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Well well, its Tuesday and the girls and I are home safe and sound.  I did it!  I drove to Kingston and back, with just the 3 of us!

Its interesting...now that my parents sold our house and live in a downtown condo, I get a different perspective on the town.  I mean that both literally and figuratively, of course.  They have great views from their 12th floor condo of the waterfront and they are in the centre of the downtown core.  For some reason, I found myself marvelling over what a lovely town it is. 


It used to be the capitol of Canada before Ottawa.  Its absolutely full of historic, beautiful buildings.

 
It seems like a lifetime ago that I lived there, and yet in some ways like only yesterday. 
 
 
So the drive there was pretty seamless.  Very little traffic and the girls were very well behaved.  Nevertheless, every muscle in my body was sore when we arrived from tensing the whole time.  I think I am now comfortable with driving at fast speeds, but its the other (psycho) drivers on the highway that scare the crap out of me.  Perhaps its not so different on any major highway, but I find on the 401 there is no slow lane.  There is fast, faster and truly, fucking insane.  I just try to keep my distance from the asshole aggressive drivers who are obviously a danger to everyone.
 
When we arrived, the girls wanted to swim in the condo pool almost immediately.  Then we went out to dinner for gourmet pizza, followed by gelato.  For a smaller city, Kingston has some pretty amazing restaurants actually.
 
Then the fun ended.  I decided to share the bed in the guest room with Little A.  I thought it would be nice to snuggle together.  Oh my was I wrong!  The kid tossed and turned like an octopus on a bad acid trip...ALL NIGHT!!  Neither of us got a wink of sleep.  I was very concerned about driving home when I was so tired, but what choice did I have?
 
My parents made the girls challah French toast for breakfast and then we went for another swim.  Unfortunately, I don't think the girls ate anything with any nutritional value the whole trip.  My mom felt it was important for grandma to spoil them.  I turned a blind eye...
 
After we all showered, my mom and I wanted to go for a walk with the girls but they just wanted to sit on their butts and play Ipad games.  Sigh!  So we made lunch and then packed up the car.
 
The drive home was slow.  Between Kingston and Cobourg, it was start and stop the whole way.  Traffic was nuts.  Little A was also grumpy because she was so tired.  I was darn tired too!  At one point she spilled popcorn all over the back seat and started having a freak out.  I wished we had a roof rack I could strap her too for the rest of the ride.  But despite all this, we made it home safe and sound.  I'm proud of myself!  I honestly feel like (in decent weather) the drive to Kingston is now no big deal for me.  Ha, a few years ago I would never have thought I'd have the confidence to do it.  But I did!

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