tired


Remember how I said I hoped to get some recaps and photos from my trip posted soon, and get back to visiting blogs? Well, as it turns out, I underestimated how entirely tired I would be.

In addition to seriously underestimating the impact of jetlag, I’d also underestimated how stressed I would feel coming back to the pressure of home and work responsibilities. Not that our trip was relaxing, mind you. In fact, we were too busy for me to even think about all the work I wasn’t doing on the trip, and all the other random crap we hadn’t gotten done before our departure. It was a kind of decompression to be away from it all, and taxed with merely the day-by-day, and sometimes hour-by-hour, stress of making our way around on very tired feet and getting ourselves fed all the while wrangling two very tired little kiddos.

And now we’re back to the pressures of our regular chaotic home and life, among which are dealing with various home and car issues. Such as a car tire with a slow leak that had been getting progressively worse. For the weeks leading up to the trip, we’d had to pump up the tire 2 or 3 times a day. It would get totally flat within maybe 8 hours. With the hecticness of work before the trip, we just couldn’t fit the time and even brief carlessness into our schedules. So upon returning, the rear tire was still leaking and lurking, rearing its ugly total flatness almost every time I needed to dash out the door to get the kids to daycare, or rush back from work to pick them up. (Mind you, we did really get some good use out of our portable air compressor tire pump.)

I’m happy to say that our car now has new tires. 4 new tires, as it turns out. The tires hold their pressure beautifully, which greatly relieves one pressure in my daily schedule. And we had a lovely Saturday evening out together as a family at a mall eating mediocre food and buying fuzzy pajamas while the car got tired. (Phoebe was very happy that she got to meet some mechanics. She is a big fan of mechanics. She even will tell you as much, given the chance.)

Since I didn’t get any photos of the tire in its flatness, I thought perhaps I could instead share photos of tiredness from our trip.

Phoebe at dinner on our first night in Barcelona, after 16+ hours of travel followed by refusal to nap.

Phoebe at dinner on our first night in Barcelona, after 16+ hours of travel followed by refusal to nap.


Phoebe often got tired from all the walking, and so would hitch a ride on John's shoulders. This is by the river in Sevilla.

Phoebe often got tired from all the walking, and so would hitch a ride on John's shoulders. This is by the river in Sevilla.


She asked to be carried *a lot*.

She asked to be carried *a lot*.


Theo, on the other hand, got to ride in the stroller most of the time. Here he is, admiring the streets of Sevilla.

Theo, on the other hand, got to ride in the stroller most of the time. Here he is, admiring the streets of Sevilla.

Here he is at a street cafe in Barcelona.
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Here he is at the top of Montjuïc in Barcelona.
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His cheeks got to know the buckles of the stroller well.
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And on many occasion, Theo just got tired of being stuck in the stroller.

Theo tiring of the gardens of Alcazar in Sevilla.

Theo tiring of the gardens of Alcazar in Sevilla.

Okay, it’s getting on towards midnight now, and I have a long day of commuting and work ahead. Yes, this post is odd and rambly. But what can I say? I’m tired.

11 responses to “tired

  1. This is hilarious! I love Phoebe asleep on the table.

    Welcome home!! I hope you’re settling into routine well!

  2. These are adorable photos.

    Rest up! We can hear about the rest of the trip later.

  3. Aw, so cute. Unless you are the tired kid wrangler. Glad to hear the car is retired and hope you can get caught up on some sleep. And, yes, Phoebe sleeping is adorable.

  4. I hear you on the tiredness. But man, do you ever know how to turn a phrase. I am so glad those tires hold air so beautifully :)

  5. Hey, it could be worse–what if the stroller had gotten a flat tire?! Now that would’ve been tiring.

  6. Those pics are great. :) It’s sort of like how I toured Ireland–by looking for places to pee. Honestly that’s a huge memory for me. And your kids will remember being tired in Spain. If they remember it.

  7. Your photos remind me of my trip to Barcelona – way back when. I wouldn’t have the courage to take my little one (much less two). Impressive!

    I had a question about one of your old postings. I love the squirrel/tree costume idea you had a couple years ago for Halloween. I was wondering how you attached the tail to Phoebe’s onesie? I’d love to give it a shot for my daughter’s costume.

  8. some times I wish i could lay my head on the table and go to sleep

  9. Theo made memories to last a lifetime, snoozing the sightseeing away. He’ll get such a kick out of these pics when he’s older.

  10. Aww, how sweet. Phoebe sleeping on the table is hilarious.

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