
Amanda:)