Erica: hope you are having a blast in Maui!!
Nancy: that is so wonderful and generous of you, adopting cousin's cat. So sorry to hear of the circumstances but I'm sure that is such a relief for her to know Smokey is in a loving home. Cats are fun, have you check out cat videos, seriously, what a life!! LOL!! And knows his name, big bonus. WOW!! WTG on the 11 miles in the heat!! I have yet to run a double digit since my last race. But I did run about 8 miles last Sunday. Will run this evening. So much cooler and nicer I found.
So this was our holiday visit from DD and the 2 GDs:
DD and the 2 GDs (city girls, from Phoenix) visited us from Mon-Wed. We reserved a spot at the nearby campground, about 5 miles from the house, and they kept saying they were so 'excited', 'can't wait', 'when are we going?" ......... but we (DH and I) had our doubts. We took our T@B trailer on Wed night, set it up but kept it hooked up to the truck, and brought my car also. DH stayed home. It was a 'girls night out' HA! He wanted to wash his car to take to the parade in the morning.
So later, in the evening, we all went on a short hike to check out the volcano crater nearby. The younger GD (5yrs) is afraid of her own shadow, but the older GD (7 yrs) was okay. I told them everything looks different when it gets dark but they were still gung-ho on staying the night. We are having dinner at the picnic table when it started getting dark, and then it was a TOTAL MELTDOWN from the younger one. She wanted to go home (to Phoenix, LOL!!), 'I miss other grandma', 'this is so scary' , etc...... Then older one kept asking what kind of noises occur during the night. I told her "I don't know because we will be asleep." LOL!! They pretty much scared themselves out, no help needed from us. I had a 'back up plan' ......I told DD to take the girls back in my car. Thus, the reason for a second vehicle. DD was not happy, and I was disappointed but not surprised.
Poor DH, he was hoping it would work out and he would have a 'one guy night out' at the house .........but he had a full house, where the younger one kept wailing and having another tantrum for another hour. She wanted to go back to 'camping' because I set up the bed inside the trailer and she thought it was 'cute.' I was not going to take them back to the house in the middle of the night .......because I KNOW they will change their mind AGAIN. GOOD GRIEF!!
So DH stayed outside, kept busy by washing his car and ......then mine, LOL!!
DD doesn't really have that much of a disciplinary authority since both girls spend alot of time with the other grandparents and the father. From my observation, they pasify them by giving in to the kids demands, and taking (literally driving) them to any fast food place that they want to calm them down. It's really sad, to say the least.
Anyway, trying not to be judgemental .............ugh!
But I stayed the night at the campground, LOL!! Yes, I did!! I mean it was already paid for ....... LOL!! It was quiet, spent the night watching the bright stars, took a walk around the area, read my book. Got up early to watch the sun rise, read again, not much to pack. Then back at house around 8 am. DH is ready to leave for the parade. Because of their behavior, DD told the girls they weren't going to the parade. Of course, that set off another wail-fest!! Good Lord!!
We said our goodbyes. Older one told me she had a good time hiking with me. Just melted my heart. DD had to take the girls back to their father and grandparents who had something planned for them. This is what they always do and they tell the girls so DD is caught in a dilemma all the time.
DH and I took off, and drove the '57 Buick to the parade, had breakfast. DD and GDs left around noon.
It was disappointing but hoping we can try again when they are older ........ maybe when they are 30!!! LOL!!
That was my holiday .........
Stay cool and safe, ladies!!