Life’s A Beach House

The husbands melded back into the work world and left the moms and kids to fend for themselves at the beach rental house.

Wonder Women that we are, we fixed the dryer, did laundry, made and tidied breakfast, fixed the collapsed shower curtain tension rod, made and tidied up lunch, fixed the bamboo Ikea blinds and found ourselves sitting in front of the biggest challenge yet of our vacation:  turning on a dvd for the tired, cranky, fighting kids.

I was personally called in for my technical expertise…and you know when two preteen boys call you in to figure out an electronic algorithm, it ain’t gonna be easy.  Seated on our rented couch, I had no less than 7, yes, seven, 7, SEVEN!, remotes in front of me.  We even tried calling the dad-folk for advice, but we struggled our way through, matching controllers to their same-named devices and finally figured it out.

Triumphant,  we continued to sort piles of discarded clothing, tidy common areas, halt two six year olds who were making off with a bag of all of the shampoos they had collected from all of the bathrooms in the house, pumped up bike tires, located misplaced books, made and served snacks, folded laundry, fielded phone calls about the fact that we brought a fire pit and used it one night down on the dock (yikes, that was a BIG MISTAKE)…

Finally, exhausted, we flopped down on the dock with a bottle of red wine and a bowl of chips and salsa. The kids were quiet and happy and the dog snoozed at our feet.  The sun was setting golden pink over the rippling water as the husbands returned home to this scene of luxury and tranquility.  First question, you guessed it, with a little sarcasm, “What have you girls been doing all day?”



  1. Posted July 8, 2008 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    What are you doing after the 22nd of July? I lost your number-

  2. Mermaid
    Posted July 10, 2008 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I’ll facebook you 🙂

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