5/12/08

Can Mommy and Daddy Rest Now?

I have just returned from an entire week at the beach in Florida. Mr. P was born in Florida and his parents have always kept a place there on Perdido Key. It's a lovely little key on the Gulf with white sand beaches and a quiet atmosphere. So we have this wonderful three bedroom place right on the beach where P spent his summers growing up. When we arrived we immediately did a "woddler sweep." (A woddler is a baby-toddler and a "woddler sweep" is a quick scooping up in each room of any breakable object in the woddlers reach. Has that been Wiki'd yet? And have I mentioned that our woddler has Stretch Armstrong limbs?) There was much to sweep in the form of bar stools with perfect climbing rungs (and lightweight enough to push over and bang into walls!), terra cotta planters, and brightly painted shell shaped dishes and trays. And phones. Land lines must be disconnected and stowed. And we needed lots of ponytail holders to use as makeshift cabinet latches. Our woddler was a bit crazed after the drive and his first whiff of ocean air must have been like a baby upper. He was running and laughing and fussing and sticking his finger in the uncovered outlets and tossing the TV remote control and pushing buttons on the DVD player and pulling stuff out of cabinets I hadn't hooked shut yet and playing in toilet water and shutting himself in the closet and MY GOODNESS CHILD THERE ARE ONLY TWO OF US HERE!! GIVE US A SMALL BREAK! Within 30 minutes P was holding him and wondering aloud where the Perdido Key Day School might be. We were in charge of both of them. For a week. Alone. The Bear is into every single thing in sight and beginning to loudly resent being told no and Shark Boy is a constant flow of Can We. Can we go to the beach now? Can we go to the pool now? Can we go fishing now? Can we go to the dock now? Can we play basketball? Can we go back to the beach? Can we hunt for crabs at dark? When will it be dark? Can we go to the pool until it's dark? Can we? Can we? We had so much fun with them! And Mommy and Daddy need a vacation now.

13 comments:

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Forgive me if I am commenting twice...I think mine disappeared!

Any way, I love woddler sweep. And I am nodding my head in agreement as we are headed to the beach in less than two weeks. Hubby and I always pass out from exhaustion when the girls finally go to sleep and we sit gripping our Coronas!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

Welcome home! I know exactly how you feel. A vacation from the vacation is a must.

Katie Kermeen Swisher said...

I miss Perdido Key so much! I used to vacation there years ago, but haven't been in quite a while. A friend of mine was there last week too, and I nearly cried at her pictures of the beach and her dinner at The Point. :(

Amy said...

Dinner at The Point?? Oh just GET OUT! Small world it is indeed. The Point is a Smith family tradition. We may have been in there with your friend last week!

youarekiddingme said...

Vacations just aren't what they used to be B.C. - before children. The fun is still there, it's the R&R that seems to be missing!

crunchiemummy said...

Welcome home! I love that -- woddler sweep! Hope you enjoyed Florida!

Nap Warden said...

I know that...when we go to the beach with the kiddos. I totally need a vacation from the vacation!

JCK said...

Woddler sweep. I remember. Yes, I do.

Glad you had a great time. I could use a week at the Gulf around now. It is so beautiful there this time of year.

wheelsonthebus said...

How in the world do they reach things three feet above their heads, is what I want to know...

andi said...

Ah, needing a vacation from vacation. I know the feeling well. Glad you had a good (if not entirely relaxing) time.

Sugarplum's Mom said...

heh... kind of odd how much work is involved in a vacation huh?

Shamelessly Sassy said...

"woddler sweep'=classic. Also, I always need a vacation after a vacation. always.

MamaGeek said...

Welcome Home! A vacation hangover sucks the donkey so start planning your next.

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