This is the first blog post in my new Monday Musings series where I’ll pop on here at the beginning of each week to talk about what’s on my mind from the past week and anything fun we did over the weekend. Today’s Monday Musings mostly deal with two topics on my mind a lot lately: Naptime and Hawaii (plus where you can get a fun Grinch cup for Christmas!).
Hawaii Accommodation Confusion
We booked flights to Kauai during a Cyber Monday deal last week and I am ecstatic to be going back. Both because I love love love Kauai and because I know after the New Year and the fun of the holidays are over, I am going to so need a vacation away from the gloomy Seattle weather.
This past weekend we had a date night at home and looked up accommodations in Kauai while watching Hawaii Life on HGTV. (Yup, we are super exciting these days…but since it was only my second glass of wine since the baby was born, it felt like a date night…again, doesn’t take much for us to find excitement these days!)
Tom was searching away on HomeAway and VRBO, and I was trying to see if there were any vacation rentals we missed. I was looking on the tourism board websites for the area when I stumbled upon a site that had an awesome looking place for our days.
“Look!” I said to Tom, thrusting my laptop in his face. “An ocean view right by the water and it has a last minute booking special!”
A banner for $299 / night was at the top of the page and while this was over our budget…the condo was 25 feet from the ocean! That was worth splurging a bit, right?
Tom looked at it hesitantly. “It does look nice…” he said. But ever the finance guy…”but it’s more than I wanted to spend.
At this point we were both getting pretty tired (see “we are super exciting” comment above) so decided to sleep on it and discuss more in the morning which one to book.
The next morning I told Tom. “I think we should book it! It’s not that much over our budget.”
“Check the total first,” Tom replied, still sounding hesitant.
So I put our dates into the ‘Book Now’ widget and…hmmm, that was a lot more than I thought it was going to be.
“Well, it’s a grand over the condo you found,” I said. “Did yours include taxes and fees already?”
“Hmmm…” I furiously tried to do the math in my head, (which I’m not very good at) but something wasn’t adding up.
Tom took a look.
“It’s $375 a night! The $299 was if we go in two weeks,” he exclaimed.
“It is?!” I cross my arms. “Ok, ok, we don’t need to book it!”
Heck, even I didn’t think we should spend that much over budget just to fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves, as blissful as that may sound.
“It tricked me,” I told Tom. “I put in our dates and it showed that one available with the $299 message, so I figured it was $299! And I’m sleep deprived….so there.”
Needless to say, we booked the condo Tom found. Which I’m still super excited about. It’s not right next to the water, but it has a bit of an ocean view and is in walking distance to a popular beach plus has two bedrooms, one for us and one for Lulu (the baby will still be sleeping in our room).
But this is just a reminder to read the fine print before getting excited about a price when booking travel!
We dropped Lulu’s nap last week. This has been a looong time coming. I was starting to think maybe we needed to drop it when I was in my third trimester of pregnancy with her little sister. She was going down for a nap later and later but would still sleep 2-3 hours (she’s a good napper!) but that meant her bedtime kept getting later and later. And if I woke her up from the nap to try to get her to go to bed later, she would be in such a bad mood (hey, I don’t blame her – I don’t like being woke up either.)
I debated dropping the nap back then, but pregnancy had me soooo tired and I needed that time to nap myself! Plus, I knew Tom would be home in the evenings to help (when I would usually go sleep again) if she stayed up later.
Then Tom was on paternity leave and we kept the nap going and then Tom wasn’t on paternity leave and I felt like I HAD to keep the nap going for my own sanity while I got used to being a WAHM of two children.
But I finally hit a naptime breaking point. It had to go.
And guess what?
She has been in bed by around 7:00 nearly every night with no fight. I let her take a long bath before dinner (yes, we do things backwards so Tom can do dinner with us most nights), which is right around her increased-potential-to-temper-tantrum time and keeps her happy. Then we read books and sing songs and she goes to bed. And she’s been sleeping until 7:00 or so every morning.
It has made evenings feel so much less stressful. And now we are able to do playdates and other fun things in the afternoon. Well, until the baby stops being able to nap on the go, anyway. 😉 And Tom and I can have actual conversations in the evening — or plan our Hawaii trip!
Getting rid of a toddler nap can be great. Who knew?
Grinch or Griswold?
One other fun thing from the past week is that we got out our Christmas decorations so the house feels all festive. I love it. It’s a bit like Christmas morning rediscovering each ornament, figurine, book, and stuffed animal again. Oh – and mugs! Can’t forget mugs. I got my husband this Grinch mug a few years ago (running inside joke with us even though he is the farthest thing from a Christmas Grinch! He is more like a Griswold. You should see our Christmas tree — it’s massive and he wouldn’t let us go any smaller when we were in the tree lot. J) He then gifted me the Cindy Lou-who mug the following year (which also has special meaning to me).
Hope you enjoyed the first edition of Monday Musings! 🙂
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