The kids have been so excited to get here. We started packing about a week before we left. They haven't been here for two years, so it is so fun to be back with them. Last night, after we got in, we were so exhausted we barely could stay awake for dinner - pizza, Aurellio's in Naples, perfect. Today we went to the pool twice and threw a trip to the grocery store in between. My dad is definitely a bachelor. His frig is full of lots of condiments, year-old salad dressing, a head of lettuce and some tonic. The freezer has two half gallons of ice cream and 6 pork loins. I didn't think my kids would enjoy a Tanqueray and tonic sundae - so we bought some supplies. $115 worth. It's still cheaper than eating out three meals a day while on vacation.
Tomorrow we'll probably head down to the beach, however I don't really want to bring the kids alone. Chris, unfortunately, has so much work to do this week that he can't socialize with us at all. He even has to fly to Cincinnati Wednesday night for 24 hours. I'm looking forward to Friday, when we'll be able to play as a family. I also think I'll be screaming for back up. My dad is not a great help with the kids...he is pretty critical and really has no idea how to grandparent. Hell - he never knew how to parent, so I don't know why I'm at all surprised.
On a different note, I have HUGE news. My wonderful and thoughtful husband gave me an incredible gift for Valentine's. I received a MacBook Pro laptop. He handed it to me and said - "I just wanted you to finally have your own space - and I want you to take more pictures." It took me a day to get over the shock of how much money was spent, but now I really can't get over how sweet his sentiment was. He really has noticed that by not having my own computer, my creativity has been stifled. I have already taken a ton of pictures since we've been here, but I forgot to bring my card reader with me tonight. Chris and I are up at the clubhouse of my dad's gated community. It's couples bridge night, but Chris and I managed to sneak through the tables and get a drink from the bartender. We are sitting in the lobby where we can surf. No wi-fi at my dad's condo. I'll post some pictures tomorrow.
I hope having this incredible machine will rekindle my desire to post more frequently.
It's so pretty - how could it not??