I'm so ready for vacation, but as the mom, it's not exactly the most restful thing for me. I've been packing all week and checking things off my to-do lists to get everyone ready to go. We have numerous activities planned, but we also have lots of hanging-around time planned too. For most of our trip, we'll be staying in a two-bedroom apartment with kitchen, living room and roof deck; it's really nice and I'm looking forward to the home-away-from-home aspect. I foresee some lazing, easy cooking and drinks...many drinks.
I'm tired. The small Bears have their last swimming lesson of the current session this morning; I will enjoy having a few weeks off from daily pool visits before their other session begins in July. I like taking them and swimming lessons are important, but that under-tree crowd just got worse as the days passed. Evidently, no parent in history ever did anything right. You know, except them. Good grief...I ended up bringing a book containing over 800 pages so I'd have plenty to read while ignoring them. The price you pay for shade.
I'm looking forward to not having any major musical instruments on vacation with us, though the Bear said last night that he wishes to pack his harmonica for the trip. I agreed, wearily. I've been listening, daily, to a seven-year-old boy teaching himself to play "Greensleeves" on our electric piano, almost exclusively choosing to use some type of "brass"-simulation setting. Meanwhile, his sister plays her lap harp, belting out a song she calls "Cola Kameeser." That's "Karma Chameleon" to the rest of us.
I made this counted cross-stitch piece for him, using a pattern I purchased from Subversive Cross-Stitch. Have you ever seen this website? You definitely need to have a look. This website specializes in very funny, sometimes obscene, cross-stitch patterns. The woman behind the company likes the idea of inappropriate sayings made into quaint little samplers. I also see the appeal. The pattern I bought is not obscene, but it is funny. "Genuis At Work," get it? I made this for the Bear because he was recently given his own office at work. He will be moving into it later this summer. I had told him I would make him something special for his office, and I kicked around lots of ideas, such as an afghan in his school colors, a wall-hanging, a decoration for the door...nothing really spoke to me. Then I remembered Subversive Cross-Stitch and showed him the website, and had him help me choose a work-appropriate design. This is the one he wanted. I chose "manly" colors and framed it handsomely in faux walnut. And my darling "Genuis" can enjoy it forever.
He's getting two new t-shirts. He's into funny t-shirts, so I try to find ones that will speak to him. I often buy them, as I did this time, from TeeFury, which is a fun website. They offer one shirt per day, and it's always interesting. They're cheap too, only $10 per shirt. These two were offered at various points during the spring and I grabbed them. Do you recognize the references? Each references one of his favorite movies. The one on the left depicts Jeff Bridges's character Jeff Lebowski, from The Big Lebowski, in a Michael Jordan-esque pose. The name of the design is "Air Lebowski," actually. You can see his bowling bowl, White Russian, bathrobe and shower shoes. The shirt on the right is inspired by the movie The Karate Kid. You might remember the karate tournament scene where someone said "Sweep the leg!" and the kids in skeleton costumes, etc...or, erm, you might not. I've watched both of these movies a lot myself, if you couldn't tell. I've previously given him shirts which reference, among other shows and movies, Napoleon Dynamite, The IT Crowd and Doctor Who. Nerd alert.
And finally, there is candy. It's a tradition in his family to give your father Andes mints, so we've carried that forward. I was surprised not to be able to find the little box anymore, now they only sell a gigantic bag of them, I guess? Indulgence, indeed. He's also getting a Lindt dark chocolate bar with wasabi. I'll take some Andes mints, thanks.
He's a wonderful father. He didn't have it easy at the beginning. He was our son's full caregiver in the early days, when I was too sick to leave the bed. He would bring me the baby to nurse, and he did all the rest. Later, he took similar charge with our newborn daughter (and then-toddler son). He was a pretty remarkable new dad. He works very hard and is a kind, caring, supportive and loving husband and father. He gives both small Bears lots of attention and is very engaged in our part-time homeschooling, especially with the LB and his math. He makes me laugh at least ten times a day, brings me ice cream without being asked, bats nary an eyelash at crafting supplies ordered from foreign countries and always shares his chocolate.
We'll be leaving for our vacation early in the morning and I think I'll be taking a little break from blogging while we're away. We'll be home in a week and I look forward to sharing highlights of our trip. I hope that Father's Day is a pleasant one with your families.