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Monday, May 2, 2011

I'm Back! Highs and Lows of Spring Break

I'm back! Thanks so much for showing lots of love to my guest posters. My family and I were out of town for the past week, but you know me and my paranoia: I don't announce that I'm out of town until I'm back! Since we were traveling, I didn't get to read any blogs(except PYHO links) and I didn't have much time to answer emails- my inbox is SCARY!

Going to try to get caught up today.

But, for now, here are the highs and lows of our Spring Break:

LOW: Two children puking as we drove across state to the NC Zoo.
HIGH:  One of them made it out of the van before he puked.

HIGH:  The boys had a blast at the zoo!
LOW: They also got overtired and cranky from a 3 hour drive and then a 5 hour walk around the zoo!

HIGH: Dinner at Darryl's. Seriously, I think it would be my favorite restaurant ever if only it were closer to us. Grown-up food, but kid-friendly. They even have a kids' concierge! Oh, and s'mores for dessert.
LOW: My boys got arrested while we were there.

LOW: Bear getting himself so twisted up in his seatbelt that we actually had to cut it off of him. We tried for 45 minutes to get him out of it but it was hopeless.
LOW: Third child puked.
HIGH: Puking child was playing a game on my iPhone and yet didn't get anything on it!

HIGH: Getting to spend time with my friend Angie, my margarita girls, and some college friends.
LOW: Realizing that I don't ever get to go out like that down here.

HIGH: Playdate with friends, Children's Museum, and Natural History Museum with my kids.
LOW: OMG, do I feel old! Where do my kids get all this energy?

HIGH: Getting to meet my newest nephew, see my niece, plus spend time with my brothers and their wives.
LOW: When I totally misunderstood one of my sils and almost took her head off because of what I thought she was telling me. Good thing I bit my tongue and waited.

HIGH: Shopping at the White House Black Market OUTLET for some clothes to wear to an event that Ashley and I are going to in two weeks. And sending her pics of my outfit choices so I could get fashion help.
LOW: I didn't find a money tree before I went to the outlets.

HIGH: The Royal Wedding- even though I didn't think I'd watch it- it was fun to imagine that was my life, that I was a princess.
LOW: HAVING to get up to watch it so I could work!

LOW: Driving past where we used to live and having the Garmin display that address with a house symbol and the word "Home," knowing that will never be home again.
HIGH: Realizing that where my boys and husband are: THAT is home.

That about covers it- or as much as I can remember when I'm this tired after a week of traveling! I'll be by visiting y'all today!

P.S. Did you meet this week's Blog Friend Feature?



Blogger Brandi said...

You had to CUT off the seatbelt??? OMG. I would have been so pissed. How much is that to replace???? Hope he wasn't hurt either, man that sucks.

May 2, 2011 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

The museums look wonderful. We drove by exits for them on our way to Washington. How did you cut off the seatbelt?

May 2, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I can't believe you had to cut the seat belt.
What a fun getaway filled with lots of highs and lows ;D

May 2, 2011 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Glad you are home safely... sounds like an EVENTFUL trip!

May 2, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger myevil3yearold said...

Glad you are back!

May 2, 2011 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

We seat belted our yellow lab when he was a pup. He bit through the seat belt himself. I never say I'm away till I'm back either.

May 2, 2011 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

OMG!!! Did you have ANY down time??? I'm exhausted just reading about that.

Oh, do yourself a favor...delete your inbox...it's liberating. We all know how dedicated you are, but it's a lot of stress to get back, throw yourself into your daily life, and get back on top of blog world!

Love that outfit from Black Market too...love it!

May 2, 2011 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Looks like you had a great/busy time....you know besides the puking and all! Glad you are back!

May 2, 2011 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger singedwingangel said...

HOly cow how did he twist the seatbelt that badly??
I am exhausted just reading about it.. you need a vacation from the vacation

May 2, 2011 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

Sounds like a busy, fun and tiring vacation!

May 2, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

also sweats or dolled up you look fantastic, love the black and white outfit!

May 2, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

Lows help us appreciate those Highs sooooo much more.

May 2, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...

If only there could be a vacation to recover from a vacation! Sounds like non-stop events. Puking is never good, especially while traveling in the car! Glad you had a good time!

May 2, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I was wondering why you had to cut a seat belt. Kids never cease to amaze me! I'm also amazed at their endless energy. The Children's Museum is a fun, but exhausting place.

I'm glad you had a good trip (minus the puking). Your new outfit is awesome!

May 2, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Kara @ His, Hers and Ours said...

Cutting a kid out of a seat belt is a new one for me! How in the world...!!

So glad your iPhone was unharmed during kid #3's puking incident. And Daryl's looks like fun. However, it might be a high for me if my kids got arrested...kidding! (kinda)

Glad you had a great trip! Nothing ever can compare to some great girl time.

May 2, 2011 at 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Welcome back!!!
Ps. I need that skirt!!

May 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I am glad that you had a good break. :)

May 2, 2011 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I am glad you made it back safely.
It looksl like super fun. Other than the puking and seatbelt that is.
I am loving the outfit too!!
(By the way is it wrong that your kid is so cute as a criminal?)

May 2, 2011 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Making It Work Mom said...

I think that is kind of what vacationing with children is all about - highs and lows.
The boys looked like they had a great time, fortunately excessive vomiting and seat belt cutting off does not seem to effect the spirits of children.
It is always nice to get home, though!

May 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

How do you get a new seatbelt??? You had to cut it?? MY GOD!

May 2, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Cindi said...

Welcome back. Love the new outfit!

Were the boys arrested for ruining the seat belt? (LoL)

Hey, maybe you should have been arrested. Some jail time, I mean quiet time (LoL) may have been a nice little break. :)

May 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Maggie S. said...

White House|Black Market has an outlet?

Sounds like you had an 'even steven' weekend.

Your kids are SO cute!!!

May 2, 2011 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Lourie said...

I would love to hear the story behind the seat belt. What in the world?? Too bad about the puking, but good about the phone. I think aside from the puke and seat belt you had an overall good albeit exhausting time.

May 2, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger We 2 Bees said...

Sounds like you had lots of adventures! I'm sure your exhausted!
That is an adorable outfit! And I hope there is no more puking going on in your home.
Love the pictures!

May 2, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Kristina P. said...

You guys had non-stop fun! I love that skirt.

May 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger A Mommy in the City said...

Welcome back! Looks like you had a blast!!!

May 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Love the outfit! Lady, you look great!

May 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Glad to see you back and to hear about all of your highs and lows!

May 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Wow, what a spring break! I love it! Very funny, thanks for the laugh.

May 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Anonymous BusyWorkingMama said...

I love your highs - so agree that home is where the family it!

I just wanted to stop by and say the Freschetta prize I won from your arrrived last week. Thank you :)

May 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger MiMi said...

I LOVE your outfit from WHBM. Seriously pretty.
Also..I wanna be a princess. That's all.

May 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

LOVE that last photo. Glad y'all are safe.

May 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the NC Zoo...except for all the walking. That's a bit much! :)

Also, Darryl's is a fav of mine too. They used to have one in Winston-Salem that was in an old mill...they still had some of the machinery in the restaurant with the tables placed all around. It was so cool. I loved that!

Glad y'all had a good trip...sounds like you were almost in my neck of the woods! :)

May 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Welcome back!! Sounds like you had a good time overall and I hope you bought that outfit, it is awesome.

May 2, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger mama marchand said...

Fabulous outfit! :) Glad you had bright spots in the midst of notsofun stuff. Happy back to normal life!

May 2, 2011 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

It looks like a great vacation...puking aside. THe pics looked like you guys had a lot of fun. Outfit...super cute. Money tree...I'm still trying to figure that one out! Glad your back!

May 2, 2011 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sounds like an awesome week (well, except for the puking parts)

May 2, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Courtney K. said...

CUTTING the seatbelt?! no fun!!! But I'm glad you enjoyed your time away!

May 2, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

What a great time it looks like you guys had! And that skirt is AMAZING!!! I love it. Glad you're back.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner?

May 2, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Erinsgobragh said...

Looks like a busy awesome week! I've forgotten what it's like to take a vacation.

May 2, 2011 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Missy said...

You are funny with the privacy thing. We were on spring break last week too and I, well, didn't really try to hide it. Mostly b/c the weather was so gorgeous where we went (Florida) and so bad where we came from (Ohio), that I had a little case of the "can't shut up about its!"

Glad everything turned out . . . OK!

May 2, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Other than the Zoo and the Children's Museum this isn't much different from the Spring Beaks I used to have in college: road trips, lots of puking, having to cut seat belts. I guess the cliche can be true...the more things change! I love your pics!

May 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Kir said...

I'm so glad you're home , safe and sound.
Happy that you had so much fun (save the puking, poor them and you!!!)

I love your black and white outfit and now i want it...in my size. ;)

that last picture of the boys, It could be a magazine cover, wow, what a gorgeous family you have Shell.

all in all, a good spring break, No? :)

May 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous tracy said...

We missed you! Sounds like a nice trip. You look HOT in that outfit - hope you bought it. xo

May 2, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Penelope said...

Eek at having to cut the seatbelt!

May 2, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Just Another Mom of 2 said...

Glad you're home-- love the outfit!! I need to shop and soon.

I agree on the pictures, especially that last one. Gorgeous!

May 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I'm so, so sorry about the sickness! Thank goodness you didn't get it, too. Love the outfit!

May 2, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Sounds like you had a (mostly) fun Spring Break!! Now do you need a vacation to recover from your "vacation"?

May 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Huge admiration of mothers of boys! Where do they get all that energy?!?!

It sounds like you had a blast in spite of the lows!

May 2, 2011 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Nezzy said...

It's just bogglin' this old mind of mine on how a youngen can get so twisted up in a seat belt that ya had to cut it out...and ya didn't take a picture??? Heeehehehe!!!

Sounds like ya'll had a grand time 'cept the puke! It sounds like a super trip!

God bless and enjoy your day! :o)

May 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

Welcome back! Looks like you all had a lot of fun.

That outfit is really pretty!

May 2, 2011 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Paula @ Simply Sandwich said...

Welcome back! Sorry about the lows but it looks like the highs offset the problems.

May 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Deputy's Wife said...

2 Things:

1. You should have called when you went to the zoo! I'm about 45 minutes from there, our kids could have had a playdate! (You are to totally just know that I live that close and how to get ahold of me. HAHA)

2. I got lucky this spring break. The egg donor's Mom paid for babygirl to Horseback riding camp all week. Score!

May 2, 2011 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

Sounds like you had a lot of great moments...puking aside. ;) That outfit is adorable on you - hope you bought it!

May 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger A Mountain Momma said...

Ugh, puke on holidays, especially ones involving planes or cars, should be illegal. :0

May 2, 2011 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Isn't that the way vacations work- just as many lows as highs. It looks like you did a lot of fun things. Glad you are back and hopefully all the puking is done.
Your boys are adorable.

May 2, 2011 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

It was so great to see you! The boys keep talking about missing their friends too. Your new lil nephew is a cutie pie!!

You look smokin hot in that dress!!

May 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

It sounds like overall your trip was a success. I can't believe all 3 kids puked during the vacation. But it is a miracle that none of it got on your iPhone. Your black and white outfit looks very nice.

May 2, 2011 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Keshyra said...

I like what Oka said about the low's helping us appreciate the highs, so true. I love all of your pictures, especially the arrested one, the paint brushes and goggles one, and the boys in in their cute coordinated outfits one (so adorable!). Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog, I really appreciate it!

May 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Minivan Mama said...

Spring break with kids is not for the weak minded. I say this from my own spring break experiences last week.

Sounds like some crazy lows, but the highs were even better!

May 2, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Dysfunctional Mom said...

Welcome home!
Misunderstanding the SIL totally sounds like something I would do. I'm glad you bit your tongue!
It sounds like a lot of fun overall.
I love the outfit!
This is my favorite part of the post:

HIGH: Realizing that where my boys and husband are: THAT is home.

May 2, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

You are so smart to keep it a secret that you were gone! I'm glad you really made the most of the week!!!

May 2, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Goodness Shell, I'm exhausted just reading this ;) Glad to there was a high to every low. Welcome back!

May 2, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Mrs4444 said...

Your boys are incredibly adorable. Glad you had a great time, and I appreciate your stopping by today :)

Welcome home!

May 2, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Mommy Shorts said...

I am in love with the jail picture. Also, as far as energy goes, I look at everything parents do with older kids and I don't know how they summon it up. I can barely chase Mazzy across the living room.

May 2, 2011 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I love that you kept finding all the high spots! That's my girl, ever the optimist. That's why we love you and missed you!

May 2, 2011 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Daffy said...

I love that you cut out all the unneccesary and focused on the most important things... youre so awesome. I love reading your posts. I know that sounds all toushy-kissey but I mean it from the heart of my bottom!

The pics are fabulous! Your boys are the most adorable evah!

May 3, 2011 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Daffy said...

Oh! and good luck with that inbox stuff...heh

May 3, 2011 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger mintifresh said...

One of the cutest criminals I've ever seen!

And cut the seatbelt?! Good night nurse! That's quite the tangle!

May 3, 2011 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger PrettyPaper Mom said...

Hey! I'm stopping by to tell you I've awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award, so I hope you can stop by and pick it up! I love your blog!


May 3, 2011 at 1:19 AM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

You had to cut him out of his seatbelt??? Now that is something that could use a visual.

Not the puking though, I've seen that before.

May 3, 2011 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Acknowledging the lows makes the highs that much better.

May 3, 2011 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Sounds like a great adventure. I'm itching for the time when Baby will enjoy vacations like that and we won't have to plot our drive around diaper changes!

May 3, 2011 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger The Empress said...

CUTEST post ever!

Glad you got away.

AND love how the outfit looks on you.

May 3, 2011 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

I love WHBM and you look fab!

May 4, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I'm so glad your spring break was wonderful. This was a cute post idea! :) BUT not as cute as those boys. They are precious! <3

May 4, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Sounds like a great weekend (minus puking and misunderstandings and seatbelt cuttings--how does that happen?!). Awww, these pictures are adorable; your boys are sooooo sweet, Shell!

Welcome back to bloggyland! PS: Your outfit from WHBM is adorable; I love that place!

May 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

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