Just got back from Mini Vaca in Columbia SC. Another tiny southern city that I can only describe as adorable. Seriously. Calling any place where parking is free every where (I'm not kidding, every where) a city is too cute.
Back on point. We accomplished the three major vacation goals.
1. There was a hotel pool. (Although the children contend there must also be a TV I have yet to find a hotel without one.)
2. Some form of amusement. (In this case it was the Riverbanks Zoo and Edventure Children's Museum.)
3. We consumed ridiculous amounts of food. (I'm not naming names but it was yummy and Austin the waiter was awesome.)
Basically it was a success.
Sure everything wasn't perfect. The first night we got there the kids were all excited to go swimming so we unpacked quickly before running down the freezing cold hallway to the pool. After a brief struggle with the door (there wasn't a pull sign! Why wasn't there a sign?) we filed into the pool.
Colin jumped right in. Natalie, albeit it a little bit slower, followed.
Then it was my turn and suddenly Natalie's reluctance was clear. The water was Freaking Freezing! Needless to say we didn't stay long and after a quick call to the front desk promises were made about repairs.
PS It was fixed.
Next was Colin's minor breakdown that I wouldn't buy a $25 monkey at the Zoo gift shop. I tried to explain that if we were at Walmart the monkey would cost $3 and I wasn't about to pay that mark up but he wasn't hearing it.
Some of his lack of cooperation could have been as a result of the ridiculously large slushy he had just finished or maybe it was because the idea of price fixing is beyond a seven year olds' grasp. Either way he wasn't happy.
(He did get a t-shirt and a street sign with his name on it. And yes I am well aware that I am a pushover.)
Last but certainly not least was the fact that the nice place where we boarded the family pet didn't have time to groom her. This could have been because it would have taken all day to brush out her winter coat and since it was spring break they were actually very busy.
See I told you it wasn't all perfection.
Okay seriously it was great. :-)