Monday, August 6, 2012

Obligatory Post-Vacation Playback

     So, we just got back from vacation.  And when I say "just got back," I obviously mean we got back almost a week ago, and I'm just now able to write anything about it.  Anyhoo, about a month back, my mom and I were discussing the fact that I had not been on a vacation in ten years.  (Unless you count Iraq and Kuwait.  Which I very much do not.)  And that although Smarty Pants and Miss Priss have been on all sorts of adventures with my mom, Sassafrass and Skeletor have never been on a vacation at all.  Upon this realization, my mother was shocked and appalled, and decided to remedy the situation immediately.  So she took us all on a mini-vacation!  (How awesome is my mom, by the way?)
     We left from my mom's house early Monday morning, and drove to Atlanta.  We took copious bathroom breaks and mommy-needs-out-of-this-car-before-she-kills-you-all breaks.  About halfway there, we stopped at the good old Golden Arches, and gorged ourselves.  I have no regrets.

Smarty Pants and Miss Priss being classy.
They get that from me.

     Feeling full and slightly greasy, we then drove the rest of the way to Atlanta.  We went swimming and played in the hot tub at our hotel.  It was Sassafrass and Skeletor's first time in an in-ground pool and in a hot tub.  The fact that they did not know how to swim was of little consequence to them.  After we got done with our water play, we all got fancied up to go out to dinner at a Hibachi grill.  (Yet another first for the little ones.)  I will now make you look at pictures of all of us because we clean up so good.
Miss Priss

Smarty Pants

Sassafrass

Skeletor

The best mommy EVAH!

This picture makes me want to punch people,
but whatevers.
     The next day, we got up and went to the Georgia Aquarium!  It was absolutely amazing.  I literally have a thousand pictures from my camera and from my mom's, but I won't subject you to such a thing.  I will show you just a couple of the best, and let you fill in the blanks.  Yes, I did feel like my hair should have turned grey while I was in there, but it apparently did not.

Of course he found the skeletons immediately.

Sassafrass, there's a dolphin behind you!

Skeletor fearlessly touching a sea urchin.  He touched a shark, too!

Whale shark's are big and junk.

Sibling love.

Smarty Pants looking way too grown.

Miss Priss with the lion fish.  Roar.

Mi mami!

At the entrance.

At the exit.
      Well, that's about it.  I apologize for the picture overload, but...I'm a mom.  What can you do, right?  Oh, one more thing.  Although Sassafrass and Skeletor left the house unable to swim, they came back with skills.  Skeletor claims he can "swim like a Hasselhoff" now.  Color me impressed.  I guess all that sea life must have given them some pointers!






18 comments:

  1. Just the right number of pictures, actually. . . and some good solid lols!

    We leave for vacation on Saturday. Hope ours is as successful as yours seems to have been!

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    1. I hope you guys have a blasty blast! I was expecting meltdown city the whole time, but it went surprisingly well. Good luck!

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  2. I LOVED the pictures - your kids are so beautiful! And of course I have to appreciate any mention of the Hoff. ;)

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    1. Awww, thanks! I think so, too, but I'm biased...and right.

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  3. I'm glad you guys had fun on the vacation. Your kids are soooo cute!! Love all the pictures. I miss those days taking my son on vacation. He usually doesn't want to go anywhere with me now. Especially the beach. :(

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    1. It went so smoothly that I was absolutely sure that I must have lost a kid or two. Turns out that I didn't, and they were just well behaved. And, thanks!

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  4. Bestest Moms rock the world -- what a great trip! I agree, that was the right amount of pics to post: lots of your fun kids and a few of the fish ;-) That whale shark pic is awesome, and how great that Skeletor touched a sea urchin. Coming back with swimming skills? Best souvenir ever.

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    1. Right? They think they are hot stuff now!

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  5. So glad you all enjoyed your vacation. I love the photos, but can most relate to the very last one posted, "At the Exit." I probably look like that by about noon every day during the summer. Also agree with the SoCo mom ^ on that whale shark photo. Amazing shot!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I was pretty much dead on my feet at that point!

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  6. Wow! Looks like so much fun! We've been trying to get a mini vacation put together for a while here, but it seems to get foiled every. single. time. Instead, everyone else keeps ending up taking vacations and I get stuck holding the fort with Little Miss.

    Yeah, I guess I am just a teensy bit jealous!

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    1. I feel you on the jealousy thing. Like I said, this is the only place non-Army related that I've been in 10 years!

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  7. What a great vacation! And yes, your mom totally rocks. That looks like an amazing aquarium. All of your kids are precious and the pictures are perfect. Nicely done Mom!

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  8. Cool pics! I've heard the Atlanta aquarium puts our Baltimore one to shame.

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    1. It was beautiful! Or at least my pictures of it are. I didn't get to actually look at too many of the animals, because I was trying to keep my youngest one out of the tanks!

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  9. Sounds like you had a great time. Holidays with the kids are great, stressful, but really fun too.

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    1. It was stressful, but it was definitely worth it!

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