Sunday, July 09, 2006


Hi everyone, we're back from the big vacation! We did some wonderful things, spent a lot of time together, got a ton of fresh air, saw some neat places and ultimately discovered that "there's no place like home". The highlights included celebrating Canada Day in a small fishing village, going to the beach with the kids and "jumping" over the saltwater waves, introducing the kids to the wonder of hermit crabs, walking on the ocean floor during low tide, taking a cruise and meeting porpoises and seals in the wild, and toting home live lobsters to share with our families!

The laughable moments (well, we can laugh NOW):
1) My daughter calmly announcing over and over on the plane "We're going down mommy...we're going down mommy...we're going down..."(She was describing the feeling of descending, but everyone was creeped out, like she was some sort of spooky-premonition-kid from an M. Night Shaymalan movie...)
2) We were deflating the floaties to fit in the suitcase, and the twins started wailing because we "murdered" their dolphin/fish floaties.
3) When my 4-yr-old decided that the ocean was full of dangerous jellyfish and sharks and whales and squid etc, and tried to convince the lifeguards to do their jobs and evacuate everyone.
4) Oh, and when the same 4-yr-old was over-tired and began to loudly lament that he wanted to be kicked out of the family if it meant that he wouldn't have to walk ALL the way back to the car with us.
5) Oh, and when the same 4-yr-old saw an Anne of Green Gables skit at Avonlea during which the teacher made "Anne" stand in the corner (it was supposed to be funny). He was sobbing and wailing "That's a mean teacher! I don't like that teacher!" You couldn't hear the actors over his screaming.

Ha ha! I mean, twitch, twitch, ha ha!

At the end of it all, the good, the bad and the ugly, I am glad we went. Yes, it was an awful lot of work. Yes, it was really tiring to tow the kids halfway across the country. Yes, they shot our nerves at times. But mostly, we spent a lot of time together, got a lot of fresh, sea air, snuggled the kids to sleep at night, and did a lot of things that I never thought possible. You really discover a lot about yourself when you dare to break the routine. You find out what you are capable of, how strong you can be, how deeply free and attached to the earth you are, and how alive you can feel. And that is so worth it.

But the next family vacation is in 2022.


At 7:23 PM , Blogger Motherkitty said...

Welcome home, Frannie. We have missed you and your humorous family stories. I am so glad that you and the hubby had a wonderful vacation with the kids. Sounds like you really crammed an awful lot into the time you were gone. BTW, I would have loved to see Avonlea. We love Anne of Green Gables and watch it over and over whenever we can.

Hope you get a good rest before the next vacation in 2022.

At 9:00 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

Glad you're home! Can't wait to see the pictures! I'm so happy you guys got out as a family and had lots of fun!

Welcome Home!

At 10:13 PM , Anonymous Freddy said...

The award for the best parents in the world goes to (insert drum roll here).......Cat and Fran.
Great to hear you had a great time.

At 10:49 PM , Blogger bornfool said...

I was trying to think of something funny to say to your post. Then I read the last line. I can't beat that.

At 10:53 PM , Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Why are you waiting so long for the next family vacation?

Next year you'll be ready to go again...It sounds like you guys really had a good time.

At 6:09 PM , Blogger MrsGreenThumb said...

Your kids are a hoot. You'll soon forget all the mishaps and only remember the pleasures of your vacations. We still laugh about the air mattress that deflated in the middle of the night when we went camping last year with our grandchildren. It sure wasn't funny at the time. I hope you took lots of pictures, you'll treasure them when you have grandchildren who are as old as your kids are now. I enjoyed your post very much.

At 9:07 PM , Blogger jellyhead said...

Hi Franny! Glad you had a good vacation. And I bet you'll find the energy to go again sooner than you think!

I'm still in Canada (back in Vancouver after a short trip to Quebec city)....I have LOVED our holiday here. Today we went to the aquarium and generally pottered around Stanley Park - the kids loved it all.

I'll catch up with you again when I get back home (in 1 week from tomorrow)

:) Jelly

At 9:07 PM , Blogger jellyhead said...

PS Happy Anniversary for June 24th!

At 12:06 AM , Blogger Alipurr said...

sounds like you had fun, glad you are home safe


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