This mother's day weekend we took a little trip up to Boston to see Uncle Loren who is finishing his first year at Harvard and will be leaving for Cambodia to serve a mission for 2 years. We wanted to get up there and see him before he headed back west. We had a great time seeing Loren and seeing some other friends while we were there. We also stayed at a very "kid friendly" hotel that had an indoor water park. Here in New York we feel like we are continually getting scowled out for bringing our children to dinner, or bringing them shopping. So, it was nice to be somewhere where people gave us a sympathetic, kind smile when our kids were acting up instead of a snarl and a remark on how we're not raising our children correctly. Gavin loved the water park. All in all we had a great time. However, for future trips we will not leave New York on a Friday afternoon. Traffic was horrible. It took us 6 and 1/2 hours to get to Boston (normally closer to 4). Eli also had a hard time sleeping. He was up every hour both nights at the hotel. But, he does have his first TOOTH as a result!
The longer I have been a mother the more I understand and appreciate my own mom. While stuck in traffic listening to my screaming/whining child in the back, I had a flashback to sitting in the back seat of one of our old family cars looking at the back of my mom's head. I remembered all of the whining I did in that seat and it was like I finally realized how much angst and frustration that my whining caused my mom. Thanks Mom for putting up with all that whining and for loving me anyway. I hope that I can have the same patience you had with us with my boys.