You Can’t Cry Over Spilt Vodka

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Two years ago my friend Kim and I took our kids to Chapala, Mexico for a month long trip. She wanted a real Mexican experience and I wanted to do lots of shopping and sitting on the beach. We both got a little bit of what we wanted and had a mostly fabulous time. But, we also had our four kids: Tyler (4), DJ (3.5), Katelyn (1), and Leena (9 months), so there were inevitable moments of pain and suffering as well. Flash forward to the present day – we’re back for Mexico, Take Two and I’m writing this post from the second floor deck of a beachfront house in the Riviera Maya. Not too shabby.

At least not too shabby today. After all, today is Thursday and we’ve had two days of pool, beach, and margaritas, emphasis on the margaritas, to recover from our arrival on Tuesday. After Chapala I had my doubts as to whether we would be brave enough to attempt such an adventure again and I’m pretty sure that Kim did too. But as time passed and we remembered how much fun we had we decided to try again. After all, we rationalized, we can fix the things that we didn’t like on the last trip. Sure, we still have the kids but they’re much older and easier now – no problem! We’ll make sure we get a house with a dishwasher and a pool and life will be sweet. We’ll also cut the trip from a month to 3 weeks – just in case . . .

Tuesday was travel day. Get up at four to make the godawful early flight and keep your fingers crossed that no one has a meltdown. Despite some strange airport seating policies (apparently USAir thinks it is fine for anyone over the age of one to sit separated from their parents) we had an easy flight and arrived in Cancun feeling quite proud of ourselves and our kids. How quickly the proud do fall. First, Leena decided that she really didn’t want to wear any clothes to go though the Cancun airport. Luckily, Kim was able to talk her into wearing her fleece and a pair of leggings which turned out to have a nice hole in the knee. A fine outfit for the 100 degree day we were walking into. Then, Katelyn decided to spend 45 minutes crying as hard as she could because I refused to buy her marshmallow candy at Duty Free. Tyler and DJ added to the fun by whining and moping about who should get to push the stroller. And Kim and I were too busy lugging 4 suitcases, 2 carseats and the vodka from Duty Free to do more that offer advice – “Keep moving,” Stop crying,” and “Don’t fight” were our mantra. We were about half way through the customs line when it happened. A sudden stop with the stroller and the Duty Free bag went flying to the ground. The impact was fatal and vanilla vodka flowed freely across the floor. What could we do? We stared for a moment before herding the kids and running to catch up with the front of the customs line – after all, you can’t cry over spilt vodka.

30 minutes, two searched bags, 3 bathrooms stops, and a haggle over taxi fare later we were finally sitting in the air-conditioned taxi and on our way away. Kim turned to me and said, “I think we might have made a spectacle of ourselves in the airport.” Oh, I don’t know, what do you think?

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is a wife, a mother, a woman who really, really, really loves shoes and also, Angelique's big sister. She likes to write about almost anything, things on her mind, things that bug her, things just too good not to share but mostly things related to travel, food, and skiing. Soon she'll have mastered the half pipe or mastered walking in a cast. Stay tuned.

  • Leah H. said,

    Oh, Michelle and Kim, how I can relate!! Looking forward to hearing so much more about your adventure. Glad to hear you didn’t cry over the spilt vodka. I think I may have.

  • mark said,

    I guess now they let anyone blog here. MLD has just jumped the shark.

  • MissMichelle said,

    Aaah Leah, I’m glad you can relate – be sure we at least considered crying . . . but the babies had stolen our thunder.

  • ptb said,

    For the record, there was an episode of Happy Days where a guy LITERALLY jumped over a shark… and it was the best one!!!

  • mark said,

    That guy was the fonz. And while it may have been the best episode, it was the pinnacle of “Happy Days” and it was all downhill from there. Which leads to the term “jumped the shark”, when something awesome (like MLD) reaches its pinnacle and proceeds into a downward spiral. Michelle ruins everything!

  • ptb said,

    Mark, you should check this out. Watch from about 10:30 in.


    My hope is that Michelle won’t ruin everything. It would be sad if this was our peak.

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