Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bahama Mama

I just noticed my last post was on Friday the 13th. This one - April Fool's Day. Something must be on the horizon and it had better not be magpies on my roof.

We just got back from our cruise to the Bahamas. I have been snowing ever since. Really. Sean and I fell asleep to the crashing of 20-foot waves and a warm breeze for a few hours with only a dab of sunscreen on our noses. One day later and 600 mg of ibuprofen every four hours, one could upholster a sofa with my skin and have a stylish, comfortable leather couch. My face has shed four layers and is now a camouflage of browns and reds. I looked like a leper just in time for my PBS interview this afternoon. Product placement warning.

As I crossed the threshold into our house of insanity, I was met by Bobby Banjo skidding down the hall in his dinosaur pajamas. He threw himself into my arms and kissed me all over. We snuggled for a few minutes before I started reading him a delightful new book of poems my editor sent home with me called My Hippo Has the Hiccups. As I turned to page 3, Judd looked at me and said, "Mom, I thought you were dead." I thought he was starting his own poem until I waited for him to deliver his second and third lines but instead he just stared at me with his eyes searching mine. I squished my nose on his and said, "I'm not dead, silly. I just went on a cruise!" He wrinkled his freckled nose and started to laugh. I guessed it was okay for me to laugh - even in the face of death. Then I put him to bed and dreamed I barely survived the sinking of the Titanic.

13 comments:

Michelle said...

Good for you!!! You needed a vacation - you have been a busy woman!

Camille said...

how fun! i am jealous you got to leave the snow! even if for a little bit!

Trish said...

Yes - good for you! So jealous! I am so sick of the Utah weather!!!

Holly Weston said...

Leeann, you deserve a cruise! I hope it was perfect and relaxing (except for the sunburn) for you. What a treat - especially this time of year! Cindy's coming to the book signing next week with a book to sign for me! I loved it. Cried. Think you're inspiring. Glad you could rejuvenate on the cruise.

Leeann said...

Thanks ladies! I think my chest might need skin grafts, but it was worth it! I've decided we must go away together without kids at least once a year. Now we're back to snow storms again. Ugh!

Thanks Holly for reading (and liking :) my book!

Natalee said...

Hey Leeann, I envy the cruise but am reliving my own painful memories of sunburns! Can't envy you there. I am so sad, because I am visiting the family for Easter and am coming on the 9th, so I will miss your book signing by a day. I told my Mom that she will have to go in my place. I hope all went well with your PBS interview. I'm sure that didn't help the nerves to be sunburned for it. I'm sure you were great anyway!

Melissa said...

I agree with the girls--you definitely deserved a vacation!

Shauna said...

My sister in law, Annie Hiatt, a friend of a friend, reccommended your book to me. I went out and bought it and I am loving it!!! I have three boys on the spectrum and it's like reading my life. Thank you!!!

Bo and Nell said...

How fun! What a GREAT vacation!!! You definately deserved that!!!!

Brittany & Bud Morrow said...

How fun! You got to go on a cruise! I want to go!!! First we have to have this baby, then maybe we'll plan a trip. So glad you had a bright and sunny time!

Annelise said...

Ok you are so photogenic! You look so great in every picture I see of you. I watched that video and first of all good for you, you are so brave. Second of all, Clay is such a little cutie! I loved his comment while he was being interviewed. Your boys are so adorable.

Daniele said...

You definately deserved a vacation after all the fighting on the hill you did! Your kids definately have your sense of humor. I'm glad you not dead too!

I watched your interview on KUED. It was wonderful. You did a great job. I think this was the best interview out of all I've seen. I wish the mainstream media would have aired interviews like this one. You looked beautiful and you don't seem nervous at all! You're amazing. BTW....I'm planning on coming to your book signing in Malad. I'm excited to see you!

Keri said...

Your trip to the bahamas sounds like fun! I am so happy you got to go on a vacation. You definately deserve it.