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Last weekend we had the chance to go to the presidential inauguration but first I had to figure out what to do with the twins.

I asked them if they wanted to stay home alone but Chase complained that there would be no one to give him his 15 servings of pumpkin bread each day so that idea was out.

Then I asked my dad who said…

“Sure. I’ll take care of them for a couple days. It’s just two of them.”

That poor man is obviously showing signs of Stockholm syndrome when he considers looking after 2 1/2 year-old twins for 48 hours not so bad.

So Rick and I took our older girls and headed out of town. I was glad to take a trip with 8-year-old Dylan and 6-year-old Summer. It’s always so chaotic around here and this was a real opportunity to spend quality time with them.

Except by the evening of the first day, I noticed something.

They were completely irritating.  We stayed in Alexandria, Virginia which is adorable and we decided to walk down King Street to find a restaurant. As we walked, Summer whined, “I AM SO HUNGRY. I AM SO HUNGRY. I AM REALLY STARVING. I NEED TO EAT NOW. ARE WE THERE YET? I AM STARVING TO DEATH.”

Summer is a champion whiner.  She could win a Whine Tour de France with no EPO or testosterone.

She complained consistently for a half hour, pretty much ruining our quaint, lovely walk. Finally, we found a restaurant. In which Summer ate almost nothing. That’s how starving she was. But in her defense, restaurant air is very filling these days.

And then they couldn’t sit still, lying on the seats, spilling water and constantly poking and grabbing each other. The couple next to us moved and that’s when I turned to my husband and asked…

“Rick – I love them so much but are they always this annoying?”

“I don’t know. Maybe we never noticed because there is so much going on with the twins.” he responded.

“Or maybe they just become their best selves when they are around their younger siblings because they know we can’t handle four irrational children?” I wondered. Sort of the way Carrie Bradshaw always wondered about things –  if she had 4 kids (one with a pumpkin bread addiction) and a dad with Stockholm syndrome.

Over the course of the trip, the girls got a lot better. Of course, Summer did drink about a gallon of water on the way home, which meant we kept having to stop in 20 minute increments to let her pee which does have a tendency to slow down a road trip but again, in her defense, she was very very thirsty.

I would totally take another trip with those two ladies. Maybe one with less water and driving.

Perhaps a day trip.

Or even a nice afternoon.

8 Responses to i love you so much but you’re making me so crazy

  • I absolutely LOOOOOOOVE King Street in Old Town. Luckily, about 90% of my travel for work is RIGHT TO ALEXANDRIA and I chill in the evenings at the Hilton right by the Metro station. Away from my five children. Where I can walk historic King Street and dine in peace sans whining and water-spilling on my company’s money. Where the Starbucks is fresh each morning in the hotel lobby and my husband doesn’t complain because I can expense it.

    Go back. Without those beautiful girls. You’ll love it even more. And you won’t have to work, so it will be even better than my time there! 🙂

    Love the posts!!!

  • anymommy says:

    I thought I was the only one whose kids were this annoying. I feel so validated now. Also, I was married near Old Town Alexandria and we stayed the night of our wedding on those quaint streets and they hold such lovely, child-free memories for me.

  • {sue} says:

    If Carrie Bradshaw had 4 kids, the girls would be wearing tiny Manolos and they would be complaining about how hungry they are AND that their feet hurt.

    I find there’s nothing like a road trip to make obvious how annoying my kids are.

    Also, I’m going to kidnap your dad for his own safety. I promise I will NOT make him watch MY 4 kids… probably.

  • Kim R says:

    I just wanted to thank you for being REAL. Everyone looks at me like I have two heads when I admit that my older daughter is in an EXTREMELY annoying phase. I still love her and I adore her when she’s sleeping, but the waking hours can become quite long depending on her (and honestly, my) mood each day! It’s ok. I hear tweens are delightful.

  • Carolyn says:

    “She could win a Whine Tour de France with no EPO or testosterone.”
    “restaurant air is very filling these days.”
    Thank you, I laughed out loud. I don’t do that often while reading blogs.

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