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Julian counted to ten with me today!!!! "What comes after one?" "Two!" "What comes after two?" "Fee!" "What comes after three?" "Fo!" "Okay, and then five" "sick!" "Seven..." "ay" (eight) "and nine...!!!" "TEN!" WOWIE!

We are leaving for Florida in the morning for my father's family reunion. More specifically, it's the "Scott Family Reunion." For those of you that know me, "Scott" is not my maiden name. This is my father's father's mother's line. My dad's cousins and their kids and such. Looking forward to it. My brother will be there. Not looking forward to that. My uncle will not be there. Very happy about that. Not sure why I'm not writing full sentences.

Food is packed. Clothes are packed. Toys and books are packed. 24 diapers for 2 1/2 days are packed (hopefully more than enough). Portable DVD player is packed with DVDs for Julian for the plane (Must remember to get Seth to give me his spare set of headphones). The camera is packed with extra batteries. Kemit doll is packed. I note the Kermit doll specifically because I noticed that his little frog feet were sticking out of my suitcase having been precariously zippered in. Ooops. Dishwasher is running. Dining room table is slightly more clear than it was before. The cleaning lady is coming while we are away. Must clean for cleaning lady. I'm a freak. I admit it. The trash can is overflowing. We have to remember to pick Seth's tallis up from shul before we go. The siddur is packed. The stroller and the carseat are ready to go. Must remember to bring the child. Must remember not to pack a cat. My father has spares. Shoot. Must remember allergy medicine. He has four cats and two dogs. I will be in hell.

Julian's birth certificate and guardianship order are in my purse. Those are necessities. Seth and I both have a photo ID. I need to pack my extra pair of shoes.

I love Kermit.

I hope I brought enough food. I'm sure I brought enough food for a dozen people for a week, but still I fret that the two of us won't have enough for 2 days. Duh.

A two and a half day trip requires FAR too many bags for two people and a toddler. We need to buy real luggage. We've got all these little bags to check when really all we needed was one normal sized suitcase, plus carry-ons of the stuff we need on the plane.

I hate Florida weather. I am not looking forward to that part. I'm so glad there is air conditioning. What did people in Florida do before air conditioning? Suffered, I suppose. I am so spoiled. I would not have made a good pioneer.

Current Mood: tired tired

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ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: August 19th, 2005 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
That's why the South was comparitively sparsely populated before the invention of air conditioning. You really couldn't live down here. At least Europeans couldn't - Native Americans seemed to have done just fine.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 22nd, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good point. Truly, I despise Florida weather. My father says that Maryland summers are just as hot and humid, but there's something different down there. I don't know quite what it is. First of all, it doesn't last as long in Maryland. Second of all, at least I have seasons to look forward to.

But also... the air down there... it just feels heavy. I know that isn't scientific, and it probably means nothing to anyone but me. But I walk outside and it feels like I'm carrying a backpack with bricks in it. Yuck.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: August 19th, 2005 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
>> What did people in Florida do before air conditioning?

My father has told me stories of summer in Houston that sound like more than I could stand -- apparently he & his sisters would open the windows of the car and hang their heads out like dogs just to get some air. (This was long before all the kid-safety stuff came around.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 22nd, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: August 19th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Have a safe trip, and a good Shabbat.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 19th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. We arrived safely, and with a vow never to travel with a toddler again. This means, of course, that we'll have to leave Julian here at my father's house until he's not a toddler anymore, but that's okay. He's cute, they like him.
gnomi From: gnomi Date: August 19th, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have a safe trip and a good time!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 22nd, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, we are home. Trip wasn't quite as miserable as it could have been (family reunion... never really my thing, particularly over shabbos with a lot of food I can't eat!). But good to see everyone and introduce Julian around.
magid From: magid Date: August 19th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, counting!

Have a great trip (I hope everything compacts somehow to be more portable), travel safely, and enjoy the family (the good parts :-).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 22nd, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad someone noticed the counting. That was the best part of the post! I'm so excited that he is counting. He's so smart! :)

We are home now. Trip post to follow...sometime today.
magid From: magid Date: August 23rd, 2005 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
How could the math editor not notice the counting?

Btw, I went to a family reunion a couple of years ago, and was pleasantly surprised how well it went, when it wasn't focused on one weekend (ie Shabbatical stuff for me that no one else dealt with); the food worked out ok, with people being more accepting than I'd expected about what I said I needed.
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