Today began a three-week journey to Florida for the girlies and I* (Derrick will be working intermittently, and you will notice I don’t call it a vacation. New definition: vacation, n: a trip you take without your children).
Yes, yes…I know. Three weeks! We are so, so lucky! You’ll be reading lots about it here, but the girls will be spending a week at Disney with Susu and their cousins, a week in Longboat Key with Nani and Botsie, and then a week at Watercolor Resort with Gramma and Grampa. I mean…how lucky are they? All three sets of grandparents back-to-back?!?!?!
*Sidenote to potential burglars (robbers? thieves?): Don’t even think about it. We have an alarm, a dog and a neighborhood watch. And, also? Nothing worth stealing. Except the dog. You can have him.
We left this morning around 5:30 am. No need to set our alarm, as Paige was up at 5:15. Honestly, contrary to our travel history, it was fairly non-eventful. We only stopped twice. We had just a handful of meltdowns. We packed lots of snacks, activities and movies. D and I only fought once … an hour or so, but for us? That’s huge!
We arrived at our hotel in Atlanta around 2:15. Blair fell asleep about 20 minutes before we arrived (of course). We got to our room, and both girls were obviously ready to be out of the car, but also exhausted from being up so early. Normally? We wouldn’t care. We’d run them ragged and put them to bed early.
But, tonight? We’re visiting my oldest friend. Actually, my longest friend – she’s only less than 2 months older than me. At my wedding she brought a picture of she, Jay and I all lined up in our pumpkin seats. We like to joke that she knew my parents before I did. Also, her kids are good. AKA – it’s crucial my kids nap.
Back to the hotel – a large-ish room with about a 2 feet “partition” separating the “bedroom” from the “living room.” We let the girls watch a show (um, because they hadn’t watched enough television during the 8 hour drive down here? I am SUCH a good parent), then decided it was time for quiet time/nap time.
I think you see where this is going.
We put Blair’s pack and play behind the partition, turned off the lights and all fell soundly to sleep.
Not so much.
Here’s a visual of what this looked like:
Naptime over. Suz? Thank God you’ve known me forever.