We got in late last night from Florida (9 hours down and 9 hours back, which wasn’t bad considering we were hauling bikes and kids). The girls did really well in the car. I would chalk it up to our excellent parenting skills but heck no it was sheer animated distraction people. I urge you to RUN, not walk, and get thee a portable DVD player with not one, but two screens, for your next road trip. The down side is you can’t use it anywhere but the car. The plus side is it will keep your kids entertained and they both have a screen for their own viewing pleasure. Even Miss A, who isn’t into watching movies except for the Baby Einstein variety, was distracted by the DVD player. I also bought a brand spankin’ new movie, Shark Tale, for the trip and it was a huge hit. So much so that I believe I have all of Will Smith’s lines memorized.
Here are some highlights of our much needed vacation (I’ve uploaded a few photos on Flickr):
Miss C, hands down. I have a lot more freckles. Does that count?
Best Communing With Nature Moment
Seeing dolphins swimming in the intracoastal while we were out at the pool.
Best New Experience
The new playground by the Navarre Beach bridge, complete with an awesome water play area which the girls loved.
Best On the Road Pit Stop
The new Chick-Fil-A just north of Birmingham. Clean and has a great indoor play area.
Most Overused Phrase
“Get their ya yas out” as in “I’m so glad we stopped at that Chick-Fil-A so the girls could get their ya yas out.” I think the hubby was ready to turn on my mute button the third time I said that.
Least Missed Electronic Device
My cell phone. The hubby had his Blackberry and laptop but we had no dial up or wireless access (he had to drive up the road to McDonald’s for Wi-Fi.)
Most Freakish Injury
Miss C somehow managed to bite her own finger. Don’t ask.
Shrimp, shrimp, and more shrimp.
It’s good to be home, but there’s nothing like several days by the water to get recharged. The weather was absolutely perfect the first two days, sunny with not a cloud in the sky, although it rained yesterday as we were getting ready to leave. Now it’s back to reality and laundry (despite the fact that I washed two loads before we left the condo.) I think laundry gremlins make dirty clothes multiply while you’re sleeping.