National Lampoons Style Weekend
Well it’s Monday morning time to get back to life. My weekend getaway left me yearning for a vacation and some crazy muscle aches! I’m sure God was trying to teach me something and I’m sure I failed. Which means great I’ll get the lesson again like I always do! Stay with me a minute though because honestly you can’t help but laugh when you see the events unfold just like they would in a classic 1980’s National Lampoons movie.
I was invited to visit my closest friend who moved near San Antonio because she got free passes for us to go to Seaworld. Alright all I’ll have to do is pay for gas and food for the kiddos while en route and maybe some souvenirs. Completely manageable this will be awesome we’ll have so much fun I can’t wait! I haven’t been in years and the kids will have so much fun we’ll sure to make some beautiful memories.
Well Thursday night rolls around and I realize I have a dog, hello what’s he going to do the whole weekend? I’m fairly new to dog ownership and hadn’t even planned on his care while I’m away, ugh! Luckily I got some good recommendations from my neighborhood Facebook page called them Friday morning and hallelujah they could take him that day I just needed to bring shot records. Ok I’ve got those I’m golden. I planned to take him after I previewed a couple homes for an out of state client, in the morning before I pick up my oldest daughter from school.
So after loading up the two toddlers and previewing four homes taking videos to send to client back east, head home get the dog and take him to the vet/boarder. They inform me he needs to have a couple more vaccines in order for him to stay there so his visit will now cost an extra $100. Yay…ok not terrible terrible and the big guy needs his vaccines I’m being a responsible pet owner and he will be well taken care of. So away he goes to play with the other doggies.
Now I’m behind schedule I was hoping to leave early I wanted to maybe do something fun when we got to San Antonio with the kiddos. We go get Lauren and in a mad dash pack up the car and head down the road, I’m only an hour or so behind when I wanted to leave so it’s all good. We are on the road and I am all smiles taking the new Grand Parkway tollway that cuts about 30 minutes off the commute to her house!
That is until we get outside of Houston I felt the car start to shake a bit more than usual and that’s when I knew…Great…we had a flat tire!! Not only was it flat but that sucker had a hole in it no patch job would do. Thank goodness for smartphones I immediately looked up nearest tire shop, great there was one at the next exit! I pulled up and asked the guy if he could help or does he have a tire that would fit my vehicle? He says he can help pull the car around to the bay ok great, he says he’ll put my spare on, wonderful! Then out walks a girl who says oh well ok I’ll put the work order in for this. Uh ok? Whatever it ends up costing $23 to put the donut on, when I come back out the guy tells me “uh you’re going to need to find a tire shop and have this replaced as soon as possible”…Um…I thought I was at a tire shop doesn’t your sign say tires on it? Apparently not my tire…Needless to say I was not happy when I left this establishment and I will be blasting them on Yelp with their complete lack of communication and lack of understanding, I felt like they completely exploited the situation, he never even looked to see if they had a tire my size!
Ok so now back on the road and now to find a real tire shop I call ahead to the next big town and out of the four tire places one of them have my tire size and one has a close match for a hefty price. I stop at the one with the same size and an ok price not cheap but what else am I going to do, right?? They replace the spare and again we are back on the road. While we were there though he tells me I really need the other front tire replaced and of course he only has one to sell so I need to be careful drive with caution and pray we make it to our destination. So we do just that!!
All is well we make it to our destination only about 3 hours behind when I originally wanted to… time to relax and let the kids play and have fun.
The next day we are Seaworld bound, after being the first one up and having to put in some time working I end up being the last one ready after severely burning my thumb on my flat iron! Hate when that happens!
We get there right at the beginning of our normal nap time and we’re already starting to see the repercussions of this as Alyse begins to stomp her feet in the parking lot and won’t budge. We have 3 more mini-meltdowns before we even enter the park! We had to stop at guest services, the stroller rental, get a drink, the bathroom, tried to go to the waterpark (the free passes aren’t valid for waterpark part) then we make it inside the park. We make our way around through the crowds and find the Sesame Street section that does in fact have a water attraction for the kiddos. We then change the kids into swimsuits and begin to play by the big Elmo pirate ship…and just as the kids are beginning to enjoy …uh oh wait…NO another little kid poo’ed in the water they shut the whole section down and have to clean the whole area down, chlorine chemical overload smell for the next hour anywhere within a 500 yard radius.
So we walk over to where we hear Elmo singing and see a little show for about 5 to 10 minutes they tell the parents you can take a picture with Elmo and the Sesame Street gang. So I agreed to take the 6 kids including Lauren and go to stand in line, mind you we are still in our swimsuits including swim diapers. Well apparently Alyse’s was at capacity because while in line she stood too close to the people behind us pee’d all over their feet and looked at me and said “uh-oh” quickly I grabbed her apologized profusely and went to go change little miss. Oh my God I could’ve died! If some kid had done that to me, ugh! And I have children and ewww gross! By the time we returned they were done with the photo op and Alyse was beyond sad she missed her chance as they were literally waving goodbye and were gone with a flash behind the thick curtains.
We caught up with our friends and let them all play on a slide jungle gym area and Dean was beyond tired and I thought a spin on the Merry-go-round would relax him. So I took him hoping that may sooth him into a lullaby slumber and score we were the first in line YES!! Finally things are going to turn around and we are going to get to sit on a bench seat and relax I knew he wasn’t going to go for one of the horses. The ride before us was winding down and soon it would be our turn I noticed another pair of women walk up to a side entrance, but thought nothing of it. Then the ride stopped and the operator let those women on who took a bench seat and I noticed the other bench seat was still taken as the previous riders never left and he opened my gate and the guy behind me joined the girl who never left the ride. So I tried to put Dean on a horse but just as I suspected he freaked out terror death grip ensued as he pulled at my hair, face and just as he was about to help me flash about 3 other riders I was able to pry him free, talk about not wanting any part of it. Defeated I got him off and asked how the heck to get of this Merry-Go-Round? I was not going to wait another go just to be passed up again, complete bull.
The rest of the kids were done and we made our way to another part of the park this was actually the best part of the day I rode with Lauren and Tessa on a water ride and I only had to shed a couple tears. Sad as that is I was just realizing how much my life has changed and how little I can actually enjoy anytime with Lauren now that I’m completely consumed with the two little ones and very little buffer and while I get some help it’s very short small doses. But thank goodness for Michelle and Edward for taking on the challenge and watching all the kiddos while the three of us rode the ride. It was definitely too short but fun nonetheless!
Next up was a whale show! A time to unwind right? Wrong! Just as we were getting comfortable a rather large gentleman sat down right in front of Dean so I pick him up to move him and when I went to put him down I accidentally busted his lip open on the bleacher bench in front of him, ugh! Blood started gushing out everywhere I was in panic mode I thought I knocked a tooth loose, poor little guy! Flashbacks from an incident with my oldest when she knocked out her two front teeth, I guess I was traumatized. Needless to say we saw very little of the show I stood at the back with him screaming just about the entire time in my ear.
By this time we were all ready to head home but Alyse had other plans as she firmly planted her feet right at the edge of the sidewalk to the parking lot, refusing to go anywhere. So with Dean in one arm at approximately 23 lbs. I grabbed her 35 lb. stubborn little butt in the other and began to try and catch up with my group. I did pretty good considering we parked about 19 rows back and I successfully made it to row 18 before telling Alyse I gave up she had to go the rest of the way! Strangers were nice it was nice like a parting of the red seas as people moved from side to side, I was so afraid to slow down as I might lose momentum and drop them both!
We all collapsed at car poor Dean I was so pooped I couldn’t even lift him in car seat, good job Mommie! Thank goodness Lauren to the rescue! And then they ALL fell sound asleep to recharge!
The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful, thank God, I’m pretty sure he knew I couldn’t take much more. In fact I’m sorry to say it took me a couple days to recoup from the whole day! I was however able to find a much better deal on a used tire nearby in New Braunfels and replaced that Sunday morning, Yay! Go Team Mommie!
We did have a detour on the drive home and took the scenic route due to a major accident on I-10 but truth be told my stepdad taught me to enjoy the scenic route and the path less travelled is where you get to see the fun stuff! Plus the kids and I rocked out to Taylor Swift; we all love dancing in the car to Miss Swift!
Happy Vacationing! Please check your tires, oil and tantrum gauge before you head down the road to avoid major headaches!