Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Two weeks on the beach

They said it couldn't be done. They said I was crazy. When I told people I was going to drive three little ones, one of them a six-month-old, from St. Louis to St. Pete Beach, Florida, some looked at me like I had grown a second head. Some just pitied me. My favorite reaction: "It can't be done. It cannot be done."

They were wrong.

Not only did we do it, but we had a pretty good time along the way. Many many thanks to Jen, the girls' babysitter, for helping me these two weeks. I definitely couldn't have done it without her. The girls were great travelers. They looked for things to complete their car bingo. They watched movies in the back. Clara fed Cecilia when she got hungry and played with her when she got cranky. We stopped at rest stops and ice cream parlors. When they got tired, they slept. Late the first night, after I pulled into a gas station, Clara woke up bright eyed, looked around and grinned: "We're back where we started!" I guess the gas stations all look alike to her. We would have driven all the way through on the first night, but Cecilia woke up crying with some painful constipation, so we got motel rooms and completed the journey the next morning. Megan flew in and spent the second week with us, just as the rain was ending and the perfect weather was beginning.

Our time in Florida was a daily combination of eating, sleeping, playing on the beach, and playing at the pool. That was about it. Kate got a nasty black eye after falling from a chair on one of the first days. Cecilia liked to stick her toes in the sand or slap the water in the pool. And Clara seemed to grow up before our eyes, as some of these pictures will show (especially the one above, which will soon be framed in our house.) Nobody wanted to head home after our time was up.

Lots of pics to follow:

Cecilia is ready for the pool!

Kate is either ready for the beach or for her Vogue photo shoot

Clara is in her happy place

Even while playing with sand, Kate looks stylish

Some think, "Oh, sweet baby!" Uncle Jim thinks, "Ham hocks."


The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Jen and Kate at The Hurricane

Cecilia telling a joke

The girls

The Bittles

Silly Cilly

They were this happy the entire time

One of many sunset pictures we took

Another. I hope you enjoyed the pictures.


Anonymous said...

You're right. I thought you had completely lost your mind. In fact, I kind of still do even though it went well! :) I'm glad everyone had fun though! Love the pictures. I especially like those hugging sisters. And, I'm glad you are all home safe.


Anonymous said...

This trip was also full on many "firsts". Cecilia learned to sit up on her own without tipping over, Kate is now potty trained, and Clara swims without water wings!! My girls are growing up so fast and its wonderful to watch every minute of it!


Anonymous said...

WHOA! Kate is potty trained?! That deserves a blog entry all its own! Congratulations!