Gosh, vacation really screws things up, doesn’t it? I mean just life in general, routines, sleep. EVERYTHING!
Especially when “vacation” isn’t really a vacation because instead of it being a “vacation” it’s more of a “familycation” where you go stay with family in order to visit them in a familiar city.
A far cry from hiking up a snow-capped mountain in uncharted territory.
And vacation never seems to go the way you plan it. Like our last vacation lasted a couple of days longer than we thought it was going to so it took us even that much longer to get back home and resettle into our routines. Grady wasn’t sleeping through the night any more because, you know, when you stay in someone else’s house you can’t just let them cry.
But good things DO happen when you leave your own home.
1. When you return, you realize that despite being 2 years old, your house still smells brand new and not like the poop-crusted diaper that you swear it smells like every day of your life.
2. You love your extended family so much that you’re willing to spend your time “off” with them instead of alone on top of a mountain.
I have the best neighbors on the face of the planet. I really mean that. I couldn’t have better neighbors if I paid them. The great thing is that I don’t have to pay them. I just have phenomenal neighbors.
I currently pick my neighbor’s boys up from school 3 days a week and when their gramma isn’t staying with them, I watch them for a few hours those days.
I know, I sound like a saint, right? But that doesn’t even come close to what they do for us.
Styles practically lives at their house. I often joke that I should just pay them child support for entertaining and feeding his skinny little white butt.
But, you see, Styles prefers their cooking to mine because they’re from Laos and they cook just like they still live there. Styles has apparently told them that he’s going to marry an Asian woman when he grows up because he loves the food.
They also take him to the pool where he tries to pretend that he’s brown and from Laos too, where the reality lies in the fact that he’s very much an American white boy who burns after 10 minutes in the sun.
They let him crash birthday parties with him, take him to movies, take him bowling, and to sports activities that he’s not involved in.
They do SO much for him, which in turn really does do so much for me that I can’t ever thank them enough. Because I have the babies, I can’t do nearly for them what they do for me and while I hate that, I had been searching for a way to pay them back.
Then one night it dawned on me: I could smother their fur-baby with some love so I decided to put together a care package for their dog, Boudicca. This is the same dog I taught a trick to back in January. And the same dog who ate my blinds while her family was on vacation a year ago, but we won’t talk about that. ;)
I heard that Milk-Bone had some new treats out, and so did Pup-Peroni. Something with EGG in it! Who doesn’t love EGG?!
The next day, I picked the boys up from school and I decided to brave Walmart with 5 children to find Boudicca some new treats and toys.
The boys were extremely helpful in our venture.
No, really! They were!
I immediately found Milo’s Kitchen Homestyle Treats which Boudicca loved back in January. I let Ben pick which flavor he thought she’d like and he chose the Beef Jerky.
Collin picked out the best toy EVER. This thing is so incredibly soft that I want to rub it all over my face. The head is a hard, bouncy ball and the tail has a squeaker in it. CUTE!
Styles tried SO hard to find Milk-Bone Trail Mix and Pup-Peroni Mix Stix at our Walmart but he couldn’t find it ANYWHERE. We were so bummed and I really wanted the trifecta of delicious new dog treats in Boudicca’s care package so I left it at that and decided that I’d look for those treats in Orlando while we were visiting family. SURELY Orlando would have what Pooler does not.
While we were in Orlando, we ran to Walmart to check for the treat and guess what? We FOUND them at the College Park Walmart up the street from my mom’s house. I was so thankful to have found them!
So when we got back in town, I dragged my butt. I unloaded our clothes. I washed laundry. I started working out. And I dragged my butt some more. Then when Styles got to go see “The Avengers” this past weekend, I figured I should probably get the care package to Boudicca before another day passed!
Here’s a look at what we got for her:
And you can see that Boudicca was very excited to have some yummy delicious snacks.
I hope she loves her new toys as much as Styles loves hanging out with the family!
She’s obviously loving the Pup-Peroni Mix Stix:
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