Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vacation - The Abridged Version

The Ragsdale clan loaded up the ol' SUV and drove 12 hours to Myrtle Beach.  My advice for anybody thinking about driving across the country with two toddlers - sleeping pills - lots and lots of sleeping pills - for yourself or the kids - take your pick.

Day 01 -
Arrived at our resort around 3pm. We were on the 19th floor with an ocean front view.

The boys played on the beach for the first time.

Day 02  -
Decided to have an easy first day. We let Chris sleep in, and spent the late morning/early afternoon at the resort's lazy river and water slide.

We had dinner at a seafood buffet called the Giant Crab. It was insane the amount of food they had. And the building was super awesome, too.

Attempted to go to Barefoot Landing to walk around and do some shopping, but there was not a single parking space available in the whole complex. I'm not kidding. There was traffic backed up for MILES on the street of people trying to get in.  We skipped it and headed back to the resort instead.

Day 03 - 
 Decided to try Barefoot Landing during the daytime.  Easy breezy getting in, but it was HOT, and the boys were whiny, so we didn't stay for very long.

They had a tiger exhibit at Barefoot Landing, but unfortunately they were only out during the cooler evening hours.  They also had an offer where you could get your picture taken with a chimpanzee! Holy hell! I wanted my picture taken with a monkey!! But, it was something like $75 - which is too much for me. Besides, the monkeys were only available at night, too, and that place proved disastrous to get into at night, so we opted to skip the monkey pictures.

Day 04 -
Woke up early to hit up a breakfast buffet. I was so stoked about it, I was seriously looking forward to it. We all got up, got dressed and wearily drove the 30 minutes to the restaurant only to get there and see they weren't open for breakfast.  GRR.  We found a small family owned pancake house, and stopped in. It was crowded and my boys obviously didn't catch up on their sleep.  Grayson had an accident and peed all over the booth. Jack was heinous and I actually had to take him outside for about 15 minutes because he was screaming.  And Chris ended up sick from the sausage and puked off and on for the rest of the morning.
It's not vacation til someone's puking!
Spent the afternoon on the beach and in the pool.

We did dinner at Medieval Times, and I was super nervous that everyone would hate it. But, our boys, especially Jack, LOVED it! They really got into it, and enjoyed it. Good times!

Day 05 -  Spent the day exploring and shopping at some malls.  Had a good time, but didn't buy anything other than a couple of chocolate covered strawberries.  
We got back the resort, and while Jack napped, I took Grayson out to spend some one-on-one time with him.

Chris and I also had a "date night." It was so nice to just get out and enjoy each other's company for a few hours in such a nice place with no kids. It got to us thinking, we need to do a weekend getaway sometime for us. 

Day 06 - Spent the morning at the beach and poolside again.

We left out about 3:30 pm for the drive home. We decided we'd try to drive straight through, but liked having the option to stop if we needed to.  I got my family picture at the beach before we left, and wouldn't you know it, Jack was z-zonked out. Lol. Go figure. But, that's our family!

All in all, it was a good trip. Exhausting, but a good trip nonetheless! Back to the daily grind tomorrow. Ugh.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

List Sunday - Summer Faves

Can you feel that, Dear Readers? That, my friend, that heaviness to the air, the heat, the sweat on the small of your back - that is a good ol' Kentucky summer! I love it!
So, for your reading enjoyment on this List Sunday, I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite summer things.
Really. Try to contain yourself.

Oh my gosh, ya'll. This stuff is fan-frickin-tastic!  I'm not sure if you are aware of my strong passionate feelings about Diet Coke, but I'm pretty sure if it came down to it, I'd sell a kidney for one.  Which is ironic because if I keep drinking it at the rate I am, I will probably need a kidney. But I digress.  I stumbled upon this gem one random time at a Target. I have not been able to find Diet Cherry Coke anywhere in Kentucky and the past couple of times I have made the journey to Retail Heaven, they haven't had any.  I've checked Wal-Marts, Kroger's, etc and nothing.  Oh, sure I can find Cherry Coke Zero, but I don't like it. I want Diet!  Last week, I headed up North to hit up Target, and of course, I headed down the soft drink aisle. And lo and behold they had 6 12 packs left. I snatched every single one of them up! And, double bonus, they were on sale! Score! 

Shellac nails, ya'll!  I love it!! In the past, I would keep my nails done with acrylic tips with a french manicure. I never ventured off the Boring Path and tried color on my nails.  But, as the boys got bigger, more mobile, more demanding - I just couldn't find the time to go every 2 weeks to have them done. So, I took them off myself, and was horrified to see the rotten condition my natural nails were in.  The week of my high school reunion, when I went to have my hair done, I decided to live up to my "Take A Step Outside of My Comfort Zone" mantra and try the shellac.  I was apprehensive at first - I'm an acrylic girl!  I sat down and picked out a color - an actual color - the hottest pink they had.  The whole process took about the same amount of time as putting on acrylic tips. But, the beauty of the shellac is that it does not damage your natural nails!  I am in love and am hooked!  The downside to the shellac, is that when it grows out, you cannot get a fill like you can with acrylic - you have to have the whole process redone over - which just takes more time. It is painted right on top of your natural nails, so it does not add length like the acrylic will. The shellac lasts me about 2 weeks - which was the same wear that I got out of the acrylic set. And since it's easily removed with acetone, you can remove it at home with ease and no pain!  You should definitely try it at least once. And - they can shellac on your toes for an awesome pedicure!

Gurkees Sandals. I absolutely adore mine! I'm particularly hard on sandals and flip flops - mainly because of my severe hyperhidrosis. I love sandals, but I have an extraordinarily hard time finding cute sandals that I can wear without slipping out of them.  I've had my Gurkees for over 5 years now - which is unheard of for me! When I find a pair of sandals or flip flops that I can actually wear, I buy at least 2 pairs for one summer. So, for one pair of shoes to last me over 5 years is amazing! They are comfortable, are fine to get wet, have a lifetime warranty against fraying, and best of all, once they get grungy and dirty, you can toss them right in the washing machine.  And - they're not expensive - about $30 on the Gurkees website.  I currently sport the Neptune style, which is what's shown in the picture, but am getting ready to order their flip-flop.

Okay, so I know that felt like one big commercial promoting stuff I like - but it's my blog and I can do what I want. Wow, I totally sounded like my three year old right then.

Maybe next week will be better. Why don't ya'll give me some suggestions for a list topic next week?