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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!

Exhaustion

Exhaustion… every mom who’s reading this probably just took a deep breath in and exhaled deeply. No one knows exhaustion better than a mother. Men, well…I don’t think they really have a clue.

My husband was gone on an overnight trip for work. He had to drive a couple hours each way. Bigs and Lil both had colds and were teething. Yes, we had a blast at our house with 5 hours of sleep. My husband came home from his trip and uttered this unbelievable statement, “I’m so exhausted from driving and entertaining!” Yes, you absolutely read that correctly. He had a two hour drive, an evening of entertaining (which included a 7 course meal), a junior suite (cough, cough, peace and quiet), and drove two hours home the next day. The most absurd thing was that he couldn’t understand why I looked at him as if he was insane.

Are you kidding me?

There is one more thing us moms know about being tired. You think to yourself, there is no way in the world I can ever be more tired than this. The universe then decides to mock you! Hence, the next night in our household. Bigs woke up screaming at 2am. What makes this worse is his room is right above ours and you can hear everything. I comforted him and put him back down to only have him start screaming again.

No one knows exhaustion like a mom

I then promptly sent my husband back up who was supposed to sleep with him in the extra bed. He comes back half hour later. He had put the awake Bigs back in his crib. I was then awake until after 5:30am when I fell asleep on the couch. You see, the universe decided to be cruel and apparently give Bigs an extra dose of energy. The child kicked his crib, did the running man, and pointed at the camera and laughed. This was all while my exhausted entertaining husband lay beside me and snored. How do we do it? How do we manage to function some days?