Ponderings from the Beach House

This is week two of our vacation, and I apologize, but I won't have much time online to visit blogs.

On a related note, I won't have a new Missing Person Monday post ready for two weeks--then things can get back to normal here.
Overhead from One of the Kids
  • Hey Dad, mom needs you to get a live rat out of the swimming pool.*

  • Hey Dad, does two swims in the pool and one in the ocean count as a shower for the day? 

  • Hey Dad, will this 50 SPF sun tan lotion will make me invisible?

 Said/Thought by One of the Adults
  • At the current pace, I think after two weeks of supporting the ice cream truck the way the kids have, the owner will be looking to add a branch office that covers our home neighborhood. 

  • We parents enjoy finding neat toys in catalogs, but what do our kids like to play with?  Rocks, sand, shells, sticks, and water of course.

  • Is two weeks long enough?  I think I need to go back home and recover from fourteen days of "vacation." 

*Note: I was surprised to see that the rat in the pool did look like a rat--not the monster city ones that I have seen, but much larger than a mouse.  They swim very well, and I am happy to report that it was safely removed from the pool when no loss of life--me or any other creature.   


Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Enjoyed your postings from vacation! Don't you just love how kids see things and their comments! I giggle remembering some of the ones my sons and granddaughters have said!

Have lots of fun in the sun and a safe journey home!

Bob G. said...

LOL...love the ice cream truck gig...

ANd those "Hey dads"...priceless!!

Have a great week.

Momma Fargo said...

Love the kids! Hey, Dads are super!

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Happy Belated Father's Day!

Don't worry about us. We'll be here when you get here, even allowing post-vacation Recovery time.

Ann T.

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Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

Haha! Good for you for tackling the rodent situation. That clearly falls in the "dad" category of things to deal with. Happy Father's Day and enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Jackie said...

Glad you survived the encounter with the rat!! LOL! Enjoy your vacation, then go home and enjoy the end of your vacation!


tuckerfamily said...

Sounds like you're having fun . . . rat and all. :0) I completely agree with the things kids are interested in playing with . . . water especially. Like buying a great big present for them for Christmas and the box becomes the ideal toy. Yeah.

Anyhoo, happy vacationing. :0)

makingnew said...

Sounds like a great vacation - minus the rat! Enjoy it! Hope you were well celebrated for Father's Day.

Kimi said...

Glad to know the ah..mouse...er..rat mouse was taken care of (esp. when no loss of life occurred--I'm a sucker for happy endings). Sounds like you and your family are having fun. I'll understand you not being able to blog. Family first, writing later :), besides I'm sure you'll have plenty of stories to share once the vacation is done. Writers do need inspiration :). Thanks for commenting on my blog, I can only learn from one such as yourself on blogging. Best to you and happy vacation!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Shower comment hilarious, rat situation=barf! Hope you had a great Father's Day! You sound like a pretty awesome dad.

Adie said...

I am sorry, but no matter the size I have to say gross to the rat! My husband asks me the same question about the swimming/shower exchange rate! ;) Happy Fathers Day!

terri said...

The fact that kids find more enjoyment in Tupperware, sticks and dirt than in all the expensive stuff we buy them is an eternal parental dilemma. At least we know they're using their imaginations!

LadyFi said...

Oh, how I laughed when reading all the great things kids say.

Holidays are great - but why do we always need a holiday to recover from a holiday? ;-)

Angelia Sims said...

Oh Gee! That is too funny with all their ramblings. I don't think two weeks is long enough, maybe a month! 100 spf might make a child invisible, it's pretty powerful.

I'm glad you let the creature go on it's way. I don't like rats but hate killing animals more. I try to let nature be.

An ice cream truck branch in your neighborhood? I don't know.... that truck there might just follow you home instead. HA.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Rat in the pool. Where the heck are you vacationing NYC?

Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I love this! A very big noted difference into the mind of children vs. adults. I like your writing style too, I can deduct a lot from your meaning without you explicitly saying it. I do have to say though, I tend to need a vacation after my vacation! For some reason they're so tiring! Also, you've popped in my head a couple times. A boy has disappeared about 5 minutes from my house- been on the national news - "Kyron Hormon"- anyway, wondering what happened to him (he's so darling in the pictures- big smile, glasses, aw) and thought of you and your Monday posts! :) Enjoy your vacation

Elena said...

At first thought two weeks vacation sounds great, but if you're like us after the first week it's more of a "what were we thinking?" My husband is more of a 5 day guy. Me? I could probably last the two weeks if I was alone ;)

Rachel said...

These are harilious!! Thanks for sharing. It always amazes me what kids say - what entertainment!


Crystal Escobar said...

Sounds like you're enjoying your time there, except the rat part! That would have freaked me out!!!
I totally agree about needing a vacation from the vacation. It's a lot of work to be on vacation and by the time you get home you feel like you could sleep for days :)

kathryn said...

I can almost hear the water splashing...but I'm glad I don't have a visual on that rat! Yikes...

LisaF said...

Eavesdropping thoughts:
* I guess if rats can cook (Ratatouille), they can probably swim too.
* Yes, but only on vacation.
* Of course not. Only Harry Potter's cloak can make you invisible.
* Any chance for a frequent buyer discount?
* Now you know what to get them for Christmas.
* Adults always need to go back to work to recuperate from a family vacay!

Safe travel back home.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"Hey Dad, does two swims in the pool and one in the ocean count as a shower for the day?"

Always worked for me while one vacation with kids. After several days at the lake, or beach, my husband would round up my boys and shower them. Then, back to the lake for cleaning. Hope you are enjoying your vacation.

swera said...

hehe so cute! Your kidz are clever *touch wood*

Hope u had a good vacation!