When life gives you a fish eyeball (that fell out of your kid’s stuffed animal)…you do your best pirate impression.
And that’s reason number I-lost-count why I love my goofy family.
A little back story:
There are two stuffed fish that shares Thumper’s crib when she sleeps. One is pink, called Pink Fish, which is also the mommy, according to Thumper, who classifies all creatures as mommy or baby, and the other is purple, called Purple Fish – What? Don’t look at me. I didn’t name them!
One day, Pink Fish lost an eye from daddy’s aggressive man-handling, so we made the best of it. But it was Thumper who inspired us when she did a mini role play upon discovering the missing eye.
Thumper, to Purple Fish: Aaahh! Hide!
Then she brings the fish to me and says: Puh-ple Fish is scared!
Me: Oh? Why?
Thumper, with mock alarm: Puh-ple Fish scared; Mommy Fish a Pie-weht!
I might have snorted water out of my nose then.
In other news, when you’re reading this, we’re either on our way to or already at the “Waterpark Capital of the World” a.k.a. Wisconsin Dells to celebrate my baby’s second birthday - a first visit for three out of four of us. We figured, with a family of daredevil aqua babies, we can’t go wrong with water, rides, water, and more water. And lots of dairy. It’s Wisconsin after all.
We’ve not had a vacation in a long time, so this will be a welcome respite from our routine, even though it’s just four short days, three hours away from home. And, really, when you have kids, vacation takes on a different meaning.
Last time I checked, wrangling little kids isn’t exactly relaxing. It’s just another kind of the stress from which we’re trying to escape (did we pack all necessary electronics and gadgetry plus their chargers? will they nap in the car? another meal with fries?!) – only this version is a lot cuter.
But even then, I just know it’s going to be a blast. With these goofballs, how can it not be?
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Have a Happy Memorial Day weekend!
p.s. Follow me on Instagram for a play-by-play of our “Wild Nights in Wisconsin”. You know you want to…