|Poor Hadley being told she had to what for mom to get baby |
Enoch to sleep before she could go down the slides.
There is always that moment, where after all the laundry and packing and just hardwork it is to arrange for a family trip---that moment where you witness siblings (who have fought non-stop all week) interact like friends, and you smile, as your heart sighs and you realize, "Yes. This is why we do this. It's all worth it. Memories are being made. Just that break in routine is enough to help us see each other again. To remember how fun we can be and how much we can enjoy one another.
Lots of times we travel "with" Ben, which means while we play, he's busy working, visiting offices and staying out late helping on installs. Usually we run around exploring the city, going to different parks, but this time is was raining as so I gave up an expectations other than hanging at the hotel. And it was soooo nice. We swam for 3 hours, then had a brea for lunch and naps/quiet time. Went back and swam another 3 hours. I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed with myself that I managed to take 5 kids swimming that long (another 2 1/5more hours the next morning)all by myself:) Probably helped that my sister-in-law, Ben's brother;s wife who is the lead tech in that office, came by, so I could have a bit of adult conversation.
After soooo a long day of playing I thought for sure the night would be better...and it kinda was.
I took pictures, so I wouldn't be so annoyed at how late my kids still managed to stay up.
|Aaron loved hanging out at the top.|
|Someone was tired and decide she could take her soother and blankie into the pool with her|
....that elephant needed a good bath anyways.
|I love this shot, catching Mckye watching as Levi runs off, with the little friend they made...|
and knowing that Enoch is about to get ditched.
My kids...I love em. And sometimes getting outta my house, with the constant dishes and laundry and pile of school papers I wish would all just disappear, is just what I need to remember it.
My kids love packing in this little old Care bears suitcase. It's falling a part but I love it. Figured I better get a photo of it before it bites the dust. Levi was very obliging...at first.
Before we hit the road home (also just did a couple nights instead of the whole weekend, which I think was good too) we had to hit up MacDonald's one last time. ("M" is for McKye, by the way)
One thing I LOVE about my big camera, is how a shallow depth of field can transform even a cluttered MacDonald's table, full of wrappers and ketchup into one more place I can capture those little interactions between my kids.
|That's a whole lota fries Aaron just stiffed in his mouth...|
and he's thrilled about it!