I am enjoying my first day of vacation here in the lovely city of Weatherford. We decided to leave a day early and stay at my sister’s house so that instead of six days in a hotel room with the girls and I, Dustin could spend seven days plus an extra long car ride because we can “take our time getting down there.” I know, everyone wants to travel with us!?!
We used to make for time, but now since we have kids and one of the said kids gets car sick, our GPS gets to find the routes that involve more divided highways and we stay away from the roads that go up hills and down hills and go around the hills and then go back the other way. . .just typing about that makes me a little sick. Poor Ellie, apparently our flat scenery at home is all she can take. I can’t even imagine her going to the mountains. We did learn though from previous trips that a throw up bucket is an excellent thing to have in the car and within reach when you hear that lovely cough/about to lose her lunch noise in the back seat. I still crack up every time I think of Emma covering up her nose and saying she “can’t take that smell any longer Mama.” Thank you Wichita Falls Wal-Mart for having an already put together Car Seat/Booster Seat Combo for an exceptionally low price. And, I’m sorry to the trash man that had to open that dumpster with a thrown up all over car seat that had been sitting there in 100 degree weather.
We made it here in pretty good time despite the 20 minute Braum’s lunch break, the 15 minute random pecan/fudge store break and the 30 minute Harley Davidson store break. Jess brought home dinner about 30 minutes after we arrived and the rest of the night, the kiddos picked up where they left off from a week ago. Jack was Bolt, Emma was Penny, Ellie was Rhino the Hamster and Luke was Mittens the cat. And according to Jack, Luke was a talking cat this time. And apparently to Luke, he ignored Jack and meowed like a cat for the remainder of the Bolt game. We kept trying to get Ellie to say, “It’s a good day to die!” from the movie Bolt, and Luke to respond with, “Not on my watch rodent!” But alas, Ellie found a four-wheeler to play on and Luke continued to meow.
Tomorrow’s plans include waking up in a few hours and heading to Wal-Mart for groceries because I am “the better half of Dustin that makes him save money.” These are his words. He said that every time payday comes around, a voice inside his head says, “SPEND IT!! SPEND IT ALL!!” And then because he made the mistake of setting up direct deposit, the voice inside of my head tells the voice inside of his head to shut up and doesn’t tell him the log-in name and password to our on-line banking.
Instead of reliving our honeymoon and spending a whopping $1000 on food, I’ve opted for sandwiches for a few meals while on vacation. Granted we’ll get our fair share of french fries and chili cheese burritos that cheap fast food chains have to offer, but spending $20 for each meal at three meals a day really adds up. Call me crazy, but my father once took us to Massachusetts and had the crazy idea of eating bologna and cold hot dogs the whole way to save money. In theory it was a good idea and being a child who loved hot dogs and bologna, what was not to like about this vacation. That was until Mom told him it wasn’t. Ironic that if the hotel we are going to stay at this week actually had a microwave, we would have been eating hot dogs! Some vacation memories from 20 years ago will just never go away!!
Okay, off to bed. We are all in my nephew Jack’s room, so that puts Dustin on the floor with his camping mattress that is maybe one inch thick (which he prefers because it helps his back), and up until 20 minutes ago, Ellie had crawled into Emma’s air-up mattress that we borrowed from Mom and Dad. Ellie kept crying because she thought Emma had left the room when in fact because of Ellie’s crying, Emma put her pillow over her head hence why Ellie couldn’t see Emma. Apparently Ellie had to take matters into her own hands and make sure Emma wasn’t going anywhere, so she moved her pillow and aquarium music maker into Emma’s bed. I did notice that Emma did cover Ellie up with her own blanket because if there is anything that Ellie can’t do, it is pull a blanket it up to cover herself. . .and put her shoes on the right feet. . .but hey, she’s only 2-years-old. I am lucky enough to be sleeping in Jack’s bed. Apparently Disney’s Cars is still popular with both my 3- and 5-year-old nephews because that is what sheets and comforter I will be covering up with tonight. Maybe the next time Aunt Jessie stays with us, she can experience the mermaid/fish comforter set or the springtime flowers sheets. For some reason, I don’t think she gets very much girly stuff in a house of boys!
Hope everyone has a great week!!