I remember the days when my boys were babies and sometimes the only way I could get them to settle down was to go for a car ride. It seemed to work every single time, except for those 3 months when Noah absolutely hated being in the car...oh, wait, he still hates being in the car.
Anywho, sometimes you just have to have a little change of scenery.
Tonight, the boys were all wound up after dinner and Kel was at a business dinner, so it was all me. After trying to get them to settle down, I just said, "Okay, everyone in the car."
"Where are we going?"
"It's a surprise."
I was pretty sure this car ride was going to end up at one of the many ice cream shops near our house, but in a moment of inspiration I just started driving and pointing out all the beautiful things I was seeing.
The way the setting sun made the fields look like gold.
The wispy white clouds in the bright blue sky.
The calm water of the river beyond the houses.
The trees heavy with apples at the apple farm.
It took a while, but with a little bit of coaxing they stopped asking me where we were going and just started enjoying where we were.
And in doing so, taught me a lesson that I needed to learn tonight too.
P.S. The ice cream was perfect.