Posts Tagged ‘New Hampshire’

Five for Friday.

July 7, 2017

It’s been a weird, tough week. But not too tough for Five for Friday! I love my little mental colander that lets me sort out the things I can throw overboard before the weekend. We don’t need no clutter ’round here, mental or otherwise!

Let’s see what we’ve got…

1 Poor Bee is home with a fever. I got the girls for dinner last night, and Bee mentioned a headache, but that’s not necessarily out of the ordinary (though I hate the near-constant pattern, poor thing). As soon as we got home, Bee went to lie down instead of towards the kitchen for food, so I knew it was serious. I checked on her a little bit later, and as I brushed back her hair, I noticed she was approximately 390°. Okay, or maybe just 101.3°, once I checked with the thermometer. Stepmom graciously allowed Bee to stay the night with me so I could take care of my sweet baby. Her temp did go down a little with some Tylenol, and it’s gone this morning, but the headache lingered. Here’s hoping it’s not an ear infection from her swim lessons!

2 I was glad for the company because I was a little afraid of sleeping alone in the house last night. Know why? The night before, my house alarm went off in the middle of the night! Scared the pants off me! I called 911 and the cops took their sweet time – more than 10 minutes to get to the house. They didn’t see anything amiss, and all the doors and windows that I could see (I wasn’t going into rooms where the doors were closed until the cops got there) were secure, but I was still scared out of my mind. That happened at 2:30 a.m. and I never went back to bed. Every time I shut off the lights and tried to close my eyes, I broke out in a sweat and started to freak out. So nope. I didn’t necessarily want Bee to be scared like that if it happened again, but I like having another person around to help me make sense of everything. I hate being alone. I can do it, I’m tough – but I hate it.

3 Which is just one reason why I hate July so much. It’s the month the girlies go to their Dad and Stepmom’s, and I have to stay home by myself. The custody arrangement flip flops. I used to love it when the girls were toddlers and I needed a break. But now the girls are older and (usually) fun to be around and I enjoy my time off with them. The arrangement has stayed the same, regardless. I just have very different feelings about it. (And so does Bee – she begged me not to make her go, but I think that might have had everything to with the fact that she got in trouble and didn’t want to face up. She knows better though – Dad, Stepmom, and I have worked hard to be a united front, so she was marched straight back over to her dad’s. No mercy! Heh.)

4 There’s a nice big reward at the end of the month for those of us who make it through. I purchased our tickets to go home! It’s the same week we’ve gone since time out of mind – nothing ever changes in our family routine – so we’ll be vacationing the first week of August, like always, including the weekends on either sides, like always. I’m so excited, I have perpetual Kermit-arms over here!!! I can’t wait for our family cookout and to catch up with cousins and see family and friends and hear everyone talk with the right accent and have a break from this insipid heat and eat some real fish & chips… oh my god, the list is my happy place! Kim asked me what the girls were the most excited about, and I didn’t have an answer, although honest-to-god, it might be packing. HA! Prepping for and anticipating the vacation is at least half the fun!

5 I think besides catching up with my favorite people, what I am most looking forward to is our vacation-within-our-vacation. My sister Kim graciously sprang for a cabin in New Hampshire at Weirs Beach. It’s the same property (if not the same house) that my family has vacationed in since I was a little girl, and we’ve stayed there with the girls before. We have all the fun! It’s a 2-minute walk from the boardwalk, there’s a beach, arcades, mini golf, bumper cars, tiny little tourist shops, boat rides… I fell asleep last night daydreaming that we were there and having fun doing all of the things we’ll get to do in a little less than a month. And having our vacation-within-a-vacation smack dab in the middle of our trip home is so well-planned because I’m sure by then we’ll be ready to get away from my parents’ house for awhile. I love my parents, but seeing how sick my mom is…it’s harder than words could ever describe. And my dad is…well. He’s the same as he’s ever been. I sacrifice my children as buffers. (Sorry childrens.) So the vacation will break all of that up, and still give us enough time on the back side of the trip to get back in good graces with the parents and aunts after leaving for a few days. Oh! And my brother was able to take that entire week off from work, so the girls will have fun hanging out with their crazy uncle! I am really, really, really looking forward to going home!

And that is a very happy place to leave our 5 For Friday! Hopefully the fun and excitement carries me through today and spits me out the other side ready for some fun this weekend! What do YOU have planned? Anything fun?

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Tales from Vacationland: Who needs sun when you have arcades?

June 19, 2012

We had grand plans for our trip to New Hampshire – grand plans that involved theme parks and lots of driving and necessitated sunshine. Lots of sunshine. Instead we had rain. Lots and lots of rain. Pffft. Who needs sunshine when you have arcades? Or, as Bee would ask, arcaves?

What’s a great reward for spending an hour in the car, sitting nicely during breakfast, and then spending another two hours in the car? Staying for two hours at the arcaves, that’s what. And boy did I learn a lot about my kiddos.

I learned that no matter how old they get or whether they’ve been spoiled by the taste of real, grown-up bumper cars, Bee and Gracie will head straight for the kiddie bumper cars every time.

I learned that at some point during the last year, Gracie outgrew “baby” rides…and it only took one ride for her to figure it out, too. (Sniffle. How quickly they grow up!)

But that was okay with Gracie, because she also figured out – rather quickly – that she had grown into skee ball. In real life – that girlchild is a skee ball fiend! In fact, both Gracie and Bee devoured entire games of skee ball – and frequently beat both me and Auntie Rhi. And this year it wasn’t because we were dodging (ahem) mis-thrown skee balls!


I learned that Gracie is going to be a terribly fast driver, but she will cross the finish line first and in one piece.

And while Gracie will be appointed automatic get-away car driver, Bee will be in the back, shooting ALLLLL THE THINGS!!!! Like giant spiders and angry mutated bees and such. (That kid is unnaturally bloodthirsty for a 5-year-old. All I’m sayin’.)

In between all the learning and growing and personality reveals, we played arcade baseball, Bee and I won the land-the-bowling-ball-in-the-divet game (only took me 27 years longer than her. Sheesh.), umpteen rounds of the reflex rocket ship game, nearly broke the whack-a-gator, and oh! have I mentioned skee ball?

The sunshine maybe didn’t want to cooperate, but letting your very well-behaved children enjoy a no-holds barred afternoon (or two) at an arcade? Who can complain about that?!

Meanwhile, a Quote of the Day.

March 13, 2012

Bear with me: I’m drowning in report writing, editing, screaming, revising, crying, and, hopefully, submission. While I am exhausting myself with all the verbing, I bring you a converastion from last night while I was giving little Miss Bee a happy thought while tucking her in.

Me: Why don’t you think about all the fun things we’re going to do on vacation? This year we might go to a theme park called StoryLand, with lots of rides and a roller coaster and teacups, and…
Bee: They have rides? I like rides!
Me: Yes, I know! We’ll have to spend two days in New Hampshire if we go there.
Bee: New Hampshire lets you SLEEP THERE?!

Poor little Bee, her mind blown by the fact that an entire state is not one big day trip. One whose motto is not, apparently, “Live free and AWAKE…or else we’ll kick you out. Love, New Hampshire.” Heh.