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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Home Alone?!

In our neck of the woods, kids are on what's affectionately know as a year 'round school calendar. This means that we are in session for 9 weeks and then off for 3 weeks, and in the summer we get 6 weeks off. It's a bit confusing at first, but ultimately I have to admit to loving it.

Last week was our first week back to school after a 3 week break. Of course, all conversations revolved around what one did or didn't do over break.

We, personally, had a busy break. We tagged along with hubs on business trips to Miami, then home, and then to Washington, D.C. And we did it all in the car. We literally drove close to 3000 miles with all 6 of us crammed like sardines into the tin can we affectionately call my minivan. We had fun, but we spent A LOT of time together, and by the end I was definitely scraping at the bottom of my bag 'o sanity.

Today we were talking to one of Rachel's teachers about plans for the end of the year. Being a polite individual the teacher inquired about our track-out activities. Rachel proceeded to give a concise run-down of our shenanigans, to which the teacher commented:

Teacher: Wow, Rachel! You must be tired of all that driving around and being in the car, but I bet your great adventures were worth it.

Rachel: Yeah, we were in the car a lot.

Teacher: I'm sure all the driving got old after a while!

Rachel: Actually, being in the car wasn't so bad. Being trapped with my sisters in the car? I was sick of that before we got back from the first trip.

Teacher: (polite smile) Hmmmm....

Rachel: And mom tries really hard to keep it fun in the car. She thinks she's really funny... but after a couple hours in the car... well...

Teacher: (Clearly smirking at me). I'm just glad you're all back safely and ready for school!

KathyB!: (Hmmm is right. I know someone who might "accidentally" get left home on the next family vacation... Smarty pants.)

I think our next trip might look less like National Lampoon's Vacation



And more like Home Alone

52 comments:

Megryansmom said...

Well Kathy B! YOU are funny no matter what Rachel says. She obviously has not fine tuned her awareness of something humorous yet. Be afraid Rachel, be very afraid....MUHA HA HA HA

Alice said...

Kids always seem to know the best way to find ways to embarrass us don't they?

Sapphire said...

ROFL!!! Kathy B! she totally threw you under the bus.
LOL!

Rachel said...

When my kids started complaining in advance of our vacation I offered to let them stay with our elderly neighbor for the week and that shut them right up.

I love that pic of Clark. Looks just like my FIL!

K said...

I think a year around calender would be great. I hope the schools around here go that way.

(I think you're funny.)

Tsquared417 said...

She definitely can't admit that she loved it...that just wouldn't be right! Even though you know she did...I would love year round school, BTW! :)

for a different kind of girl said...

I miss the days when my kids would fall asleep when we'd embark on a car adventure. Now days, they want to turn the portable DVD player on before we're even out of the driveway. I try to fight it, but there have been some trips when I've realized it saves me!

Gibby said...

That is one of my fave pics of Clark Griswold. Christmas Vacation is a tradition around here. Maybe because our family is more like the Griswold's than not.

Anyhow, remember, you can't make everyone happy. Surely your other 3 girls think you are just HYSTERICAL? I do, if that helps at all!

Shawn said...

Just send her off to stay at my house while you are on a trip next time. Trust me, she'll be a model daughter after spending time with my boys in this nuthouse!

Besides, I need more estrogen in this house!

Ink said...

Aw, just show Rachel your blog stats. You're funny.

i am the diva said...

haha! what a little smart aleck

LadyFi said...

Lol! I think you deserve a bravery award for spending all that time in the car with the kids!

Lindy said...

lol! That would be me too...I think I'm funny but who really knows.

Kids....... ;)

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

those darn kids...hehehe

forever folding laundry said...

Better yet...maybe you could be the one home alone? Imagine the peace...ahhhh......

~Keri

Kristina P. said...

Did you try to gas them out at all? Because that's always hilarious.

Tiffany @ Paging Doctor Mommy said...

What a little smarty pants cutie!

Tammy Howard said...

I love your school schedule! It makes so much sense - I wish we'd go to something like that!

Darn kids...

zelzee said...

What do they know?
At that age the only thing they think is funny is just the mention of a bodily function.....

Mary K Brennan said...

Just wait until it's her turn to be a Mom. She'll realize then just how funny you really are. My kids are a little younger, so I still get the occassional giggle. Although, it's my husband that thinks I've gone off the deep end.

D said...

I love Chevy Chase. I'll go on a family vacation with you any time.

Juls said...

LOL--- I'd take national Lampoons over Home alone any day.. Wait a minute... home alone means no kids---hmmmm, maybe I'll change my mind.

Aren't our kids great at telling everyone how WONDERFUL we are?!?

Susie said...

That is tooooo funny!! I am one of those moms who thinks she is sooooo fun. I bet my older daughter has some stories like that too:-)

lizspin said...

No use being junny anymore if our daughters shun us!

Do you think they want to see us when we're cranky????

Grand Pooba said...

Ha! Well you know where she gets her funny little personality don't you!

passionsandsoapboxes.com said...

They do learn which buttons to push fast these days. They will appreciate the trips when they get older... really they will.... not kidding.

countryfriedmama said...

Boy, they don't keep any secrets from their teachers, huh?

That sounds like a great schedule. I would have loved it as a teacher.

Jane! said...

We call it 'character building' at our house. I muchly love the road trips - the kids prefer to fly.

mom-i-am said...

oh make her read your blog, AND all the comments. That would tell her how many ppl think you are funny. Or maybe she will think we are all nuts. Hmmmm...

The Blonde Duck said...

LOL! Snarky teacher. I always wanted year-round school. Sigh. They've cut down summer vacations for kids down here to where it's ridiculous!

Banteringblonde said...

yes but those are the moments that make memories ;) LOL

TKW said...

Kids! Those little honest turds! WHY do they insist on popping our bubble?

I am sure you are high-larious in the car.

I can't do road trips. Too much together time. WAY.

faemom said...

Leave her at home, that'll teach her. ;-) Granted I know where she's coming from. Imagine three kids in the back of a bronco. We drove my parents nuts. Or the time we drove from AZ to Washington DC in a cab over camper. No wonder my parents called the month long trip quits early.

faemom said...

Leave her at home, that'll teach her. ;-) Granted I know where she's coming from. Imagine three kids in the back of a bronco. We drove my parents nuts. Or the time we drove from AZ to Washington DC in a cab over camper. No wonder my parents called the month long trip quits early.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I think Keri may be onto something. Kathy B! at home alone, sans children and a husband.

You could rule the world all from your laptop in just a few short days.

-Francesca

ScoMan said...

There is nothing like a child being left at home alone to "tune" their sense of humor.

Missy said...

You are a brave, brave woman! Six in a mini van for 3000 miles? You are a brave woman!~ How many xanax did it take? LOL

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

3000 miles in a mini van with a gaggle of kids...that would challenge anyone's funny bone for sure! ;)

I would love to have Princess Nagger's school be 'year round' - she's currently in spring fever mode wishing it were already the first day of summer...bet she wouldn't be in that mode if they had more time off during the year and less over the summer months... :)

Yaya said...

hehe...kids!

That is A LOT of driving! Oy!

Nana said...

I'll go in her place!

Zeemaid said...

sassy as ever.. love the chevy chase and home alone pics. *L*

Hit 40 said...

Leave her with Grandma!

Helene said...

Leave it to our kids to think they have the last word....but we moms know otherwise!!! LOL!!

I'll have an award for you on my blog tomorrow (Wed)

Jen said...

Oh that little bugger but you just gotta love her.

Court said...

This is where I would show how immature I am, I would be like oh yeah my blog has a 101 followers how many you got? But then, it's your kid, and you're probably not all self absorbed and competitive. I'm hoping I grow up soon.

the ungourmet said...

When I was in 3rd and 4th grade I went to year round school. I was on a different track than all of the other kids in my neighborhood so I never had anyone to play with. I did like it though. I wish all the schools would do it this way!

I love Chevy! He is one of my FB friends!

joanofalltrades said...

Hilarious! Your kids are always the leaders of great conversation. Nat'l Lampoons or Home Alone? That's a toughy. Not sure which would give you the bigger headache.

Stesha said...

Wow! They turn on us so quickly.

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

WhisperingWriter said...

That sounds like something my son would say about me. Apparently I'm not funny anymore...

bernthis said...

we have a 12 week summer 12 WEEKS!!! The school board she be required to cover at least half of those weeks worth of camp. I'm so jealous of you

Kate said...

Love the home alone and chevy chase pictures. Great.

Sturgmom said...

You're writing is perfectly lovely, but CLark Griswold made me laugh so hard!

You can always strap your little one to the luggage rack next time...