Monday, March 12, 2007

If I only had a brain...

I don’t know about you, but getting out the door around here is not always a pretty picture. The big kids are responsible for getting themselves packed, so (in theory), things “should” be easier nowadays. I mean, really. It's just a 2-½ hour drive to Oklahoma to visit my husband’s brother for a weekend of fishing and four-wheeling. How hard is that?

I don’t know how it always happens, but the kids STILL usually end up sitting in the Suburban for a good 30 minutes of open warfare reading poetry while my husband Dennis and I run back and forth picking up last-minute items in the house (is it me, or does it seem like we're MOVING every time we take a weekend trip, or what?).


Anyway, we finally got everyone and everything in the car and headed out last Friday morning.

We were less than an hour out of town and realized we forgot something:


(We did manage to scrape up a few poles - thank goodness for Walmart - so all was not lost).

Now, I can only think of one thing worse than heading out to go fishing with your kids, forgetting the fishing poles (even if you got some new ones), ending up having bad weather, catching no fish, and having a horrible time:

It’s having great weather, catching tons of fish, having a fantastic time, and



I wanted to show you my four girls, all lying on their tummies in a row on the dock, each holding a fishing pole. Trust me, it would have melted your heart. The little one kept saying (with each fish she “caught”: “I caught my first fish, Mommy!”). If you’re desperate for a visual, you can click here to see a previous visit’s pics.

Sadly, the camera and the poles were not the only things we forgot. The worst of our absentmindedness was not over.

After a fun weekend of fishing and four-wheeling, we came home, only to realize the most important thing we forgot:


Here’s Jack, the cat. Jack does not use a litter box. Jack is like a dog: he stands at the door if he needs to use the potty back yard. Unless, of course, no one is home to let him out. Then he uses whatever he can find in the house. Nuff said.

Anyway, despite the frantic meowing and overpowering aroma that met us in the house at almost midnight the other night, we had a relaxing spring break. Apparently, our brains needed it.

It’s good to be home.


Robin Green said...

That sounds like a wonderful weekend--so sorry you forgot your camera! I think the only truly bad thing was the whole cat thing--I do not envy you that job! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Ummm, the cat looks dead. I really hope he's not. But seriously, it grosses me out just a little to even look at that picture! Lol!!

Anonymous said...

Ooh. Poor kitty. Judging by that photo, I also thought you were going to say that you found him dead!

Susanne said...

We've had a few poetry reading sessions in our vehichle before we go places too! :v)

I used to spend half my vacation money purchasing things we'd forgotten. Now I keep a list in each suitcase, even the kids', that gets checkmarked off and we take the lists in the suitcase with us so that we don't leave things in the vacation spot, either.

Poor kitty.

Lana said...

oh no!! poor cat and poor you.
I HATE when I forget my camera. Darn it!

glad you had a good week none the less:)

Lana said...

BTW, I looked at last year's trip and the pictures were adorable.
And I just want to tahnk you for forgetting your camera and your cat because you are so pretty and your family looks so sweet therefor it makes me feel better to know that I am not the only one who forgets stuff like that.:)

Deborah said...

I know what you mean! Everytime we go camping (towing a 32 ft travel trailer that already has half the house in it), I run back in the house at least 5 times before we pull out of the driveway.

Drives my husband crazy!

Would've loved to have seen those pics. But glad you had a good time!

Elise @A Path Made Straight said...

Mr. Jack - tough noogies. There are other (five, actually!) things far more important than you.

Rachel Anne said...

What a funny post about your trip. Yeah, my kids all read poetry too, ha ha. I can just picture Little One saying "first fish" with her lisp. priceless.

Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

I can just imagine the smell that you came home to, ugh!! =) Somehow, I think cat pee is the worst... We're having some issues with my sister's cat and jealousy towards the new baby. The cat actually sat in the baby's car seat and peed. Oh yuck!

And I'm so sorry you forgot the camera too. We all have moments like that...

Laura said...

Nothing says welcome home like cat sorry about that but glad you had a good time on your trip!!!


Gina Conroy said...

Oh my, maybe you need some mommy time to grow back those brain cells. :)

I can totally relate to the running around before we head out, we can always plan on leaving at least an hour later then we planned!

voni said...

Man! I thought we were the only ones that had a cat dog:)

LLMajer said...

Please know that this provided a great glimpse of the future as well as entertainment for me AND Jay! So glad y'all had fun!

Lori said...

OH I can see myself in this post, I am glad it is not only me ;)