Sanity or Patience: choose one.

Do you ever have one of those moments where you think, "HA! I am sane!" Then you step in dog poo with your bare feet and remember it was your idea to get the puppy...?

Tuesday, June 30

Vacation: A day-by-day account of activities and ice cream

Day #1: On the road for 7 hours, we heard a lot of "my butt hurts!!!!" and "I just want to go to the beach!" It's hard for a kid to understand about distance - why on Earth don't we just live closer to it?

Day #2: Second day on the road, also the day of the Offensive Little Comments. We arrived at our hotel on this day, and Monsoon promptly got his head stuck in our 8th floor balcony rail. We ventured out to the beach in our clothes, expecting the boy to be afraid of the ocean like last year, so of course he ran right into the giant waves with great pleasure. Had pizza for dinner and ice cream for dessert. Mint chip.

Day #3: Road our bikes down the 3-mile boardwalk and back, spent the afternoon at the beach and walked the shops. Monsoon made up an imaginary friend, she was a baby and had to come with us - he insisted on pushing her in the stroller the whole time we were out that night, until we stopped for ice cream (chocolate/vanilla swirl). That's when she started jumping into garbage cans and onto lamp posts so he had to save her while I pushed the empty stroller.
(at some point I tried to turn off the date stamp on my camera, but it went back to january of '06 instead, then kept flipping back & forth on it's own. Stupid thing)

Day #4: Ocean was too choppy for jet skis, so we rented kayaks on the inlet instead. After trying it (I was pretty nervous about flipping) I want my own kayak. I could do that every day! We stopped for ice cream (vanilla w/ cherry dip) after, and later had rich Italian dinner and tirimisu for dessert.
(my butt is now twice this size)

Day #5: Hubs and I had a romantic lunch, just the two of us. How did we accomplish this feat, you ask? Purely by accident... we left Monsoon in the hotel. Kidding. It was a late lunch (after a bike and beach morning) and he fell asleep leaning on my arm before we even got our drinks! He didn't even wake up when we polished off our apple crumble ala mode.
Barely made it to the Virginia Aquarium to pet sting rays, coo over baby lager head turtles and look at sharks up close (they're kind of scary). We stopped later for ice cream (mint/chocolate swirl). And fudge.

Day #6: Beach and playground morning, then stopped for ice cream (chocolate w/ sprinkles) before we left town. Half way home, we remembered the laptop has a dvd player and stopped to pick up some movies for poor Monsoon who's butt hurt by hour two. A West Virginian black bear came running at our car out of one of the mountains, but apparently noticed the mac truck behind us so he screeched to a stop before crossing the highway. It was pretty cool. Back in Ohio that night, still a couple hours from home, we ran into a nasty storm and Hubs had us looking out for tornadoes (he's a paranoid freak, have I mentioned?). One flash of lightening lit up the whole sky and I saw something white and cylindrical ahead of us, so I kept looking in that direction to try and see what it was when the sky lit up again. I noticed hubs looking in the exact same spot - he had seen it, too. It wasn't my imagination. We breathed a sigh of relief when we could see for another flashing second and nothing was there. Five minutes down the road, we saw paths across the road and missing tress, and we knew what we had seen. Ca-ree-peeee!


Jen said...

It sounds like you had a great time at the beach! Oh and ice cream sounds delish! If all goes as planned we are should be going on vacation in a couple of days and I can't wait!! OH and yeah that storm part of your story sounds super creepy to me! I am so scared of tornados!!

Jennifer said...

Man, that is a close call. Bears and tornadoes. Yikes.

Sounds like you had a lot of fun. And y'all must really, really like ice cream.

Amy said...

What a fun trip. We would have loved to see the had fun with the sharks.

Yaya said...

My butt!

Sounds like tons of fun. I hate when my camera decides to put a date stamp on the pictures!

Corinne said...

I am SO glad you finally made it to the beach!!! :) Looks like you guys had a really fun time! Yay for vacations!

Grand Pooba said...

I love that you told us every single ice cream flavor!

Julia said...

You definitely had too much chocolate! Naughty girl! I am going to get the ruler out and swack your hands.

But I guess it was vacation after all and you were repentant about it.

That aquarium looks amazing like the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. And I think the head in the railing is a classic Wyatt maneuver! I am so glad we don't have railing like that.

Glad you had a great vacation. I can say I am a tweensy bit jealous!

the ungourmet said...

It's funny how all that fresh ocean air tuckers little ones out like that. I remember mine were the same way, the little darlings! :0)

Glad you missed gettinh blown away like Dorothy! I would never live where there were tornados! No thank you!

Michelle said...

Wow... I think my favorite part was the update of all the ice creams. Yum :) I couldn't eat that much ice cream, but I love reading about it.

SO glad you didn't get caught up in the tornado. Definitely creepy!

Debbie said...

Sounds, and looks, like a great trip! I'm happy for you.

Sassy Britches said...

I love how you remembered each day's worth of speific ice creams; totally something I would do! It really sounds like all in all it was a good trip without too many mishaps (well, except the end!). I'm so glad you were able to go--and looking at the date stamp for piggy back rides and beach playing, it looks like you guys were having way more fun on my birthday than I was! :)