Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Great Escape...scene 1


D'man's Great Escape 2010 has officially began.
We are currently all nestled in, enjoying the Montana landscape.
We just stopped  for gas...as if there isn't plenty in the R.V.... with 4 boys aboard!!
I actually needed a little fresh air.
Toxic is a word that comes to mind.
S-girl and I ran into the gas station to the "ladies room".
Call me crazy, but I'm not fond of sitting on the minuscule toilet that resides in our R.V.
Especially when  in motion. 
While the R.V. is a ride...it is definitely NOT a smooth ride.
Seriously, if I closed my eyes and played "let's imagine", I'd be riding in a horse drawn covered wagon.
Did I mention, when I opened our subway sandwiches, raspberry vinaigrette dressing exploded all over my pants, with the majority of it landing front and center..if you know what I mean.
Why did I ever think I could get away with bringing one pair of comfy travel pants?
For about the past 40 minutes, L-boy has been half heartedly whimpering and whining from his car seat.
The other children seem to be frozen, staring glassy eyed at the T.V. screen.
Apparently, unable to muster the strength to help their poor little brother.
I'm sure I'll have to crawl out from "the cave" and go back and soothe his sad soul.
I might add that we just passed a huge bill board advertising the "Testicle Festival".
I'm not even gonna to try and imagine what that is all about.
I think it has something to do with sheep?  I'm hoping anyway.
I thought I'd add a few photos, so you could really appreciate our current surroundings.

I am continuously thanking my saintly husband for this little set up.
Bless you, my darling dear.
And yes, the towel is to curb the massive screen shake. 
Did I mention, it is not a smooth ride?
I refer to the front seat area as the cave.
You seriously have to "crawl down in" to get to it from the back.
Please notice the sheep skin seat covers.
They came free with the R.V.
If I let my mind wander...it really grosses me out.
So, I don't let it wander.

D-man was a super hero and installed a new C.D./ipod player.
Oh, and Jack Bauer never disappoints.
And because we have a number of "24's" in this rig.
I'm thankful.
This one is for our worried mothers.
This baby will only go 60!
Tops!!
Have I mentioned my dear sister, Jenny, before?
She manages to do something like this for just about all of our excursions.
This bag is chock full o' goodness.
Candy, his and her band-aids, kids travel games, coloring books, and pool floats.
Everybody needs an Aunt Jenny.
And, NO, she doesn't pay our dental bills.

L-boy enjoys a good "Grandma baked" ginger snap with a side of fries.
We are really healthy around here.
I brought out the brussel sprouts and asparagus for dessert.
And I never lie.
Looks like he's leaving a little "snack for later" on his shirt!


The carpeted ceiling truly contributes to the "cave like" feel.
Why?
Why is there carpet on the ceiling?
We will never know the answer to that question.
True story.
I'm very claustrophobic.
I got stuck in the dryer at my grandma's house when I was just a wee one.
She was out gardening, for what seemed like a lifetime, before she stumbled across me in the dryer.
I'm sure it was just a matter of minutes.
But, it felt like a life time.
I share all of this because, every once in a while, I find myself breathing rapidly..
scratching at my throat, on the verge of a panic attack.
And suddenly I'm back in my grandma's dryer.
I'm not sure what it is.
But could it possibly be that the cab of our little truck is completely engulfed.
I feel at times like we are going to be crushed under our own weight.
Can you see it.
The bed above the cab literally hangs over the sides and front by about a foot and a half.
I often fight the urge to duck as I am sitting in the front seat.
But other than that, I'm as happy as a clam.
We are on VACATION for Pete's sake.
And I'm with the people I love the most.
I am truly blessed.

P.S.  I installed the twitter widget over on the right side of the screen.
Because, I know it  is exactly how you want to spend your time.
Reading my vacations tweets!

26 comments:

Natalie said...

Great post! I can just see your rolling home! But my absolute favorite part is the carpeted ceiling - that's just fantastic I don't care who ya are!

lulalola.com said...

Nothing on earth thrills me as much as a vacation! You lucky thing! I love the pictures, love the carpet, love the towel on the tv, love the whole thing! I actually never do twitter. Never, but followed you today so I could live vicariously through you! Can't wait for more posts and lots of tweets! By all means send me a tee shirt from the testicle festival! lol
Be safe! Have fun! Document it all!

Laura said...

Awww look at you guys, roadtrippin, how fun!! I hope you are having a blast, I'm sure you are. Also, I totally need an Aunt Jenny. :)

Seizing My Day said...

OK .. My friend Heather goes to Glacier National Park every year ... from Olympia Wa! and anyway... she told me about the testicle festival signs... one year the family she traveled with decided to investigate! it is the "season" when they "fix" the baby calves... and they cook em up "fancy" and eat them at this disturbing festival! shudder!! ew! anyway... she highly recommends NOT stopping!! ha ha! the Pioneer Woman had a post of Charlie eating them.. b/c you know... they have a huge ranch full of calves!

We vacationed in MT last year! Glacier National Park is Beautiful!! narrow narrow roads however! are you going?

Have fun!

We live in a Zoo! said...

Ahhh!! Stuck in the dryer! Terrifying!

Alicia said...

Julie, this was so fun to read! Wow, what a blessing to have the RV, shakes and all!!! And I am a total 24 addict, so you get a high five for that!

And gotta love the Auntie for the goodies! Have a wonderful time!!!

Dana said...

First of all love the seat covers!!
Second love the carpet on the roof!
Have a great trip! If you drive threw Libby, MT give a shout out for me. (spent 15 years in that tiny town)

Angie said...

These posts make me laugh so loud!!! As funny as it is, these are memories that you will NEVER forget and cherish forever. :)

He & Me + 3 said...

Oh my word you are too funny. We love Jack Bauer too. How cool. I love the carpet ceiling. Enjoy your trip.
I like that it only goes 60. My kind of ride:) Does it shake at 60?

Carrie said...

Sadie is sitting on my lap while I'm catching up this morning. While reading your most funny post EVER (and I think they are all pretty funny) - she smiles and says, "You're laughing!" See, even Sadie knows I love your blog!

Can't wait to read more of your adventures!! ;)

Rebekah said...

Oh my! It looks Ok from the outside, but the interior made me laugh!! you could always sew some large bold flower print curtains and completely go with it!?

The carpet, what is that all about? funny!
But I bet it will be some the greatest memories for you as a family!

:0)

Chris said...

I am laughing!!!!!

This post is so darn funny!!!

Typical family vacation....
lots of fun times and ummmm,...interesting memories!!!

Love your RV!!!!!
But, yes...I totally get the claustrophobic feeling....

Have fun on this 'adventure'!!

Dan and Shell said...

Jul, tell D to pull over and rest....no swerving on the road!! I'm glad you are having fun, it's only day one so you better be!! lol!! I also am glad for your twitter on the side, it allows me to follow you without having to join that crazy fad!! You are so up with the times!! Have fun! I'll check back soon!

MollyinMinn said...

That was fabulous. I feel like I am in there with you. Not sure if that is a good thing or not, with the carpet on the ceiling and all. But what a trip you are on (literally and figuratively).

bbcd mama said...

You guys are high stylin'! I LOVE the carpeted walls and ceiling. And the juxtaposition of the technology against the "age" of the camper, cracks me up.

3LittleMonkeys said...

Love the carpeted ceilings...you did say it was a bumpy ride....

Also love the bag of treats courtesy of Aunt Jenny! What a smart Aunt. When we travel in the car I always need lots and lots of junk food!

Happy travels! I look forward to your tweets!

Shannon said...

Not sure you want to know the real reason why the ceiling is carpeted!

Y'alls ride is definitely pimped, for sure!

Oh and gosh, stuck in the dryer! I cannot even imagine. I'm not sure who felt worse, you or your poor grandma.

Happy travels!

Stuff could always be worse said...

Love those photos, you have a neat ride!
kim

Jenny said...

Sounds like you guys are having a blast!!!! Sure wish i was with ya'll on this journey. ;) Your farm animals are doing well. ;)I love the tweets. Now can i comment on those or do i just comment on your post. I couldn't figure out how to write on the tweet. Any how love ya'll...drive safe!!!

Cole said...

funny post. looks like a fun vacation. lovely blog!
nicole visiting from
http://lettersfromcoco.blogspot.com/

Tracy said...

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Tina Hollenbeck said...

Hi, Julie! Thanks for starting to follow my blog - how did you find me?

I'm returning the favor because I love your writing style - your descriptions of today's adventures made me LOL for real. Can't wait to read more. :^)

Tina

Catherine Anne said...

What fun!!! Love your blog and all of your photos. Got a new follower here.

Cleo said...

Testicle Festival???? LMBRO! (Laughing My Butt Right Off!)
And the Raspberry, on the uhhh, uhhhm part of your pants....LOL! Sorry, shouldn't be LOL, should be consoling. :)
You only brought 1 pair of travel pants?????? Mayhap we are distantly related: I do the same thing! I tend to underpack then overpack. I usually end up hitting the mark in packing for the kids. Something seems to happen however after that when I reach for my own luggage!
The hubs though....ALWAYS OVERPACKS! Like 10 pair of boxers for a three day trip! Drives me NUTS!!!
Can I borrow Jenny sometime????????
Pics are Goooood!
Carpet ceiling...maybe a buffer if you roll???? (Ooops...did i think that out loud?)
Much love & BE SAFE Girly!



I feel like I'm on the trip with you guys! Minus the

Arizona Mamma said...

How did I miss this post?!? Dying here! But...you did manage to answer a big question I had. I was curious about how the cab opened to the back. Niiiice!

Still, I think it looks like great fun!

Rebecca said...

Love it! I had always dreamed about having a trailer or camper for vacations. Never did I think it would come with carpet and sheep skin in the cockpit. Love your cave analogy. Have a super vacation with your family!
PS I put your button on my blog
http://theblessingsofmoderndomestication.blogspot.com/
Cheers!

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