And We’re Back

Am I too old/mommyish to add “like cooked crack” to that title? Probably? Very well, then, I’ll just leave it at, “And we’re back.”

We got back from our Carnival cruise on Saturday, but shortly after getting home and taking a shower (and shaving my legs, which was the main thing), I was off to the urgent care to get my ankle and leg X-rayed.

This is how the second day of vacation went:

I slipped in the water area and slammed my leg on a stone tile corner and twisted my ankle. Ouch. (For the record, there were probably 100 people out there on their lounge chairs, but since I avoided making eye contact with anyone after that fall, I’m not doodling them.)

I’m the Queen of Clumsy, so wiping out wasn’t much of a surprise. I was able to get around okay during the vacation (largely due to the part of my leg that I fell on remaining numb the whole time, which is wearing off now). But by the time I got home, the swelling in my leg was so bad down to my ankle that I couldn’t get my Crocs on all the way and between that and the numbness that remained in my leg, I was encouraged to get an X-ray. The doctor initially thought I had a fracture and put me in a walking boot, but messaged me later and said it might be something else and to wear the boot and follow up with Ortho. So that’s what I’m doing.

That aside — and a few Baby Girl tantrums aside — the vacation was a blast. We went to the Bahamas again and had a stop in Princess Cays (very pretty) and Nassau. Little Man and I had booked an excursion to swim with the dolphins at Balmoral Island, and I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to do it because of my leg/foot at first, but we made it and had fun. Balmoral Island was absolutely beautiful with crystal clear water, so hopefully we’ll make it back there soon!

Baby Girl loved the “Mahamas” as she called it, even though she was a little confused on what, exactly, the Mahamas were. At first she thought it was Charleston, and then she thought it was the cruise ship, and then she thought it was Fort Moultrie or Sumter (out of Charleston Harbor).

I also had a bit of confusion myself as we left Charleston. I saw a boat pull up alongside us and spotted a big gun, which I loudly announced.

I had visions of modern-day pirates running through my head, but as my husband pointed out, it was just the Coast Guard. Sorry for the alarm, fellow passengers (who still aren’t doodled).

The kids really enjoyed themselves. Between the pool, water slides, arcade, and other stuff, they didn’t complain about being bored or whine about screens a single time. Baby Girl loved being able to get ice cream 24/7, too. One morning we did the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, which was really cool. Little Man was the only one brave enough to try the green eggs, though! We took the kids to a couple of the PG rated comedy shows, and Baby Girl almost made one of the comedians lose it when she did an extremely loud fake laugh after everyone else finished laughing a few times. Lordy.

Usually I’m glad to be back home by the end of the vacation, but that’s not the case this time, which is a testament to how fun it was. Also, Laundry Mountain is back, and I really don’t wanna fold clothes. (And, since I’m writing this post three days after getting home, it should really all be taken care of by now.)

So, yeah…good times, great memories made!

I’ve got over 100 emails from blog subscriptions to catch up on, so I’ll be dropping by soon. I’m glad everyone seemed to enjoy my throwback posts from last week! 

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Umbrella Drinks

My husband, Little Man, and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas a few years ago. I know not everyone is a fan of cruises, but I enjoy them — tasty food, trivia, and all the fruity rum drinks I can stand brought directly to my lounge chair. (Plus the ocean and all that.) What’s not to love, aside from bar tab charges that cost more than the actual cruise fare?

As you’ve likely gathered from those first few lines, I imbibed a little on that cruise. Not excessively so (the only time a bar tab was truly more expensive than the cruise fare was on a cruise I went on in college, drank for the first time, and generously bought multiple rounds for others), but I did enjoy a few of those glorious fruity concoctions. Some of them even came in pricey little mugs shaped like coconuts and whale tails, something you’re far more likely to purchase after the first drink or two.

Today’s doodle comes from one of the many times I’ve been made aware of one of the universal parenting truths — the one where kids pick up on everything. Sometime after the cruise, Little Man was playing with his toy kitchen making dinner for us. He brought out a notepad to take our orders and later came back with our meals. I can’t remember exactly what he brought us to eat, but I do remember the drink.

Nothing gets past him. I got another umbrella drink recently when Little Man was playing with his sister’s toy kitchen and stuck her ice cream cart umbrella in a cup for me. That’s my boy, always thinking of his mama.


I started writing this post in July, so it has been sitting in my drafts folder for more than four months. Whoa. In that time, my husband and I have booked another cruise (just the two of us this time), bought passports for just in case, and will be heading down to Florida to get on the boat at three in the morning on Thursday. It’s supposed to be a combination of a birthday present (my birthday was last Friday — I’m 34…whoa again — and my husband’s is in January…he’ll be 40, so double whoa) and Christmas present to ourselves.

We are a combination of anxious and excited. I’m super anxious over leaving the kids for three days and being that far away, and my husband is pretty excited over leaving the kids for three days and being that far away. To ease my nerves a little, I’ve purchased the all-you-can-drink option. For the record, “All you can drink” really means “You get 15 drinks per day and then you’re cut off.” So, no, I won’t be making Carnival rethink their unlimited drinks package. 😉

My friend bought me this shirt for my birthday — because as we all know, best friends love nothing more than encouraging negative behaviors in each other — so I’ll be ready.

In reality, though, now that I’m over 30, this is the shirt I’ll probably need (something I forgot while purchasing that drink pass):


While I was on yet another blogging break, A Vodka Kind of Mom included me a featured blogger on her site! You can check out the interview here and find out the craziest thing I’ve ever done. (Spoiler alert: the answer is pretty vanilla.)

So, what’s new in y’all’s worlds? Between the 18 hours of driving and spending at least one day of the cruise chillaxing (I’m not too old to use that, right?) and reading by the pool, I’m determined to play blog catch up, but in the meantime, fill me in on what’s going on in your world. 

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