Choose Your Own Adventure

5 Aug

Whine: I heard Lil’ Sis crying in the other room alongside Big Sis’ cajoling whispers. I discovered Lil’ zipped into a carry-on suitcase, head downward as Big Sis dragged her around the room.

Cheese: All we needed was a bigger suitcase.

Do you think I could get this "luggage" past security? PS Big Sis is IN the suitcase.




On our 11th anniversary, Mr. Dad and I decided to get fancy. We threw three kids and everything we owned into our minivan and started leg #1 of what would eventually be a 40-hour road trip. We exchanged a quick smooch on our way out the door, muttered a somewhat sarcastic “Happy Anniversary” then hunkered down for the start of our 2,500 mile “vacation.”

But just as we were about to leave, he handed me two small strips of paper. Homemade tickets for a getaway weekend in the near future. So last weekend we dropped our kids on Kiki’s doorstep and got the heck out of Dodge. We spent a day at Schlitterbahn because what’s more fun than hanging out with thousands of people in their swimming suits? We spent the remainder of the weekend eating our way through Austin, TX.

I could talk for days about our little trip. How Mr. Dad saved cash in the back of his top drawer for months to pay for it. How we waited in line for a water slide for almost three hours and didn’t really care that much because we liked the company (well, except for the nicotine addict in front of us who got a little jumpy around Hour 2). How weird it was to finish an actual sentence without being interrupted, jumped on, or distracted by my lovely but attention-starved progeny.

The theme of our weekend was adventure. We ate tacos from a street vendor. Drank milkshakes with a little kick. Rode an uphill waterslide. Went dancing on 4th St (6th St. was a little too undergraduate for us.) Walked through IKEA (which is WAY on the wild side for me). Wandered around the Texas Capitol. I wore my hair wavy, for crying out loud.

We look well-rested, don't we?

Something about those three days reminded me of the days that seem several lifetimes ago. The days when Mr. Dad and I were just a couple of kids hanging out at the movie theater doing goofy stuff and trying to dig popcorn out of our retainers. The days when my biggest concern revolved around my hair (back the days of perms and hotrollers.) Or the days we spent as newlyweds on roadtrips and dinners out and watching whatever we wanted on TV. And somewhere between the Hotel Starbucks and 4th Street, we rediscovered both our love for really good tacos and just hanging out.

By the time we got on the road home, I was through with adventure and chomping at the bit to get home to my babies. Who, for the record, seemed rather unimpressed and a little confused upon seeing me. Brother Bear looked at me as if he may have remembered me from a former life as he looked to his Kiki for reassurance. I wanted to shout “GOOD GRIEF, I WAS ONLY GONE THREE DAYS, HOW BAD IS YOUR SHORT-TERM MEMORY KID?” but he’s a baby and he can’t count anyway, so I didn’t. But then we bribed them into coming home with us with a stuffed platypus and a few Disney t-shirts.

And now we’re back to Real Life. Which I don’t mind too much, since my kids can make an adventure anytime, anyplace. (Do you hear that, Costco? We’re coming for you.)

8 Responses to “Choose Your Own Adventure”

  1. Mitsi August 5, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Oh, I want to go fall in love with/in Austin all over again [sans baby]! We are going there this weekend, but for more of a family weekend trip (aka: no dancing on 4th Street… too bad b/c that sounds fuuuuuun).

    Josh was trying to plan our ATX weekend this morning: “We can go on the canoes and walk around downtown.” And I’m the cranky sourpuss who had to remind him of (1) super-squirmy baby and (2) 1000 degrees outside. So, we’re going to… eat. At Torchy’s. And Kerbey Lane. And wherever else we please (that’s not exclusively for the 21-up crowd).

    So glad you guys had a good weekend!

    • Mitsi August 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

      Also, look at you in your red dress, sexy Mama!

  2. Rosie Haught August 5, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Thank you for sharing about your fun getaway and take it from someone who survived raising 2 wonderful children, plan those getaways often! 36 years later we still have to work at spending time away from “Dodge”! You two are a very gorgeous couple!

  3. rachellemariesoule August 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Still trying to remember what exactly we did in Spain. It seems like a short dream from an even shorter nap. Glad you guys had fun. Hope you get to go again soon.

  4. wee August 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Awww! You two look great! (And I do have to mention so do those 3 in the 1st photo xoxoxo) …thx for sharing your great time, I’m so happy you got to go & i even relaxed vicariously… đŸ™‚

  5. Kristiana August 6, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    CONGRATS on 11 years!


  6. Aunt Linnara August 6, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Your “cheese” was hilarious,” as was the comment about retainers! Getaways are MANDATORY, and Mr. Dad is to be congratulated for making it happen!

  7. Uncle Paul August 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Niiiiiice !

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