Long drives and the power of music....

Every once in a while, it's nice to get in the car and drive... for a long time. If the whole family is along for the ride, it's often an opportunity for Mario and I to catch up on what's going on in each other's lives while the kids are in the backseat playing their DS's or whatever.  We get to reconnect, share cute stories about the kids, and talk about our dreams and plans for the future.  After a long drive together, it sounds corny I know, we feel kind of renewed and more in love :)  I guess if we're waiting for long trips to accomplish this, then we really need to institute a date night, huh?

If it's just me and the kids, we get to turn the music up and sing and dance.  I basically try to be as much of a dork as possible to make the kids laugh (dude, sometimes they really make me work for it!).  Singing in the car is great...  I think the acoustics must be excellent because I sound awesome in the car!  Well, I mean if I get just the right song, and play it loud enough, then I can totally belt it out!  Thank goodness my kids are used to me singing my heart out in the car, and usually they join in (I know, I'm dooming them to be dorks like me).  I hope I don't embarrass them too much, because if there's a super good song on and we happen to be stopped at a traffic light... I just keep on singin' and dancin'... and other drivers may be totally laughing at me, but oh well. 

The kids and I were on kind of a long drive a couple of weeks ago... well, it was like 45 minutes.  It was a nice stretch of time.  We're on a little Glee kick lately, so we were rockin' out to "Don't Stop Believing", etc. And then "True Colors" came on... and all of a sudden I was crying... I couldn't help it. The lyrics hit me like a ton of bricks, and I immediately thought of my niece.  I don't get to see or talk to her much anymore..... and I miss her so badly my heart hurts.  I miss her hugs, her smiles... I miss telling her how special she is.  How smart and beautiful she is.  How she means the world to me.  How much I love her...

Uh-oh... the tears are back :)


  1. Janel, I love to read your posts and see your beautiful talent shine through with all the pictures you take. This totally brought a tear to my eye...it made me think of my niece, Ashley and how fast they grow up! I hope to see you soon!