We had an eventful few days.  My family traveled to the happenin’ metropolis of Boise, Idaho for my husband’s 20th high school reunion.  I even got a very discounted rate at a nice hotel.  It was much fancier than the Motel 6-like hotel we usually end up at.

The festivities were, as you would expect, immensely exciting.

BUT, I don’t have time for that now.  I have something far more important to discuss.

I need to make:

My Official Apology to the Hotel Staff
and a Few Other Randomly Impacted People

First, I’m truly sorry…for the teeth marks on the Do Not Disturb sign.  It was just too enticing.

Also, really sorry…despite your efforts to be green as you stated in numerous signs all over my hotel room, my one-year-old, Dax, had different plans.   He had this uncontrollable urge to keep turning on the bathtub water.

And, due to the lack of a bathroom door lock, the water pretty much flowed…the entire trip!
Extra sorry…I exaggerated a little in the previous apology.  Dax wasn’t playing with the tub faucet the entire trip.  He took a few breaks to press buttons on the phone! 
A big apology to the front desk who received a call from my button-happy dude.   It took me a good twenty minutes to figure out I could just disconnect the darn thing! 
I’m so sorry…we abused our thermostat privileges. 
 Up and down.  Up and down.  It was a constant battle between my husband and myself.  Luckily, we had some cozy nights, as my side of the bed was closest to the controls.  Not that I planned for that to happen.

I apologize…for the footprints on the bedding.  I’m sure they’ll wash out.   

My deepest regrets…maybe the air vent was broken before we arrived, but it doesn’t stay shut anymore.

Big mistake…graham crackers.

Sincerely sorry…this one is for our hotel room neighbors.   Our seven-year-old daughter, Dani, decided to start her career as a pop singer early Sunday morning.   
 Thankfully,  the hotel did provide us with one secret weapon that abruptly ended her singing practice. The Disney Channel.  More specifically Phineas and Ferb.  She quickly morphed into a quiet vegetative state.
And as an extra big thank you to the hotel staff, I’ve accidentally kindly left you my very favorite pillow.  Please don’t throw it out cherish it forever.
Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Be grateful we are home, where the neighbors are not so close and everything is already damaged.


  1. Help! Mama Remote... says:

    Omg l must say that was a nice looking motel 6. The actions of your kids prove they are normal. Just like mine. LOL

  2. Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like a fun trip.

  3. diane rene says:

    oh too funny! we always leave our hotel rooms a little more loved on our way out the door too. and more than once I have had to apologize for barfed on sheets :/

  4. Ha ha! At least you got your money's worth right?

  5. Mom of 12 says:

    Sounds like your Idaho vacation was just as eventful as ours! I'm glad they had fun! Did you get to swim?

  6. So did it end up looking like the Motel 6 by the time you left? Haha
    AND you must have been 20minutes away from me! Craziness!

  7. Sounds like your kids had a great time!

  8. RoryBore says:

    Often thought I should travel with a mini, foldable dust buster and a mop. Although, Lysol wipes do often accompany me on hotel trips.

  9. That is too funny! We once left a pair of my sons fav pj's at a Marriott. They never found them. I think the maid stole them. Hotels are fun and a headache!

  10. This sounds like it had all the makings of a really fun trip!

  11. Call them and get them to send that pillow back. Tell them if they don't you will bring the kids back and stay for a week.

  12. Mrs. Weber says:

    Oh, kids! They love to ruin everything beautiful, don't they? Love this note – I'm sure the hotel staff will appreciate it. But, most importantly, it looks like you all had a blast! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Daria @ Saving to be Rich says:

    This was too cute! Very good post and I love the pictures. Sounds just like my road trip with my kiddos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says:

    LOL, leaving home is quite an adventure, isn't it?!

  15. You crack me up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Bummer that you left your favorite pillow! I hate it when I do things like that!

    Glad you had fun though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Mikailah says:

    That sounds like my family a few years ago! I have 8 brothers and sisters, and you (of course, obviously.. ) know how kids are! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. You should have put a warning on this site that you may laugh hystercially!!! I can barley type!!! All I can say is this is why we now do StayCations!!! Great post, thanks for the laugh!!

  18. HaHa! So glad that there are other families out there like us! ๐Ÿ™‚


  19. momnextdoor says:

    This was great! I may have to borrow this on our next vacation! It's very accurate!

  20. Danielle says:

    Only you could make such a funny blog post out of completely normal vacation moments! Glad you had a good time. And got to control the thermostat!

  21. Rach (DonutsMama) says:

    Whoa, sounds like a crazy time, lol! At least they can entertain themselves, right??

  22. Mommy Inconsistent says:

    Love that someone else out there has the kind of "relaxing" holiday that my family enjoys…sigh. Great post!

  23. Texas Type A Mom says:

    That is too funny! I'm sure they've seen way worse than that! I love the action shot of your daughter jumping on the bed. My daughter does the same thing as Dax with running water – so annoying! She also likes to turn all of the lights on at one time or turn them ALL on and off.

  24. Kristina says:

    I absolutely love all of your adventures, and I think this apology letter is fabulous! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Caffeinated OC Mommy says:

    I LOVE IT!!!! Cups Up! xoxo

  26. E @ Act Fast Chef says:

    LOL! It's hard staying in hotels with kids ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Thank you! This post TOTALLY took me back to what it was like traveling with small ones! (Whew! ONE reason to be glad to have a teen) And I love that you take your pillow with you on your travels – I do the same. Since those hotels can't be trusted to have decent pillows! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. blueviolet says:

    I left my pillow in a Country Inn & Suites a few years ago and I cried! They didn't find it, which means that they're using it as a hotel pillow. I'm STILL mad!

    I look at your hotel stay this way: you got your money's worth!

  29. Mommy LaDy Club says:

    Your blog is so fun to read…really. I just went through most of your posts, and I really like that you put up a confession page for the awards thing. I don't know what to do about that! Something has to go on the backburner and those are it! I do feel very guilty though. Thanks for an entertaining read, and for coming by Mommy LaDy Club. That is so cool that you hit a baseball at the Field of Dreams ball park!

  30. WhisperingWriter says:

    I'm sure the hotel will forgive you.

    My kids jump from bed to bed too. They love it.

  31. GrumpyJaxMomOf3 says:

    That is an awesome story….. sounds like a fun trip. I kinda like going on vacation, but it is always so much more effort than being home. Like you said…. everything at home is already destroyed!

  32. Huge smile here, as I know I am not alone in this world! :0)

    But I hope you get your pillow back, because I know that I could not live, strike that, make it SLEEP without mine.

  33. I Am Not Superwoman says:

    Ohh the joys of traveling with small children. LOL. But you all survived, that is all that matters. And you had fun, right? Hey, if things were so *quiet* and *normal* then just think you wouldn't have anything to blog about.

  34. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    Your posts never fail to make me laugh! It sounds like your kids thoroughly enjoyed the hotel room!

  35. Your post made me smile. How I wish when my kids were little I would have taken pictures.
    What a great time in your hotel room ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    It is wonderful that you made sure every part the room was appreciated.

  37. That definitely sounds like an eventful time! I'm going on vacation for the first time next week with the kids. Perhaps I should start my apology letter to the hotel staff now?

  38. Brittney says:

    Hahaha at least it looks like yall had a wonderful time ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Being in a hotel with my kids STRESSES ME OUT.

    But you sound like you had fun.

  40. Pretty much every trip! Glad you are home and love your grateful moment today!

  41. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    What can I say that hasn't already been said — you know I think you're awesome!

  42. ha ha! sounds like a lot like the way the Petersons stay in hotels! I'm sure they hate people like us!

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