We are currently on vacation, enjoying a little piece of the Oregon coast that my family has been coming to since before my mother was a little girl. My brother, sister-in-law and their two boys flew out to join us, and it has been a blast. You know, when we haven’t had screaming kids, or fights over toys, or car vomit (OMG. the vomit). I never would have guessed that in writing a paragraph like that, I was actually serious that it has been fun and wonderful.
The bads (or hards, or grosses):
Darwin vomited 30 seconds *30. Seconds.* before we parked at the rental house. Since then, I have been vomited on once (by my sweet, over-exhausted nephew), and cleaned up vomit in a third instance, than involved Linnea rolling off the bed and screaming until she puked (she is fine from the bed-fall).
I have been struggling to sleep. So I drink lots of coffee. And struggle to sleep. It’s a vicious cycle.
Linnea will. not. leave. the. stairs. alone. This kid is determined to have a concussion by Saturday morning.
Leah still has to do work this week to prepare for a class she’s TAing next week. This means she’s working mostly after the kids are in bed and so is also exhausted during the day. Queue me drinking even more coffee to try to be awake and alert with the children all day since
No one is napping outside of the car.
Darwin and her big cousin B are getting along brilliantly (95% of the time). B seems thrilled to have a playmate, and Darwin seems simultaneously awed and exasperated by him, depending on the moment. I have found them snuggling up, “reading” books together. Playing with the dollhouse here. Just goofing around. It’s the sweetest.
Linnea is walking everywhere charming everyone.
P, the little guy who had such a rough start in life and is growing and eating and chattering and playing and LAUGHING. Oh my goodness. He thinks us hitting the ping-pong ball around is the funniest thing in the word. He smiles at everything and everyone, except when his teeth are hurting (I understand that!)
The ocean. The sand. The smell of salt air, and late summer Oregon coast. It is the best.