Saturday, March 27, 2010

Another Pearson Vacation

I use the term vacation loosely. If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that our planned vacations never go as planned. Something always happens that makes it not-so-vacationy. Well, why would this spring break be any different??

Several months ago (October, I think) Brian won a sales around for his company. Not really sure what it was, but he got a nice little crystal thing with his name engraved on it. He also won an American Express travel card that could be used to go anywhere in the world! Woo Hoo! Brian asked me what we should do with it and I immediately said, "Let's go to Hawaii for spring break." SOLD! We chatted with my parents and they said (well, more like I told them) they would babysit Jaxon that week! Woo Hoo! An adult vacation! We started researching and planning our trip around Thanksgiving and finalized everything in January. It was going to be great! We were super excited. Even my parents were excited! My mom was coming up with all sorts of things to do with Jaxon while he was on vacation.

Fast forward to 3 days before our trip. I check to find out what the weather is going to be like in Maui... not so good. Rain, rain, and more rain! EWWW! I said to Brian, "We should just cancel. All I want is a tan and won't be able to get it if it rains. Might as well stay in Tucson where it's supposed to be sunny all week." (Why oh why did I open my big mouth? I should know better than to say things like this.) Brian replies, "That's crazy talk! We aren't cancelling. For one, it would cost WAY too much money to cancel at this point. Two, it'll be nice to just sit on our hotel deck, read, listen to tunes & have some drinks without Bubba running around. And three, we can still go to the beach if it's raining. You'll be wet anyway." He had a few valid points. I mentally prepared for a rainy tropical adult vacation.

Fast forward to Friday, we drive the 6 1/2 hours to Tucson, with a perfectly behaved little boy! This was weird and nice. Brian & I didn't even want to admit out loud how good he was being until we were safely at my parent's house. Once in Tucson, Brian went to visit some friends and I went to celebrate my friend's Sarah's new baby. She was having her baby shower on Saturday, but we would be gone so Sarah, Ami & I got together to do a little baby showering of our own.

Saturday morning is now here! We are getting ready to head up to Phoenix to catch our direct flight to Maui when Brian gets a phone call and says, "Don't get too excited our flight has just been cancelled." WHAT?? Yes, our flight was cancelled due to mechanical failure on the plane and apparently US Airways does not believe in finding a new plane. They said they could try to get us on a flight on Sunday afternoon, but it was pretty full, so most likely there would be no room for us. Yes, we got screwed! THANK GOD that Brian had the thought of purchasing travel insurance. Once we fill out paper work we should be refunded the flight, the rental car, the hotel and the excursions we had planned.

I was bummed! No tan, no drinks on the deck, no leisurely reading, no girly dresses to wear . That was another thing. I packed for Hawaii, not Tucson! All I brought were dresses. I did bring a pair of jeans and a few shirts knowing that I was going to the Bunch triplet's birthday party the day we got back. Yes, a trip to Target was in order!

To make matters worse, I left my glasses at home, my camera broke & Jaxon broke my nose. Yes, Jax whacked me in the nose with his big 'ol head! Almost 2 weeks later and it still hurts to touch my nose. At least the black eyes and throbbing head ache has gone away.

On the BRIGHT side.....

I was able to go to Sarah's baby shower.

Sarah & James.
This game was change, dress & put a baby in their carseat.

We went to the zoo with the Bunchkins.
This was the last picture my camera took before it died. Wish I had more from the zoo....
Ami said she would email the ones she took... (Maybe a public reminder will help her :) )

Brian and I spent the night at the JW Marriot at Starrpass.
We had some beverages

We sat by the pool

Making the best of our "vacation"

and we weren't exhausted from flying when we went to the Bunchkin's 1st birthday party!
Happy 1st birthday Colton, Hunter & Ethan!

Jaxon spent almost the entire time in the jumping castle. He has been to several birthday parties with jumping castles and LOVES them! He made a beeline for this one and waited for me on the outside. "Mama shoes! Shoes off!" How did he remember he had to take his shoes off?? It has been at least 3 months since the last party he's been too?

Jumping with Prestton Fisher

His new friend Katie Lofgren. If you look closely, she is holding his hand. I have to say, she was EXTREMELY sweet to Jaxon!

Walking back to the jumping castle.

Climbing into the jumping castle

Pinata time! You know a police officer is hosting the birthday party when the kids have to use a night stick to open the pinata!


Much to Brian's disappointment, Jaxon only took one lollipop and called it good!

We stayed a little longer than the rest of the guests and jumped with the birthday boys and girl.

Jumping with Mary

You know it was a fun party when he's asleep before we get to the end of their street!

Even though our Hawaii vacation was a bust, our spring break turned out pretty good. We spent time with family and friends we don't see often which was very nice. Everything happens for a reason and I think we were meant to be in Tucson for Spring Break.


Sarah said...

i'm glad you blogged about your fantastic spring break. i was waiting to read all about it :) way to look on the bright side, i don't know if i'd be able to be quite so positive. but i'm really happy you were able to come to the shower, good times :)

Ami said...

Oh CRAP! You called me out in PUBLIC!! Now I really will remember to send you those darn pictures! I'm Seriously I really am sorry!! And we have some REALLY cute pictures from the zoo too, so I'm sure you'd really like to see them! Well now that I have been thrown under the bus (deservedly I admit), I better get to it!

Jen said...

Sounds like a good vacation after all :) We're hoping to visit in July.

Jaymee said...

We were happy to see you!!!! But still feel bad you missed out on Hawaii: ( Maybe your next "planned" trip will include sunshine and smooth sailing.