Friday, June 15, 2012

our quest for passports...

(rewind if you will: jay and i knew we wanted to getaway in honor of our upcoming 7th wedding anniversary, but we had no idea where. after doing some last minute quick research, jay found an awesome deal for a vacation for two to Jamaica. the only problem was that we both do not have passports and showing proof of a birth certificate is no longer valid. the closest place to obtain our passports is in atlanta so we figured, what the heck, let's do this...we filled out the paperwork required, packed our bags and kids, and decided to make it a quick trip...)

once jay got home after work on thursday afternoon, we made our way to atlanta. we checked into our hotel room where upon entering the girls ran to the wall length windows and gasped over the beautiful sight of the buildings in downtown. they couldn't believe how high up we were and pointed at all the "ants" below. i seriously think this was the highlight of their trip. instant satisfaction. works for me.

so we throw our bags down, take potty breaks, and head back down for dinner. we walked straight out the front lobby hoping to find the closest place to eat which ended up being a nice quaint italian restaurant. God must have known i was craving pasta. :) abby and lyla were so excited to smell the sweet little pink carnation that sat at our table. again, they are easily amused by the little things. after dinner, we walked back to our hotel room where the view was even better at night. after taking in the glitter of the lights, we closed the curtains and got ready for bed. yup, all five of us...in one bed. here are some pics...
so far this trip sounds heavenly, right? WRONG. what i have failed to mention because i sincerely do not wish to rehash the night's events were that even though the pics above display smiles and amusement...it was a day of "everything that can go wrong...will." and it did. over and over again. for example: we circled around the hotel 3 times before finding where to park our car. we requested two double beds, but instead got one king. that's okay, we'll just roll with it...my kidneys are fairly familiar with elbows in them anyway. we decided to walk outside to find something to eat where we discovered roaming bums and the smell of horse poop. everywhere. so we ask a taxi if he could take us somewhere to eat. he doesn't speak english. we are exhausted and hungry so we tell him, "never mind, it's okay" and walk back to our own car so that we can find the next decent place. we parked on the 5th floor. the elevators were out of order. and even though jay prepaid the parking deck to let us out, the patrol arm would not rise so he has to run inside to get help. my kids are in rare form since they are just as hungry and exhausted as we are. in my mind, i am so unbelievably annoyed that all i can do is laugh and think to myself, "god is definitely testing my patience right now. this is nucking futs."

we make it to dinner. everyone is still alive. we eat. we have succeeded!

we make it back to our hotel room where the fun has just begun. apparently our kids were going to make us EARN those passports. the baby is in her crib beside our bed. she won't fall asleep because she is too busy playing with lyla's face through the bars and lyla thinks it's hysterical so she erupts with laughter every five seconds. we separate the two. baby is screaming and mad. can't say i blame her...she sees all of us in a nice fluffy marshmallow bed and wonders why she's not there sandwiched beside all of us. i pull her out of the crib and let her sleep in daddy's arms just like she does at the lakehouse, hoping this will do the trick. i find a spot on the floor. baby crawls off the bed. ((THUMP)). not good. not good at all. momma bear is mad now along with mad baby. abby is the only one asleep at this point. did i mention it's 2:00am? yeah, i'm sure our neighbors loved us...

so i'm going to stop myself there. i really didn't want to rehash the night, but oopsey, looks like i just did. i think i got about an hours worth of sleep. the sad thing is i was secretly hoping it was already 8:00am and we were waiting in the federal office because i wanted the night over with.

our appointment to get our passports went swimmingly. the worst was over. hip, hip, hooray!! so we headed back to our hotel and went straight up to the rooftop where the pool was located. it was so nice up there and the girls loved it. we swam and relaxed for hours. abby practiced swimming under water while lyla struck her "cheesecake" pose every time the camera was slightly in her direction, and jemma enjoyed being held by either daddy or me as she splashed and kicked her wee little feet. here are some pics...
overall, we made the best of our different situations that unexpectedly happened. it was seriously a roller coaster ride which definitely reminded me of what parenthood is all about. not gonna lie, the quest for our passports just made jamaica taste that much sweeter...

ARE WE THERE YET!?!?

2 comments:

A Mom to Two Lil' Ones said...

Whew - i am exhausted just from reading this post, sounds like a crazy quest! but I have to admit - I was laughing all the way thru it :) Hope you all have an amazing time on your anniversary trip!!

Alana T said...

My senior prom was at that hotel! The Westin Peachtree