Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Road Trip Day 18

Well this is it... we're almost home! YAY! It was another long day... what we had in less mileage we made up for in time with construction and traffic. Blah. But the total highlight of the day was meeting up with my friend Sheri and her kids! Fun! She picked out a perfect park in downtown Tulsa. Our kids played like they've known each other forever, which is saying a lot for someone like Jake! Her oldest helped corral both Evan and Jake from time to time... I need to get me a mother hen like her! I asked if I could take her with, lol!

Only 4-5 more hours tomorrow and we'll be home. Home. I think I'm going to lay in the middle of my kitchen floor and cry tears of joy.

Another mini meltdown tonight, too much to even get into it... but we (I) survived! I wasn't just on the verge of tears this time though... they were real tears. Jake was very concerned and said "Hey mama, how bout funny faces? They'll make you happy!" and proceeded to do various goofy faces... what a good kid! Jake has also been such the big boy with helping me. He carrys stuff for me, pushes Evan in the umbrella stroller if needs be, holds Evan's hand, and even climbed under the back of the truck to get Evan's sippy that rolled under it. All while wearing his buzz lightyear baseball cap that is too big for his head... it's super cute!

There's a moms night out tomorrow with my moms group... I really want to go... a margarita sounds just like what the doctor (the looney bin doc that is) ordered! But don't know if I'll have enough get up and go left!

We shall see...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Road Trip Day 17 (I think)

Holy Moly! It's been a long while! I miss my blog!

We're now headed back home. Day 1 of the 3 day trip home. While today actually went rather well for it being our longest day (I break it up like that to make the following days more bearable for everyone)... it was just that long. Poor Ev at one point was just crying saying "Mama, mama, mama, mama, mama, play, play, play, pppppplllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease" on repeat for 20 mins. That was heartbreaking. Then after that Jake started really crying about wanting to go home and how much he missed his Daddy. Again, heartbreaking.

But we made it to our hotel. Yay. It really is an understatement that it's hard to unpack with 2 toddlers. First I tried with Evan in a stroller and I pulled the suitcase. That was about 8 shades of a cluster-you-know-what (however, Jake was super cute wearing his backpack of toys). So then I got the trolley thing for the 2nd trip... worked great for the trip down, they rode it. In the parking lot, it was a terrible idea... no way to contain Evan... he took off across the parking lot... the trolley thing goes the oppostie way rolling down almost smacking into another car. Somehow I caught both and kept Jake from playing with a dead bird. After wrestling the packnplay out of the car, there was nowhere for them to ride so I had to carry Evan while he threw a fit about not getting to ride. Then guide it around. Getting onto the elevator with 2 people waiting, the wheel got stuck sideways and couldn't move, it was super frustrating. People just plain stare or act like you're not alive.

After being away from home for so long and finding my parenting under the microscope for the majority of the time... when I opened my Bob Evan's carryout to find they didn't include my pancakes... I about lost it. While it was nice to visit all the special people we did, and see all the sights, do fun things and eat yummy stuff... it was really stressful. There was never any down time. At that moment looking at my carryout platter with a sad helping of scrambled eggs and a lone sausage patty I felt so lonely, helpless, stressed out, and just plain beat.

I'm so looking forward to being home. So much I can't even describe it.

Tomorrow me and those cute boys will trudge on and even get to do another fun thing and meet up with another of my online mama friends! YAY! But... can I just wrinkle my nose and have all the stuff pack itself? And I even repacked so I'd only have to bring the bare minimum into the hotel!

Only a few more days until normal blogging can resume. I'm so excited, I can't wait to get back to normalcy!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Road Trip Day 3

...and how many more to go? I better stop counting... I've already started to stress about the way home. After 3 days of seeing how much help it is to have another adult while traveling. My plan is before we leave to condense everything we need for the 3 days into one suitcase... instead of each person having a bag, etc... so that should help. But woooo boy... it's gonna be interesting!!

Yesterday we checked out the French Quarter. We got there at 8:15am so traffic (vehicle and pedestrian) was light. Walked down the streets for a bit, then along the Mississippi, Moonwalk, Jackson Square and headed towards Bourbon Street to say we've walked it. The buildings are so neat and full of character and it's neat to see all the shops, bars, and stuff... however, the smell was horrendous for my sensitive nose. I realize it was Monday... most of the places were hosing out the weekend slime. But it reminded me of how bad the bottom of the legs of your party pants used to smell in college after a night of frat parties and bar hopping! Phew!!

By 10am we were each soaked through each article of clothing! So we stopped at Cafe Du Monde for some beignets to-go! Our "meter" was out via the boys, they were both red and sweaty from the heat... not to mention mom and dad ;) We drove around for a little bit, then headed back to the hotel. Back at the hotel we went swimming... had a good time. After swimming it was time for lunch (leftovers from the night before) and for dessert... our beignets! Holey Moley, it was melt-in-your-mouth-gimme-another wonderful! Everyone liked them!!

Then it was naptime, for everyone... niiice! Then back in the car... we drove to Chalmette. Right after Katrina, Greg was offered a job at the refinery in Chalmette, but I have to say, luckily we turned it down. Five years later you can still see a lot of devastation. On the way back to the hotel we swung through the New Orleans City Park. Found a playground for the boys to play at for a little bit. Ate dinner at City Diner near our hotel. It was early for dinner, so pretty much empty. Which was good... Evan was not in the mood (kind of the theme of this trip for him unless swimming or eating)... I gave him his sippy to hold before we had drinks and he threw the biggest fit in the world... I think the gal waiting on us thought I was somehow harming him! See... we're just soo much fun, especially to travel with! ;)

This will most likely be my last post until we head home the end of June. Eeekkk... how will I survive?? Unless I figure out how to blog from my phone!??! Yah right, I'm lucky to text, I fat finger everything on the blackberry!!

Gatlinburg or bust! Then TH or bust! Then home or bust! :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

First stop New Orleans!

Not sure how much I'll be updating until July... so I'll try when I can.

Today we began our road trip! First stop my friend Stacy's... I've actually known her for over 3 years through my online moms group I talk about all the time. But this was the first time we met in person... how crazy is that?? Even crazier was that it felt totally normal, like we meet up all the time. The kids played (Evan loved their toys) and we ate a very yummy lunch!

When we left the boys were asleep before we even got out of their neighborhood!!

After Baton Rouge, the boys were getting restless, but we saw it was reaching temps of 100 outside. So we stopped at the Mall of Louisiana, that way the boys could walk around and stretch their legs.

Before arriving at the hotel we stopped at a yummy little local place recommended by a friend. We enjoyed fried pickels and shrimp po boys! YUM!

Finally got to the hotel, and now everyone is already ready to crash (Evan actually already did!). Our plans tomorrow involve trying to get to Jackson Square (with some eating at Cafe Du Monde that everyone raves about) & French Quarter as early as possible in the morning. There's some ideas of maybe taking the Canal Street ferry, or checking out the WWII museum... not sure... we'll see how the day unfolds and what kind of moods we're ALL in ;)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sorry, not much to report!

Just planning and making lists and running errands for our trip! We leave on Sunday!

It's amazing how cut & dry packing can seem until you're really doing it! Poor boys are wearing mismatched outfits at home because I don't want to have to do laundry before we leave, ha ha! Luckily, we'll be able to easily do laundry on the trip!

Looks like our time in New Orleans will be hindered by the fact that all the cool stuff is closed on Mondays... most things run from Tues-Sunday. But we're definitely going to go to Jackson Square, check out Cafe Du Monde that everyone raves about, and probably just walk around taking in the surroundings! Lots of friends have given helpful hints and ideas!

Once we're in Gatlinburg, we're just going to see how things unfold I guess. No real plans. Suppose to be dinner each night at someone else in the family's cabin. We'll make what we can make, with the boys being early birds dinner isn't the best time of day with them. Anyone that has spent the "witching hour" and dinner with us can vouch for that! They're more angels for breakfast, when no one else but us is awake! ha! The reunion is on Saturday, starting out the day with family photos. The big decision is white shirts with jeans or white shirts with khakis. There doesn't seem to be a firm decision, so I'm packing both... and I'm also packing  2 sets of white shirts for the boys. I mean come on, what's the life span for a white shirt on an 18 mth old and a 3 year old??? Not long I tell ya, not long! And by default no white shirt last long on me either... so i'm thinking of wearing a shirt over my shirt... people are going to think us more strange than ever... but there's a method to the madness, I swear!!

I've been sleeping lately! After an email from a friend giving me her experience, I decided to start taking a 1/2 tablet of unisom at night. I used to when I was preggo with Evan, but was worried since now there are 2 kids to wake up with IF they wake up. It's been great... I've gotten 5 nights in a row so far of 7 hours of sleep. I'm still tired, and would love to sleep any minute of the day... but that sheer exhausted feeling and ache deep in my bones and joints isn't as prevelant. So hoping this marks the beginning of getting over 5 mths of insomnia!! Sleep is a good thing!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Somewhere Over the Rainbow?

Skies are blue, and I don't have insomnia! That's how the song goes right??

As for the insomnia... well, I haven't slept (of my own accord, not kid related) good at all since Feb. It's really starting to take it's toll. I'm super frustrated by it, nothing is worse than being so dead dog tired and NOT being able to sleep! It's starting to be more painful than nights with a newborn!! Ugh!

Anyway, back to sunshine and rainbows :) Craft time with our neighbors again. We hosted, and I picked the books "The Deep Blue Sea: A Book of Colors" that ends with a rainbow on the very last page. Which leads to the next book " What Makes a Rainbow?" a very cute book that each time you turn the page adds another color of ribbon to make a rainbow.

Beforehand I searched for a couple of prisms I have... but since our move, there's a lot of stuff I just can't find. I can totally picture where they were at the townhouse, but no clue here! Then found online you could just use a jar of water to refract a ray of sunshine (which we get lots of sun in our house!). However, yesterday we only had clouds and rain so it didn't end up mattering. We made our own rainbows! For our snacks Jake and I made rainbow (but they're more psychedelic I think) cupcakes earlier in the day. I got the idea from my friend making a rainbow cake for her daughters 4th birthday. Warning: she's a really good cook & baker so no comparing!! Jake enjoyed it but it was loads time consuming and poor Evan ended up sitting on my feet holding onto my leg sucking his thumb and crying because he was so mad at us for taking so much time/attention. They turned out neat... not gourmet or beautiful but neat enough to spark their interest and hopefully make it memorable :) I took a couple extras to mom's night out last night... silly rainbow cupcakes look REALLY out of place with no kids around! Hey, you live and learn! ha ha!

I've tried to get better about documenting some things, so here's our craft & snack from yesterday!

And if the post title has made you nostalgic for the song... here's a remake of the song that I just love! It's very soothing, I need to remember to listen to it more often when it feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Splish Splash!

While we have wonderful pools for in our neighborhood... we decided to buy a blow up one for the boys (and me??? LOL) for the backyard. Sometimes you just want to be able to step outside and keep it simple.

Well it's a hit!

Isn't it great when someone else anticipates your snacking needs?

Yah, repeats from Facebook. But today the dryer repairman is coming to hopefully finally fix the dryer. I've gone almost 3 weeks with NO dryer. I'm beyond over it. Luckily it's under warranty and it's only a year old so time is the only thing it's costing us!