Our Five Ring Circus: Staycation

Friday, September 4, 2009


I need a vacation.

Do you ever feel like all you do is clean up messes? I'm sure you understand if you have kids, and even more so if you have kids and pets! I am so fed up with cleaning up a mess every other minute.

Have you ever seen the size of Great Dane poop? My Great Dane has a belly ache, probably from eating something she shouldn't have, and had diarrhea all over my kitchen floor two mornings in a row. Yeah. Enormous mess. I love to start my day off with a gag-inducing mess.

It's getting chilly at night, so all the spiders are coming into our house. If you have read my previous posts, you know that I save spiders. I just can't kill them. This morning, I rescued a spider out of Lexie's potty, only to turn around to clean up the above mess, and while I was doing that, Dylan yelled, "Spider!" Sure enough, there was a spider. On my daughter's leg. Lexie stood completely still as I brushed it off and ran it outside. I'd love to say she was paralyzed from fear, but the truth of the matter is Lexie loves spiders. She has been known to pick them up and let them crawl all over her. She is odd.

I'm just highly irritated today. There's always something to clean up or pick up, and that's not even my regular cleaning. I so need a vacation, preferably to the beach.

I'm not getting one this year. Our family vacation plans were ruined, and it's a bit late now. Dylan starts school in 5 short days.

So, we're having a staycation. Grant took the four days after labor day off, so we have 9 days together. We have a lot going on during that time. A picnic with my family, haircuts, a hike, visiting a nearby lake, a labor day picnic, going to the zoo, going to the children's museum, celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary, Dylan's first day of school, a baby shower, camping, birthdays...

Although I wish I were able to escape to the beach (escape from reality), I am looking forward to our staycation. We have a lot of exciting things going on, and it will be a great way to end summer.

Happy (hopefully mess free) Staycation!


  1. I feel like that is ALL I EVER DO---pick up other people's messes!!
    I feel ya..I really do :)

    have a fun STAYCATION--you deserve it :)

  2. Have fun! I think staying close to home and doing all the fun things you rarely get to do is GREAT! So, have fun and post lots and lots of pictures for us to see!

  3. I feel the exact same way. I'm exhausted. I have 3 young boys and 2 dogs (one is a Bullmastiff.. need I say more? LOL!) and 3 cats. There is always a mess at my house. Sometimes I feel like just giving up and letting it be gross and disgusting, but then I feel gross and disgusting so I end up cleaning and picking up... it's just never ending, isn't it? Hope you're day gets better! (mine too!)

  4. oh i have been there too with the messes.

    have fun on your staycation.

  5. We are on a staycation right now too. Our plans got messed up also so we are making the best of it. I took off Wed-next Monday. ENJOY!

  6. With 2 boys and 2 dogs, I definitely feel your stress. I hope you have a refreshing staycation!

  7. kids and pets make for an eventful day. throw in a little wild life (spiders) and then you've got all a girl could ask for...right?

    hope your time off and "away" from it all is refreshing for you.

  8. I totally understand!

    Good for you having a staycation! I hope you have a great time :)

    Thanks for posting on my blog!

  9. That is SO weird that Lexie is okay with spiders. How funny!

    But I guess she's probably seen her mommy save them a few times, huh? =0)

    Happy Stay-cation!

  10. Have fun on your staycation! BTW, I just gave you an award on my blog. :)

  11. I hope you're having a nice break! I don't like spiders either, but I also don't like to kill them!

  12. I feel ya! Not so much with messes, but I feel like I wait on Graham hand and foot. Sometimes I don't eat lunch until 3 or 4! Hope you enjoyed your staycation. Congrats on your wedding anniversary.


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