Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mom's Trash Sack

#2 & #3 learned a valuable lesson this evening. I'm hoping it has the same affect on them it had on #1. We have been battling for MONTHS with the boys to pick up their *&^%$F#%^U toys. We have raced timers, bargained, bribed, threatened, etc. Nothing works. They play, throw fits, whine and Mr. Mayer and I get frustrated and pick up the mess ourselves. #1 used to do the very. same. thing. It really grates me. It doesn't help that my children have too many toys as it is, but then toys have a way multiplying. My house looks like an A-Bomb went off. No joke. You can't see carpet for all the toys. I would like to think I deal with it okay, but at the end of the day as part of their nighttime routine it is the kids job to clean up after themselves. I'm not a maid. And I just want to walk across the floor in the dark and not step on a toy. Tonight was no different. WWIII happened upstairs. I told the kids all day they were going to have to clean up. We came home from dinner and I sent #1 down the hall to clean up the rubber band destruction (seriously. loomy bands are the devil. Those little *&^% are in my nightmares). I sent #2&#3 upstairs. They had 30 minutes to throw some dress up clothes in a toy box and some stuffed animals in a tub. They played. Fought. Squealed. Played some more. Drug out more toys. I finally set a timer for the last 10 minutes and told them that if they did not pick up I was going to bring a trash bag and put all the toys they did not pick up in it. 10 minutes passed. The timer buzzed and all hell broke loose. I took my trash sack up and proceeded to bag up all the toys that were left in the floor. Including #3's favorite Barbie and I'm pretty sure #2's Mohawk monster truck. It was some high drama. I had to bag up #1's toys before. It took 2 times before she started taking me seriously. Now she does a pretty good job of picking up. I'm hoping the same for #2 & #3. #2 took it VERY hard tonight. He's still upstairs crying because I threw away all their toys. According to #2 "It's all Mom's fault!" He has asked his Daddy a dozen times if he will go to Target and buy him some more. Daddy keeps telling him that he's going to have to take care of the toys he has left and pick them up when he's told before he gets new ones. #3 is devastated that I threw his Barbie "frwom Gweat Wooof Wodge" away. In all honesty I did bag up the toys. In fact there were so many toys left out that I ran out of room in my bag and slipped some back into the toys boxes. However, I am not mean enough to actually throw good toys away. The bag is tucked away safely in the attic until an undetermined time when I will slip the toys back into their toy boxes. My point has been made and hopefully it will leave an impression on them. #1 still talks about when Mama threw away her toys.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mommy and Daddy Vacay 2014

It's that time of year! Last year Mr. Mayer and I went to Las Vegas for a week. This year we left the country!!! Just looking at these pictures makes me want to go back! Mr. Mayer and I just spent a FANTASTIC week in Turks and Caicos. We went with our friends/in laws Julie and Bryan. This was their 4th time there. After about 5 minutes there I understood exactly why they keep going back year after year. We stayed at the Villa Renaissance in Providenciales. It was absolute heaven. It is a small boutique hotel. Not a lot going on which was exactly what I was in the market for. Mr. Mayer and Bryan played golf (which was included with our stay) and Julie and I diligently held down the beach chairs. Someone had to do it :) We rotated between the pool and the ocean. The beach was 21 miles of stunning white sand. It was so soft to walk on. In the evenings we would go to a local restaurant for dinner and walk on the beach back to our hotel. Ah-Maz-Ing! We went to a different resturant every night. Some nights we went all together and a few nights we went on "date nights."The food everywhere was exquisite. There was not a bad meal all week. Or dessert. It was a good thing we did so much walking. Our hotel also provided bikes to ride. I hadn't ridden a bike (other than a spin bike) since I was a kid. It was so much fun. One day we took a snorkeling trip. They took us to the other side of the island to snorkel the reef. **Interesting fact: The reef in Providenciales is the 3rd largest in the world.** It was windy and the sea was rough that day. Needless to say I was pretty ill by the time we reached our destination. We snorkeled a while. Then we went to another island and had some conch salad and explored the island. After we loaded back on the boat they took us to another area of the island where we all swam a while. I have no words to describe how beautiful it was there. The water was a brilliant turquoise and you could see down it for forever. The boat had a diving board on the roof. When alcohol and diving boards are involved the laughter is endless. While on our little adventure the 4 us of Okies met one of the most interesting couples of our whole trip. It was a young couple from Brazil. He was wearing a little banana hammock of a swim suit that was very distracting. Initially I thought that was the most distracting thing about them. Then we started snorkeling and I kept bumping into her. Specifically into her rear end. Her thong clad rear end. Every time I turned around that thing was in my face! Oy! Her and banana hammock man were snorkeling holding hands. Awww....so sweet. And I will finish by saying this...the amount of selfies they took was astounding. I would love to be on their Facebook feed. They weren't just casual cheese selfies. These were posed shots. On the boat, in the water, on the shore, snorkeling...you name it one of them was taking a picture of themselves. Another thing that we all noticed during our week there was all the couples on their "babymoon." It was a perfect place for one.
I will admit that I missed my little zoo. I think Mr. Mayer even missed them a little. However, it was so nice to get away for a while. It was especially nice to get away with Mr. Mayer and to act like a grown up. Mr. Mayer and I have been married 11 years. Together 13. Maybe 14? Sheesh. A while. I can't remember. We try to do regular date nights and spend time together. However, a week away does the soul some good. My philosophy has always been that while I LOVE my kids to my very core, they are temporary. They are not the center of my universe. I had a life before them. I will have a life after them too. Mr. Mayer and I had a relationship before them. He will be here with me after they are grown and gone. I plan on us still liking each other in 40 years.
We left the kids with KiKi again this year. I think she had an easier time this year than she did last year :) Hopefully she'll be willing to do it again! I will say this~ as the kids get older the job gets easier. In some ways at least. They are more self sufficient and able to do more. Their energy is still through the roof! Everyone was in bed when we got home from our trip. We had some VERY excited kids the next morning. I think they missed me too.