Our Family Vacation to Houston Part 4
The kids woke up bright and early after our first night in a hotel–of course! I began going through the duffel bag that I had packed full of the kids’ clothes. I made a nice pile across the bed with each child’s clothes. I looked at my piles and was one short. Grace’s clothes were missing. I searched the duffel bag again. There were absolutely no clothes for Grace. I had packed in two separate duffel bags filling each bag with four days worth of clothes. I frantically ran out to the van and retrieved the second bag and found some clothes for her, but only the four days worth. “Grace I guess you’ll just have to wear some of your outfits twice. I’m sorry honey, but I forgot some of your clothes.”
She gave me her best smile and said, “That’s okay Mommy. I don’t mind!” My day just got a whole lot better!
We took turns getting ready, and while we waited for Jason to finish up, as he got the bathroom last, I turned on a cartoon for the kids and got online for a few minutes. I was happy that all of the hotels I booked came with free internet–woohoo! So while I was typing away, one of the kids shouted, “Mom, there is a huge beetle on the wall!” By now I should know better than to ignore my kids’ outbursts about unwanted critters, but I just uh huhed and kept typing. Then I heard a gasp from another daughter and a similar exclamation. Still, I continued catching up on all my online duties.
When Jason got out of the bathroom, I looked up and there on the wall was a Texas-sized cockroach. And you know everything is bigger in Texas. Now, growing up in the country, roaches are a fact of life, but it is somewhat disconcerting, finding one in a three star hotel room. So I handled it like any self respecting wife would: “Jaaaaaaason! Come quick and kill this cockroach!” He gallantly came to our rescue though quite grossed out himself. I quickly laid out some ground rules, “No open food in the hotel! If you eat something finish it off, and for goodness sake don’t leave any crumbs!” I can’t say it did any good, but it sure made me feel better to say it!