Vacation- the Clint Eastwood film

The good:
  • Every day was sunny.
  • Our apartment has a good blender (mmm, milkshakes)
  • Unlike the stores at home, the grocery store across the street sells beer and wine (one stop shopping!)
  • Mom, Dad, Nic, MrNic, my brother and his girlfriend were in the same building as we were (thus providing lots of relief for me in watching the kids.)
  • I wasn't at work
The bad:
  • Sunny= hot; my kids can be very whiny whilst wilting
  • Our apartment did not have a good corkscrew
  • DH has not nearly enough tolerance for kids being kids, and banished DS1 to the apartment for a whole day while he took DD to the beach with the remainder of my family (thus banishing me as well, since the melanin-challenged parent is the logical one to stay in.)
  • My in-box was very full when I checked my email Saturday night.

The ugly:

  • DH does not reapply sunscreen to the children properly, so now two of them are peeling.
  • Lack of sunburn also means lack of suntan, so my skin tone is still blinding
  • Mom and I went outlet shopping, and I heard "That looks a bit too snug," a few too many times.
  • Not enough places enforce a "no Speedo" rule
  • The lovely, salty air does a number on my complexion

Overall, a good vacation. Too short, of course. The drive down was not bad, (traffic-wise, and in terms of the kids' tempraments.) The drive back was worse, but it always is (even when it takes less time) because of being tired. Pounds of sand were removed from swimsuits at the end of each day, but the frolicking in the ocean made for some sound sleeping. I didn't forget to pack anything imperative (unlike my father, who left his suitcase sitting on his bed.) We came home with a backpack full of junk from the grabby-machines (including a rubber cockroach my dad wants me to take to work,) most of which will probably be lost within a week.

And I'm ready to go back.


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    Hubby- aka DH My husband since 1995. He is the head of the band department at a college prep school, and dabbles as a wanna-be pop star.

    The Princess- aka DD. Third grader at the local parochial school. Loves butterlies, sparkly things, the color purple and has recently developed a crush on one of the twins from "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody". Is ready for her teenage years, having already perfected her exasperated sigh and dramatic eye-roll.

    Hoss- aka DS1. Kindergartener and resident spirited child. His aunt likes to call him "the evil genius" because of his penchant for letting a lack of intellectual stimulation lead him into mischief. Likes trucks, sports, building things and burping. His current favorite word is "underwear."

    Lil Joe- aka DS2. Born in 2003. Doesn't say much we can understand, but has mastered the important stuff ("eat!", "Wash hands!", "Want chocolate ones!", "Hockey game!") Likes to push buttons, much to the consternation of whoever is trying to watch a DVD. Firmly refuses to use the potty, despite evidence that he is physically ready to be out of diapers, indicating a level of stubborn that eclipses even that of his parents and siblings.

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