Today is our last day in Florida, we leave earlyyyyyyy tomorrow! I dreamt we overslept and missed our flight and I lost Jack. Not too cool.
We’re in the Uber heading to meet Jack’s cousins for an alligator air boat ride plus some dune buggy all-terrain-type tour. Should be fun!!! I’m wearing flip flops omg.
We had a great week here, the beach was fun and yesterday we snorkeled the whole morning. There were hundreds of fish all around us! On Thursday we visited the Miami Zoo, or Zoo Miami as it’s known. It’s really nice and we had fun with MY cousins and my sister riding the huge family bike through the zoo. It was hysterical.
We also spent a lot of time in the pool and walking along the beach. Very chill vacation. Today will probably be the busiest day. Oh, and I slept 10 hours and 10 minutes according to my Fitbit! Yikes! But sooooo needed.
Tomorrow we land and 15 minutes later meet to pickup Moca! Yippee! Back to the routine! (Update: flight delayed 3 .5 hours so far due to lightning)
And on Tuesday Jack gets his braces omg. He had spacers put in a week ago so no more gum or chewy candy or anything for maybe a year and a half! I keep forgetting.
me: Jack do you want some gum?
Jack: (stares at me)
me: Well? Here… (I hand him sour patch gum)
Jack: Mom. I can’t have gum for 2 years.
me: Oh shoot sorry. Heh heh.
He shakes his head at me.
me: Which kind of gum do you want? Fruity or mint?
Jack: (stares at me)
me: oops, sighhhhhh! Sorry.
Jack: Two years!
I think this will go on for 2 years. At least. :O
I looked at the weather for next week and it’s all thunderstorms here. Boo-ya Florida! We win! We got lucky this week. And I have some tan lines for a change. They won’t last but I’ll enjoy them while I have them 🙂 Jack is somewhat allergic to either the son block or the dive mask. Ugh poor kid. His face is all irritated. 😦
Hopefully Jack enjoyed his time down here with me and my cousins and his cousins and aunt and uncle. Maybe we will see them again soon!
Hopefully you’re all enjoying your summer (if you live in the U.S.) or tell me what season it is wherever you’re living!
Here are some pics from the week…
I will have an answer to that question in about 3 hours. We’re leaving for Florida later today, and as Jack and I talked about packing, and the general logistics of the airport and our luggage, we paused to remember and laugh about all of the other times we’ve gone through security with slight “issues”. We tried to remember if we ever had a time that we went through security without a hitch. There haven’t been many times. Sadly.
me: I remember the time you threw up all over the security guard and the conveyor belt in Kansas City. Sigh… I had throw up in my shoes. You were 3 and I raced back to the bathroom with you to clean you up. It was hopeless.
Jack: And then I threw up the entire plane ride, right?
me: Every 15 minutes for a 3-hour flight. It was the worst. I also remember the time you tried to bring a switchblade comb on the plane and the guard gave us a hard time, remember?
Jack: It was a spinny thing that we got from Disney.
me: No, it was a pop up comb. I remember.
Jack: Mom, I wasn’t even old enough to have one of those. I just got that like 2 years ago.
me: That’s when it happened. Why are there so many issues with security?
Jack: I remember when I was flying with Dad and my sunblock exploded in my backpack. I cleaned it, but the xray machine could still see it. They had to search Dad. He wasn’t happy.
me: Hahahahaha. Remember that time we met the guy on the plane that let you use his iPad? It was when Angry Birds first came out. When was that?
Jack: 2010, no 2011.
me: Yeah and then he was trying to show off and rode on the conveyor belt and you tried to follow him.
Jack: He was doing handstands haha!
me: His mom said he was showing off for us. That was funny. But you’re not supposed to ride on the luggage conveyor belts! Geez..
Jack: I remember you packed me a bunch of apples when I was going to Hawaii with dad. You know you’re not supposed to bring fruit in or out of that state!
me: I didn’t know that. Did you eat them?
Jack: Yeah I had to eat them all before we landed and about a pound of cheese!
me: Well I didn’t know if they would have nut-free food on the plane Jack, I had to pack something…
Jack: Well that was too much fruit.
me: And there was the time that security didn’t like that you had a nerf gun. I totally remember the security guard checking it out. But geez, it’s plastic and orange! They finally let you go through.
Jack: I don’t remember that…
me: Let’s see if you can get to Florida tonight without an incident. Okay? No contraband in your carry on luggage.
Jack: I can’t promise anything.
Update… 7/5/17… we were going through security in HPN, and naturally the guard pulls Jack’s red backpack off the conveyor belt and holds it up. “Whose bag is this??”
me: (pointing at Jack) His. Sighhhh.
Nothing came of it but they did have a thorough search. Not sure what flagged it though, they weren’t talking!
I also remembered what we call the “applesauce incident”. One guard wouldn’t let us through security with two little containers of applesauce. They were 3 oz each! His supervisor yelled at him and. Are him give us the applesauce back. 20 minute delay that trip if I remember correctly. Ugh!!!
Update a few weeks later… I just remembered that on the flight home MY suitcase caused an uproar in security at Ft. Lauderdale Int. Airport… I had packed a huge bag of shells and it looked like a big green blob on the scanner photo. Many different supervisors had to come inspect it and then my bag had to be dismantled and checked with that bomb litmus paper lol. Took FOReverrrrrr. Must run in the family! :O
me: What did you do?
me: So you swam the entire day??
Jack: Just one hour.
me: What did you do for the rest of the hours?
Jack: Camp stuff!
me: And the teenage years begin.
Any advice?? 🙂
Now ask yourself, why should a mom ever have to hear any of this?
Jack has literally started conversations with these openers…
- Remember Evan that I was in the bus crash with?
- Oh, that was when the tarantula disappeared…
- Owwww, i think I just broke it again!
- I knew that was a bomb squad van…they’re black
I’m sure there are more that I’ve blocked out! 😫
We landed in Germany at around 3 am our time, 8 am local time. Koln (Cologne) is a very pretty city with lots to see and do! We visited the Dom Cathedral…
I had been waiting for Jack to call for about 20 minutes. Where was that boy? He had instructions to get off the bus, feed Bella, change her water, scoop her litter and then call me. I was getting wonky after only 4 hours of sleep on the plane last night, if that.
Finally he called.
me: Hi Jack! Want to FaceTime?
Too late I had already dialed in.
me: Hey there you are! How was Bella?
Jack: Good. She’s eating. I changed her water and scooped her litter.
me: Awesome, thanks! Why didn’t you call me when you were home? (I noticed he was back at his friend’s house)
Jack: I didn’t want to. Bella was eating.
me: That’s ok. You’re walking in circles over there eh? What are you doing? Any homework?
Jack: Nope! Gotta go use the bathroom.
me: Oh ok. Um…Talk to you later. Love you.
Jack: Bye, love you too.
And that was it! Guess he’s not missing me yet! I’m now officially deliriously tired. 🙂 tomorrow we officially start working at a big international tradeshow. Should be interesting!
Here are a few more pics! Enjoy!
Is that a word?
me: I’m glad you like it. I had fun setting it up for you.
Jack and I are in his room right now getting ready for bed. Bella is hanging with us. Moca is in her crate snoozing already. She actually dragged her tired butt in there around 8:45 haha.
me: Can you hand me the Chap Stick and a tissue? (Still at the tail end end end of a nasty 3-week cold)
Jack: (hands me the stuff) This room is so functional!
me: All we need is a mini fridge and a snack bar.
We always Joke that his new room is like a small apartment. Bathroom, TV, etc.
Jack: We could put the mini fridge next to you and it could double as a night stand.
Jack: (going to pee) Awwwwww! That is rancid! Still smells like asparagus!!!
me: (bleh) Jack flush the toilet.
Jack: (coming back into the room without flushing) Nope, you told me not too.
me: That’s only for middle of the night so you don’t set Moca off thinking it’s morning.
Jack: (flops on the bed with his book) Ahhhhhhh! So functional. And I love this book light with the two lights. It’s like double the lightingness.
7. Relaxation Methods for kids http://www.innerhealthstudio.com/relaxation-for-children.html
Jack: I’m already relaxed, and that doesn’t work anyway!
6. Positive Affirmations http://www.planetofsuccess.com/blog/2015/powerfully-positive-affirmations-for-kids/
Jack: I am awesome! No need to affirm.
5. Five essential commands you can teach your dog. https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-training/obedience/5-essential-commands-you-can-teach-your-dog
Jack: Mom, you’re not doing it right. Show her the treat!!!!
4. School lunch Calendar. https://www.trumbullps.org/Attachments/food/menu/mid.pdf
me: Jack, I don’t have time to pack you a lunch, so you’ll have to eat school lunch today.
Jack: That food is for scrubs. I guess I’ll go hungry!
me: I think it’s taco day.
Jack: Oh never mind, their tacos are awesome!
3. Webster Arena Parking. http://www.websterbankarena.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205157093
Jack: I don’t even like twenty one pilots, that is the worst present ever!
me: Well, I didn’t know that. And if I can’t sell the tickets, we are going.
Jack: Mom, I changed my mind, I really really really want to go!
2. Invisible fence company. http://www.freedomfence-ny.com/
Jack: That’s awesome! I can’t wait until I can just let Moca outside, and not have to walk her.
me: You still have to walk her.
1. Which Oyster Ticket to purchase in London. http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhelloweekemail
Jack and I are going to London in April. Just me and him. No dog. No cat. Just a real vacation. I may even delete my work email for that week. Ha!
Jack: OMG I can’t believe we’re really going to London!
me: We can visit all the Doctor Who spots and go on the London Eye!
Jack: Where are we staying?
me: In a hotel.
Jack: Very funny.