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Manatee Manor: Question of the Day

Why do children choose to communicate by screaming?



Manatee Manor, Day 3: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Song of the Day: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow
Quote of the Day: “Well Steve, I’m going to have to go with _______.

IMG_6462As always, not moving fast in the AM (“Wake up Diva!)

One tradition we have is pancakes every AM. So as of end of breakfast Monday AM, we have finished one box of mix. These kids can flat put away some pancakes.

And bacon. We pretty much do a pound of bacon a day.

And let’s not forget Olaf’s 2 bowls of cereal. And Bam Bam’s marshmallows. And Miss Priss’ popsicles.


Mornings are also Minecraft Meeting time with Miss Priss and Fudd… sometimes these are undercover meetings… IMG_6461







IMG_6463So today’s beach venture was much more successful, and MUCH sunnier! Once again we loaded up like pack mules and herded cats, er, kids down to the beach. Lots of sunscreen, sand, boogie boarding, watermelon, beer, Pringles (favorite beach snack!), and SUN! We all got a bit pink, but it was rain-free and fun!



Lunch prep for 5 kids

On a personal aside, one of my summer goals is to learn to french braid Miss Priss’ hair…

Pretty proud of this!

Manatee Manor, Day 2: It’s All Coming Back to Me Now

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Song of the Day: It’s All Coming Back to Me Now

(We *might* have forgotten to take some of the champagne out of the freezer)

How soon we were reminded what a debacle getting 5 kids to the beach plus all of the STUFF we apparently need for a couple of hours in the sand. We are not the quickest moving group in the AM (“Diva! WAKE UP!”) Just kidding– she isn’t the only one…

Olaf: “I’m hungry!” (10 minutes after eating 3 pancakes and a bowl of cereal)
Fudd: “Mom where are my flip flops?”
MK: “Does anyone have sunscreen?”
Bill: “Diva- go to the bathroom already!”
Miss Priss: “Where’s my towel?”
Bam Bam: “I want a marshmallow!”

Things we take:

  • 3 chairs
  • bag of sunscreen
  • Each kid has a backpack with whatever toys
  • Boogie boards for each kid
  • 2 umbrella
  • 2 cooler bags (beer, gatorade, water)
  • Watermelon cut up
  • snacks
  • towels
  • phones in ziplocks
  • garage door opener
  • 4 shovels, buckets, rake
  • 5 kids

So we lug all this down. No children were run over (BONUS!) No cart to attempt to drag through the sand this year (SWEET!) We get settled– umbrellas up with minimal hassle! We are there *MAYBE* an hour… (insert sudden wind, black clouds, and rain)

“Maybe it will blow over…”

Nope. No chance. We pack up (quicker than any of us would have believed) and start herding children back to the house. We make it about 1/2 way before the heavens open up and attempt to drown us all. Bill and I get the bigger kids back and in the garage (only time we could find the opener with any real success). I head back and grab Bam Bam from MK.



IMG_6460Low-key rest of the day… Golden Girls, Family Feud– including this gem:


Manatee Manor, 2017: Day 1- The Rainbow Tour

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Song of the Day: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Quote of the DayMom, don’t yell in front of the ladies!” (~Fudd)

The time has finally arrived! Last year we began a tradition we hope continues– the Girls/ Kids beach trip. (You might remember the saga of My Foot Got Stuck in the Carseat). This year we set off mere days after the Destin area received a lot of rain from Tropical Storm Cindy– meaning I drove through a LOT of rain… but we also saw a lot of rainbows along the way. I mean seriously, like 5 rainbows…. big ones!

As is always the way on road trips, wrong turns were made, traffic was encountered, and in this case, a detour around podunk, AL was necessary because they apparently shut down the town for a water party in the middle of main street. Seriously?! You have got to be kidding me! (insert frustration here).

We finally made it, 13 hrs later. Same house as last year– which is awesome, but somewhat overkill on the manatee decor.

First thing unpacked from the car!
Be a unicorn!

Once again, the cast of characters is the same, but this year with better nicknames:

  • MK– The leader of these trips! Thanks to the generosity of her hubby, we are all here! Mother of the two gentlemen on the trip. 3rd grade teacher.
  • Bill– Mom of two beautiful daughters. Pre-K teacher.
  • Me- The fool who can get her foot stuck in a carseat as easily as I can make pancakes (#madskillz). 4th and 5th grade teacher. (do you see a theme?)


  • Fudd– the eldest, age 7. Future IT guy or coder. You might remember him and his catchphrase from last year– “You wish!” (as yet not heard on this trip)
  • Diva– age 7. Bill’s oldest daughter. Beautiful, petite, and according to her, the best at gymnastics on this trip. (no one disputes this– typed as all my bones crack)
  • Miss Priss– age 6 (for 8 more days!). This one belongs to me. She is smart, athletic, and strong in “executive leadership skills.” If you are looking for her on this trip, check the ocean– she’s undoubtedly there on her boogie board.
  • Olaf– age 5. Possibly the funniest kid on the planet. Olaf is very much her own person- think mini Phoebe from Friends.
  • Bam Bam– age 3. The baby of our group. Future Frat Boy- prefers to be pantsless, and often passes out on the beach. #pumpkinpatch

Lesson of the Day:
owStepping on a Tootsie Pop ranks up there with stepping on a Lego. #truth