Monday, August 23, 2010

Mama's Back to School Blues

My back is killing me and I have cried all weekend. Make you wanna read more? Well drama sells these days so I thought I would try and see where it got me. Allow me to explain. My husband was gone all weekend and my two year old was really acting like a jerk. I know that sounds mean but it is the best way I can explain her behavior. It was like she was on a mission to piss me off if she did nothing else all weekend. The harder I had to work to make her behave the more my back hurt. Then there was a spider on her doll and an ant in my hair and I flat out lost it. Thankfully when the breaking point arrived the door opened with my husband standing on the other side of it or I may be writing this from behind bars.

Upon Tyler’s arrival I promptly burst into tears and proceeded to tell him about the ant, my back and the myriad of other things that had gone wrong in the less than 48 hours he was gone. Thank heavens he handled this perfectly because if he had not it would be yet another time over the course of the weekend that I could have landed myself in the Big House. Tyler listened, I cried (sobbed really) and then when he was certain that no more words were going to come from my mouth he held me and said “oh honey, this is about school starting tomorrow isn’t it?” I had no idea how to respond.

Let me back up for a second. If we go back and examine my history with my girls, particularly since I quit work and particularly when Tyler is gone, it looks pretty flawless. When I have my girls and they have me everything is usually all butterflies and rainbows. They are my thing and I have to say that I do the mom thing rather well. So Tyler coming home after a short weekend away to a sobbing Shazana is a little strange to say the least. Given all of those things, I had to consider what he said. It sounded right. It felt good to cry about it. I cried about it every time I thought about it. Yep, he was right. It was about school starting.

While it was nice to find the cause I could not seem to shake the sad. And lemme tell ya it is even harder to shake the sad right now because as I write this I sit on my empty couch, in my quiet house and fight tears. I am a mess! Lord help me when they are at school for full days!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Staycation With a Twist (SWAT)

So, a “staycation” as defined by the experts at Wikipedia is “a neologism for a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions.” Since I like Wikipedia I will go with this definition. What I am about to suggest does not fit this definition so I will call it “Staycation with a Twist” or a SWAT.

Now that semantics are square let’s get on with it. I have discovered the most wonderful way to affordably vacate for a short period of time, please the entire family, boost the local economy and just flat out enjoy your summer. A couple of weeks ago I, the hubs and our girls decided that it sure would be nice to enjoy an indoor pool! With temperatures soaring into the 90’s daily an outdoor pool seems more like a death wish that a fun outing.

Well, that idea turned into why don’t we rent a room at the new hotel down the street since they have an indoor pool. When I found out that the rate to stay at the Hampton Inn in Advance, NC is $109/night my first thought was “wtf.” Really, I swear, that is the correct rate. Anyway, if I am paying that I am going someplace way cooler and I’m not just talking about the temperature. So, we ended up in a room at the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem, NC for $20 more and with an indoor pool as well. Now you’re talkin.

Let me back up. This is a Saturday morning and we are looking to make fun for that day so we decide that before we hit the hotel since check-in is like 4 anyway why don’t we make a day of it! We will go the The Children’s Museum and out to eat downtown first! Then will rest, dive into the indoor pool, shower and go out to enjoy Summer on Trade for the evening. And that is exactly what we did!

Can you imagine how much fun the girls had? And the cool part is that we were thoroughly enjoying ourselves too. When we got home on Sunday afternoon it felt like we had been gone on a great weekend vacation and we were gone just 24 hours. For a fraction of the cost and the effort it would take to go out of town for a whole weekend we spent 24 jam packed, fun, on-the-go hours and really got to do things in our own home town that we would not have otherwise explored. It turns out that Summer on trade is an awesome summer concert series that we had been missing all summer!

Even if you don’t live in my wonderful hometown I am sure that your own hometown has something similar that you could do for a really fun and inexpensive day with your family too! If you just rent a hotel room that has access to a pool it will be a really nice outing for all of you. Plus it is nice to be in a hotel room with your family because all the distractions of home are gone and you get time to just focus on one another. You really have to try it!