Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Traveling with a Toddler at Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! We traveled out of town to visit family. My dad’s side of the family lives in Pennsylvania, about 6 hours away with stops. On the trip were my parents, my brother (not the one that lives with me), Rit, and me. I was really worried about how well Rit would do on such a long car ride, but he did great. We stopped every two hours for bathroom breaks or food and to stretch our legs. If Rit was awake, we let him out so he could run around and burn off some energy.

We arrived at my Grandparents’ house Wednesday afternoon and left Friday morning. I stayed at my aunt and uncle’s house at night since they have a pack n play and things set up for little ones. Though I missed staying at my grandparents', I think this was a better setup for us. Plus, I was able to sleep on an actual bed instead of an air mattress. It's hard to pass that up!

Thanksgiving was very busy. My uncle dropped Rit and I off at my grandparents' house that morning, and we had lunch Thanksgiving lunch there, and then went back to my aunt and uncle’s house for dessert. Rit met his six of his 2nd cousins. The oldest one is 15 years old, and the youngest is 9 months old. In fact, 3 of them were born within a year of each other; 4 if you include Rit. He played with them a lot, and even made friends with the only other boy his age there (of the 7 there: 4 girls and 3 boys). He fell in love with the cars and track my aunt and uncle had out for all of them. He didn't spend much time attached to me, which I was worried about, since we were in a new place surrounded by new people. I am very lucky that he is able to warm up to new people and make new friends easily.

I had a great time seeing my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents again.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Balance is a juggling act

This past weekend was the semi-annual Castleteers Gathering. I won’t go into much detail about it though, as there were many things that happened. In short, there were some great memories made, funny events to remember, new friends met, and old friends hugged. It was cold and wet all day; however I had a wonderful time. The cold just gave us a reason to sit a little closer together. We joke that it wouldn’t be a Castleteers Gathering if it wasn’t cold out, as I cannot remember a single warm weather Gathering.

The only downside to having such a wonderful time over the weekend is that I pay the price. I do not mean a hangover or anything like that, but the mental price. Newton’s law says it best: “What goes up must come down.” Monday, I dealt with a feeling of depression. Luckily it was not bad and I knew it was a result of the high of the weekend. I could feel myself going manic at one point and was able to stop it before it hit. Even though I did not have the full blown manic/anxiety attack, I still did start the manic rise hence the depression afterwards.

Keeping balance is important in life: balance the bad with the good. Without any good there is no hope. Without any bad, there is no appreciation.