For the most part, I don't miss our junk. I don't have to step on toys, dust any tchotchkes, or anything like that. It makes for a nice summer vacation. However, it turns out that while some items are not essential, they are quite handy. Like what? you ask. Here are a few examples:
Toys. Desperate for toys earlier this week, Macey and Olivia resorted to filling grocery bags with MORE grocery bags, drawing faces on them, and using them as dolls. They named them Niblets. I don't know why.
Matches. In the above photograph you'll see me (trying to) light Tess's birthday candle on a glowing burner. I melted wax all over my stove and the closest we came to ignition was when I singed all of the hair off of my right hand. You can see from the crowd gathered around me that it was the highlight of the party.
Finally, cake pans/cake decorating supplies. Poor Tess. No day-glow pink horse cakes for her. Because I felt guilty, and I was craving them, I made two cakes for Tess to make up for it--a Texas sheet cake (which seemed both appropriate and delicious) and a Better Than Se..., I mean, Wubbies cake. Tess didn't seem to care. Frankly, I'm not sure whether she even knew it was her birthday. She was just happy to eat cake, like her mother before her.
That other picture up there is of my kids and their cousin Ashley posing under one of the Mustangs of Las Colinas. I dragged everyone there on Tess's birthday because I felt bad about sitting by the pool every other day. There were large mustang statues. It was super hot. We had to go swimming to cool off.
P.S. If anyone out there has ever used the Blogger Droid app and knows how to insert pictures into the text, please let me know. Signed, Technologically Handicapped in Dallas