Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Right now, we are on vacation. One mile away from our house. At least, that's what my children think. I'm not going to be the one to tell them that we are really just staying at the hotel on base for several days while the plumbing is fixed (FINALLY) in our house. I've learned so much while we are staying here.

1. We don't need toys. We didn't bring any toys except their one stuffed animal to sleep with and you know what? They have been just fine. They are using their imagination and putting on singing and dancing shows during the day. But the highlight? Spinning in circles for hours in the office chair. Good times, folks.

2. If it wasn't for all of our junk stuff, we would be able to live in a 500 sq. ft. apartment. I'm thinking this would be ideal because I always know where everyone is and they can hear me from anywhere and I have less space to clean. Awesome.

3. Adding to the above, it would even more awesome if the 500 sq.ft. apartment came with a super sweet lady to clean daily and make the beds like this hotel room does.

4. Hotel internet connections aren't very reliable (especially when they are free) and they are super s-l-o-w. My Google Reader is bursting at the seams as is my inbox. I did read a book in less than 24 hours and have watched numerous live talent shows from an adorable 4 & 5 year old in all of the time I now have.

5. I have fallen completely in love with those room darkening curtains in hotels. I am thinking about getting some for the kid's bedroom at home. Mine, too.

6. If anyone knows a magic trick to open a front loading washer/dryer combo once the thing has locked up tight for eternity, let me know. The one in our room is moody and once we put clothes in there, we never know how long until the thing decides to give them back. I almost had to go to Target in my jammies yesterday.

7. I do miss blogging and hearing from all of my buddies here. Y'all miss me too, right?


  1. Oh enjoy! And my house isn't much bigger than that hotel room and yes- I do always know where the kids are but then they always know where I am, too, and there is no where to hide!


  2. Oh, I LOVED staying in base hotels when I was growing up!! We never had to because of plumbing, though, it was always when we were either moving or traveling. Office chairs, indeed. :)

    I put roller shades behind the wood blinds in the kids rooms - black out shades. Let me know if you want the link to the online store. They're WONDERFUL.

  3. I hope it's a short stay, but I'm glad the kiddos can enjoy! :)

  4. Isn't it amazing how small a space we truly need? And, if internet is working properly, we would still have touch with the entire world. Many, many years ago Barry and I packed up the 4 kids and "moved" to a local hotel for 3 days (it was supposed to be 2 days, but with the humidity...) while our hardwood floors were being done. It was summer... and this hotel had a nice pool and ICE MACHINES! You would have thought this was Disney World. We played games and watched television all together on one of the HUGE beds and ORDERED breakfast for 3 days. But the biggest thing was the AIR CONDITIONING and those drapes. The kids slept until who knows when each morning! I am so happy to hear from you and to know that you are on a little adventure!! As far as the space, Barry and I have a little cabana at a local beach in Rhode Island. It measures about 8' x 16'... with a little shower, sink and storage cabinets. When all the kids and grandkids are there with us (18 people), we fit as comfortably as we do in my home! It's all about the fun and the love, never the space!

  5. Good for you for making the best of it and making it fun for the kids.

    Yep, we miss you too.


  6. We lived in a one bedroom apartment for 7 months while we waited for our house to be finished. It was NOT fun. But I think we could have done it in a hotel ... maids and whatnot.

    Also, yay!!! CONGRATS!!!

  7. Thinking of you all the time!! Love, Sharon