Thursday, August 18, 2005

Beachy keen

I'm back at home, lying on my bed next to little dog. We've paused the recording of the Pamela Anderson Roast so that NSAH can drive some shore fudge over to my uncle's house, and pick up some groceries for the rest of the week. It's good to be back.

Highlights from the trip included:
  • The beach: Angry Boy loved it. He would run from our towels to the water and back again, dragging me or my mom or NSAH with him. He loved the "beeeg waves" and the "seee goals." He enjoyed getting sandy and washing his toys off in plastic pails of salt water.

  • Not watching The Aristocats: As many of you know, AB is obsessed with that movie. We brought the DVD along with us but decided that it would be pulled out only for emergencies. None arose. Granted, he spent days describing to his grandma not the plot of the movie, but the plot of the trailer shown before the movie on the DVD, Dinosaur. His condensed version: A "beeeg dino-saw-wah" (also sometimes referred to as the "mean dino-saw-wah") comes out of the trees, and then a frog tries to eat the dinosaur egg, and a "beeeg bird picks up da egg in da mouf," and then a "monkey open da egg," and then... "Ristocats!" We're thinking that he thinks it's all the same movie, that he doesn't have a concept of "coming attractions" yet.

  • Watching Fantasia: This basically replaces the heroin with methadone. After we watched my favorite part, I had to spend the rest of the week saying "no" when he repeatedly asked to "watch hee-pos, watch hee-pos, watch al-ga-tors!"

  • Going to the local zoo: Yes, I know we're going to the zoo on Saturday with Liz and Muffin Man, but there's no such thing as too much zoo. Yet. Angry Boy hadn't been feeling well that day, but then he perked up at the turtles and the giraffes.

  • Seeing a live reptile show by the good folks at the Philadelphia Zoo: Angry Boy was one of the youngest kids in the audience, but he was no less enthusiastic than the older kids. He was so happy to see the turtles, the alligator, the "gwana" (iguana), the "yizzard" (lizard) and the snakes! He was so excited about the snakes. As the handlers returned each snake to its cooler crate, Angry Boy clapped. Also, he is quite the mimic. The handlers would ask questions of the kids in the audience, and their little hands would shoot up. So did AB's. I thought it was hilarious, although I did panic slightly when they asked for volunteers and his little hand waved in the air. No, AB, no volunteering at the reptile show until you're five.

Lowlights from the trip:
  • No napping: Angry Boy decided he didn't need to nap on the way back home. So he was a wreck by the time we got home. Happily, we finally figured out a way to calm his frayed nerves: a healthy dose of The Aristocats.


Blogger SuzanH said...

Yeah! Welcome back. It sounds like you had a great trip.

9:27 PM, August 18, 2005  
Blogger liz said...

Yay!!!! You're back and AB's vocabulary has really exploded!

10:16 PM, August 18, 2005  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

Welcome back. Sorry about the no napping, but it sounds like everyone (especially AB) had a total blast!

11:24 PM, August 18, 2005  
Blogger Gina said...

It sounds like a good trip when there are that many more highlights than lowlights. Glad you had fun.

Mr. Personality also loves the beach and demands that we buy him a surfboard.

12:16 AM, August 19, 2005  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

HURRAY!!!! I've missed you!

I can't believe AB talks so much? And that he can describe a movie so clearly! Wow!

Sounds like you had a good trip. Next time, I think you should come to Boston.

10:17 AM, August 19, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soooo glad you're back.

Have you watched Dinosaur? We like it quite well at our house. There's some slightly scary stuff about 10 minutes in when asteroids fall, and there are some mean dinosaurs. BUT, the film is mostly about family and negotiating relationships within groups.

I like it *much* better than A-cats.

10:55 AM, August 19, 2005  
Blogger Yankee T said...

FINALLY! You're back! I missed you! Sounds like y'all had fun. I think you need to call him NSAB.

2:35 PM, August 19, 2005  
Blogger Songbird said...

I like the Aristocats, but since we never owned it, I didn't suffer through compulsive viewing. Good that you were able to do without it!

4:56 PM, August 19, 2005  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

I am totally in love with AB. I second Halloweenlover: your next trip should be Boston!

3:30 AM, August 20, 2005  
Blogger RussianViolets said...

Hey, glad you're back, and glad that you're home. And AB sounds so stinking adorable!!!

11:22 AM, August 20, 2005  
Anonymous Habibi said...

Any trip involving the word "beach" is worth it.

2:53 PM, August 20, 2005  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Hey, next time you're in the Philadelphia area, let me know! Glad you had a good trip.

11:21 AM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Will do, Suzanne.

1:17 PM, August 23, 2005  

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