So there we were, left to help my mom plan the funeral. My husband and I decided to move back home to help out and support my mom. She was getting lots of nagging from the paternal family and she didn't need that.
By the following summer we all needed a break! My father loved to take road trips, even if it was just taking the "long way home" we considered that a road trip. We were all taught to live in the moment, take in nature and enjoy each other's company even if it meant saying nothing.
So that summer we rented a SUV and piled in my mom, me, my sister, my husband, her husband and my 1 year old! We drove up through central America with our main destinations being the Mall of America, Pike's Peak and Roswell. We also had a few stops along the way including museums and zoos!
Ofcourse it was during the end of summer. We loved that time because the traffic was low and the temperature is great! Each of us also love to drive, thanks to my dad. So we drove on.... changing the driver every 24hrs or so. And it's not a road trip without FOOD! It's no lie... my father was a big man. we loved to watch the food network and he dreamed of one day having a FOOD TRIP, where we would make a road trip with our destinations being all those famous eateries, diners and BBQ stops. YUMMMO!
It's also a tradition to play those annoying car games. My favorite is the Alphabet Game. I always win! But when all the games get boring we SING! We are a signing family. We bring our favorite CD's, not a whole bunch of them, just a select few. We try to keep our vehicle as clean as possible throughout the whole trip.
So a few tips for ya:
- Plan, but don't plan: I, like my father, love to plan and know when and where we're going to be at what time of the day. But it doesn't always go that way. So my husband taught me to just plan one, maybe two things per day, and to not get my panties in a bunch when things don't go my way! lol
- Be prepared: Of course, you can't be prepared for everything, but I like to have an Emergency Kit in the car at ALL times, not just on road trips. I pack, not just the necessities but the un-necessities like straws and feminine napkins and/or flash light!
- Have fun! I always take a bag of books, magazines, colors, paper, pencils. There's a game, well, it's not really a game... but something that has become a tradition, thanks to me, where I read an article from a magazine, or share interesting facts and that will start a debate or discussion for hours! Pick up a magazine from your neighbor or grandmother, you'll find some interesting stories there, believe me! lol
- Sack Lunch: Ohh, we love our sack lunches. And it's so easy and it will save you hundreds of dollars on a road trip. All you need: Half bag ice (keep in bag) 1 pack of deli meat, 1 pack of cheese, had full of condiments (from ur local fast food place), some fruit for dessert and your good to go! Don't forget the bread! Eat from it at least once a day and stock up at any grocery store, check if they have coupons too!
- Say Cheese! I love to take pictures, even if sometimes I don't take good pictures. These are some of my favorites. Taking pictures is a way to capture memories and always has been. We love to go over the pictures and then print out our favorite to share with family and friends... or now-a-days, just share them on facebook!
So, that's my story. We take a road trip every year and it's now a tradition and in memory of my father, Jose Francisco Jimenez! Even though there is an empty space in our hearts we fill it with his memory. Enough with the sob stories. I hope that you all will capture and cherish every road trip with your family. What was your favorite road trip? I'd love to hear your stories and/or tips that you might have or your favorite destinations.
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