Last day in DC….struggle that we should fit more in….but that is me. Always filling up the days and our time and craming so much in. I need to stop doing that but how …..I think I have always been like that since I have had the kids. I want to slow down more – saver the togetherness and not be so focused on the doing. I am not good at that yet. But at least I am aware and willing to work on it. Isn't that a step in the right direction? The kids just want to play with their friends. It's that easy.
So we had our first overnight sleepover last night while on the RV trip. Kaia and the girls stayed in our RV last night and Quinten and Charlie stayed down in the Karleen’s camper. It was fun for the kids and had a feeling like home when we have company over. So I woke to see 3 sweet sleeping and kind of snoring girls all in one big bed in the front of the RV. Too cute. Summer was even up with them at one point through the night.
Dawson got a pretty early start but not as early as the prior day when it was raining. At least today the sun is out and shining brightly. The wind is brisk but tolerable in the sun. Girls slept until about 9:15 or so. Then we had breakfast all together at the table. Q came home and started some school work. Franki walked Kaia home and we school underway for the day.
About 2 hours of school got done and then Q wanted to shower. Grey tank was almost full so he reminded me to release it before he started his shower. I got bundled up and went out and had my phone in my back pocket of my jeans. When I came back in – I went into the bathroom to wash my hands and add the chemical packet to the toilet with some extra water. Somehow in all the moving and leaning down and getting the chemicals out from under the sink my phone ended up in the toilet water. Only good news – is there was no human waste in the toilet and not a lot of water so it was not fully submerged. It was a full cup of water and I think it was only in the water for a few seconds….You can imagine my thoughts when I turned to pore another cup of water into the toilet bowl and see my phone starring up at me! I grabbed it quickly and got the towel down and started taking the case off and the phone apart so I could dry it off. First checking the screen for any form of life to the phone! I was so frustrated that it was another electronic….this time my very own. And well, this time the screen – not broken or shattered did not turn on at all. I took it all apart to dry it as fast as I could. The phone still didn't work. UGHHH!!!
I had made arrangements with Tara Karleen to take the kids geo caching around DC today. And now I couldn't even text her to let her know we were almost ready. I used Quinten's phone to let Dawson know that I didn't have a phone. I told him it was a long story and I would share more later. I was so mad that I cried!!! Yep over a phone. The stress of another electronic and already feeling like I am off the grid now I really feel that way!
I sucked up my pity and pulled myself together to get ready to take the kids on our final DC adventure for this visit.
Geo Caching today with the Karleens. I walked Summer down there to see if they were almost ready and then went back up to lock up the RV leave the keys hidden for D. We all piled in our van - Dan stayed back to work so it was Tara and myself with the 5 kids. It was so fun to learn how to use the app to help locate Geo's and to hunt for the Geo Cache with clues provided. We started in a park by the DC Zoo and found 3 of them by walking around a neighborhood.
No phone all day….weird to be off the grid with my life and family and now no phone to stay connected to either….it created weird emotions for me all and day. I also was not able to take any photos which has been my thing on this adventure. I used Q's for a few photos but it wasn't the same as having my own and his screen is falling apart.
I was down and out the rest of the day….no phone and no pictures today. But I tried to keep it all to myself! Weird…..how my phone in the toilet has ruined my day! It has thrown me in a tailspin - once again questioning myself in many ways. It isn’t just the phone it is just he overwhelming thing that triggered doubt in me and what we are doing and again by the way ….all my own crazy idea.
There are so many things I love about the RV and the trip:
High quality time with my kids
quick to clean up
seeing the country
But there are things that are challenging:
Doing dishes like 3/4x a day
Small freezer space
Wondering if my kids are learning anything
luxuries of home - laundry room/ dishwasher
Dawson and I got the rv cleaned up to start getting ready for our morning departure. My phone was on rice as Dawson ran to the grocery store to get a bag of rice and picked up some food for us to eat. The girls were at the Karleen's and Q and Charlie were up with us. We walked down to the Karleen’s and hung out at their Silver Bullet - Airstream. It was fun and cozy inside the airstream. We had all the girls and even the dogs on with us while Q and Charlie played video games up at our RV. Fun times…. D talked a lot / drank a bit of whiskey and could not remember his story line several times anyway we had a really fun time and talked about them meeting up with us in Florida.
My cell phone is soaking in rice now… please God and Archangel Michael – I know this is not what I should pray for but I am anyway! and I have so many other valid prayers for you God…..but please in the am when I take it out of the rice and put it all together again…..please let it work.
Fun times in DC and now moving on to North Carolina!
Thankful for all we have today!
Tiffany & Fercho Crew