Tuesday, January 30, 2007

All the best things in life are noisy and messy.

Think about it... Happy children, really good sex, giving birth (I see a theme forming), dinner parties and potlucks, music and art (when created together) ... are all wonderful things that require a certain tolerance for chaos and imperfection, and without which, life would be terribly, neatly, dull. I could spend a lot of time trying to keep house perfectly, but what would be the point if there were no life in it?

Can you think of some more?

Humble pie...

... is what you eat after you spend 20 minutes ranting at your husband about him not keeping the kids quiet enough in the bathroom while you tried to get the baby to sleep, and how now the baby's tummy is full and he won't nurse anymore, and you don't know how you're going to get him to sleep, but by the time you're done, the other boys will need you for their bedtime routine, and how you haven't sat down since before dinner, and there's still laundry to be put away, and if he'd helped a little after dinner instead of answering the phone that would've been nice....

And then, you go in to check on the baby, and the baby's fallen asleep.

And you come out, and finally notice your husband did the dishes while you were ranting.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sometimes you gotta suck it up and stay in a motel.

I'm not sure why I thought it would be a fun idea to go tent camping in January during a record-setting California freeze, but I insisted on packing up our stuff and the kids and dragging my coughing, congested, miserable husband to the beach last weekend anyhow.

My parents went with their camper a couple days early, and called to warn us how cold it was in Morro Bay. But, well, I'd promised the kids, and already started packing. I'm not really good with last minute changes. And UberDad isn't always good about expressing his needs. So, I made sure we had tons of blankets and lots of clothing layers, and off we went. Only a bit more slowly than that. We left around noon, and got to the campground in time to find the bathrooms, set up the tent, and nurse the baby, and then it was time to start a fire and make dinner.

By the time we'd eaten, the temperature was dropping fast, and baby was tired and cranky. Nursing him to sleep required me to move five layers of clothing out of the way, and then try to find his mouth in the dark under six inches of blankets. After that daunting task was accomplished, I lay listening to my dad help the big boys roast marshmallows for s'mores. They were having a blast already, and hardly noticed the weather -- except for the fact that the chocolate was so cold the marshmallows wouldn't melt it!

When they'd eaten all the s'mores they could eat, the boys and I joined my mom in the camper to get warm and watch E.T. It was one of my very favorites as a kid but I'd forgotten just how cute that movie is. The boys really liked it, too.

While we were watching E.T., UberDad was trying to get warm enough to go to sleep in the tent. It wasn't working. By the time the movie was over, he'd given up, and came in to announce we were going to find a motel to stay in. My parents' camper was warm, but way too tiny for all of us, and he couldn't stop coughing while lying in the tent.

Every couple needs one person who's not too cheap to do what's sensible. In this couple, that person would be UberDad. So, we grabbed our pillows and suitcases out of the tent, put the boys' jackets and hats on over their jammies, and drove down the road to find someplace warmer to sleep. It was five degrees warmer outside just being up the hill away from the beach.

I wouldn't say we got a great night sleep, what with UberDad, Crabcakes and I sharing a double bed, but we were definitely warm enough. Puffer and Grouper slept great, and were just as excited about staying in a motel as they'd been about camping. In the morning, we packed up again and headed back to the campground to hang out with my parents. And then, we had a really fabulous day.

My dad took the big boys on a hike through the Elfin Forest, a trail through the woods by the beach. When they got back, we walked across the road from the campground to the Bayside Cafe and had fish and chips and fish tacos for lunch. Then we drove over to Mantana de Oro to explore the tidepools and caves by the beach. It had warmed up to the mid-60s by then, which was perfect. Grouper took his socks and shoes off to wade through the creek trickling down into the ocean and wasn't too cold. My dad carried Baby Crabcakes all around exploring with the big boys, and he just stared in awe the whole time. After we got back, we ate sandwiches for dinner, and then went back to the Bayside Cafe for their famous blackberry cobbler. Yum!

Despite the fact that we spent more money and stayed a day less than we'd planned, my only regret for the trip is that I didn't have my camera. For some reason, possibly related to the many times it's been dropped, it's not working right now. I think we'll be able to remember our little "camping" trip nonetheless.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Happy New Year!

I've been wanting to blog, and now I have a good excuse -- I've been tagged by Tammy! (Hopefully I'll do a real update sometime soon.) Here goes...

I've Been Tagged for Christmas

Name three things:

* that you had hanging on your tree:
Candy canes
Strings of red wooden beads

* that you've eaten / drunk lots of:
Christmas cookies
Flourless chocolate cake

* that you said most often this Christmas
"Where are Brook and Lindsay (my sisters)?"
"I just have a couple more presents to wrap."
"I'm going to my mom's for a little while."

* that you heard most often this Christmas
"Can I have a candy cane?"
"Will it EVER be Christmas?!?"
"I'm just going into the side room for a bit."

* that you'll *never* do again

Eat so many cookies that I'm sick for New Year's.
Forget to wrap Santa's presents in different wrapping paper.

* that you didn't do this year but hope to do next year
Go look at Christmas lights
Go to see the Live Christmas story
Host a Christmas party.

* favourite presents this year

Clothes from Scott and my parents
Framed photos for my living room walls from my mom and Lindsay
New Dar Williams CD from Scott and Loreena McKennitt from Brook

* that you're glad you didn't get for Christmas
The flu
Credit card bills (for the first time EVER!!)

And, since it's already after New Year's, I'm going to let this tag die...
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