Lots to do now, lots to do. Kindergarten starts next week for Eldest, Middle has preschool screening and Open House (he starts after Labor Day), Pop Warner football takes up 3-5 nights a week (don't EVEN get me started on that...) and my work is gonna get crazy as I will be responsible for training a new employee next week. Add to that a wedding in NH this weekend (one of my college roomies), trying to train for a half marathon (don't EVEN get me started on that either!), and a 5 mile race on Labor Day Monday in Boston. Ack. Thinking about all this (especially the running) made me just PIMMAL, you know, puke in my mouth a little (a cute little phrase I just stole from my gal Ashley.)
ANYWAY, while I was away, I was tagged by Betsy at Gray Matter Matters for a meme wherein I'm supposed to list 10 weird, random things or little known facts or habits about myself. But since I just got back and am a master multi-tasker, I'm doing this meme but am changing it to this:
Well, what we didn't realize was that the tide was coming IN. By the time they started making their way back, it was over the kids' heads. Enter cute Lifeguard to the rescue! (much to the pleasure of the
5. Eating and drinking with abandon while on vacation pretty much ensures at least a 5 pound weight gain. Which is so not good when you have to fit into a cocktail dress for a wedding the following weekend.
6. Packing running sneakers for your vacation doesn't necessarily translate into actually using them. See #1 and #5 above.
7. Always bring the stroller, if in doubt. On Friday, the weather was a little iffy in the morning, so we took a jaunt to the local playground. I was
hung over lazy and didn't feel like hefting out the double jog stroller from the back of the car (Mistake #1). I figured that Middle would want to walk with the big boys (Mistake #2) and that in turn, Baby would do the same (Mistake #3). Instead, I ended up with a whining, crying, throwing-his-body-down-on-the-sidewalk Middle and carrying Baby for what seemed like 2 miles. Hey! That could count as my exercise right?
8. I love vacation houses with outdoor showers! Every afternoon upon our return from a hard day of work at the beach, I paraded the boyz, one at a time, into the outdoor shower with their father. It was like an assembly line. Strip, shower, towel dry, pj's on. Repeat. Repeat again.
9. The ocean air REALLY tires out a 2 year old. We thought we were going to have sleep issues with Baby. Our first night there, he discovered that he could climb out of his pack&play. But after moving him into our room (instead of with his 2 big brothers), he settled right down every night. AND he napped for at least 90 minutes in the stroller every day on the beach!
9a. So when we got home, we had sort of forgotten about the whole "climbing out" issue. After putting the boyz to bed, we had the baby monitor on, and I was unpacking, err...on the computer. And Baby was crying. Hubby and I had a battle of wills as to whom was going to respond. ("Go check on him." "No, you go." "Well, he's calling for you." "Yeah, but if I go, he won't settle down for me. He does for you." "But he's calling for you.") Eventually he settled down (it was only about 20 minutes). And remember, I was really busy unpacking, err...reading blogs. When we went up to bed at 11pm last night, Hubby discovered Baby curled up, asleep, in the middle of his bedroom floor. Poor buddy.
10. Every year does indeed get easier! This year, as opposed to our Cape vacation last year, we only had 1 pack&play, 1 child in diapers, 1 child requiring a daily nap. As for next year? None of that!
Bye Cape Cod, see you next year!