Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Break 2009 - Day 3

What a relaxing day! Today we got up and headed outside as soon as the sun was over the pool. The temperature was high sixties at this point, so it was perfect to lay out, but a little cold to be in the pool (even though the water was 83 degrees).

We came in to eat lunch and put the kids down for a nap and John and I got to spend some time laying in the sun by ourselves (huge benefit of having a condo so close to the pool!).

After the kids' naps we were back out there again, and this time John and the kids got in the pool.

After that we came inside to get showered and dressed and headed to this great place for dinner called "Aunt Catfish's." They had a live singer outside, along with a play area for the kids for while we waited. The food was really good, and aside from Ryan being his usual pain, it was a great dinner.

The whole day, and trip really, went sour when we returned back to the condo. We found a note attached to the door addressed to the "112 Visitors." When we opened it up, we found a note telling us "that people were complaining about our kids screaming."

Let me back up here. When we were getting ready to come down here, my aunt and uncle kept telling us over and over again how this place was full of "old people" and that they weren't used to kids splashing in the pool and stuff like that. We figured we would have no problems as 1.) we have wonderfully well-behaved kids, and 2.) they had experienced my cousin coming down with his buddies - drinking and being crazy.

Nevertheless, as soon as we got down here we talked to everyone we saw and tried to make sure we were on everyone's good side. And let me tell you, this place is full of people that are of "advanced retirement age" (trying to not offend anyone out there :) ). But everyone we met was so nice, and of course all the ladies oogled over Ryan. And I know I brag on here about how good our kids are...not perfect, but definitely very good, and yet we still were so careful with them...they never splashed when they were in the pool, and we tried to keep them so quiet - we were expecting them to act like adults instead of kids with how quiet we were making them be.

So we get that note, and my blood is boiling. I want to scream at these people and tell them this is why old people are not liked...they can't adapt! And the only one doing any screaming so far has been Ryan, and even then I'm right there quieting him down. I can't figure out what these people expect. And the nerve...this is a condo, that my uncle OWNS. There are no rules about no kids or anything like that, so for them to send a note like that is uncalled for. If I weren't so thankful for the use of this place, and if I didn't respect my uncle, I would have marched my butt right down to the couple that sent us the note and given them a piece of my mind.

I don't know why it has affected me so much...I really want to go home now. I'm sick of spending the energy trying to keep these kids so well-behaved for these people. Most of them had kids at one time...don't they remember??? I'm so sick to my stomach over the whole thing. I can't wait to get to Disney just to be in a place where kids are appreciated and accepted. Right now I wish we would have done an entire Disney trip and just forgotten about this place.

But I have to let it go...this is not my house, and therefore I have to be respectful. But, I can tell you that I'm no longer going to waste any energy on keeping the kids quiet. They will be as loud as they are...if Ryan screams, he screams. If the kids splash a little in the pool, then so be it. This is my vacation and I want to relax too.


Sherry said...

OMG the nerve!!!!! My blood is boiling over right now just thinking of that note!!!! You are so right, relax, let the kids be kids and damn the old folks. They were kids once, they had kids and damn all they have to do now is take their @@## hearing aids out and all will be quiet and BORING for them.
You enjoy yourselves, like you said, it's YOUR VACATION!!!

Amy W said...

That is ridiculous that they are being like that. You are right, there are no rules against kids.

I would make as much noise as possible now!

Anonymous said...

What a load of crap!

I say get them jacked up on sugar and let them be as wild and loud as they want.

I'm sorry :(

Christy said...

Seriously some people! You would think that they had never been young, or had their own kids or grandkids. I would let me kids loose probably after that...but that is the rebellious side of me poking through.

Hope the rest of the time and Disney was good! I want pics from that part for sure :)

radioactive girl said...

When we lived in our apartment in between houses we had a similar situation. My kids are very well behaved and someone left a note similar to that. After that I figured I wasn't going to try as hard since it wasn't good enough for them anyway. I was very happy to leave there!

Anonymous said...

Ugh. People.

But are you going to come back and tell us about the rest of the trip??