Seriously, Buddy? 

We got the minivan washed and detailed. And seriously detailed, like they removed the seats and shampooed all the upholstery and basically it looks almost new. I had to move all the car seats around to make room for baby sister and since I was taking the car seats out, I might as well wash them all, and since I am washing the car seats, we might as well clean the car too, right? 

The car looks AMAZING. I haven’t let the kids eat in it since. (This will not last but maybe for a week or so.) But this morning I had a doctor’s appointment (just a standard one, calm down) and I forgot the stroller I usually have Ryan sit in. So he had to sit in a chair the whole time and behave himself with no restraints. He did awesome. So when we got back in the car and he wanted a juice box, I gave him one. He always sucks down juice boxes immediately because they are pretty rare and doesn’t make messes with them. 

Well, until now he doesn’t. I got to the first after appointment errand and opened his door to find him spraying the juice box all over himself, his car seat, and…my freshly cleaned car. Less than 24 hours. The first time in his life he ever used a juice box as a projectile. Because of course. 

Hot Help Car

Last week, we had a terribly loud thunderstorm. There was a particularly loud crack of thunder and then we lost power. I found out later that lightning hit a crane in the subdivision next to ours. (Our neighborhood is brand new and there is a lot of construction so there are things like cranes and bulldozers all over the place.) We had no power for two hours (and it’s Florida and summer so it was getting HOT) before the power blinked on again. 

Then we had about a one minute reprieve when I was happy. Then every smoke detector in the house started going off simultaneously. And you guys, nothing would stop them. I am not stupid about fixing things around the house. I install ceiling lights myself. I can do general home repair stuff. Nothing would stop these. And while I was trying to stop them, it was unbearably loud in there. The kids were upset, the dog was freaking out, and I cannot stand loud noises so it was hard for me to keep it together. 

Our house is still under warranty so I called the warranty people (from the back porch) and explained what was going on. The warranty guy told me to take the batteries out and it would stop as soon as I found the one smoke detector that was causing the problem. So I did that. Nope. I called back. He said that when I took each one down from the ceiling, it would stop. Then he proceeded to tell me all about why this was a good thing that my smoke detectors couldn’t be silenced even though my house was not on fire. It was one of the more condescending things I’ve ever been told. I hung up on him. I took down all the smoke detectors that I could reach. (I’m not exactly svelte and athletic at the moment and it was really hot and loud in the house. Not to mention I was alone with the kids and they were sitting in my car in the garage to avoid the noise so I had to keep checking on them.) 

Nothing worked. Our smoke detectors had been going off for an hour and a half at this point with no break. I finally called the fire department. 

I called the non emergency number and explained everything and they said they would send out a truck. I was very clear that we weren’t having an immediate emergency and I was fairly certain that the house was not on fire. 

The kids and I went and sat out on the driveway. They got out their wagons and bikes and played while we waited and the noise was only annoying from outside, not deafening. Finally, all of Ryan’s dreams came true: 

The firemen went in the house and finally got it to stop, but not before they completely disconnected every detector in the house. They said they hadn’t ever seen anything like it. 

Then they noticed Ryan’s complete awe and hero worship. 

They got out fire hats and stickers and bracelets and gave them to both kids. Ryan was so overcome he could barely speak. (I’m sure it helped that there were fire trucks all over the house while they were walking around and those weren’t even special for their arrival, those were just Ryan’s every day fire trucks that he had been playing with before he knew they were coming.) 

When they drove away, Ryan waved and blew kisses and basically, besides the noise, it was his best day ever. 

And the next day, an electrician came out and tells me that he fixed all the smoke detectors but I guess we will see the next time we have a power outage. 

Wake Up

We’ve been so busy lately that I keep having to wake my children up to be on time for things.  

I feel like this is one of the only times where someone is thinking “I can’t wait for the baby to be born and we will finally have more time and get more sleep!” 


Camp Girl

Elizabeth had her first day of camp today. We are season passholders at Sea World (and basically all the other theme parks around here) and a couple of months ago, we got an email about this week of camp being discounted for passholders. Since Elizabeth still plans on being a mermaid when she grows up, we signed her up. 

Ryan and I dropped her off this morning and she was really excited. She was a tiny bit nervous, but mostly really excited. Ryan was pleased as he assumed he was also going to camp now that we’ve gotten this “school” stuff out of our systems and he is no longer required to be separated from his beloved Dister. 

I was really pleased by the camp. Drop off and pick up were extremely well run and efficient, all the counselors that I spoke to were good quality, and all the facilities and supplies were excellent. Elizabeth got a camp t-shirt which she put on and a nice water bottle which they had filling stations all ready for. (They also had big bottles of sunscreen sitting out for use- another good idea. We didn’t but almost forgot the sunscreen this morning.) 


Ryan was thoroughly Not Pleased when he was removed both from camp and from Dister. He told me to go back and get her NOW. 


After picking her up, Elizabeth gave me a full report of the day. There was another Elizabeth in her group so they were Elizabeth G. and Elizabeth P. and this was really exciting. They went to the orca underwater viewing area (but there were no orcas there) and learned about them. Then they rode the rides in the kids area. (My favorite was when she described riding the kids roller coaster with “either my friend or someone who looked exactly like her.”) Next they played in the splash pad (“in our shoes, Mama, they let us go in right in our shoes!”). They went to the Shamu Show and this is where Elizabeth’s only major complaint about the day was. “Mama! They gave the grown ups CANDY. And none for us! All we got was a tiny little bag of goldfish crackers!” “Well, your counselors work hard, they probably deserve some candy.” “No, Mama, it was the other grown ups. And they offered them cotton candy AND soda too!” “…do you mean the other people in the audience? Like the regular people not from camp watching the show too? Buying concessions?” “YES. IT WAS SO UNFAIR.” Also, if you are wondering what happens in the Shamu show, I have been informed that a bunch of whales jump around. 

They had cheeseburgers for lunch which Elizabeth found pleasing. She also described the building they ate in as fancy and then also as a cafeteria. They played statues in a garden (I haven’t yet figured out if they were in an actual garden or if “in a garden” is part of the game name.) and played Shamu Says, which Elizabeth almost won. At some point they did a craft because Elizabeth brought home a craft and I haven’t figured out if they ate lunch really late or if the storytelling just tapered off right after lunch because 85% of her described day occurred before lunch. 

Ryan was delighted to see her at pick-up and gave her a huge hug. Then he cried again because we weren’t staying at camp for him to play too. When we got home, both children were in…let’s call them less than desirable moods. One child who shall remain nameless never goes to sleep on time and then spent all day playing at camp in the heat. And the other nameless child only took a ten minute nap in the car all day. But besides that, camp started off excellently and I hear tomorrow is dolphin day.