We are fifteen days and counting from our trip to Abbey Road on the River; my fourth visit and Madalyn’s first. Of the two of us I’m not sure who is more excited. After last year’s trip I am looking forward to having company this time around. Madalyn is excited on all counts — the plane trip, staying in a hotel (which all of my kids LOVE), seeing the festival and, I’m quite sure, getting to spend some one-on-one time with Mommy in an activity the two younger kids don’t get to do.
I’m planning on doing better about parking it somewhere and sitting through entire shows this year. In years past I’ve been a drifter, going from stage to stage, listening to a few songs and then moving on. I think I may be missing out somewhat by doing that. So this year I am going to bring a beach blanket and a shade umbrella and some other supplies and Madalyn and I are going to camp out near one of the stages through several shows. The only fly in the ointment is Madalyn’s need for a bathroom every couple of hours or so. I don’t want to leave our stuff unattended but I also don’t want to pack it up (and lose our spot) every time she has to go. Currently my plan is to stake out a spot near enough to some port-a-potties so that I can keep an eye on Madalyn from our blanket while she goes by herself. Not sure if that will be possible or not but hopefully we can work something out. Perhaps if we aren’t near enough that I feel comfy letting her go in alone, we can be within eyesight of the blanket/umbrella so that I can intercept anyone who might try to tamper with them.
Now, Madalyn is a very mature 8-and-a-half-year-old, but I don’t think for one second that she’s going to want to sit and watch concerts for four hours straight with nothing else to do. Consequently we will be bringing the Nintendo DS and some books for her, and possibly some other items, so that she has something to do besides just listen. I think that, between those items and the fair-style food that’s to be had, she will be quite content to hang out for long periods of time. Of course, there will also be breaks taken up in our room to rest and decompress, and I’m sure we’ll venture forth toward downtown to visit the Borders I usually go to while there. I might even be convinced to take her Webkinz shopping at the Hallmark across the street. We’ll probably also leave the immediate area for a meal or two, though our options are somewhat limited since we’ll be on foot. I may see if there’s a restaurant I absolutely must try within taxi distance and do that one night. That’s the kind of stuff I usually don’t decide until I get there, though. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants on this trip.
At any rate, it’s looking like it’s going to be a great time. I hope Madalyn enjoys it as much as I will.