Planning My Way Out Of A Winter Funk

by - February 9, 2015

Planning my way out of a winter funk - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

Some creatures were made for winter.

I am not one of them.

Winter is bleak and expensive and dries my skin so excessively that I want to itch until I'm bleeding.  It makes me draggy and sad and tired - quick to snack and slow to move.  

But there is hope!  After all, didn't Leonard Cohen tell us there was a crack in everything?  Light gets through even the toughest, ugliest, snowiest wall!

My glimmer?  I still have a whole week of vacation days left to use!

And that sounds like hallelujah!

And I am having a riot plotting and planning and organizing a March Break Road Trip Get-Away for my family.

Road Trip Fund - squirreling away some spending money - Planning my way out of a winter funk - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

We have not been overly adventurous in the past - content with day trips and camping and hotels in the city.  Our children have never been outside of Ontario.  They've never been farther than Niagara Falls - which is little more than three hours and forty-two backseat fights away.  But, in just over a month, they are going to see the ocean for the very first time and they are practically vibrating with excitement!

I can remember road trips with my family when I was younger.  I remember driving to the east coast and I remember driving all the way to the west.  I remember seeing mountains and hot springs and the ocean.  I remember rest stops and visiting the college where my parents fell in love and tasting my very first Dr. Pepper from a gas station in Manitoba. 

A road trip may be the poor mans mode of travel but I'm feeling rather rich as I plot out our stops, trying to pack in as many experiences as I can along the way to South Carolina.

I'm compiling lists, researching hotels, finding strange little stops along the way, forgetting about the wicked winter that looms beyond my window...

Road Trip Fund - squirreling away some spending money - Planning my way out of a winter funk - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

The children are saving their money - squirreling it away in jars I've set out for them - doing extra chores so they'll be able to buy souvenirs and treats along the way and I'm brain-storming activities to avoid a million backseat fights.  {South Carolina is MUCH farther than Niagara Falls!}

It won't be warm when we all dip our toes in the ocean and search along the shore for shells but it will be something worth a whole lot more than sitting at home bemoaning the snow that will surely still cover the ground!

Do you have any road trip advice for me? I'd love to hear it!!! 

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  1. I'm jealous! But a road trip at my kids ages would be a disaster! You first Dr. Pepper trip was my first Mountain Dew trip. It's funny the memories we retain! I have no advice other than to see what the Pinterest moms do.

    1. Oh my, I can't even imagine the chaos of those girls on the road - ugh! Aside from the pop, I also remember your hand getting slammed in the van door...and the boys one tent over when we camped in BC.

      I shall do as the Pinterest mom's do ;)

  2. I tried commenting from my phone yesterday but don't think it went through. Anyways, my suggestion for a roadtrip is, all depending on if it works in your schedule or not, stop by Washington DC!! The Air & Space Museum is totally awesome (and you can get your kids even more pumped about seeing it because Night at the Museum 2 was filmed in there!). Also, kids museums are a ton of fun (even for adults...), so I definitely suggest finding one of those along the way if possible. Have fun on your trip!

    1. Great minds must think alike ;) I've already planning a two night stop in DC! I told Liam we could go see the White House and he yelled 'OBAMA!' He seems to think we can just knock on the door and have cookies with him in the kitchen.


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