Driving 800 miles in a car with 5 “kids” is no problem. That doesn’t phase me at all. We’ve never traveled without extra kids, it’s just how we are. Once we arrived in K-Vegas, however, there were another 5 waiting for us. Crazy!
The beginning of our vacation was more of a “Mommy’s Gone Wild” trip. Lots of partying and dancing going on. Now it was time to get down to the “Good Mommy” part of the trip. The kids were aged 12-17. Thank you God for the 3 female high school seniors (they only came in blonde that year). These girls are all close friends, 2 are licensed (and designated) drivers. Two of them are also now my daughters (sorry Sue ~ but I’m keeping her!). These big girls were easy to please. A set of car keys, a credit card and an outlet mall kept them busy for a day. This is the tribe showing off the new school clothes.
So there were 3 of us, and 10 of them. We were seriously outnumbered. How do you entertain 10 kids of at least 2 genders and various ages? Tubing. Not snow tubing. Lake tubing. Puckett played captain of her boat, while the kids went in groups of 3 out on a big tube tied by a very long leash to the back of the boat. The game was: they try desperately to stay on the tube. We try to knock all of them off into the lake. Great game! Speeding around the lake, bouncing over the wake of other boats and trying to knock off not one or two, but all three girls is a challenge. Puckett, however, was up to the task. Now don’t feel bad…they liked it. Really! When they weren’t on the tube they were all in the lake swimming anyway. Belew’s Lake has the warmest water you’ll find anywhere. It was built by the power plant so they could use the water to cool the generators. It’s ridiculously warm. Even hotter than pee. So they say….ahem…
Since the older girls are seniors we are expected to take them to at least 57 colleges so they can go on endless tours and eventually choose the best place to
enjoy a 4 year party with a $200,000 cover charge pursue a higher education. We already went through this with #1 son. It was ridiculous. None of his friends were ready for college. They were all extremely bright kids, top performers with good support. They left home without their brains, I swear! They spent so much time living the college life that they had no time for classes. Well, guess what? We’ve figured out a way to avoid all that. Instead we took them to Krispy Kreme. They can get gainful employment, cute (hats) uniforms and tasty fringe benefits. The best part…between the 3 of them we’ll be saving a good half a million, not even including the money we’ll save with our donut discounts! Oh yeah~ who needs a daughter in med school when I can snag a free Krispy Kreme???!!!