What Alcatraz Needs is a Puppet Show

August 1st, 2008


Bring it on San Francisco.

Bring it on!
I can take it.
I CAN TAKE IT!!!
How about another day of being beaten to death by the wind, on a boat to Alcatraz.
How about another day of walking all over this city and then forgetting where you parked your car.  And then spending another hour finding it.  But only after you spend $100.00 on a spaghetti dinner for the family… and not even an amazing spaghetti dinner… but just a regular old spaghetti dinner.
How about another aggressively friendly nudist?
How about two more nights cooped up in one hotel room with my entire family.
How about seventy three more trips in an elevator with my four sons.
All I really want to know is how many more years until my four sons can ride an elevator without having  to get into an All Star Wresting Match?  
And when do they learn to stand in line without poking each other’s eyes out?
Here are some things I have learned about my family and vacations on this trip.
 1.  Beaches are great.
2.  Parks are great.
3.  They can tolerate long walks… barely… but are completely unable to walk without smashing each other in the stomach several times.  
5.  Why is this?
6.  Why the smashing in the stomach?
7.  WHY!!!
8.  WHY DEAR GOD WHY!!!!
9.  Pretty much everything other than parks, beaches and stomach smashing walks are going to be a challenge.
10. But I am up for a challenge.
11. You ain’t got me beat yet San Francisco.
12. I am not down yet.
13. I may look like I am down, but I am not.
14. Okay, I am kind of down, 
15. Okay I am pretty much dead.
16. But give me eight hours of sleep and I will be ready again.  
17. I hope…

Comments

  • April:

    Mom is coming over tomorrow. She wants to shop for all the curtains she’s going to put up in your house at JC Penney!!!!! Just thought you should know. Also, we are going to repaint all the rooms in your house to match the new drapes. Okay, have fun in San Fran. We miss you. Don’t hurry back, we have a lot to do.

  • Labyrinths Muse:

    WOW, a vacation AND a home makeover…makes me wish I had a sister! ;) Hope you guys are having loads of fun!

  • I Am Boymom:

    I am so adding you to my Boy Stop Blog Roll! I found you at Ree’s page. I only have two boys (3counting my husband) and the smashing and punching and jumping off of things gets to me! I can’t imagine having 2 more! The vacation looks great, hang in there! Then you can come home and have a vacation from your vacation, yeah?

  • Darlene:

    Bless your lil heart …you will make it thru…drink up on another big bowl of hot steaming soup..err i mean coffee and you will make it !!!! have fun and hope you love the makeover your mom and sis are doing for ya…your so brave !!!!

  • Jill in Raleigh:

    I only had two little boys who did the stomach smashing, etc…can’t imagine life with 4!! Just want to tell you that now that they are 36 and 34, they play golf…tease each other unmercifully about any and everything…and revert to the same rough and ready childhood relationship whenever together…BUT, they don’t hit each other any more!!! And, best of all, each of them has a daughter!! That was MY payday! Enjoying your blog in NC.

  • Living on the Spit:

    You so derserve a day at a swanky, girly spa (with coffee in bowls) while Dad runns around with the boys….oh, add LOTS of quality chocolate to that list. Have a good time and stay blessed!

  • Frustrated Farmgirl:

    Yeah, what is that whole punching each other thing anyway? And it seems to start young. My 3yo doesn’t think anything about just walking up to his brother and punching him in the gut just because he feels like it. And I only have two boys. Thank God!Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  • Old Dominion Heather:

    Count yourself lucky. I made my one trip to Alcatraz in late December of ’98 when I was pregnant and queasy. I spent New Year’s Eve in a fetal position in a dirty hotel and NOT because I had been drinking. The “morning” sickness (and whoever named it that deserves to be punched in the gut repeatedly)had me at the point where the only thing I could keep down was banana popcicles.San Francisco is not on my list of places to take the three boys.

  • Sarah:

    I can totally relate with the whole wrestling/stomach smashing phenomenon. My husband and I also have 4 boys, and it never ceases to amaze me how much pleasure they take in causing bodily harm to each other. I hope you were able to get some rest so you can endure and maybe even enjoy the rest of your vacation! Moms of boys need all the rest they can get…Oh, I also want to tell you how much I am enjoying your blog. You and your sister are now bookmarked!

  • emma:

    Maybe that vacation to San Fransisco was a bad idea…Why do vacations always end up being so exhausting????Love, me…who is spending the morning planning for an exhausting weekend trip with the family…and extended family…you get the idea…

  • Melissa:

    What is it about boys?! My teenage boys still poke, push, punch…..and I ask the same question – WHY? And I totally get the elevator rides. Why does it matter who pushes the button? They all push my buttons in those rides.

  • Anonymous:

    Get those kids to the Exploratorium (in Golden Gate Park) and let the run around learnin’ stuff for a few hours while you take a breather! (just found your blog, love it, you crack me up)

  • Jenn:

    Are you on vacation with my kids? It sounds like it….only take away one of your boys and make one a girl. Trust me … even the girl does the poke and hit thing … then throw my husband into the mix and I swear I am at a UFC/WWE match.

  • Donna Boucher:

    Next time. Hawaii.You sit on the beach.They swim all day.Wear ear plugs and really dark glasses.So dark you can’t see them punching one another.My father paid us not to talk on long car rides.He was no fool.

  • Anonymous:

    Rechelle Vacations are so good for you. You look so rested and put together. Oh by the way April is here and may I say the painting is wellllll hmmmm okay I will just say the little’s are having a great time. There is a new look on the wood floors done by the 3 Amigos. There paw stencils come in various colors, sizes and styles. There is the dip and track (they dip there paws into paint and then track through the house) dunk & jump on the furniture (you do get the idea of how that works),immerse & leap on the counters (that one is rather well you will see for yourself.) I must say those cats are very artsy. Then there is the White pickup that was in the garage. I do hope you will like the Custom look it has now. I personally like the smaller bed of the pickup. It is much easier to park. Now for the backseat doors, you will not have to worry about shutting them any longer. It is designed for the family on the go. Kids can just hop in and feel the breeze flowing through, no need to run the darn air conditioner. No Sir, you can tell every one ~~your family has gone green or maybe just gone!!!!! I might add I am having a problem with other animals wanting to be in the pickup with me when I want to go somewhere since there are no backseat doors. But I sure with time that will cease because if you turn a corner to fast they seem to slide (fly) out the open doors. Now line those boys up and give them hugs & kisses. A day with out hugs and kisses is day without memories. Love Mom

  • Anonymous:

    Rechelle Vacations are so good for you. You look so rested and put together. Oh by the way April is here and may I say the painting is wellllll hmmmm okay I will just say the little’s are having a great time. There is a new look on the wood floors done by the 3 Amigos. There paw stencils come in various colors, sizes and styles. There is the dip and track (they dip there paws into paint and then track through the house) dunk & jump on the furniture (you do get the idea of how that works),immerse & leap on the counters (that one is rather well you will see for yourself.) I must say those cats are very artsy. Then there is the White pickup that was in the garage. I do hope you will like the Custom look it has now. I personally like the smaller bed of the pickup. It is much easier to park. Now for the backseat doors, you will not have to worry about shutting them any longer. It is designed for the family on the go. Kids can just hop in and feel the breeze flowing through, no need to run the darn air conditioner. No Sir, you can tell every one ~~your family has gone green or maybe just gone!!!!! I might add I am having a problem with other animals wanting to be in the pickup with me when I want to go somewhere since there are no backseat doors. But I sure with time that will cease because if you turn a corner to fast they seem to slide (fly) out the open doors. Now line those boys up and give them hugs & kisses. A day with out hugs and kisses is day without memories. Love Mom

  • Anonymous:

    I really hate to break it to you but it NEVER ends… I have 3 boys. The oldest just turned 17, middle child is 14.5 (acts like a 3 year old) and an 11 year old. On our recent vacation (in a RV camper). I threatened to leave them all in Penn. They can not, can not, can not, keep their hands to themselves. It drives me nuts. I’m sure I won’t even get a female grandchild….I’m doomed in testosterone h*ll for the rest of my life.I do love the guys and most of the time I can live with their antics. Vacations just seems to bring it to a critical mass. Next year, we are going to the beach. They can wear themselves out playing in the surf…. forget trying to get in an educational vacation – what was I thinking. I’m such a silly girl.

  • Jess to the Lo:

    San Fran can not beat you! You can make it!!

  • Brian, Mason and Cortni:

    Because they are boys…there is no other explanation. Testosterone is a very very strange thing!

  • Carla:

    Ahh, vacations with the family, the stuff memories are made of! Our last vacation-with our last one at home-was in June to the coast-it was horribly, terribly, perfect. And one I’m glad we have BEHIND me-because memories aren’t memories UNTIL they are your past! I am loving your blog!!!! Carla

  • Cori G.:

    Hello, I stopped over from Moorea’s blog. Your post is so funny and sad at the same time. I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry. Maybe you should take a “Pink Day” and take yourself out for tea :).I’ll be back…Cori G.

  • Tracy:

    Tell me something else…why must they beat on each other while waiting for the bus? I used to watch them waiting for the bus and they’d be out there kicking each other, walloping each other with their backpacks…I would yell for them to stop it and they’d say “stop what?”!! I have 4 boys also. They’re older now and don’t do that anymore…at least not that I’m aware of!Hang in there is all I can say! I am still here…I survived!

  • jodie:

    wow! your mom’s comment is cracking me up!!! i wanna read her blog, too! i hope you can get a few moments peace today…crossing my fingers for the puppet show. :)

  • Whosyergurl:

    You are hilarious.”This too, shall pass.” And, one day, you’ll actually miss them! Hang in there!Cheryl (Whosyergurl)

  • Anonymous:

    Six people in one hotel room. Wow, you are a saint and deserve your own room with your own bathroom! Someone mentioned Marine World yesterday and I have to second that suggestion.

  • the accidental housewife:

    You just need another bowl of coffee and you’ll be fine. At least the smash each other in the stomach on not on top of the head.

  • Anonymous:

    Ahhh…sounds like a great time is being had by all! Now hurry back home so you can relax out on that beautiful porch of yours!- Bertie

  • SUGAMAMA'S CAFE':

    Brave Momma~ The city w/ 4 of em’ Come to Alaska and we’ll but them to work hauling in the fish! They’ll love it!Martina

  • SUGAMAMA'S CAFE':

    Brave Momma~ The city w/ 4 of em’ Come to Alaska and we’ll but them to work hauling in the fish! They’ll love it!Martina

  • SUGAMAMA'S CAFE':

    Brave Momma~ The city w/ 4 of em’ Come to Alaska and we’ll but them to work hauling in the fish! They’ll love it!Martina

  • SUGAMAMA'S CAFE':

    Brave Momma~ The city w/ 4 of em’ Come to Alaska and we’ll but them to work hauling in the fish! They’ll love it!Martina

  • Darlene:

    The best thing about family trips is years latter we have hearty laughs over them.Thats Y.E.A.R.S latter!! Enjoy S.F. :)

  • Julianne:

    I have come to the conclusion that camping is pretty much the only acceptable vacation for children. Camping and Disney World.

  • Donna Boucher:

    Rechelle,I wanted to send you this quote by email but can’t figure it out….. “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco.”- Mark Twain

  • McMom:

    Aren”t boys a blast!! I have three!Then I had a girl, but sometimes I think she thinks shes a boy!Family vacations with a big family are always eventful!

  • Anonymous:

    I feel for you. I really do. I understand what it’s like. I’ve got 4 boys of my own, 5 if you count my husband. And no, mine aren’t able to go anywhere without starting a fight. The worst part of all is that the oldest (11) acts the youngest.Bonny

  • Pat@Back Porch Musings:

    Hi Rechelle, it’s been a hoot catching up with you today! I tried to get in to visit yesterday, but there was a bit of a problem between sitemeter and IE!We were away at the lake without computer for about a week. I missed my visits, so much, I promptly bought a laptop upon our return home!

  • Romi:

    I’m leaving with the family and in-law’s for vacation tomorrow. You are in the coldest place on earth. I am going to the hottest place on earth.I’ll look for “puppet shows” at every turn.

  • kellyb:

    Have 3 boys, ages 20,16 and 14. When the oldest comes home from college it takes about 5 minutes (max) for them to all be sprawled on the floor “wrestling”. Which, of course, means one is holding the other down until he turns blue, while the other sits back and waits to jump in. But, my youngest is finally getting big enough to give the older two a run for the money. You know what they say about payback!!

  • maine626:

    hope they don’t smash you in the stomach to wake you up in the morning. vacations always sound good in your head, when your stuck at home. the wonderful evenings and days that you will have with your family, all those kodak moments but when you get there, it ain’t all that its cracked up to be. everyone ends up wanting to kill each other by day 3. but have fun!!

  • Dawn:

    I love your blog–love it! I have two daughters who are not by any means ladylike but do not pummel each other so I can’t relate but, I thought I’d tell you about a book I just read. It’s a Christian novel by Mary Connealy called “Calico Canyon” and is about a School Marm with a past who is forced by unfortunate circumstances (she spent the night with him, OOO) to marry a widower with 5 boys–twins and triplets. And there is much smashing and pummeling and bleeding and wrestling among the children in the story. And a little bit for fun among the adults. Read it–it’s great! And no, I’m not the author, just a book pusher!

  • Alisa:

    Growing up in that area, I’ve always said, “Alcatraz needs a puppet show.”You could do something about that you know.

  • Little ol' Me:

    My boys are the same way! It seems as though they just fight and argue, just because they wouldn’t know what to do with each other! And they are only 5 and 2!Glad you made it home safe!

  • Little ol' Me:

    My boys are the same way! It seems as though they just fight and argue, just because they wouldn’t know what to do with each other! And they are only 5 and 2!Glad you made it home safe!

  • Little ol' Me:

    My boys are the same way! It seems as though they just fight and argue, just because they wouldn’t know what to do with each other! And they are only 5 and 2!Glad you made it home safe!

  • Little ol' Me:

    My boys are the same way! It seems as though they just fight and argue, just because they wouldn’t know what to do with each other! And they are only 5 and 2!Glad you made it home safe!

  • becky up the hill:

    ooh..I felt embarrassed that you came all the way to California and ended up in 'The City'..that's what I was taught to call it. If you make your way out west again in the Summer & want to have more beaches, less city, try Monterey. It has an aquarium and alotta beaches (still need warm clothes tho). I raised two boys. For the first section of their lives we lived near Monterey. We still went back for vacations. I had my youngest in the hospital there cause I heard the food was good ;o)! Just a thought! p.s. The City is wonderful, but no-way would I take my kids there on a vacation.

  • Karen Deborah:

    Hey, don’t know if you’ll even read this at this point but next time you want to go to California on vacation why don’t ya ask a Californian where to go, where to stay, where to eat. Ya’ll needed to go down to Aptos, or Soquel and rent a house ON THE BEACH, and eat at all the cool little places where you can’t get ripped off and where the boys can play. Of course you ran into a nudist in SF it was SF. Never go to Martins beach it is a nude beach too. Locals can let you know the designated nude beaches so you can avoid them. When you rent a house like in Aptos, the beaches are more private and you don’t run into so many crowds. OR you can go the other way to Florida like the place where we went, Wright By the Sea, not crowded at all and toooooo beautiful. check out my blog picchas if you want to see what it looked there. The great thing was coming home to a CLEAN house. Ya’lls mom IS wonderful! Love april’s post of her laughing, and your Dad with no reaction at all, what a hoot.

  • herbfarm:

    My prescription for your next trip to San Francisco: Steal two hours away. Spend one of them in the Diptyque Paris boutique on Maiden Lane and let the beautiful shopgirl with the perfect French accent help you find your ideal scent among the most glorious aromas in the world all in this one incomparable shop, Then head around the corner for a champagne cocktail in the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus overlooking Union Square. On the way back to the hotel buy yourself a flower from the street vendor to place by the tub as you soak in your delicious new scent. Works for me every time, but I only have two whining smashing boys! M