I think those were the parting words from my husband as I loaded all four kids in the car.
He knows me. He knows I don't do well without him...quite literally. My whole life has been wrapped in countless hours of wandering lost with absolutely zero sense of direction.
A perfect example of this came when our son had his class trip to a strawberry patch and I somehow ended up at the airport instead.
The airport. Not even kidding.
That's when you know you have problems.
But this summer, this summer would be different. It was the first summer in fact, I've had in a long time. My new job in the schools has allowed me the sweet, sweet freedom of summer vacation and I could kick myself for not doing this years ago.
Gathering our things, I was on a mission to have the best Griswold family vacation of all times, even if it meant going it alone. Adam couldn't take time off from work, so who knew where I'd end up driving the kids by myself.
What I did know, is we had a full tank of gas, snacks in the car and a destination to get back to my home in Ohio for a visit with family and friends.
Believe it or not, we only got lost a little and had a few minor meltdowns along the way, but all in all, the spirit of adventure guided us and the destination of spending time with the best of friends and family was beyond a measurable success.
Our summer is winding down now and we're all home in one piece. We were able to grab Adam on the weekends and shoot to NYC, D.C. and the beach, which was the icing on the traveling cake.
There's a feeling like no other when you do something you're afraid to try. It comes to you not only in the attempt, but also in the success of accomplishing what you never thought possible.
Throwing four kids in a car by myself and driving aimlessly around the eastern part of America would be no big deal to some, but for me, (who was absolutely sure we'd end up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin) it was a very big deal. So big I can't wait until next summer to see what fun we can get into again.
THANK YOU to our Ohio peeps for making it the Greatest. Summer. Ever. We Miss and Love You Already and can't wait to see you again!!! Road Trip 2018!