Monday, June 27, 2005

A Note on My Anniversary Trip



So the wife and I went to Zion over the weekend to get away from it all and we left the two-year old with Grandpa Jones. At first he was excited to have her visit, but the prospect of a two-year-old struggling with potty-training eventually got to the stoic old man.

"You're bringing diapers, right?" he desperately implored.

I wondered exactly how everything would go over but she was a typical angel for him and now he is bloated with confidence and convinced that all of the problems we are having with her are due to poor parenting. I'm sure he will attest to as much. I will just say, Grandpa Jones, that working her to the point of exhaustion will indeed assure a compliant grandchild.

As for my trip, well, Baby Indy cried the entire night so the wife got no sleep whatsoever. Happy Anniversary, Honey.

The photo taken above is from my wife's private collection. She took it about a year ago on another trip through Zion. I just thought it fit the mood here.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

What can I say, she never missed a potty stop, I kept her out in the fresh air, I provided her with alot of physical exercise. I fed her at scheduled times, and she took a 21/2 hour nap. You tell me what the difference was. She told me thanks for everything I helped her with. I not only didn't have one minute's problem, I may vote her the child of the year for the polite way she treated me. You must have been home at least 10 minutes and you have an entry in your blog, maybe just maybe your little daughter might have figured out how to get your attention, and get you to leave your blog world and give her some some of your time.....Just maybe.......

5:16 PM  
Anonymous brianna said...

Happy Anniversary! My husband and I have had overnights with babies like yours. It can be so frustruating to sit up with a baby and watch your husband fast asleep next to you. Hope she got some rest eventually!

8:15 PM  
Blogger Indigo said...

Why is it that Baby Indy cried all night and your wife is the one without any sleep? Please tell me that you took a shift so that she got some rest....

And my daughter is always the perfect grandchild when she's with my parents. It seems that Hubby & I bring the devil out in her.

Happy Anniversary!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Le laquet said...

Happy belated Anniversary! Zion looks lovely!

11:06 PM  
Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

sounds like grandpa jones could more than handle looking after another grandchild. hmmmm, something to keep in mind for your next anniversary!

3:42 AM  
Anonymous Tamara said...

Our extended family and our whole neighbourhood firmly believe that babygirl is an angle of unbelievable politeness and intelligence.

Heck, I guess it's OK that she saves all off her bad behaviour for home because as long as everyone likes her I'll always have somewhere to send her....

Happy Anniversary!

5:08 AM  
Anonymous john cowart said...

Happy Anniversary!
Sounds like a great weekend. Tell your wife that’s a beautiful photo of the ram in the thicket.

5:09 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

When the kids were little we didn't go too much, but when they got a little older, then all the kids stayed home and we had much needed time alone. Married couple need that, especially when they have young children.
I remember when we went to Zion on our "Canyon" vacation. There were huge ants all over the place and it was hot down in the canyon. We only stayed one night. The next day we drove over to Bryce Canyon and had a wonderful time. We camped in the campground and explored the whole area. It was great. Next time see if Grandpa Jones will watch the little one too. (Sounds like he had it pretty easy with your daughter.) He kept her pretty busy and wore her out so she would sleep good. Good job Grandpa Jones.

9:35 PM  
Blogger PractiGal said...

Happy anniversary!

Beautiful picture!

Sorry to hear about the lack of sleep... I'm sure Grandpa will whip 'em both into shape next year -- why not sign him up for a week?

7:35 AM  
Anonymous grandpa gones said...

I accept the challange to tend the grandkids, I only ask that all rules and regulations are suspended when they come to grandmas and grandpas. I will have you sign a release of liability when they leave my home and cause trouble adjusting to life at their homes. I learned along time ago. It is easier to provide good wholesome activites than to sit around referreeing fights between bored children. Bring it on..........

9:17 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

I am dying to visit Zion. Can we hear more about it? I want to do a bike trip there someday. Is it gorgeous and spectacular?

5:14 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

When is grandpa coming to Houston?

12:14 AM  
Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

amen to that grandpa jones!

7:43 PM  
Blogger mrhaney said...

children always act better for a grandpa.

9:11 PM  

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