It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Jules Bennett, a licensed hair stylist, mom of two gorgeous girls, and a writer! I don’t know how she does it all, but I’m certain you’ll enjoy this peek into her life. Let’s give Jules a big welcome!
“Get the crayons out of your nose!”
“Why are there fries between your toes?”
“Stop kicking the back of my seat!”
“Don't even look at her. Don't touch her. Don't breathe in her direction!”
Yes, that is just a sample of the staple of parental statements on a vacation. A vacation that totaled 23 fun-filled, quality time hours.
Oh, did I mention this trip involved 2 toddlers ages 2 and 4? And when we arrived at our beach house we were joined by 2 more toddlers ages 18 months and 3? Didn't I pay for a VACATION?
The first day we were there we took the girls to a small little deli for a nice lunch. Well, when the waiter came around to ask about refills, my 4 year old promptly looks over at me and says, “Is that a boy or a girl?”
Awkward? Just a wee bit:)
I then tried to take my children out while my husband was golfing. We were on the hunt for a Father's Day gift. Well, my 2 year old's asthma was not cooperating and my 4 year old wanted a nap. Of course, they were fine in the car on the way to the mall, just not so fine once we entered the store. So, while I'm wrestling the youngest from the buggy, I ask my oldest to please hold it still. Yeah, that didn't happen. She accidentally rammed it into another lady's cart while my youngest is screaming because she's having a breathing issue. The annoyed shopper rolls her eyes, gives a big huff and makes a huge production of jerking her cart around mine. Of course, I secretly wanted my daughter to hit her in the behind with the buggy, but I think we left our mark on that store and overstayed our welcome:)
Moving on...Now we're putt-putting. My children are loving it. I'm really glad because this was the farthest from a vacation I've ever had. Did I mention I worked the whole time? I love my work, but it was certainly trying when I had no sitter I could take them to during the day so I could write.
Oh, I digress. Putt-putting. About halfway through there are concrete animals that are about 5-6 feet tall. My girls want to sit on them. We hoist them up and take pictures. Well, they were waiting on mommy or daddy to pop a quarter in so they could ride the animals. Ahem...revert back a couple sentences to the fact these things are CONCRETE! So, now we have a meltdown and are holding up the family putt-putt line. Just another place we left our mark.
Trust me, you don't even want me to get into the restaurant fiascoes. Toddlers. Enough said.
On the way home, God what a nightmare, we opted to drive straight through so of course we get behind every wreck known to man. Oh, and those lovely orange barrels that block one lane so families are forced extra quality time when the traffic is bottle-necked.
Ahh...the joys of summer vacation. I love, love, love family time with my husband and girls, but I think we'll stick to little weekend trips like we've been doing.
One other point I forgot to mention was the heat index. 107! Dear Lord, even the water was hot. Ocean, pool. Didn't matter.
I never thought the highlight of my trip would be coming home, but I'm so happy to be back to my routine and spending my days off just playing in the backyard in sandboxes or the pool. I'm a simple gal...I'll just vacation at home:)
Do you have a childhood vacation memory or an instance with your own children? I'd love to hear it! I'll be giving away an autographed copy of my March AND April Silhouette Desire releases, SEDUCING THE ENEMY'S DAUGHTER and FOR BUSINESS...OR MARRIAGE?
Can’t wait to hear your stories!
Married to her high school sweetheart, mother of two toddler girls, full-time beautician and full-time author, Jules Bennett isn't afraid to tackle life's blessings head on. Her debut Silhouette Desire, SEDUCING THE ENEMY'S DAUGHTER, was released in March 2010. She has a total of 4 releases this year and is working on her 2011 releases. You can visit her website www.julesbennett.com for more info about Jules, her upcoming releases, to join her Yahoo! group and more!