midweek business meeting

Hate to bore you to tears, but I need to tie up some loose ends today if at all possible. Super Duper Zoo Tour begins in just SIX DAYS!

–Bless you for praying for my speaking thing this morning. I had a blast with Nadia and the gals at Hope Reformed Christian Church’s (Oak Forest, IL) MOMs group. They were super! Girls, if any of you are on facebook, add me! Thanks for all the laughs and the great discussion! And they paid me more than we originally discussed, bless their hearts. Sold a few books. Praise the Lord for a get-away with Gabe complete with hotel, gas, BD’s, McD’s breakfast, pizza buffet, Chick-Fil-A, and snacks/drinks that ended up costing us nada. We came home with $8.48. I love it.

–Happy Birthday to my sweet friend, Kristen! Love you, girl!

–All eight zoos confirmed as of today. FREE TICKETS across the board. Praise you, LORD!

–Total God thing with Sea World. Long story short–after lots of e-mails, phone calls, faxes, I got tickets for all of us but Nina. That’s super, but kids’ tix are still $46.99 a pop. I’m considered “media” and company policy says media can have a maximum of 4 complimentary passes. Also, I’d have to provide media ID. (even though I kept saying, “I’m not a member of the media. I don’t even own one of those cool badges. I just write little ol’ books…) I sent one last e-mail (with a prayer) and copied my e-mails from Sea World Orlando and Busch Gardens showing that they each gave us FIVE tix. Got an e-mail today from the fine folks at Anheuser-Busch Corporate. Sea World San Antonio took it to the Big Dogs. Five tickets, no media pass required, thank you, drive thru. I got the e-mail in the car on Gabe’s iPhone and immediately started yelling praises. “Thank you, God, for BEER!” We don’t even drink (but we love you if you do), but thank you, Anheuser-Busch, for your kindness and generosity. We will eat our weight in popcorn (and Coke) at your theme park.

–If we’re staying with you in OK or TX, I’ll be e-mailing you today sometime. Just making sure we’re all on the same page, have each other’s cell phone #s, have our Trader Joe’s Wish Lists in order, that sort of thing. Let me clarify the Trader Joe’s thing. I have one super close to my house. They don’t have them in Oklahoma or Texas. I’ve never been. Didn’t know they were such a big deal. But if I’m staying with you on our Zoo Trip and you LOVE Trader Joe’s and want me to bring you something special, let me know.

–Would you say a prayer for Gabe today? He’s been traveling a lot–for me, for him–and he’s tired. Plus this is really putting a kink in his work schedule. He’s got a lot piled up and very, very little time to get it done. Pray that I can find a way to give him some space and quiet in the next six days. And pray that God will give him focus and clarity of mind and that He’ll multiply his efforts in these next few days. And that somehow, he’ll find little pockets of time on our Big Trip to get some work done. Whew. That’s a lot to pray, huh?

–Last thing–does anyone have any great ideas for keeping kids busy on a long trip? Our girls are amazingly good in the van, great at entertaining themselves. I bought some activity books at the Target Dollar Spot, 3 wipe-off boards, some stickers. I also have travel bingo and old yes-and-no books. I’m going to print out the license plate game, dot game, tic-tac-toe. We have a little DVD player for Nina. I just thought maybe some of you might have some brilliant, special things you do on car trips for/with your kiddos. If so, let me know.

Have a great Wednesday, amigas!

21 thoughts on “midweek business meeting

  1. Kristen

    Thanks for the shout out on your site, my friend. I truly felt honored to be told happy b-day on your site 🙂
    I am so thrilled that your zoo plans are all coming together. From the moment I gave you that journal and saw your heart light up in your eyes…I knew how dear this project is to your heart. I love it…and I love you!

  2. Krysten

    My family played where you described a person and the other people had to guess. I also love Mad-Libs. Hope you trip goes well.

  3. janelle taviano

    Tug had a joke book….enough said ! smile…
    and Gabe and Tug would make signs to other cars
    passing by to see their reaction. “how many truckers can you get to honk at you…. other than that – 19 hrs. to South Dakota…a tin of crayons…couple plastic cowboy and indians and some hot wheels. lol

  4. Rhonda S

    Hope you have a wonderful trip. We always play the alphabet game and we recently learned a new license plate game. You take the letters from license plates and think up a phrase. Everyone comes up with their own and you can’t repeat someone else’s word. For example, 253 MLK – my phrase would be “Mom loves kisses”. This keeps us entertained for a while.

  5. Sandi

    I enjoyed a Jews for Jesus “Christ in the Passover” breakfast this morning, my Bookstore-owner friend and his wife were there. I talked to him about your books – bring some! I’ve sent him (with a guy who works for Jim) Is That All He Thinks About?, Blushing, Diaper, and Expecting – My last copy of the s.. book and Expecting. I think you should bring some of the books you have for him to stock, and bring me a copy or two of the 2 I’m out of stock on, I’ll buy them from ya.

    UNBELIEVABLY jealous that you have a Trader Joe’s so close to you. I’m not bitter… oh well, we’re close to good Mexican food.

  6. Jennifer

    I love that masking tape map idea! I’ll have to file that one away for when my girls are a little older.

    Wes and I always enjoyed reading aloud to each other on long road trips when we were newlyweds. When our girls are school age, I hope they’ll enjoy listening to books enough that we can start doing that again. Our favorites were always Harry Potter books, which left enough unanswered questions and plot twists to keep us both interested.

  7. Sandi

    License Plate Bingo,Mad Libs, Al phabet Game, Magnadoodle.

    Dramamine?? (kidding, sort of) I have an RN friend who used to give her kids Paregoric before hitting the road from SA back to Georgia… HA!

  8. Tanya

    hey marla-
    i was reading in a random magazine at the doctor’s office (LOL) about taking road trips with kids. i found a neat idea-
    what you do is take masking tape (or whatever) and tape it to your ceiling in a line, or squiggly line, or the actual way you are going to drive…then label a couple places along the line like big cities you are going to go through- you dont have to label everything, but enough for it to come up consistantly throughout the trip. then take self adhesive velcro and put a little piece of it at each stopping point. then make a little car (it can look like yours or be wacky) and put it on the other side of the velcro. as you go through each point the girls can move the car along the path you made. it stops al lthe “are we there yet?” questions and is cute too. nina might enjoy it more than the others, but it could be a nice geography lesson in disguise! have a great trip!!!

  9. Missy

    I’m not sure if this sounds too obvious or not, but every year my family took a 12 hour drive to visit family all in one go. My mom packed fun snacks we didn’t otherwise get, but it was up to us to entertain ourselves. We were allowed to bring a pillow, and whatever we could stuff in our pillowcases was ours to bring along for fun. 🙂

    I think you’ve got some great ideas already, but maybe your older two have some ideas of their own of things they would enjoy doing that we “grown ups” wouldn’t think of? Do they like to draw/write? At the older two’s age, I could fill a blank notebook with a whole variety of things and enjoy doing it. Do anything crafty? Maybe something big (unless they get motion sick) like latch hook, or larger bead projects…let them make jewelry. OH! If you go to thrift store or the library, look for one of those Klutz books that teaches cute little crafts with random things. Often the crafts are super cheap (Ed and I were gifted one of those books in COLLEGE and we still have a pipe cleaner duck we made back then (sentiment, pure sentiment)).

    I think I said enough (too much)? 🙂 Maybe you’ll have to do a post when you get back on what worked!!!

  10. jesswithababywhosleptallnight

    we always traded seats at the state borders. made little baby steps to look forward too—passes the trip in small pieces.

    my sis in law wrapped up some tiny gifts that her kids got to open on each state border.

  11. Lisa

    You know, the Magnadoodles have been long trip lifesavers over and over again. I also usually pick up a couple dollar store books like you did, and just something new for them to look at makes all the difference. I wanted to jaunt to Target today, so I think I’ll check out the One Spot, because we’re traveling for Easter. Thanks for the idea!

    Prayers for Gabe, you, and your family. God will work it all out. Blessings!

  12. Valerie

    Sounds like you have all plans in order……

    If you want help shopping/organizing stuff please let me know. I’ve been rather bummed and I’m looking for an excuse to get out of the house…a distraction of sorts.

    I’m an excellent organizer….. 😉 Either email me or give me a call……

  13. Holly V.

    The books on tape are WONDERFUL on the trip. My kids LOVED these!

    You are also welcome to borrow our screens again. Happy to send them your way.

    Also….there are window markers you can buy. We used these to play games and let the kids doodle on their windows.

    Hope Gabe has a good and productive week.

  14. Joyce

    Love the books on tape…my kids were a little older than yours I think when we listened to Trumpet of the Swan on a very long multi state car trip but we all sat in the car for another 30 minutes upon arriving home just to listen to the end.

    We generally get something with chapters. We’ve had a few that had everyone anxious to get back in the car so they could continue listening.

    I love car trips…great family bonding.

  15. Kelli

    We always listened to a family book on tape or sang musicals. Although I am sure my brother would deny that he probably knows all the words to Beauty and the Beast.

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