Posts Tagged ‘travel’

A Needed Break!

I’ve been quiet on here since the end of November – I needed a little break after completing the challenge! Thanks to everyone who read along and (hopefully) enjoyed what I had to say.

In the eight days of December, it’s been busy around here. Of course the Thanksgiving holiday meant a little travel and delicious food, and I also found time to put up most of my Christmas décor that weekend, since I had Friday off work as well. I did just a bit of Black Friday shopping, only going to two stores, but I was able to find almost everything I set out for at really good prices!

Last week I had some work travel on Monday, then we took Little C to her first farm show on Tuesday. She seemed to really enjoy looking at the equipment and won a few hearts by giving out high fives to most of the people we visited with!

She loved sitting in this tractor! Pretty sure Pa-Pa was about to pull out his checkbook so she could take it home (just kidding!)

She loved sitting in this tractor! Pretty sure Pa-Pa was about to pull out his checkbook so she could take it home (just kidding!)

Wednesday I was in a workshop related to my job all day, and Thursday morning I had the opportunity to work with a colleague to present information about agricultural careers to eighth grade students at a local school. They will be choosing their freshman year courses in January, and the high school ag instructor set up a “speed dating” session with eight different facets of agriculture for the students to rotate among. It’s a great idea, and it opens the eyes of a mostly urban student population to the variety of opportunities in the ag industry. And it reminds me that I’m not cut out to be a teacher – I’m exhausted after one morning! I do enjoy being asked to help out, though, and hope to be contacted again next year.

Then on Friday we traveled to the Wisconsin Dells for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau annual meeting. My company is a sponsor of the event and I went as a company representative and also served as a judge for one of the Young Farmer and Agriculturist competitions. It was the second time I’ve been to that meeting and once again, it did not disappoint. Great sessions, excellent competitors, and wonderful networking opportunities made it a valuable weekend.

However, Little C had another idea. On Saturday morning, she developed her first stomach bug and spent the rest of the day sick. I was so grateful that Big C, my parents, and brother were also there, because I had a judging commitment that afternoon I couldn’t easily change. She wasn’t able to keep anything down all day, and we ended up taking her to urgent care to make sure she wasn’t becoming dehydrated. Even sick, she still charmed all the nurses and both doctors who checked her over! After an anti-nausea pill and a cup of pedialyte, three hours later we headed back to the hotel.

Took this picture to check to see if she was asleep so I wouldn't have to move her. Yes, that's her swimsuit cover up, we were getting desperate on tops.

Took this picture to check to see if she was asleep so I wouldn’t have to move her. Yes, that’s her swimsuit cover up, we were getting desperate on tops.

Thankfully, that helped her turn the corner and by yesterday morning she was much more like herself. Being sick is never fun, and especially not when you’re away from home. But we made it, and I had the best support team I could have hoped for!

By the time we left this morning, she was ready to "ride" the elephant statue in the lobby!

By the time we left this morning, she was ready to “ride” the elephant statue in the lobby!

Like Big C said during the wait at urgent care, “I don’t want to be here, but since we have to be, I’m glad it’s with you.”

Amen.

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Day 23: There’s No Place Like Home!

For not yet being two years old, Little C has had quite a bit of travel experience.

We live in Illinois, and she’s been from the northern part to the southern tip. She’s been to Missouri twice, Wisconsin three times, and Iowa at least once. We drove to Florida last winter to visit my grandparents, so she’s been through Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She and Big C also had the opportunity to go with me to two work conferences, one in Nashville and the other in Pittsburgh. We drove to both, so she’s also been through Indiana, Ohio, and a tiny bit of West Virginia.

Too bad she probably won’t remember all of this, except through pictures!

Opry

Ever since we received the blessing to take her out in public at six weeks old, we’ve taken her along to all sorts of places. Restaurants, stores, weddings, fairs, pretty much anywhere she was welcome and the weather cooperated. I was told when I was pregnant that if we took her out in public from day one that she’d just get used to it. So far, that’s worked pretty well. We haven’t had any major issues yet, and she’s a great traveler.

Florida

I hope she stays that way. There’s a great big world out there, and exploring new places is a lot of fun! There’s a lot to be said about experiencing different parts of the country and the world firsthand, and there are places whose beauty can’t be done justice by photographs.

I want her to learn how to travel safely and smartly, especially if she’s going places by herself. I never traveled alone until my job asked that of me, and the first time I had to get myself to and through unfamiliar airports and cities with nobody else around I knew was a little intimidating. But like most things, the more you do it the easier it gets, and I’m much more comfortable traveling independently now. It’s an important skill to learn.

Pittsburgh

I also want her to experience the joys and challenges of traveling with others – especially with family! It’s been so much fun for me to watch her seeing things I’m familiar with for the first time. The older she gets, the more enjoyable that will be – I can’t wait to take her to the ocean, or the big city, or Disney World! And I also am looking forward to visiting some places for the first time together.

Ozarks

But the best part of travel by far is coming home. Going away really makes you appreciate what you have right under your own roof and the blessings around you every day in your own backyard. When I’m gone, even overnight, walking in the door to a little voice saying “Hi Mommy!” and a hug from Big C makes all right with the world.

Little C, my little farm girl, I hope you take advantage of the opportunity to travel all sorts of new places, and I hope that makes your realize there truly is no place like home.