Saturday, June 6, 2009

Home at least

According to my family's lore, that was my quote after car trip to Disney World from NJ (and back) in a station wagon with 4 kids. (My parents must have been nuts.)

We're back from our first family vacation and that is how I feel....we're home. At least. Seagrove, FL -- Parkers are OUT. :(

Sad to be back to our daily life. Sad to be away from the beach....I LOVE the beach. Just feel at home there. Sad that Mike has to go back to work on Monday. I (and the girls) loved having him around, all day, for an entire week.

I know, I know, boo hoo for me, right? :)

Our trip was great. So much fun. The routine that we fell into after the first day was the stuff of dreams....

7:00 am -- E and A would wake up. Mike or I would sleep in a bit (trade off days). Make a quick breakfast. Take the girls (or just E solo) to the beach before it gets hot and crowded. Anger the fisherman with E's joy filled screams down at the water. Make some sand cookies and/or a pool for E's (plastic) friends. Alice would sample the morning sand for taste and texture.
Pool construction in progress.

Tasty sand.

9:30am-- Walk the 3 minute walk home from the beach. Alice naps. I would do my workout for the day (only 1 a days. Rest week for me -- Thanks, Jen! It was nice to have only one to get in a day...although the heat killed me. SO not used to that.) Runs would be either on the beach or on 30A (20 miles of FLAT bike/walking path) through gorgeous beach towns with tons of people watching and houses to drool over. Can't ask for better than that! Or bike would be on the trainer while E would play in the pool (and I would literally melt. OMG, the heat!) I think I had a dehydration headache most days I was there.

I would run by this post office in downtown Seaside. So tiny!

Mike would P90x his face of in the mornings before beerthirty would hit the clock every day. No one wants to be working out when beerthirty hits.


1:30pm -- Beach and/or pool.

2:30pm -- Alice nap again. Ella would finally crash after being in the water literally all day long at this point and watch a movie. I would take advantage of a few quiet minutes to devour more pages of the Twilight books (on New Moon right now). These are way addictive. Wow.

3:30pm -- pool again. And beerthirty, I believe. (I am not the'd have to ask Mike when it was. I get all confused being that we were on central time and all....)

Beerthirty...for sure.

Ella does not idly lounge around in the pool. Ever.


Margarita O'clock was at dinnertime.

6:45ish -- beach walk with the girls and treasure hunt for shells for E.

BED for the girls.

9:30ish BED and more Twilight speed reading for me (I am so anxious to see what is going to happen, I totally am skipping unnecessary dialogue and description)

And repeat x7.

I could get used to that.....

Thankful for such a great trip.


Mama Simmons said...

Wow! Looks like an awesome time! Love the picture of Alice eating sand. That's Moana's daily lunch around here. And E in namaste. Classic.

Meghan said...

sooo cute, love the pictures. personally i am glad you guys are home...we are missing some serious playtime with you guys!!!

Aspiring Domestic Diva said...

love love LOVE the pics and the routine. . . sounds like my kind of trip (especially the vampire reading!)
So glad you guys had a wonderful time, and can't wait to see you soon!

Angela and David Kidd said...

I stayed with a friends family in Seaside for a week once. It was fantastic. So relaxing. Looks like you guys had a great time. Hope the return to reality isn't too painful.

amie said...

ommmm, E is a YOGI! LOVE IT

Jennifer Harrison said...

OH MAN, KATE! You have no idea how great that looks!!! I am so glad you had a great vacation!! :) Welcome home!

DC Running Mama said...

what a great trip! I wanna take this trip with my kids some day!