Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Pour Some Suga' on Me" or as Eric put it, "The Vacation by which all other Vacations will be measured against."

Now that I have been home from our RV Road trip for over a week, I decided it was finally time to post about it. For those who don't know, we loaded up our four kids and Eric's brother- Steve, into a RV and traveled for a total of 7 days to go watch the Utah Utes play in the Sugar bowl in New Orleans. You may be wondering why a decorated BYU alumni like myself would go to such lengths for her alumni's arch enemy. Let's just say it is a testament to how much I love my husband. Also if you are looking for this to be a breakdown of the actual Sugar Bowl, you have come to the wrong blog. The recollection of the events from our road trip will be brought to you Kari- style. So I present to you:
Lessons Learned from 7 days in an RV and 2 days in New Orleans
7 days in an RV does not make the Utes 'weak'.
(Me on the other hand - it makes a bit tired.)
1. Do not use generic brand diapers when traveling all day in an RV. Between only stopping when absolutely necessary and basically giving suzie an IV of juice to keep her content in her carseat, they just can't handle the job. We found Huggies worked much better.

2. It isn't called "Old Maid" when you play it with Jazz Player face cards. Annie and Katie were trying to find an Old Maid in some Jazz cards we had. Finally Annie said, "I guess we will have to play 'Old Man' cause there are no ladies in this deck."

3. You don't have to pay sales tax on Reservations. I did not know this.

4. In the flatlands of New Mexico and Texas there are 3 prevalent, well-advertised pastimes. I will leave it to your imagination to guess what those might be.

5. There are surprisingly a lot of nice RV parks all across the country.

6. I could never be flight attendant and if you give your 2 year old a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to eat while barreling down the highway at 70 mph in a RV, she will most likely end up looking like this:
7.Suzie is the life of the Canton, TX RV park children's New Year's Eve party.

8. It is pronounced "Suga' Bowal" not "Sugar Bowl."

9. People might look at you a little hesitantly when you walk through the French Quarter at night with a stroller- especially while passing Bourbon Street.

10. We don't talk to people who wear hats. The first night we were in New Orleans we were leaving the French Quarter and witnessed two "sketchy" hat-wearing people arguing in a parking lot. Annie made some movement toward them and Uncle Steve pulled her away saying, "Annie, we don't talk to people like that." Annie couldn't figure out what "like that" meant so she came up with- "We don't talk to people who wear hats?!?" Here are some pictures of us in the French Quarter during less controversial hours.

11. Whether a boy is raised in the south or is just there for an afternoon- playing in the heat and humidity will always do this to him. (My siblings will recognize this face. We all got it a lot growing up in Georgia.)

12. Alabama fans are very gracious (define as-indulgent or beneficent in a pleasantly condescending way, esp. to inferiors) in their pregame cockiness and they are very gracious (define as-pleasantly kind, benevolent and courteous) in their post-game tail between their legginess.

13. Tom Kirkland will pick up a Utes pom-pom that your daughter drops over the edge of the seats- if you ask him.

14. There is nothing more endearing or fun than to watch someone you love get all crazy and excited about something they are passionate about.


Liz said...

So majorly impressed with your 7 days in an RV. You are a better woman than I. How fun! But, yea...where is your BYU pride?

bfillerup said...

Wow, what a trip! Very creative post--it kept me laughing :) What fun memories your kids will have.

When we drove from Utah to Georgia after we got married, we swore we would never make a drive like that again--and it was just the two of us...and you had four kids with! You are a better woman then me too.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I never would have considered myself an RV kind of girl, but we bought a pop-up trailer this Spring and I think it's one of the best things we ever did. Your trip looks so fun. Your kids will have great, great memories from it.

jbow said...

Another very fun blog. What a great trip, your kids will always remember it. Loved the peanut butter photo. Go Utes!!

kj said...

WHAT A TRIP!! Sounds like a true adventure! It makes me sad to think you were SOOOO close and we didn't get to see you! We were actually in Louisiana that very day (on our way home from Georgia). (I guess if I were better at keeping in touch, we could have figured this out! - sorry.) Quinn, being a HUGE Ute fan (and alumnus) himself, was tempted to head on over to New Orleans to catch some of the spirit. But we had to settle for watching it on TV. AWESOME game, the best of the season, hands down, for my hubbie. Glad you guys had fun. What memories you are making for your kids . . . good job! Love you!

Chelsea Pratt said...

That sounds so fun...I have always wanted to do that (except never to see a Utes game:)) You weren't very far from should have come to visit! Did you like it enough that you would do an RV trip again?

amberjill said...

who's that hot girl with the tat on her face! whoot whoot!! :) I put the kissy lips back up for you! I'm coming home monday so get out the yellow ribbons! :) hahahaha

Wood Family said...

missy- you never cease to amaze me with your mad writin' skizills!! I can understand the sentences, but would NEVER be able to come up with them on my own:) Nice job-

Monica said...

Hi Kari,
I hope you remember who I am Monica Beckstrom now Haymore from Atlanta. Your family is darling. We have four kids as well with a boy and three girls. Hope to keep in touch now that I have found you.

Liz said...

Loved IT!!! Seven days in an RV is a trip in itself. Way to go.

Lori said...

Love reading your blog! You need to write for a living because you are so great at it!

Stacey said...

Yes, that will be a trip you guys will remember forever... How fun!

I have to admit that I was THRILLED Utah won, just to show the country how lame the whole BCS thing is! If I had a vote, I would have even put Utah as #1.

Julie said...

Great post!! I missed you while you were gone...and kinda wished I was on the road with you. What a game.

SevenVillageIdiarts said...

I love that song.

You are some kinda saint. I would have given Damian a plane ticket and said, "See Ya!" What am I talking about, we drove to Las Vegas last year for a BYU bowl. But that's only 17 hours from us, so you really beat all and are a saint.

Cute pictures!

The Christensens said...

What a fun trip! I love the pictures and descriptions. Annie is hilarious! I can't believe what she comes up with sometimes. You're a brave girl to put up with two Christensen men in an RV for a week (:

Amber Ro said...

Look at you in that red shirt. Although blue looks better on you, I think you can also pull off the red "U" look, too!
Whew! What a fun and adventurous trip-I'm tired just reading about it. I still need to teach you the big bootie game