Fall Break Getaway
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Every time my kids are out of school on break, I have these grand ideas to spend good quality time together as a family, letting them set the agenda. Without fail, however, life (okay...housework) just always seems to get in the way and quality time takes a back seat. As a result, I have two bored, bickering gremlins ready to claw each other's eyes out. But boy, do my floors sparkle!
I've finally realized that despite my best intentions, the only way to truly get the most out of a 5-day break from school is to get the heck out of town, where dirty dishes and dust particles are someone else's problem. So last Tuesday, I picked the kids up from school, popped a movie in the DVD player, and fumbled my way through the navigation system. Moments later, we were burning rubber on a southbound highway headed straight for the Lonestar State. Destination: Grapevine, Texas!
The first item on the agenda was to hit the new LegoLand Discovery Center. If you've been following this blog for a while then you're very much aware of Wyatt's obsessive tendencies. He has time in his life for only one obsession at a time, and right now, it's Legos. He speaks of nothing else, dreams of nothing else, and spends countless hours designing his own imaginative creations. If you ask him today what he wants to be when he grows up, he'll emphatically reply, "an engineer for Lego."
And here is your future engineer hard at work building a super speedy rocket racer...
...while Avery entertains guests in the Princess Palace with her mad karaoke skills.
Building legos is serious business for Wyatt. There is no doubt in my mind he carefully considered each and every piece that went into constructing his super speedy rocket racer. But would it stand up against models created by some of the other young lego enthusiasts? Wyatt's heart was nearly beating out of his chest as the competitors lined up at the start. "On Your Mark. Get Set. Go!"
By this time, beads of sweat had formed over both of our brows as we anticipated the results.
Wait for it.....Wait for it....
He's so over-the-top. It's part of what makes Wyatt, Wyatt.
Meanwhile, Avery is still rocking out to Miley Cyrus.
The little pop star did end up taking a break from singing to build a few lego creations, but she seemed much more interested in making friends and carrying on imaginary conversations with them.
Constantly talking and singing to herself. It's part of what makes Avery, Avery.
We easily spent the entire day at the LegoLand Discovery Center. When asked if they had a good time, Wyatt responded with an enthusiastic "It was off-the-hook, AWESOME!"
The following day, we shopped until we dropped at the Grapevine Mills Mall. One thing you should know about me--if you don't already--is that I hate to shop. Let's just say in the past year I've shopped the mall in Grapevine TX more than I have the mall in Tulsa OK. And I can certainly count on one hand the number of times I've ever brought my kids with me to a mall (and that includes trips to see Santa). But nevertheless, we were on vacation. And we were all in need of shoes. Puma's, Skechers, Vans...Oh, My! We were definitely in shoe heaven at the Grapevine Mills Mall. We also took a couple of breaks to ride the carousel,
and run like hamsters in these strange water Bobbles,
("Hey kids, I'm going to get some coffee. See you in an hour!")
but at the end of the day we walked out of that place with bags and bags of...well...shoes!! It was awesome. The entire day, Wyatt walked through the mall shaking his head in disbelief that I was allowing them to do and buy whatever they wanted. "Well that's what happens when you're on vacation, Buddy!" He learned a few days later on the car ride home that my generosity was indeed short-lived when he was denied a stop at the Dairy Queen for his daily dose of ice cream. "Nope," I said. "Vacation's over. Mommy's back to being a crab. Sorry."
I can't imagine how on earth he was interested in ice cream after his attempt to devour the famous Lava Cake at Rainforest Cafe the night before.
Goodness gracious, I feel sick just looking at it.
He made a valiant attempt, but sadly lasted only a few bites. Avery felt the effort was deserving of a kiss nonetheless (it doesn't take much these days), but Wyatt's strong aversion to girl cooties had him running for the hills.
We concluded our 4-day little rendezvous at Six Flags Over Texas. So fun!
We were a little limited on the rides we could ride since Avery was just shy of 42 inches, but we somehow managed to close the park down at 11PM with rides still on our list. Perhaps we would've made it to all of them had Mommy not insisted on a character drawing of her two darlings, but seriously, it's one of Six Flags' best souvenirs in my opinion.
We had such a blast. Grapevine is such a great little destination for young families. It's not the first time we've been there and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last.
I'm having blog-abandonment issues.
• Posted by: Catrina
• Posted At: 9:01 AM
Monday, October 3, 2011
I can't tell you how many times during the past two months I've contemplated laying this blog to rest. I have so many things I want to share with the 3 people who still follow it, yet finding the extra 5-10 minutes to document them has proven to be an insurmountable task. But every time I think of calling it quits, I find myself randomly clicking on blog entries dated two years ago and my mind becomes instantly flooded with memories of days that had long been forgotten. I have come to the realization that this blog is not so much for you all who read it (sorry to break it to you), but for me and my god-awful memory. Because I have blogged so little the past year, I realize that my mind will forever purge some of the greatest experiences we've had simply because I didn't take the time to write about them, and it makes me sad...and a little mad. I can't promise weekly updates, but I hope to post more frequently than I have been lately, even if it means waking up at the crack of dawn (wait, I already do that) or staying up late (hmmm...not happening). I will also rely heavily on my faithful buggers--Ashley Landfield and Wendy Auten--who are the first to admonish me for being blog-lazy. Thanks for keeping me in line, ladies.
Let's see. The kids started a new school year 6 weeks ago. How's that for breaking news?
Kindergarten in a big school with big kids.
You've got this, kiddo!
Four-year-old Grows Ghetto Booty Overnight
(now that's a headliner!)
College football season started just after that.
(as did the grief given to me by my fellow Oklahoma State grads)
Then the real madness began. And it can be summed up in six words:
Soccer, Football, Dance, Swim, Karate, and Gymnastics
And now that mom has accepted the position of Vice President of the PTO, she's pretty much screwed in the Free Time department.
Needless to say, most of our days are spent in the car driving from one end of town to the other. But as of late, it's really one of my favorite places to be.
To quote Wyatt, "Mommy's new car is Bomb-bastic!"
Son, Mommy couldn't agree more.
We may be living life in the fast lane these days (pun intended), but we're having an absolute blast. Wyatt recently celebrated his 6th birthday (pictures coming soon...promise), and Avery has gone from a shy little caterpillar to a vibrant, outgoing, social butterfly who wants everything to do with her girlfriends and nothing at all to do with stinky boys (except her brother, whom she's adamant upon marrying one day). Oh yes, the girlish nightmare has begun. And so have the pedicures. Lord help us.
Back-to-School pedicure with with her friend, Peityn,
whom she gets to see every single day.
And finally, the Tulsa State Fair is in town this week. Even though I am highly allergic to such mayhem, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to take my girl to Disney on Ice...a first for each of us. It too, was pretty "bomb-bastic!"
I'm definitely at a point in motherhood when it is starting to sink in that my kids are growing up on me. And fast. I've been spending a little more time lately tucking them in at bedtime and sneaking in as many butterfly kisses as they will allow.
Here's to another great week of making memories. And recording them. So that in two years when I think about calling it quits again, I'll have a plethora of reasons to reconsider.
• Posted by: Catrina
• Posted At: 8:56 AM