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Five Highlights of Our Memorial Day Weekend Road Trip

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We haven’t been in the car with Connor for more than 30 minutes at a stretch for two years.  He gets very bored in the car and, as a consequence, usually begins a systematic assault of our mental faculties.

If you’re thinking we just need to bring activities to occupy him in the car, then you can just shut your crusty pie hole right now.  We pack the car like we’re taking a cross-country jaunt with the Griswolds, minus the dead grandma.

We decided it was time to try again.  Mostly we decided this because they opened an In-N-Out Burger in the Dallas area a few weeks ago, and In-N-Out is the Holy Grail of burgers to someone from California.

Worth every mile driven.


Don’t get all judge-y on me until you’ve lived in Texas.

Anyway, we couldn’t make this trip all about a hamburger, so we also planned to visit the children’s aquarium and (sound of trumpets blaring here) Medieval Times.

If you’re not familiar with Medieval Times, it’s got several locations throughout the country.  A huge building, made to slightly resemble a castle, houses a large arena where you have dinner while watching a medieval play where knights joust on horseback to try and save the prince from some evil guys in black.  I knew the kid would love it.

Since I’m far too lazy to write a synopsis of the trip, following are the five highlights I jotted down on a scrap of paper.


5.  Five minutes away from home, and Connor began the “are we there yet” cycle of repetition…despite the fact that we discussed, in great detail, the length of the car ride and the things we would be doing once we arrived at our destination.


4.  Strategically, I asked my good friend and her family if they would like to accompany us on this adventure.  My friend’s daughter, Mady the fair maiden, is Connor’s “old lady.”  That is to say that she’s almost 3 years older, and he says he loves her.  The best part was halfway through the drive, when we stopped to use the bathroom, and the kids begged to have Connor ride in their car.  “Oh no, we couldn’t impose.”  Oh, please, we want to ride together.  “Oh, you’re sure it would be okay?  Well, if you insist.”  Apparently he stopped asking the “are we there yet” question in their car.  Hmph!


3.  After the first 30 minutes in the car, and having passed at least 5 highway patrolmen in that time, I promptly decided I am a city girl.  Also, a billboard on the way back solidified my disdain for the boondocks.

What rednecks with money do with their time.


2.  I had forgotten about the stimulating conversations that take place on these road trips.

Husband:  “Oh, an Owens Corning Factory, wonder what they make there.”

Me:  “Pollution.”


1.  And the number one highlight of the day, besides the burgers and Connor’s immense enjoyment of the show, was husband’s quote immediately after the show, as we drove away.

“I love pageantry and epic-type stuff.”

That right there is why I married him.  He’s got some deep thoughts, and he’s not afraid to express them.




About Flannery

Kid, husband, dogs, my mother, full-time job, maximum stress, minimal relaxation...sooner or later I had to vent. AND we moved from California to Texas. I could start a whole other blog about that.

12 responses »

  1. Now I totally get the majesty that is the In-And-Out burger. I think I can hear angels singing. I’m wondering if Connor’s old lady and her family might be available in July for our road trip. Getting them to drive…er volunteer…whatever you want to call it was nothing short of brilliant. Well done. [starting to slow clap].

  2. Burgers…….get in my belly! There is no length I wouldn’t take for good food. And getting an accomplice with you on your trip AND getting Connor to go with them–thats gold right there.

  3. I must admit, that burger looks pretty good.

    I love the billboards you see in that part of the country. In my humble opinion, though, Oklahoma beats Texas, but only just slightly.

  4. Love the “Socialist by Conduct” billboard. Love how, to some folks, anyone even slightly to the left of Attila the Hun is a socialist. It’s hilarious.

    Oh, and the fries look delectable, too.

    Glad you had a good trip and that everyone came home friends. 🙂

  5. Looks fun. Can we borrow your friends for our summer vacation with the 10 hour drive? Do they have room for two car seats? Kidding… kind of.

  6. ROFLMAO!! You are hella funny girl! In-n-Out is an icon. Tootles loves it! Connor and his girlfriends!! How many does that make aside from his future wife?!

    Love your responses to the hubs “Wonder what they make there?” “Pollution” And really? WTF with this sign? Wow.

    Just so you know, I too, love pageantry and enjoy “epic type stuff”… 😉

  7. Bwahaha! This entry exemplifies why I started blogging on a whim and then found myself devoting more and more time to blog-reading daily. I was already chuckling by the time I reached its conclusion, but that was the mirth cherry on top. :p

    The last long trip I took by car, my son was young enough that the drive up was peaceful. He slept most the way. In two short weeks, he grew enough cognitively that he screamed most of the trip back. I wonder whether I’ll like that more or less than the “are we there yet” question?

    In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the comparative peace of traveling now 😀

  8. Seriously, though, I think you just need to pack some activities in the car so they don’t get bored.

  9. We’re already starting to decide what to pack on our trip to my parent’s place next month so that my Connor doesn’t drive us all insane. Wish we had some really great friends we could get to come with us, that was a brilliant move! Oh and I totally get the In and Out Burger thing, was so glad when we finally started getting them here in UT.

  10. That billboard is a (and I quote) “systematic assault of our mental faculties”. No shame in taking a trip for an In-n-Out Burger- Flash has the store locator app on his Iphone. we used it to get to Napa last weekend.

  11. You are so brave to live in TX, just for the billboards alone. Sweet move off-loading Connor. In-and-Out burgers rule!

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