Tuesday, July 6, 2010

We're Back!

Yes, we are back from our week long vacation to Minoqua, WI. In fact, we've been back since Saturday, but a non-functioning Internet connection has made it quite impossible for me to provide any fun vacation recaps or upload some of the over 350 photos we took (apparently we take a TON of pictures, but only about 30 of them ever manage to turn out somewhat half-way decent).
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Although we had an awesome week away, I think all of us are happy to be back home. The kids, who had gone practically nap-free with mostly later-than-usual bedtimes the entire week were more than elated to see their own rooms again, complying with an early bedtime on Saturday night without one single objection.
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Because of just returning home from vacation, July 4th proved to be a pretty low-key day for all of us. We slept in. We did laundry. Ben mowed the lawn. We ran a few errands. We grilled hot dogs and pork tenderloin kabobs (complete with corn on the cob, followed by red and blue sprinkled star-shaped cookies I picked up at the grocery store bakery upon feeling guilty that we weren't really making July 4th that special this year)...which was about the only traditional July 4th thing we took part in.
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We skipped the fireworks mostly because Allie was due to begin her first day of swim lessons on Monday morning at 9:20 a.m. and we weren't sure how well she would do if she didn't get to bed until midnight or later. Plus, everyone was still exhausted as was exemplified by the fact that both kids were completely sound asleep by 8:30 p.m. when another surge of guilt for not making the 4th of July special overtook me and I went to see if they were still awake so we could all watch the New York City fireworks display on TV together. Alas, they were not. And so, apparently we made the right decision and fireworks will just have to wait another year.
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So, back to vacation.....
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Like I said, we had a great time, but in going with the theme of exhaustion that this current post seems to be revolving around, I'd like to recap Zach's uncanny ability to fall asleep on vacation. Anywhere. Anytime. This is in direct opposition to Allie's refusal to fall asleep on vacation for fear that she will miss out on something exciting. Apparently, Zach does not share her fear and is willing to catch shut-eye whenever and wherever.
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Exhibit A: Pizza Restaurant

Exhibit B: While listening to Daddy read a story before dinnertime

Exhibit C: On the boat (during what was probably the MOST choppy boat ride I've ever experienced--it was SUPER windy that day and I'm still not sure how someone could sleep through that, especially when my biggest concern was keeping my lunch down)
Exhibit D: In his car seat while watching "Cars" in the van on the way home (sorry, no visual evidence of this one, but we were shocked he nodded off right in the middle of his favorite flick)
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Speaking of exhaustion, I'm pretty wiped myself. So...at about 8:30 p.m., yes, I'm contemplating my bed already. More vacation pics to come-stay tuned!

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