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):

Best Tan
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.
Best Seafood
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.


  1. Jennifer says:

    I am so incredibly jealous! We bought a DVD player when I took M to Toronto, via a 5 hour plane ride when she was 18 mos old. Oy. Lifesaver, but we use it now in the bedroom so she can watch movies on DVD or when we go on long car rides. Why can’t you use yours at home too?

    I need a vacation! I’m glad you guys had a blast!

  2. Blonde Mom says:


    It’s an Emerson brand portable player (with two screens) so the way it is configured you attach them to the backs of the front seats. Luckily we had the hubby’s laptop so we just fired it up and played Shark Tale (and other DVDs) on it in the condo. Dad has a VCR but we didn’t have any tapes! 🙂

  3. Amanda says:

    Glad your back!!! I missed you! Sounds like a great vacation. I really need the beach.

    Craziness in my house!!!

  4. Emily says:

    Caitlin looks adorable in the picture! Glad you all had fun. The DVD players are wonderful, aren’t they?

  5. Charla says:

    I’m with you on the portable DVD player…what a lifesaver! I’m glad to see you had such a great time, and it’s good to see you back!

  6. Pattie says:

    I missed you! I am so glad you had a great trip. It sounds wonderful. How cool that must have been to see dolphins!
    My kids love Shark Tale, too. Cute movie.

  7. Bluegrass Mama says:

    LOL–I’m the mom who ended up with leather seats and power doors in my minivan because the only other ones on the lot had built-in DVD players and I will NOT allow television in my car. Keep in mind that we live 11 hours from our families and take lots of long drives. Music, Magic Pen books, old-time car games (20 questions, the alphabet game, “I went to the store and bought…”) and later books and audiobooks, have kept us on the road all these years.

    However, I’ve been assured by parents who do go the DVD route that the real trick is headphones. Then you don’t have to learn all Will Smith’s lines.

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