Wednesday, April 27, 2011

On the road again

We're hitting the road, or the skies, tomorrow.

Xanax: check
Afrin: check
Kleenex; check

Passports: check (Essie is working on one for her bear Bernose as I write this.) "Mommy, what day was Bernose born? Was he really born in China?"

I've got some fat magic markers, some sculpting clay, and some books.
I'm still missing the candy, but I'm sure we can pick some up along the way.

But I'm mostly just hoping the video entertainment lineup is really, really enticing. Because the thought of eight mid-day hours on a plane with two kids and no daddy in sight to tag team with, scares the bee Jesus out of me.

Especially since Mommy will be pretty much despondent about leaving her other half behind. Ian and I took a ceremonial, farewell walk at the end of a beautiful, cloudless day yesterday. We walked through lush green meadows and along tidy walking paths lined with wild rhododendron and along single track trails that wound through stunning blue-bell woods. A purple carpet spread out in every direction. And, miraculously and conveniently as one can only expect from England, a strategically-placed pub in which to stop and fortify ourselves with a glass of cider.

Wish us luck.

America is still there, isn't it?


Anonymous said...

Hi Betsy,
I just got back to Australia from America, travelling with a 4 year old and a 20 month old! I really don't know what I was thinking! Hubby was with me, but of course the kids only wanted me. Loved our trip but very glad to be home again.

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Anonymous said...

I keep checking in thinking is she home is she home yet? Is it all she hoped for? Best of luck with the voyage.

Joy said...

We're still here, Betsy! Good luck. :)

Anonymous said...

Okay, first, I saw a comment deleted, and if someone was mean or hurt your feelings, my immediate reaction was "I'm gonna kick their a**!" Second, just like the other commenter, I've been checking to see HOW you are! Hey, we care! That's cool to know, right?! Third, O...M...G... yes, you should be scared the bejeezus out of you....but, somehow, you will survive. (and no, I'm not 16, but I felt it necessary to use the much overused omg up there!) Come back, Betsy! The USA is still here, and it has missed you!!! We must hear every detail of flight! Just think how much blog space your stories will take up?! Wheee, Betsy's coming home! Can't wait to hear all about it! hugs! (from

Emerald said...

I was just thinking about you this morning. Wondering if you had made it back into your family's arms yet. I was imagining their happiness at having you and the girls home. Hopefully that will fortify you in the months without your hubby.

Now to call and wake up my mom to let her know my son and I are coming to stay with her this summer. I can't wait to hear the excitement in her voice.

Good luck on the plane ride!

kebrown2007 said...

Yes, VT is still there, only very very wet and flooded right now. Winooski and Mississquoi rivers are VERY high and flooded, as is Lake Champlain. Safe travels and welcome back stateside!

Emma said...

Good luck Betsey! Let us know how it all went. The previous posters are all spot on- we think about you guys and wonder how you are. Hope you and the girls are safely home again.

mooserbeans said...

Good luck. I have a feeling the time without Ian will fly by:) I was terrified to take a 6 hour train ride by myself with my girls. I couldn't imagine an 8 hour plane. What a woman!!!

Betsy said...

Fell asleep last night to the sound of spring peepers. We're almost home. Almost.

MT said...

I can't believe you left before the wedding!!!!
Hope all went well. I am sure it did :) I hope you feel well supported by all the happy thoughts and vibes from all over the globe.
I have 7 days left of being single mom of 3 before Chris returns from Swissie-land.