Friday, August 21, 2009

Join The Club

My sweet, adorable husband told me today that he feels guilty about being anxious to go back to work after his 2 days off. I tried not to be patronizing, but I smiled and nodded my head. Welcome to my world.

I am SO SO SO SO anxious for school to start. I think the kids are getting on each others nerves as much as they are getting on mine. Heck, I'm sure I'm getting on their nerves too, but they know they better not say it! I've just about exhausted myself of any energy to keep them away from the TV and the Gameboy. If I thought it would be productive, I would make a list of chores that need completing. But have you ever made a chore list for an unmotivated kid? The completed chore just ends up needing to be redone. Folding clothes, cleaning out closets, sorting through toys, it doesn't matter. The end result is a big pile of a bigger mess. At least it would kill some time but I would prefer to actually get the jobs done and reward them with a trip to the movie theater or something.

I am starting to realize that this is just going to be our regular summer cycle. It sure would be NICE if I could say that summer just "flew by" with my kids having so much fun and me not wanting it to end. The truth is that it dragged on and on and I think my kids enjoyed sleeping in more than any activity I actually planned for them.

Case in point: On Tuesday, Texan Papa and I planned a trip to Glen Rose, TX. It's a little more than an hour from DFW. The town boasts many tourist activities, including Fossil Rim Wildlife Park (a driving tour with giraffes, zebras, etc.) and Dinosaur Valley State Park (a state park where dinosaur tracks have been discovered and preserved). We decided to stay overnight on Tuesday at the most charming little bed-and-breakfast I've ever found, called Country Woods Inn. We had our own cabin, decorated with rustic woodsy decor. It had 2 full beds, a bathroom with clawfoot tub, and a full kitchen. AND CENTRAL A/C!!!!

Our kids first impression as we drove up: "This place looks junky." Uh, yeah, it's not the Mariott. That's the whole point. Our cabin was directly next to the pasture where 2 horses and a sheep were grazing. Adjacent to the pasture was a petting/feeding area for chickens, turkeys, goats, rabbits, and a donkey. There was even a play area for kids, complete with teeter-totter, tire swing, basketball hoop, and tetherball. They had croquet sets, horseshoes, and an outdoor chess set. Our cabin even had a giant TV, DVD player, and satellite TV (which we refused to turn on. After all, if we wanted to watch TV we could've stayed home or gone to the Mariott). Everything on the premises was EXTREMELY CLEAN and WELL-KEPT, not like what I expected from cabins in the woods, directly next to the river.

Speaking of the river, we took a long walk in the riverbed, which was dry. We saw minnows and tadpoles and tiny frogs. We saw lots of bugs and beautiful scenery.
That evening, we sat outside our cabin and cooked hot dogs on the wood-burning grill around the campfire circle (every cabing has its own).
We cooked s'mores and even ate a few extra gooey marshmallows. I think one of the best things has to be that we didn't get bit by a single mosquito (probably because of the dry riverbed). Staying at the Country Woods Inn might have been even better than the activities we did during the day.

We enjoyed the Dinosaur Valley State Park, but it was REALLY hot. The kids got to swim in the swimming hole and see giant dinosaur tracks, which was cool.

We also went to the Creation Evidence Museum. That was kinda a let-down. We were hoping for a great learning experience for our kids to counter all the evolution theory they will hear in school, but the museum wasn't very kid-friendly and just kinda all jumbly. Exhibits weren't explained very well. But, now we can say we've seen it, right?

On our next trip to Glen Rose we are going to go to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Park and definitely stay at the Country Woods Inn again. It was so much fun. A real rustic experience but without having to pitch a tent. Texan Papa must have said a half dozen times, "This makes me want to buy a cabin on a river or a lake someday." That would be so awesome! But, only after all our kids are grown and gone. I think he and I just need to realize that we love our kids, but enjoying some peace and quiet is too heavenly to not fantasize about.


Vicki said...

well, you stated my life in the first paragraph, but really it is more like "have you ever given a chore list to a husband-unmotivated or not?"

Lin said...

That looks so Little House on the Prairie!! What a hoot to stay there!

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad that you got to experience some more of TX. I told you we had small towns. LOL Next time come my direction. :)

Gigi said...

While I miss Texas I do NOT miss the humidity!! No matter what they say here - it can't compare!!!

I know EXACTLY what you mean about being ready for school to start - and I haven't even been home with my boy for most of the summer - (he's 14 1/2)! But I'm so glad you had this experience - the kids will remember it forever.

lov said...

the place you stayed sounds like the best place!!

i love sitting by a fire outside! it is the best thing to me!

vanna said...

ah camping without having to pitch a tenr and no mossies....sounds like a good getaway!!! we have been back at school for 3 weeks now in georgia...pure bliss!!

vanna said...

um i meant tent...heck not even i know what a tenr is???? whoops

A Lil Enchanted said...

What an awesome place to be! Sounds like you had a really great weekend :)

A Lil Enchanted,

Jess said...

This sounds so fun!!
I was talking to a friend today and she brought these places up but couldn't remember where they were located.
I need to plan for this next year!
Thanks for sharing!!
...and I'm looking forward to school starting too!!

Emily said...

Camping is totally not my thing, but if I had to do it, I would do it that way. No tents on the ground for me, thank you. Our summer really dragged by...I'm holding out hope that it gets better when the kids are a little older.

lifeinbenziecounty said...

Oh I love people like you, who actually know the meaning of the words "getting away from it all" and "vacation".
I have little cabins/cottages in Michigan and always want to start preaching about it when the first question of a new guest is "Is there TV?"

ItsKelly said...

That looks like a really neat place. I'm a total hotel snob, but I might give that up to stay at a cabin in the woods for the weekend!

Wendy said...

That is very cool. I've wanted to go there forever. Now I know where to stay! We love cabins & camping, etc. It seems like we're more of a family with no TV & no cell phone reception.

My kids decided they were tired of each other YESTERDAY. How lucky is that! Only ONE MORE DAY to go!

Sob. Applaud. Sniff. Yay!

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

I really enjoy Fossil Rim :)
I'm glad y'all had fun even if it was a little hot ;)
My oldest has a good text book comparing and contrasting evolution and creation. Let me know if you'd like details.