Okay, so I know that the "experts" advise bloggers to write only about their targeted subject matter (and for me, that's professional service firm marketing) and not to get personal. Since my short blogging sabbatical, I've decided to basically thumb my nose at that advice. The blogs that I most enjoy mix the personal with the professional.
So, WARNING, this is the personal stuff ...
We're headed to Indy for a long weekend for a reunion of the families we traveled to China with (our oldest daughter was adopted from China in 2003 at the age of 12 months). At least half the families will be there (8-10). I'm really looking forward to seeing how the girls have grown and looking forward to the new additions (two adoptions and two births since 2003).
Pray that we make it safely there and back and that the DVD player in the van doesn't malfunction.
Prior to kids, I was one of those people that thought a DVD in a car was, at best, an extravagance and, at worst, lazy parenting. I thought "let the kids look out the window! That's what we had to do when I was little."
Oh how your thinking changes when it's you in the confined space of a minivan for up to eight hours with two children under the age of four. Unless you've been there, don't even talk to me! I'm positive my parents would have shelled out any amount of money for a DVD player if one had been available during those annual summer trips to Ozark, Alabama as the kids rode in the back of a Buick Centurion (another story for another day). I praise God for the parent (and I'm sure it was a parent) who had the bright idea to put DVDs in minivans.
We'll be merrily making our way north to the sounds of Big Bird and Bob the Tomato ... the happiness only punctuated by "Daddy. Poo."