I know when to fold ’em

Life on the road with kids is not all sunshine and lollipops.  I’m pretty sure I should have known that already, but I’ve been reminded again.

We have had wonderful visits with family and friends, old and new over the past 7 days.  I’m so very glad we spent a few extra days in the D/FW area.

However, our last stop has been cancelled.  We were going to attend a meet-up in Austin with bloggers, readers and various internet personages, but have decided to go straight home instead.

After 7 days, we are cranky and sleep deprived.  Some of us who were previously toilet trained are back in diapers.  The temps have been over 100 and without working a/c in the van we are probably smelly.  There is a stink in the diaper bag and I can’t seem to locate the source, so the baby’s clean clothes smell very unclean.  We only packed clothes and diapers for a 3 day trip.  Some children are complaining of sore throats, and I have a headache.

Oh, and I am whiny.

Anyone who met us for the first time this week would not come away with a good impression.  Sometimes you gotta know when to fold ’em.

This was my philosophy back when a road trip consisted of hitting 4 grocery stores with 6 children 8yo and under, and it’s my philosophy today.  You just don’t put yourself and your children out there when you know you won’t be a good witness to those around you.  You slink home to repent, recover and recuperate, and venture out another day.


  1. Heatherr says:

    Well I for one saw you this week and came away with a fantastic view of you. You are exactly what I see on your blog. Sweet, funny and the mom to the most amazing group of cute, funny, and smart kiddos. I am so happy I got to hang with your whole group ( as was my sweet Evie). BTW she told me last night that she wants a ” whole bunch of sisters”. It seems one just is not enough for her now..lol. I hope next time you guys are up this way to have you all over to my place for lunch, dinner and maybe even in for a church service at my church. Thanks again Kim and I hope you feel better soon, get you some chocolate, and some much needed rest!

    • It was fun to meet you and your sweet kiddos. I’m so glad you were able to make it! My girls seemed to enjoy talking with you, too. 🙂

  2. I just got back from a month long trip without dh and I only have 3 children and a dog in tow and oh how I wanted to fold’em and head home after the first two weeks! So good to be home! I am sure those in Austin will miss you but understand:D

    I had a nice taste of a large family while on my trip taking 6 kids ages 4 months to a 13 yr old diabetic for two days. took them grocery shopping and to Home Depot for their Saturday Kids clinic(free intertainment for my 10 yr olds bday) was so glad to return 3 the next day. I’m still in awe of you. Thank you for blogging your experiences:D

  3. Sheila in MO says:

    Thank you for your brutal honesty, it is always refreshing.

  4. as I very stubborn, list oriented person, I needed this reminder, thanks!

  5. Hope you all feel better soon. It seems strep throat is going around the entire country as I am reading blogs and FB statuses from so many with either strep throat or stomach viruses. I’m sure the Austin folks will appreciate your keeping the germs in your family. Hope you cool off, get relief from sore throats and headaches, find the stink in the diaper bag and get some much needed rest!

  6. I totally agree. Sorry to hear your trip didn’t go as planned. I hope you figure out the stink in the diaper bag. It might be spilled milk. That can smell pretty badly, especially if it got in the liner.

    I sometimes feel like this when I have a single shopping trip to do and haven’t got past the first three aisles!

  7. Well, I’m bummed, but totally understand. Maybe our paths will cross another time. I guess I will go ahead and say now what I wanted to say to you if I got the chance to meet up with you…thank you. Thank you for sharing openly and honestly and being such an encouragement to me over the last few years!

  8. Thank you for your story. Hope your trip home is covered in God’s grace and peace!!
    Fern for the Neisius Clan

  9. You are a wise Momma!

    I hope everyone is feeling better after you get home and get some rest!


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