Thursday, April 03, 2008

Life's a beach.






Ahhhhhh. That is the only way I can describe my girls trip to Florida this past weekend. It was a blast getting together with my best friends from high school (and Tasha brought a friend along too, so it was great to meet her. We missed you, Kelly, if only you weren't busy giving birth soon then you could have joined us too!). We're spread out all over in New York, San Francisco, Utah and Phoenix so it's not very often that I get a chance to see them. It was especially fun because 3 of us were pregnant so it was great swapping stories, sharing Tums and complaining about pregnancy sickness and exhaustion together. We decided on Florida because the weather would be great (which it was), but we didn't want to go someplace to "Spring Breakerish" (the wet T-shirt contests just really aren't our thing), so we picked a beautiful beach front resort in St. Petersburg which is by Tampa Bay (the view was gorgeous, but I think that the pictures on the internet of the hotel were a little deceiving). I knew we wouldn't have to worry about the party scene as we were driving through the town and the corners were filled with funeral homes, retirement centers and a place advertising "colon therapy". I asked my shuttle driver if they saw much action during spring break and he replied, "only if the kids are here visiting their grandparents". We didn't mind being the youngin's on the beach and we always got a kick out of everyone's response when they found out that we were pregnant. They all thought we were so young and it was always entertaining to see their reactions when we told them that most of us had multiple children at home as well. When Jason asked what we were going to do the whole time I told him that we were going to be laying on the beach (or for a little variety we might go pool side) reading, sleeping and doing absolutely nothing. He thought it sounded kind of boring, but boring is something I don't get to experience much in my life, so I welcomed boring with open arms. It really was sooooo relaxing and I loved every minute of it. We did venture off the sand a little bit and had fun renting bikes and riding down the beach (okay, so the boardwalk was really like only a half mile, so we mostly ended up dodging traffic and trying not to get lost through the back streets of the city); going to a chick flick (we saw "Miss Pettigrew lives for a day". You can't get any chickier than that. We all agreed that our husbands would have walked out after the first 2 minutes); going souvenier shopping for the kids (and husbands :) and making sure we ate our share of ice-cream atleast every day. We packed so many fun memories into those 4 days like: the magic chocolate pill, staying up all night laughing about anything and everything (my favorite is still Nicole's story about the little "surprise" waiting by her desk), the Blue Fugu and the best fried rice ever (I've eaten lots of fried rice, I should know :), Wes' sparatic sunburn, Wes covering up every square inch of her body when she got in the sun, Nicole dropping the towel on someone else's balcony and then trying to retrieve it, eating breakfast on the balcony and watching the sailboats, the ATM guy, baked potatoes, Tasha's obsession with the sunset (me throwing up in the bathroom during the only sunset we saw), and so many more. It was definately a much needed and relaxing vacation (although I could have done without the nauseating, turbulant filled, long delayed flight home), I totally missed my kids and Jason but I came home feeling refreshed, rejuvinated and re-energized. Thanks girls for an amazing weekend and thanks so much to everyone that I pawned my kids off too--Mandy, Chelsea, Sheba, Andrea, Nicole and Julie, I totally appreciate it!! Thanks also Jason (I feel like I'm giving an Oscar speech or something), I know the kids had a blast hanging out with Dad. He did an awesome job playing Mr. Mom after a full day of work and managed to get homework done, get them to bed at a semi-decent hour, feed them somewhat edible meals (I'm sure TV dinners have some nutritional value?), get them off to school and church on time (it makes me smile trying to picture Jason picking out Kylie's clothes and doing her hair), keep them entertained with neighborhood carnivals and Chuck E Cheese and even had the house cleaned when I got back. What a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man!

17 comments:

Jodee said...

Yeah for girls weekends! It looks like you had a wonderful time! I am glad you got to relax a little, you deserve a break. Sorry about the puking, not fun! I am glad you had fun despite the visits to the toilet! Oh, and where is that baby bump? You look amazing!

Chelsea said...

Fun!! That is the whitest beach I have seen! How pretty. Ok, that is hilarious that it was more of a retirement area, but hey, now we know you couldn't witness any naughty Spring Break action!

Shanen said...

What a nice treat for you. I would love a relaxing vacation like that. You deserve it. Hopefully you are feeling better. What fun pictures and great memories.

JENNA LEE said...

So fun to see your blog and your cute kids, they are adorable! And how fun that you took a trip with your friends from high school. I have tried to get Chelsea to go out of town with me since she got married....but I am not sure if we could make a trip with our friends from high school.. that would be quite an adventure.

Russ and Sheba Price said...

Finally! You planned a Girls Trip! I remember Jason giving Russ a hard time about me going on my little girl trips! It is much needed and it looked like you had a great time! AWWW! No wet T shirt contest?!! J/K! I love when you go back East and everyone is like flabbergasted when they find out how many kids you have and how old you are! I have to tell you my stories! I love Florida and the beaches because it reminds me of the caribbean. So glad you had a great time!!
Jason seemed like he survived! I guess I won't tell him about my ten day girl trip that I took to St. Thomas! HA HA HA! No really, I love when a hubby sticks it out and does a really good job! Way to go Jas!
Okay and Jayden was so stinkin' cute! Sophie and Jayden were watching t.v. and I jumped on the computer and he came by me and I looked at him and said,"I'm blogging." HE looked at me and rolled his eyes with a great big smile! He knew exactly what I was doing! Too funny! And when we were in the car,taking him to Andrea's, I said that I was super Mom and he yelled out, "My Mom is Super Mom!" And you know, he is right! :) I could have watched him all day! He is so easy! BTW: Sophie and Jayden played so good together! You need to call me more! ;)

Michelle Yost said...

How fun Jamie, there is nothing like hanging out with some old friends. I would love to go to Florida sometime. I am glad you are back and I hope you are feeling better.

Littles said...

I love Flordia's beaches! How fun for you before having the babes. Hard to believe we can find out what these babies are pretty soon huh.

The Morris Fam said...

I'm so jealous! What a fun weekend. You are so good at keeping up with all your friends. You look darling by the way. Sorry about the lovely pregnancy sickness. I'm so glad you had some well deserved time to yourself!

WishTrish said...

Oh, that sounds so great! I want a turn! :)

Trish

Rohm Family said...

it does look like a mumu in the pix doesn't it? My back and one arm is peeling- how is your butt?

Nichols Family said...

AMEN! Just what you needed after the long Spring Break huh? Florida is so fun, tropical, etc etc.

Suni said...

Sounds like a really FUN weekend even though it was a retirement place! Good for you, I am glad you got to get away especially before the new baby!

Ricky and Janessa Cazier said...

How's your butt? What's the story behind that one? I'm sure we'd all love to hear;) I'm glad you gals had such a fun time together and made some more memories to add to the list. That was so fun to see pictures of Nicole and Wesley with their "baby bumps". You'd better have one by the time I see you in July! You all look so great! That's totally funny that you guys ended up staying in a retirement community. For some busy moms wanting some R&R, that was probably the right place to go:) It is a beautiful beach and sounds like a wonderful week end with some old friends.

p.s. Just so you know this is my third attempt to leave you a message. The first time I tried, my internet connection must have been weird because it wouldn't open up the comment box. The second time I tried, my computer shut down just as I was about to type my comment. I have been very excited to hear about your trip and read this several days ago. I know I am just now leaving you a comment, but I'm really not being a neglegent (however you spell that) sister:)

Ricky and Janessa Cazier said...

P.S.S. I know I told you on the phone, but I want to say it agian. You look so great! I love your hair!

Kristin said...

Holy crap I am so jealous! Not to mention behind on my blog viewing. I can't believe how big your kids look in the Easter pics. They really are ready for another one huh!?! I am so glad that you escaped what a fun weekend~!

Alisa Larson said...

What a fun weekend!! And girl - you are looking mighty fine in that swim suit! And your prego? I don't know if I can go cruising with that cute figure next year! I better hit the gym! :-) I'm glad you got a chance to revamp!

kemptons said...

Um HELLO! How fun was that. And how cute do you look! What a fun thing you were able to do and what a great husband to support you in doing that. Seriously, next time I am down we have got to do lunch or something!