There’s No Place Like Home (if the beach is not an option, that is.)
Vacation 2007 is officially over and the time has come to return to a life that no longer consists of lying on the beach with the sun on my face and sand between my toes while the ocean waves provide the perfect backdrop to hours of Alistair Begg Podcasts. *Sigh*
Our trip was nothing short of wonderful. By wonderful I mean I was an absolute, good for nothing slob the entire week. I slept late every day and only woke long enough to spray sunscreen on the children and drag us all to the beach. Once there, I would marinate in coconut oil and saltwater, listen to the iPod and/or read while the kids played in the surf or dug enormous holes to bury one another in. Incidentally, this turned out to be a fabulous solution to keeping up with them…It was with a bit of hesitation that I dug up Big Daddy (#3 Boy) after Squid (#2 Boy) buried him up to his neck and ran away with the shovel. I looked at his little head in the sand and felt the same sort of peace I used to feel before he could get out of his infant carseat. The days of putting a child somewhere and them actually staying are long behind me and I find I miss them. Badly. Enough to think of installing a sand pit in the back yard.
At the end of each day, we went to the condo, showered and made our way towards food. After our bellies were sufficiently full we would then retire to the couch where the Lost Marathon – Seasons One and Two was in full swing. You will all be proud to know that my four kids and I can now say ‘Bad Robot’ in perfect unison at the end of every episode. If you are not a Lostie, you have no idea what I just said to you. The Preacher has yet to see exactly why we are jazzed about this. I’m thinking any time you can get 4 kids to do anything in unison is an occasion for celebration.
There was also quite a bit of studying going on. I am trying to finish up my NT class in the next couple of weeks. Can life possibly get any better than having your Bible, Lexicon, and Double Diet Cokes while looking at the crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico? The answer to that, my dear, would be a negative.
I should also mention my new and improved Tips for Traveling with Kids. I experimented a bit with activities that would benefit both of us, sort of a Quid Pro Quo – Suburban Edition. Here area couple that worked for me. You will not believe I gave you this advice for free.
Activity #1 – Before we left for vacation, I desperately needed a color touch up and haircut. Much to my disappointment, my hair girl could only cut me, but not do the color. SO – one of the games I played with Big Daddy was to give him a nickel for every gray hair he could find and pull out of head. I now owe him $42.75. And don’t tell me all that stuff about pulling them out makes two grow back in its place. One of my many vocations is that of a hairdresser and I can say with scientific proof this myth is busted. However, the bald spots you develop may cause a different type of distress.
Activity #2 – Paid naps. Yes, you heard correctly. I offered $5 to the child who would go to sleep and nap the longest. Shake your head if you want, but it STINKIN’ WORKED! What is more, the one I wanted to sleep the most, the little Princess, was out half the way down there…She won the cash by the way..:)) Unfortunately, I let her use it to buy a $1.75 shirt at Target which cost me $1000 in aggravation. I’ll tell you later. I just don’t have the energy right now.
No matter how hard getting ready for vacation may be, or how loud the yelling in the car, or how much gas it takes to get a Suburban to Florida, it is sooo worth it to see things like this little moment of tenderness:
Isn’t it what vacation is all about??? :)
Well, that is all the wrap up I have time for right now….Gotta go try to get things somewhat ready for church in the a.m….I’ve missed you girls and can’t wait to catch up with you!
so glad you’re back! I’ve missed you! Glad you had a great time.
Glad you had fun adn glad that your back…..we’ve missed you around here too!
pleased you had a wonderful time
Sounds like great fun! Glad you’re back!
So glad you are all back safely! It has seemed so lonely to pass by your house and no one be outside playing in the yard! Tonight when I passed, your lights were on and I let out a sigh of relief that you all were back! See you in the AM!
So glad you had a fun time. It sounded wonderful!
Sounds like a great vacation. :)
My husband and I are total Losties! (And yeah, we say “Bad Robot” in unison too…)
Yey your back!! Missed you! That beach looks heavenly, I could so settle down onto that sand right now! Anyway, glad you had a good time,
So glad you all had a great time ! I am also glad you all are back! May you have a great and relaxing Sunday!!
Welcome home. We missed you but are so glad you all had a wonderful time. I can’t think of a family more deserving of a little relaxation. After all the preacher is always too busy to have a little fun, or so says # 1 son. #3 sons little buddy was missing him bad by Friday. She actually ask if we could go to Panama when I ask what she wanted to do that night.
what a great post!!!! Love the last picture as well.I cant wait for memories like this!
Glad you all had a great time. What beach did you go to? I haven’t vacationed at the beach in a long time…I guess cause we take it for granted living near it.
Blessings to you!!
It’s nice to have you back! You were missed.
Do you mind doing a little meme or is it too soon?? I tagged you.
Aww the pictures are so sweet. We’ve missed you too!
Welcome back, I am back too =) It was great to get away. Paid naps, huh? That cracks me up.
Great to have you back girl.
Welcome home sweet one, missed you.
We know all about filling the Suburban with gas for a trip to Florida. Ouch! Still the pictures of your study table and the kids make me want to do it all over again.
Glad you guys had fun! Welcome home!
Welcome back! Missed ya, but all your free advice was nearly worth the days I had to avoid clicking over to your blog because I knew it would be desolate. lonely. empty. But, hey, it’s not about me. I’m glad you had what looks like was a ball. And…the picture is just precious. Can’t wait to hear the Target story. Usually it’s WalMart that aggravates me. LOL.
YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YOU ARE BACK WELCOME BACK DOLLA.
Sounds like such a relaxing and fun vacation!! I am SO HAPPY you are back!!!! I just love getting my daily dose from The Preacher’s Wife….
Your pictures are beautiful!! I love the one of your sweet children. Blessings !
Hey, I’d love to know more about your NT class. Might be something I’d like to look into myself?
Rest and relaxation….the best medicine!! Glad you had a great time! Thanks for the traveling tips!! I might add one….Travel Bingo…keeps them busy for a long time! Found it at Cracker Barrel..only a couple of bucks! We(parents) actually got involved in the game!!
Looking forward to resuming the “I AM” studies!
The pics are just great. Welcome home, dear friend!
I am thrilled to have you and your humor back. With you and Laurel gone at the same time…hm – would you two please coordinate your vacation next time :)
I love, love the view you had from your room :) – The picture of your kiddos is just precious.
Again – welcome back – missed you!
Lisa, you crack me up. Seriously funny. I love that you paid your kids to nap and I LOL at “Bad Robot.” Too funny.
Glad you had a great trip and welcome back!
And I thought spotting water towers on long trips was creative ;-)