Almost every year we get together with a bunch of our friends up in north Florida. Ritch’s parents own a house on Kingsley Lake and, except for last year, when I had two month old twins, I’ve gone every year for 10 years.
It’s always a big party. This year will be different than the other years so far because we are leaving our kids at home. I have mixed feelings. I am very excited about sleeping for more than five hours in a row, and I’m not going to have to worry about how much I drink. We can also stay up late and say bad words, but I am scared that I will miss the kids.
This is the longest I will have ever been away from them. Fortunately, they will be in very good hands. Gabe’s parents are coming down for the weekend to babysit. I think they might actually be more excited about this weekend than we are. This is an actual excerpt of a guideline I’m leaving for them so that they know what the kids are expecting:
“7:30 or 8:00 – breakfast – usually cheerios, cheese, bread or toast, banana. It really doesn’t matter what they eat. They will want a sippy cup with water at some point during the meal. If Ian starts spitting his water on himself, I take his cup away.”
First of all, that is true. Ian has learned how to spit and likes to practice during mealtimes. Second, when I used to go to the lake, all I had to worry about was if I had remembered to pack both of my bathing suits and enough cigarettes for the whole weekend. Things have really changed. While I wouldn’t trade my kids for freedom and sleeping and cigarettes, I sure am excited about regressing for a couple of days.
This picture is not actually from the lake. This is from Aaron and Erin’s bachelor/bachelorette trip to Canada, but this picture will give you an idea of what it will be like at the lake.
I will explain why I am blonde here some other time.
Maybe next week I will have more appropriate pictures, but then again, some of the pictures from the lake will never be appropriate.