Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Turks & Caicos 2008

We had an incredible time in Turks & Caicos last week.

We had a direct flight down there (very important) and arrived around 3PM. (I wish I took a picture of the amount of luggage we had to bring. I refuse to do the laundry so I always over pack for the kids. Who knows how many times they will spit-up/leak/drop food/spill drink all over their clothes.) Even though I tried to drug them (Benedryl), both children were awake almost the entire trip down. They both fell asleep about 30 minutes before we landed.

We stayed at the Beaches resort again this time. Our room was great. We had a separate bedroom and 2 (!) balconies overlooking one of the pools and an oceanview. The weather was great all week. I think it may have rained once for like 30 seconds. I thought I was getting splashed with water from the pool.

View from one of our balconies.

Meghan and Sean were really good all week. But, they really are different. We went to Turks & Caicos about 2 years ago when Meghan was a few month older than Sean is now. She was really good about sleeping in her stroller poolside or at the beach in the morning. But, she hated the sand. Wanted nothing to do with it. We even had to convince her to walk in it this time. Sean was just the opposite. He did not nap well at all. I don't know if there was too much going on or if he was just uncomfortable. We could get him to sleep a few times by placing him on our chest but that was it. As for the sand, he loved it. He was sitting right down in it, playing with the shovel, crawling around. No complaints. He even took off at one point, made a bee-line for the water. I caught up with him just as he got to the ocean's edge.

Meghan in sand during Super Bowl Party

Sean headed for the water.

They both enjoyed the Sesame Street shows and the parade. Meghan liked her Sesame characters when they stayed a safe distance away. Sean was not afraid at all.

Is Ernie trying to eat my son's head?

There were some minor complications. The whole Sean not napping thing made some dinners a bit rough. We skipped the restaurants one night and just brought sushi back to the room. Another night Sean slept on us while we ate. And it's not like we ate late. We headed out for dinner when the places opened at 6PM.

And then there was Meghan. She does not like the milk there so she drank apple juice the whole week. Buy the time Wednesday rolled around she started having.....issues. Thankfully I had some pull-ups with me. It was nasty. The worst was the plane ride home. I thought I smelled something so I checked Sean. Nope, not him. There were a bunch of kids around us so I figured it was one of them since I had just returned from the bathroom with Meghan. A few minutes later I checked her anyway. Ick!!!! I got her out of the seat, grabbed a pull-up and the wipes and headed for the bathroom. Just as I stood her up on the toilet seat cover to begin the cleaning I heard the "ding". Seatbelt sign turned on. Turbulence. Wonderful. So we were bouncing around the itty-bitty airplane bathroom as I tried to clean her up. I think I said "Don't touch" about 150 times. Didn't matter. She got poop everywhere. And the smell, oh my Lord. I thought I was going to pass out. Or puke. Or both. After I cleaned her up (and what I could find of her poop on the many surfaces of the bathroom) we headed back to our seats. She had no pants at this time, just a pull-up. I had no pants for her. Just her damp shorts from earlier in the day. Better than nothing right. At least the next time she told me she had to go. We arrived in the bathroom just as the captain said "Flight attendant, please prepare for arrival".

I'm sure there are many more stories I could post about the trip but my brain cannot focus on that right now. I'm still not fully functional after all the eating, drinking and general laziness I experienced last week. So, if you would like to see more now, check out the pictures here:

Turks & Caicos '08