1. Pool Adventures:
Ali got another poolside lunch. And, since she’s such a slow eater, she had plenty of time to get dry..
Lovely thought, huh?
Chris put Ali to work pulling him around the baby pool:
Which makes me wonder if that swim diaper had any more overflows while she was sitting there…
2. Toenails and sand DON’T mix.
After we came in from the sand, one of my big toe’s toenail polish was sticking straight up. I tried to tear off the bit that was loose, and the entire toenail polish came off in two big hunks:
so I was left in this very un-fit situation,
And of course I forgot to bring replacement nail polish. And you know, you do weird things when you’re on vacation…you let all of those inhibitions down and end up making decisions like this:
My justification: It matched my swimsuit.
But for some reason, she didn’t choose to join me on the blue wagon. Not sure why.
3. Pink Ice Cream
The last time Ali stayed with Mom and Dad, Dad decided that he would potty-train Ali. Since, after all, he was the one who taught her to walk.
However, just in case you’re wondering, there is precious little in common about teaching a child to walk and teaching them to use a toilet for more than a pommel horse.
But I digress. Anyway, he had told her to name one thing – anything in the world – that she wanted, and he would get it for her if she used the potty. She very quickly answered that she would want Pink Ice Cream.
She’s never had Pink Ice Cream nor had she ever mentioned it before that point, but apparently this was a lifelong dream of hers.
She didn’t achieve her goals on that trip to Mom and Dad’s, so she didn’t earn her P.I.C. However, thanks to an Ice Cream Parlor here at the hotel, we were able to mark that item off of her bucket list:
And, actually, it was even BETTER than Pink Ice Cream, because it was Pink, Orange, and Green Ice Cream:
4. Driving Lessons.
Ali woke up from her nap on Friday in the oddest ever
Complete And Total Meltdown funk – VERY out of character for her. She couldn’t quite get out of it, so we decided to take her to the arcade (also in the hotel) to distract her from whatever uninvited hormones had attacked her while she was sleeping.
It worked perfectly, and she was quite the studious apprentice as I taught her how to drive at 188mph.
In fact, her expression never changed for the entire race:
She learned valuable driving lessons such as:
- You can drive off the edge of a cliff and magically appear back on the road,
- you can run head first into other cars and be able to keep on driving as if nothing happened,
- and that the best way to drive is to keep your foot all the way down on the gas, while the brake pedal is just some unnecessary extra appendage like a gall bladder that’s not really useful for anything.
She’s ready to hit the roads now.
5. The New Pier
They just opened the brand new pier at the Gulf State Park (The other one was destroyed by Ivan, I’m pretty sure).
But the trek was SO worth it. We just happened to hit it right at sunset:
6. Dancing With the Aged
After our second night of Pink Ice Cream, we were about to head up for Ali’s bedtime when we realized that they were playing live music in the lobby. Knowing that Ali would love it, we took her up to see it.
We found un unobtrusive corner to stand in and let her continue her mesmerization with the piano and sax players/singers (that Simon Cowell likens every bad American Idol contestant to):
And then, all of a sudden as if they apparated from nowhere, we were surrounded by half a dozen Octogenarian Dancing couples making passes at grabbing each other’s booties:
7. Lessons in What You Will Never Have.
We took Ali down to The Wharf to see all of the crazy-expensive yachts. Luckily, she was much more interested in swinging from the handrails than being Veruca Salt and demanding, “Doddy, I’D like a Yacht. And I’d like a Yacht Right Now!!”
We decided to waste some time at the Outlet Malls, of which Ali wanted to take the Great American Money Sucking Ride Tour (but, lucky for us, she hates it when they move, so no Money Sucking took place):
During one of the above rides, I headed off to find the restroom. There was this crazy-long, self-promoting mural on the wall:
It looked like the bodies were painted and real people were sticking their heads through the cut-outs and staring at me while in the restroom. Very awkward.
“Why yes, I’d like some Endangered Chimpanzee Chocolate, please. I prefer the gamey taste.”
9. Lambert’s: Home of Throwed Rolls.
“WHY IS THERE A STEAMING TEN POUND ROLL FLYING TOWARD MY FACE?!?!?!”
Ali loves SEEING the Ferris Wheel, but when we told her that we were going to RIDE it, she begged, “Let’s ride it tomorrow. Not today. Can we ride the Ferris Wheel tomorrow?”
After all, tomorrow IS another day.
Unless your parents are sadistic freaks, in which case, TODAY is the day.
We did get her to take a break and smile,
I might have bemoaned my daughter’s chocolate mess-making abilities earlier in this trip.
Well, apparently, she comes by it naturally.
Remember that I bought myself chocolate on that stop also? It seems that a large chunk of my chocolate decided to take a dive into my door handle without me realizing it, and has since been baking for two days:
(It was kept company by Ali’s animal bracelets.)
AND, that also happens to be the place that I set my phone when in the car, of which by all appearances my phone’s receiver has a penchant for slurping chocolate into it’s tiny caverns: So if I sound a bit fuzzy in a somewhat chocolatey way next time I’m talking to you on the phone, now you know why.