June 28, 2011

I need a vacation from getting back from vacation!

The day after returning from a trip is always a little crazy.

You have a blast on your vacation, playing right up until it's time to go home. Then you wake up, rather unwillingly the next day, usually after only a few hours of sleep, to realize you have a stack of overdue library items you need to get back asap!

Because you're getting tired of single handedly supporting the library through late fees.

Then, since you haven't gone grocery shopping in over two weeks, you find your cupboards are pretty bare and thank your lucky stars that you have enough milk and cereal to feed to your kids for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Then you find that your daughter's t-ball game is really two hours earlier than you had been thinking it was all weekend. And since there are only two games left, and you haven't been to any of them, you decide you need to go to at least one before the games are over. So instead of unpacking all your junk that was just tossed into the living room, you rifle through the pockets searching for essentials, like deodorant, knowing no one would be happy if you didn't a least contemplate using it, leaving everything else there to deal with another time.

Then you haul your five kids to the t-ball game only to see about two minutes of it since you're trying to keep track of three mobile children and a stationary baby.

By the time the game is over, you reflect on your great and mighty wisdom for only putting your oldest child in this year, and thanking her coach profusely for being willing to pick her up and bring her home this whole month.

Then you make the mistake of taking your tired and hungry children into the library with you. By the time the kids are done picking out what they want, the librarian hates you. You can just tell. But you do your best not to yell too loud at the three oldest ones while carrying the baby-laden car seat and quite literally dragging your screaming and crying two-year old back out to the car knowing that everyone you walk by is passing judgement on you.

By the time you get home you're drenched in sweat, exhausted, wishing you could have a vacation from your post vacation experience.

Ah well, what can you do.

We had such a blast this past weekend, I wish we could have stayed longer. It was good for all of us to get away for a couple of days.

I have a gazillion pictures to rifle through so hopefully I can get around to writing all about it soon.

In the meantime, just know that anytime you think I might say or do something a little odd, that I learned from the best.

I mean, come on. Do you know anyone who plays with their cows?

I do.

I couldn't quite convince my mom to whoop and holler like she was riding a bucking bronco, but come on, at least she was willing to go for a ride!

And that, my friends, is what makes my parents so stinking awesome.

And someday, I hope to be just like them.

Except you'll never catch my playing with cows and letting them slobber in my hair.

'Cause that's just gross. 

18 super cool people speak:

Mama Smith said...

Somehow...I "imagined" your whole day...and saw it "clearly"...(smile) SO MISS HAVING YOU ALL HERE! BUT...SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND! (2 weeks in a row!) AWESOME! (smile)

Amy said...

Oh what can I say that could possibly do this post justice? This was fabulous! You're such a fantastic writer. You know what you should do to those people who are, quote, passing judgement on you?
Raise an eyebrow as if to say "whatta you lookin at?" Then if they look down and purse their lips as if to say "Nothing," you smile wryly and narrow your eyes as if to say "that's what I thought."
And lift your head, straighten your shoulders, and walk proudly out of that library because babe, you're a rockstar mommy!

Sue said...

What cool parents! I think you are well on your way to becoming just like them.

And I suspect THAT is a big compliment!


Sara Lyn said...

Love those pictures! I just got back from vacation and had a similar, but less kid-filled, experience. I'm ready for another break! This one at home, of course. :) Glad you made it!

Saimi said...

Yup, it's hard to get back into the swing of things after a fun filled vacation!!

But what a great daughter you are letting the grandparents see and play with their Grandkids. It's a dream come true I bet they are having withdraws already, I know I'd be!

ldsjaneite said...

SOME librarians hate that. Others give sympathetic (and grateful or sorrowful it's not us) smiles. Just saying. :-)

Great pictures. That looks like one of those slides that hurts when it is sunny.

The Bagley Family said...

bah! Ignore the looks, ignore the thoughts that people are judging! Here is the simple truth: #1 Screaming toddlers are only reminding everyone they are 2 years old... #2 People are not negatively judging you they are just thinking, 'Wow! 5 kids and Mom is still sane! AWESOME MOM' and #3 Goddess Divine, you are doing fine:) Somedays are rougher, some moments harder, but other moments make it all worth it.

Cheeseboy said...

Having just got back from a 10 day vacation, I know exactly what you mean. Not to mention, your house is like 200 degrees when you get home and something smells strange.

Funny pictures!

TisforTonya said...

I can't even tolerate dog slobber, cow slobber is kinda grossing me out.

Carrie said...

I always cringe when my friends say that they go to the library every week for story time. Uhm..wait, do kids actually SIT there for storytime? I wouldn't know;) I have to be in a very very good mood to do that. In fact, last month my husband came home and told me that he took the kids to the library and I stared in awe and said, "are you serious? how did it go?" He just stared back.

And we have a 3 week overdue library fine as a bonus. Ha!

ldsjaneite said...

Ooh! Ooh! Can my librarian me post another comment? Yes!! Kids sit still in storytime--and it amazes me, too! There are a couple who love to wonder about and such, but they have never distracted me during a storytime. In my new job, the room is huge and I've had 40-50 in a storytime--loved every bit of it! The dads there seemed a little clueless on how to handle it, but they were there and I couldn't be happier. I look at it as something you can get out of the house for, have your kids entertained, and it's FREE! Plus, I LOVE getting to have that time with the kids. As long as you don't drop your kids off and expect me to baby-sit them, then we're all good. (Because I am under the No Touch rule unless they're in deathly harm's way, and it makes taking care of kids rather hard.) And...

What? Oh. Did I get carried away? Sorry. Just wanted to let all of you moms with kids (of all ages) know that we librarians--especially those of us over the kids--want all of you in all of your numbers, volumes, fashion statements, and missing patches of hair to come!

Garden of Egan said...

That is hilarious!
I am glad your parents are into the cows. Hopefully they don't plan on putting it in the freezer, if you know what I mean.

Vacations are exhausting.

Ya, they built a wing on our library in my honor.

Patty Ann said...

I think you are amazing!! I wish I were more like you!! I agree with you about that slobber in the hair stuff. That is just....well...yuk! Welcome home. The first week is always the worst.

Abe n Annie said...

You do have pretty cool parents. I just can't get over those pictures of dad on his hands and knees with the cows. hahahaha I love it.

M-Cat said...

The pictures of your parents are hysterical!

Rachel Sue said...

Um, yeah. The piles last in my living room for weeks. Weeks. Good luck with yours. :)

richard said...

Hi, Linda and Richard Eyre here. You may know us from our parenting book bestsellers or the blogs of our daughters.....or perhaps you have seen our weekly columns in the Deseret News.

But in any case, we know you. And we love your blog! Of all the "mommy blogs" out there, it is surprising how few actually focus on mothering and parenting. Yours is one of them, and you do it so well!

We have what we think is our best and most important parenting book ever coming out the first of September, and we would like to invite you to be part of our advisory board and help us craft (and disseminate) our message about the dangers of ENTITLEMENT! We feel that the entitlement attitudes of today's kids are the biggest problem of their generation (and the biggest concern of parents throughout the world)!

The new book is called THE ENTITLEMENT TRAP: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Owning. It will be in stores in early September, but if enough people pre order it from Amazon.com and other on line outlets it could debut on the bestseller lists its first week, and that would cause thousands of other parents to be aware of it and to have access to a message we think parents desperately need.

So here's the deal: If you are willing to work with and advise us on our board, we can send you a large pre publication sample of the book so that you can make your readers aware of it and give them a chance to order it at a pre-pub discount of more than 33%. And then we would want your ongoing input for the website www.EntitlementTrap.com which is now in its lead-up phase to the book, but which will continue to supply additional info and helps to moms long after the book is out. It will, of course, link to the blogs of all members of our board.

Take a look at that site and get a bit more idea of the nature of the book, and let us know as soon as possible if you will be an adviser. We will then send you the extensive excerpts so that you can blog about the book and about the movement prior to the book's release.

Best, Linda and Richard Eyre (eyres1@comcast.net)

PS There will also be webinars and other exciting opportunities for those who pre order the book, and of course for you and other board members.

Bethany said...

Love your blog, Seriously. I'm way behind but the picture of playing with cows just made my whole google reader @ 1000+ totally worth it. LMAO!

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