Thursday, May 7, 2009

rain, rain, come again...

Have I mentioned that I love vacation?
I do. I do. I do.
The only thing I love more than Vacation itself is Vacation Dave.

Vacation Dave is somewhat elusive during the year. He gets a little scared off by my roomie, Save Money Dave.
I've learned to appreciate Save Money Dave in recent months, but I've got a h-u-g-e crush on Vacation Dave.

Vacation Dave is so dreamy.
He never worries about money, budgets, or envelopes.
Vacation Dave doesn't mind shopping.
Vacation Dave says, "Sure" and "Of Course" when I ask, "Can I buy this?"
Vacation Dave never stresses because he enjoys all the benefits of Save Money Dave's year-long hard work and preparation.
He's a little bit of a mooch, but I'm not complaining.

I love him.
A lot.

Every year before we go on vacation, I pray for beautiful beach weather (no one wants to spend time on the beach in the rain)...but in my heart I also pray for just one rainy day.
Because Rainy Days are the perfect excuse for outlet shopping. With Vacation Dave.
Gap, Banana Republic, J.Crew... It's quite possibly the most romantic atmosphere on earth.

I'm not the only one in our family who loves Outlet Shopping Day. Avery loves it too.
She is unquestionably my daughter.

The day was a full one. We wore our little ones out.
This is what it looks like to shop till you... you know...

We woke them up for dinner at 4:45 to dine with the "early birds" and "blue hairs".
It's becoming clear that David and I are officially old.
Whatever. I'm fine with it.
Plus, all that shopping made me some kind of hungry.

Before dining on the yummiest appetizers ever, (fried crab claws and smoked tuna dip) I went to wash my hands in the restroom.
Look what we found on the wall...

Do you notice something horrifyingly familiar about those pictures?
You should.

Can you believe that those crazy fish tiles were massed produced?

Avery actually noticed them first.
We walked in the restroom and she said, "Look! Just like our bathtub!"
It took me a second to understand what she was talking about, but once I did I burst out laughing and said, "Oh my goodness! You're right! That is hilarious! You are too smart!"

Then I pulled out the camera.
In the bathroom.
The mark of a true Blogger.

At the end of the day, we relaxed at the condo before heading to bed.
Wait - some of us relaxed while I read 843 books to some very cute and convincing kiddos.

Vacation Dave stopped to take a picture, but not to rescue me.
Good times.
I think I can forgive him since I'm now the proud new owner of several fabulous J.Crew t-shirts and a Banana Republic tunic top.

Oh -- one more thing...
Look what we saw on our drive to the outlet mall:

hee, hee...
Wouldn't you love to have heard the conversation that lead to that specification?


Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

You are talking my language, girl. Outlet mall!!! When we go on vacation, my excitement ramps up considerably when I find out there is an outlet mall nearby. And, sweet mercy, AVery is SO your child. Look at those bracelets.

Your hubby is sweet. :) And I'm glad you realize that the only reason that Vacation Dave can make an appearance is because Save Money Dave rules the rest of the year!

Housewife Savant said...

I agree about having a Vacation Husband on vacation; much more fun than Financially Responsible (It's a Good Thing.) Husband, because while on vacation I become Buy Crap Kel.
I gotta buy crap, so I can take it home and Wonder.
I love the beach so much, even rain doesn't stop the boogie boarding, but my kids are older.
I'm glad you got your rainy day/shopping day.

Elizabeth said...

Looks like a wonderful family trip - enjoy!

Jenn M said...

You are such a good writer - I love all your posts! You make me laugh and I can completely relate to it all! Thanks for sharing!

kris said...

ah the return of vacation dave. enjoy him while he lasts!! sounds like y'all are having a blast!

faith says avery needs to share some of those bracelets, btw...

mommaof4wife2r said...

darn...i was hoping for $3 off a bath!

love the jewelry precious...and have fun!

Mommy of Tyler and Chase said...

I love you! I love the name Vacation Dave...Eric is so that way!
Miss you! Got your message, you are going to have a blast at the concert, nothing like thousands of screaming 30 year old women over our old boy band crushes!
I am sure you will blog about it, I can't wait!
Happy mother's day!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Wow - I so could have written this one. Because I HAVE A VACATION DAVE TOO!! :)

Mine is very "frugal" most of the year, but vacation time brings out quite a generous Dave. ;)

Your vacation looked like so much fun!!I am so happy for you guys!!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

I cannot BELIEVE those tiles were in there!! Did you see Y&R today? I'm giddy!

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