Our first family vacation
We took our first real family vacation as a foursome. But it was really more of an eighteensome. My family joined 4 other families at Destin, Florida. We all stayed in one big house together. And if you ever wanted to know what “The Real World” would look like with 8 kids under the age of 5, this was it. There was a great deal of nudity. People were peeing on the floor and passing out on the beach. There were more than a few physical fights. And there were glow-stick parties in the closet. The adults also managed to have their own late night pool party one night. In short, it was pure insanity.
The ladies at the beach
We managed to get to the beach every single day. Beach access was only a few blocks away from the house we were staying in. One night we flew kites on the beach as the sun set. It was truly a magical moment. My little ladies were surprisingly brave in the gulf waters and really found their sea legs in the pool. Edith even learned how to swim underwater by the end of the trip. She was deathly afraid of seeing crabs before we left for the trip she kept claiming she would not go to the beach because the crabs would bite her. After finding many hermit crabs and seeing one full sized crab, she repeatedly said “See, I told you there would be crabs!” In addition to the crab sightings, there was a stingray who swam a little too close to me, someone saw a shark, and there were several small fish in the waters that really enjoyed biting me.
Bette’s favorite beach pastime
The small children drove their parents crazy. There were moments that I announced that I’d never do it again, but I think now that I have had a few days of distance, I can say that I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Weird photo-shopped picture of the lot of us (minus Bette)
My dear little baby Bette was born in April and since then life has been nuts. Having two kids is hard work. My friend Christine says it makes you a gangster at life. I don’t really feel like a gangster yet, or at least not a successful one. Maybe one who continues to fail at all of her drug deal and keeps shooting the wrong people. Needless to say I have been losing my mind. So in May I took a very impromptu trip to Long Beach, CA with my husband and newborn. My husband was going there for work and the prospect of being home alone with two kids, outnumbered, scared the crap out of me. So two days before he left, we bought a ticket for me. Our oldest stayed back with the grandparents. I guess you could call it a babymoon, post-baby.
Just a month old. Her first hotel stay/vacation/plane ride.
I think back on this trip and it’s a dreamy time. We were able to lie in bed with our baby, take naps, and stroll around a very strange but beautiful city. Long Beach is not a very glamorous destination, but the architecture is beautiful, there are palm trees, and there is one very large boat parked there called the Queen Mary.
Handsome guy with a stroller
It was a blessing in disguise that there was not a lot to do in Long Beach (without the help of car), so we did not do much other than go to the Queen Mary. We spent one full day there walking around an enormous art-deco boat. I took Bette to the pool for the first time. One of my best friends also came down from LA to see us. It was a great time.
The Queen Mary
Queen Mary Bar
Another shot of the bar