With getting the strawberries in last fall, seeing them through the winter, harvesting them in the spring, and getting the vegetable harvest this summer, we have not been ANYWHERE. Prince Charming travels for work (and it is all work), but that is the extent of our travels for the past year. I told him that to have a family trip that did not involve cows would be fine with me. I know you probably think that is treason around here, but I’m the Queen and I can set the rules.

This weekend, we took a day-trip to Virginia. Now, since we are a homeschooling family, you probably think that we went somewhere educational like Jamestown, Williamsburg, or Appomattox. As Southerners, perhaps we would go to The Robert E. Lee Memorial. I hate to disappoint you, but we went to none of those places. 

We needed to go to a ranch to retrieve a bull and deliver it to another ranch closer to home. Exciting, huh? 

Anyway, we made it a family trip and that at least provided a change of scenery. We sang some family favorites along the way to pass the time. We left our home at around 11:15 a.m. and returned around 9 p.m. So, there was a lot of time to pass.  We made one stop along the way to pick up a piece of equipment from another friend and visit for a few minutes. That made lunch be at 2 p.m. … WAY late for us. We got to our next destination around 3 p.m. Recharged and ready for play.

While Prince Charming visited with Rancher Ray and loaded the bull, I followed the prince and princess and Rancher Ray’s children as they explored e-v-e-r-y inch of the barn area. This was a really great experience for the prince. On our farm, he is usually the tour guide. This time, he was the tourist. It was a really great old barn with multiple levels and hidden treasures throughout. Rancher Ray’s children were great hosts and very tolerant of all of our questions.

An hour and a half later (did I say Prince Charming was visiting?), we were loading ourselves back in the truck to head home. The prince and princess were asking to stop for a drink. When we got back out to the main road, we stopped for a drink and snack. The princess picked a drink and a Blow Pop. Since she usually chooses regular lollipops, I mentioned that it was a Blow Pop and asked if she was sure that was what she wanted. She assured me she did and to the cashier we went.

A little while down the road, all was quiet (we know the secret now) and out of the back seat (and out of the mouth of a little princess) came this words …

“Look at the color.
It doesn’t make you blow up at all.”


Sometimes, I marvel at the brilliance around here.
And I still desire a family trip with no cows involved!


I’m linking to Tiny Talk Tuesday to thank her for hosting.


The grass is green. It’s good to be

date Tuesday, September 14, 2010

5 comments to “Blow Pops & Family Trips”

  1. Ebuck
    September 14, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    There is this holiday called Christmas coming up and this state called Florida...

  1. Duchess
    September 14, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Aww kids are too cute! :0)

  1. Beverly
    September 15, 2010 at 7:41 AM
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  1. Beverly
    September 15, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    @EBuck: We are actually planning a trip to Florida before then, but cows are involved. :)

  1. Mary@notbefore7
    September 15, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    LOL...Never thought about that term "blow pop"...hehehe!

    Happy TTT!

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