Category: Fun & Leisure

Flooding, Urgent Care, and sharks…oh my!

So our much needed vacation was…well…a trip to remember. My husband thought traveling on a plane with two young kids would be a nightmare so he decided a 14 hour drive to the beach was a good idea! What do you think? Are you laughing already? Our trip felt more like a comedy of errors. You name it, we had it.

It was a record 13″ rainfall our first night at the beach. The waves were crashing under our house. I felt like we were going to be washed away into the ocean. I have never begged God to make it stop so many times…he had other things to do apparently because it led to coastal flooding and this Momma needing a Valium! We were flooded into our house for the first few days. No big deal right, family bonding time. In a way it was kind of nice. Things didn’t look up just yet.

The third day we could finally get out, hooray! Except it was still cold, rainy, and windy. No beach time. That’s good because Urgent Care would be our next field trip. You may not know that Lil, my seven month old has asthma. Many calls back and forth to her pediatrician. Two prescriptions, breathing treatments, and an Urgent Care visit may get us to the fourth or fifth day of our trip.

I won’t drag this out. In a nutshell…28 total hours of driving, two of ten days of good weather, coastal flooding, Urgent Care, and sharks oh my.

It was so relaxing (sarcasm)!

Alas, we did have those little cherished moments that surprise you when everything else seems to be going wrong. The awe, wonder, and excitement of a child experiencing things for the first time.

These are some of our more cherished moments.

Our first day of no rain that we could enjoy the beach. After this, Bigs went into a warm tub of water to get rid of his blue lips because it was so cold and windy.

Bigs was amazed by the bubbles.

Admiring the cool crabs.

Catching and eating cool crab! Yum!

Little did we know Bigs hat was foreshadowing. We really were swimming with the sharks in ankle deep water!

Husband caught said shark. He may not look very big but those teeth look plenty sharp to me!

The classic sibling photo at the beach. Lil had enough at this point. She was no longer amused!

My sweet babies!

Sun, Sand, and Water…Not exactly

This is our first vacation as a family of four. We have desperately needed time away to decompress and reconnect. We chose the closest beach we could reach in a day’s drive. Our brilliant plan was to drive through the night so the children could sleep peacefully in their carseats. Ha, when you have kids nothing is ever that simple.

We made it out of town right at the kid’s bedtime. For the two of us to do anything on time is a miracle. Going good so far, just as planned…not quite. We made it about fifteen minutes down the road before pulling off the highway to feed Lil. Only ten minutes of crying and both kids are asleep.

We made it out of town right at the kid’s bedtime. For the two of us to do anything on time is a miracle. Going good so far, just as planned…not quite. We made it about fifteen minutes down the road before pulling off the highway to feed Lil. Only ten minutes of crying and both kids are asleep.

Around 6 a.m. the babies started to stir and show their disapproval. Our McDonalds pit stop for food and diaper changes turned into a two hour camp out. We were off to a great start! Between broken changing tables, 4 diaper changes, pumping in the car, two very tired parents, and all while crammed in to the front seat. The highlight for me was probably the two different guys hanging out in the McD’s parking lot while I’m trying to pump. Trust me gentleman you do not want to see these udders attached to a pump. It is not a pretty sight…I’m not sure nipples were meant to stretch that far. Also, if I have to hear my husband sing “Express Yourself” one more time while I’m pumping there will be a throw down!

Just when we thought the trip couldn’t get any awful/funnier we stopped for lunch. We realize Lil has had a twenty wipe blowout diaper. My husband encouraged me to place the diaper under the car so it would not stink up the vehicle until we were finished with lunch. If anyone saw me do this, I swear we threw the diaper in the trash later.

Between Bigs crying, throwing his food, and Lil pulling honey mustard into my lap, great times were had by all! Sorry Ruby Tuesday staff for the disaster we left in our wake. Now on to Walmart for food and supplies. Ten minutes into our shopping excursion, the fire alarm goes off. This isn’t any normal fire alarm. It is the loudest screeching we’ve ever heard! We had to cover the kids ears. Well isn’t this just perfect. I mean the trip has already been so relaxing let’s throw a fire alarm in. You’d think the staff knew how to shut it off…and you thought wrong. So while waiting for the security company to shut the fire alarm off the four of us had to hang out on the front stoop of Walmart. Really, how hard can it be.

Finally, we get to the office where we pick up our house key! Still raining by the way. The owners explain to us about coastal flooding. Sure, why not, throw in some thunderstorms and coastal flooding.

It had rained all day and they anticipated the thunderstorm through the night would cause some flooding issues. Ok, well let’s just say in a nutshell that I have never been more terrified of a thunderstorm in my life. Not just any thunderstorm…the heavens opened up and let us know they were extremely pissed off. I thought we were going to float away into the ocean.


We may not be able to get out for awhile with the record 13 inches of rain in 24 hours.

So, this is the start to our relaxing beach getaway. Come on man!

ABC’s of Blogging

This was a lot of fun. I’ve been seeing this going around and I’m glad I participated. Elaine and Jennifer are hosting this month. So here it goes.

A. Attached or Single?Attached. We’ve been married for almost seven years. We met on a blind date and it was love at first sight.

B. Best Friend? I would like to think my husband. I also have a childhood best friend that I feel probably knows me more than anyone.  That’s an important person to have.

C. Cake or pie? Cake, if I make it. I love baking. I used to have a cupcake business (before babies).

D. Day of choice? My days all blur together anymore so I don’t really have one. Lol, I usually never know what day it is.

E. Essential Item? Lipgloss, I feel instantly better when I have it on. Although, I would say for me it would also be my contacts because I am blind as a bat.

F. Favorite Color? To wear, probably pink or yellow. When I was little I hated pink. I wouldn’t let my Mum put me in it because it was to girly. I love it now. I also like wearing yellow because it’s a happy color.

G. Gummy bears or worm? Yeah, not really a fan of either. If you twisted my arm to eat one, I’d eat whichever was sour.

H. Hometown? Not where I am now.:)

I. Favorite Indulgence? A long soak in a hot bath with scented epsom salt and a glass of red wine while listening to Mumford and Sons. I don’t get enough of those moments.

J. January or July? Hands down July, January is to cold.

K. Kid? A boy and a girl that are 13 months apart. My oldest is 2 months from two.  Oh boy, that’s scary!

L. Life isn’t complete without? My babies and husband. I couldn’t live without the joy of traveling to far off places either.

M. Marriage date? *

N. Number of brothers/sisters? *

O. Oranges or Apples? Apples, Honeycrisp are my favorite but they’re hard to find.

P. Phobias? Hmmm, elevators freak me out. Not big on caves or being in water that I can’t see the bottom.

Q. Quotes? “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Thoreau

R. Reasons to smile? My children, my husband, travel, and being healthy.

S. Season of choice? I love when everything comes alive in the Spring. I also love when leaves turn and they are falling to the ground in Fall. I love the crunch beneath my feet.

T. Tag 5 People. Dana, Jodi, Steffany, Stephanie, Keryn

U. Unknown fact about me? I got whooping cough right after our honeymoon. I was in bed or on the couch for three months. It was the worst experience.

V. Vegetable? My new favorite vegetable is parsnips. I make a killer parsnip puree.

W. Worst habit? Being hard on myself!

X. Xray or Ultrasound? Ultrasound is probably better for you. All the ultrasounds I’ve had were for good things.

Y. Your favorite food? Give it to me European style with a platter of assorted meats, cheeses, tomatoes, and fresh baked bread…and a bottle of wine. I’m in heaven.

Z. Zodiac sign? Gemini

If you want to participate just copy the questions onto your blog and go for it. Make sure you link up with Elaine or Jennifer.

Oh Just Cuss Up!

I’m possessed! Someone with a much fouler vocabulary has taken over my mouth. I didn’t grow up in a cussing household, quite to the contrary actually. Even as I got older I very rarely let out a cuss word. I never felt it was necessary to get my point across, until…

I became a mother! More precisely a mother of two under two! I can’t tell you the times in a day I find myself muttering a cuss word under my breath. The cuss words are never uttered at my children or in earshot. Let me tell you, every other inanimate object has heard from me. I’ve really told the air where to go on numerous occasions.

No, my cussing is usually aimed at the many toys I stub my toe on or trip over on a regular basis. Or the many different pieces of food my son throws on the floor and I inevitably step on. Or the numerous times I’m traipsing up and down the stairs to get my daughter to fall asleep. It could also be the constant loading and unloading of the dishwasher, with always a stack still waiting. Its even the pile of dirty laundry taunting me or the clean laundry awaiting its final destination. Trust me, it’s going nowhere fast.

Even a few infamous cuss words have escaped my lips recently out of ear shot of my husband, out of frustration over said husband. I just don’t think men have a clue of what we go through mentally or physically! I am totally convinced they would not survive a day alone with the children. Commence cussing when I’m up since 6:00 and husband sleeps in until 8:30! This is usually preceded by a night that I was up with one or both children while he lay snoring. @#*!

In utter frustration and exhaustion I’ve even shot off the F word a few times to his face recently. Shock and awe! This was never a word I uttered before becoming a haggard and exhausted mother. My good friends know me for my line of “Are you kidding me” with hands gesturing wildly through the air! Even my tagline has taken a turn for the worse and is hanging out in the sewer with the insertion of the F word. This is usually blurted out upon being awoke by one of the children only a few hours after I have fallen asleep. Just give me a … break!

At this point, I wonder if I should start a cuss jar and then use that money to treat myself to a little me time. At the rate I’m going I could afford a trip to Tahiti! Who am I kidding, there would be no one to watch the kids.

Ok, well let me just go cuss into my glass of wine while pinning decorative ideas for a cuss jar!

 

Alright, I just couldn’t wait. Bought supplies and poured a glass of wine!

Supplies: Chalkboard paint, Blue Painter’s Tape, Glass Canister

Tape off a square with painter’s tape. I also taped on paper towels to cover the rest of canister from overspray. Spray smooth even coat.

Let paint dry 20 minutes. Grab your chalk and woot woot you have a college fund cuss jar. I hope I gave you a laugh, have fun!

Free Family Fun

Free family fun, does that still exist? We found some at a local County Fair this past weekend and we had an awesome time! Bigs is really into animals right now so when our friend told us the fair had a petting zoo we thought we’d give it a try. To be honest, our expectations were not very high. We imagined the petting zoo to be a little pen with some chickens, cows, and goats.

To our surprise, there were hundreds and hundreds of animals! I don’t know who had more fun, Bigs or me. Now, just be grateful this post doesn’t have smell-a-vision. Wooeee, the smell was awful but the experience was one of a kind!

The first treat for Bigs was seeing a big tractor in person.

Now, for me a must have at a County Fair is a funnel cake. It’s just not a County Fair without one. I mean how can you pass up fried dough with powdered sugar. I sure can’t! It’s a good thing the funnel cake was good because the rest of the food was awful.

Now, one of the highlights for me was the rabbits. This is strange because I’ve never had an affinity for them. In fact, lately I’ve been cussing out the rabbits getting into my vegetable garden. There were probably a hundred different kinds of rabbits. It was so amazing to see all of them. My husband strolled off with the kids and left me because I couldn’t tear myself away from them.

We didn’t know that they were also selling animals at the fair. Now, it’s a good thing this little guy was already sold because both my husband and I wanted to bring him home with us. Two kids under two, three dogs, sure let’s throw in a rabbit.

These are some of the other amazing looking rabbits. Again, who knew!

Once they finally pulled me away from the rabbits. It was on to the hundred different kinds of chicken and roosters. This was also exciting for us because we’ve recently considered getting a few hens in a backyard run for eggs. Again, I don’t have my hands full or anything. Husband had to leave me again because Lil was not excited about the Roosters. Every time they crowed she started to cry. They were pretty noisy.

So, the rabbits were my highlight. Bigs favorite animal was probably the cows! Who knew cows liked to lick like dogs. Bigs and I both got some tongue action from the cows. Not like that, get your mind out of the gutter.

There were hundreds of different kinds of cows but this pretty girl was my favorite. She had such a pretty face and was so sweet.

Bigs next favorite animal was the goats. It was such a fun moment to capture. It’s an amazing thing to see the world through your kid’s eyes. He was so excited that he could feed the goats.

I’m not really a pig person. I’ll eat them though, haha! I was glad when my husband took Bigs into see the baby pigs instead of me. This ended rather quickly once he started to pull the little piggy’s tails!

After hours of exhausting fun. We walked through the rides on the way out. Bigs was fascinated by the movement and lights. Lil by this point had her fill and just wanted to sleep.

I can’t express how much fun we had! To find free family fun these days is a rarity.

Thanks for joining in our weekend fun.

Have you come across any free family fun? Please share, I love comments.

Let’s Get Planting

It’s that time again, and I’m so excited. This weekend we had beautiful weather. We could finally think about planting. Weather is crazy though, we then had freezing temperatures two days later. It felt so good to be outside weeding my vegetable garden. Yes, I really did say that. I had two summers in a row of being very pregnant in 100 degree weather. I don’t mind being crouched down in my garden sweating it out, 40 pounds lighter.

I grew up in the country and we had a huge vegetable garden. We either ate our vegetables fresh or canned them to have through the winter. Gardening is something I thoroughly enjoy. I also think it will be good for the kids to learn how to plant something and watch it grow. There is nothing better than fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden. So, I thought I’d share our first enjoyable weekend working outside.

Ok, nice weather equals cute spring outfits for the trip to the plant store. I had so much fun with Bigs. He was modeling for the camera. His whole outfit was from Target. Really, that place is taking all my money.

We always overdo it with the plants. We overfilled our cart and had to get a trailer for our trees. The drought last year wasn’t friendly to our trees in the back yard.

Bigs thinks he can move the wheelbarrow with the tree. What a little helper he has become. It was really amusing watching his frustration that he couldn’t move it.

So, this was my garden when I started to weed two weeks ago. I never thought I would see the end. This was the worst it has ever been.

Finally, finally, finally I see dirt! It took me way to long but I am much closer to planting. I still need to till and fill with more of my magic growing dirt which I’ll post later. Hooray!

Saggy Baggy Summer

As women who’ve had babies, we’ve all had our issues with what pregnancy does to our bodies. Some of us will be forever cursed with stretch marks, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids (ahem) that won’t go away. I recently had a different discovery. I was drying off after a shower and bent over in my birthday suit, and caught a glimpse of my stomach. It startled me to realize that I may never look the same again. Literally, everything, (and I mean everything) on my body has shifted in transit.

I realized my stomach now looked like the main character in a favorite childhood book. You guessed it…I was now The Saggy Baggy Elephant. You see, our poor skin can only take so much before it screams, no way, huh uh! I’ve had it! There is no possible way it’s going back in place.

I am fascinated by the fact that I can pull the excess skin away from my body. I almost can’t help myself from playing with all the folds of skin. As I’m shopping for bathing suits for our upcoming beach trip, I now face the realization that saggy baggy is here to stay.

I decided to pull the old book out and see how accurate the summation of my new body is. As I perused the pages, I found another photo that reminded me of a very pregnant self. If I had done a pregnant self portrait soaking in the bath, this would be it. I began to wonder if the author of The Saggy Baggy Elephant had been a women.

This will go down as my saggy baggy summer!

What the what?

So, just picture this…In my mommy brain haze, I’m trying to type an important email. I’m trying to type the phrase “getting all my ducks in a row.” I never realized what a difficult saying that was to type when your brain isn’t functioning at full capacity. There I am, just happily clicking away and hmmm what did I just type? What the what….I replaced the D with an F in ducks! Woooaaaa nelly, back that thing up! That’s not what I meant. Ok, well the F is by the D. Alright, crisis averted…start again. Click, click, click. What in the world! That’s not what I meant either. Ok, now I’ve replaced the the U in ducks with an I! That isn’t where I was going with this email. This saying sucks. Literally it does, because I could have typed that too.

From now on, I will never try to type ducks in a row ever again. Well, after this post that is!