Well, we’ve just come back from 5 day in Virginia. It was an ok vacation. The drive from this house is only 5 hours, so it’s not too bad. We got a 3 day pass to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, but my kids were not really up for it. In fact, they spent most of the 3 park days cranky. On day 1 of our vacation Chris dropped his blackberry in the kiddie pool, and the phone was down all day and the time messed up the next day. Also, Chris has a new car with no clock, and we have a satellite radio with no time, SO for 5 days we barely knew the time. This is not a good thing if you want to see the shows in Busch Gardens!
But it was enlightening! There were many things I learned:
1. Big mistake number 1? Only bringing a single umbrella stroller to park day #2 at only Busch Gardens. Yikes. We won’t do THAT again. In fact, this was the day that we decided there will be NO annual Disney World visit this year. (Maybe.) We also didn’t do our typical pack water, forgot to pack hats, sunglasses, and all the other little things. (Can you say, not prepared for summer??) The kids did love the kiddie rides and the Irish, Italian, and pop shows, but it was too too TOO hot for them to deal with.
2. A GREAT thing I learned: I have no more body issues! OK, well, probably I have some, but firstly I thought I LOOKED GOOD in last year’s swim suit. SERIOUSLY, I was a little put out that Chris didn’t give me a “hey baby”. I didn’t care that I had no pedicure (and lots of broken toenails), or that I missed a bit on my legs with the razor, or that I have flea scars on my lovely legs (ok, some vericose veins too). But I didn’t care anyway!! I didn’t sweat my tummy or my boobs, I just was myself.
And it felt GOOD. I must be growing up, lol…
3. Don’t let stupid things ruin vacation. OK, Supermom started up on Day 1 with how Amelia’s suit was too big and why, why, why, why…after the 3rd degree, I said, SHE’S FINE, WHO CARES, I have other suits for tomorrow. Another incident happened about something else, and I just said, “who cares?” again, over and over. I didn’t want to be mean, and I don’t want to hurt our friendship, but I guess she doesn’t get that all that picking is NOT good for our relationship.
4. Do what you want. On the last day, we slept in REALLY late, missed breakfast, and decided to take the girls to the Jamestown settlement. Lo and behold – they had a better time than they had in 3 days of theme parking. They loved playing in the Native village, the settler’s village, the ships, and when we got too hot, Amelia just LOVED the indoors museum display. Hats off to whoever designed it, really lovely and all hands on. Then we had ice cream and hot dogs and took the kids to Shrek3. What a perfect day.
5. Writing again. I’ve been thinking and dreaming about writing, and suddenly one of my favorite characters woke up during the end of this trip and his story is now rekindled. I wrote it in my head the whole way home. Of course, this is a sequel to an earlier, unfinishe work, so I need to take some time and sort through everything to see where and how I want to take my different books. I’m getting deeper and now so too are my characters. AWESOME!
That’s all for now. Came back to a job prospect, too, how cool is that? Much to do in the next few days. Ciao, babies!