our long weekend


After months and months of constant activities and running from here to there it feels incredibly odd to me to have a weekend with no real plans. Some might see that and say ahhh that sounds wonderful! But to me, I hate it. Any day where my kids aren't in school I feel like is a day for an opportunity to do something special with them. During the school year I hate for the bigger two to miss out on anything so I tend to try and save the special stuff for when they are around. But not having any special stuff planned just is wrong to me. Three whole days with nothing on the agenda? Not acceptable. 

And yet, that was our past weekend. Plus lots of coffee!
The weekend began with our Letty leaving for a sleepover. I'm very much opposed to sleepovers myself and yet, I allow her to go. It's something I really wrestle with and the entire time she's gone I'm pretty much like worst case scenario thinking in my mind.. and yet just look at her, she had the best time! They did a craft and played games and other typical sleepover things!
Our Saturday was just a lot of at home tear apart the play room, naps in the basement type of day, and it ended with chinese at my parent's which is pretty much the best ending to any day.
Sunday we were back at my parent's for brunch, after which Letty and I did some Girl Scout door-to-door sales in my parent's development. Nervous, that one. But we did it!

Sunday night we thought the kids would enjoy heading to the mall's food court where they could choose literally anything to eat for their dinner. I thought so anyways. Letty loved it, eating all the carbs in all the lands. Dom too wanted everything! David though only ate a piece of pizza, declared himself full and that was that. Until we left the food court at which time he asked what was for dinner because he was hungry. If you look in the dictionary next to the word infuriating you'll see my little ray of sunshine's photo.

Monday again, I wanted to do something fun and special but I was really coming up short on ideas that fit what I was looking for. Not to mention the kids just seemed to be content at home playing so... That's what we did. After paying my 94 year old Grammy a visit on her birthday of course. The kids sang to her and basically were nuts during the visit but Grammy said she likes the nuts.... So okay Grams! We rounded out the weekend with yet another family meal over at my sister's! Yay!
So. How was everyone else's long weekend? Do anything fun?


new year's day


This is the last holiday post. I am sort of sad about it. Now what, ya know? Everything is such more fun during the holidays... I am not happy about it that is for certain.

But back at it. New Year's Day is hosted by my sister and brother-in-law. She somehow whips up a delicious meal after being gone all morning swimming at the hotel. With two kids. We all reconvened, donned in our New Year's Eve finest, playing and cheering and making such a joyful noise. And to think that next year's New Year's Day photo with my parents and their grandchildren will have an almost one year old in it! Love this growing family of mine so much!
Past New Year's Day hereherehere and here.


our new year's eve


This is our new tradition! Drive to a near by hotel (rooms courtesy of my parents), swim a whole lot, eat dinner, swim some more, then party till the ball drops. Or till we go to sleep, which is typically before that happens. It really is the best for all involved. Plenty of things for the kids to do, and all with their cousins! The adults can drink whatever it is they want to drink and no one has to leave early to put the kids to bed, because we are all right there. Together. Our favorite place to be. 

Did I mention this year we had the entire pool to ourselves? The entire time!My dad swam this year which is such a hit with the kids. Lots of chucking them around here and there. Mikayla made it this year! I tried to convince her mother to let her have a sleepover but alas, I understand. They had to go home because their poor little puppy's bladder wouldn't have lasted the whole night though. These dog people! This year our dinner was right on property too at their Smokehouse BBQ & Brews, yum! After our post-dinner swim we all dried off enough for the movie that was showing, Cars 3. 

Of course the kids got tired as they tend to do after a day of swimming and so the younger three went off to bed. My bigger kids watched tv on the pull out sofa and then what were the parents to do? We couldn't exactly leave our children alone in a hotel room even if we were right next door... so we propped open our doors, pulled chairs out into the hallway (we were at the end of the hall and therefore bothering no one) and proceeded to have the very best time chatting and drinking and making Colton do his little snicker thing we all love so much. All the while raiding the buffet down stairs multiple times and eventually coming away with a whole lot of New Year's Eve gear. The next morning we got to enjoy our fair share of a breakfast buffet followed by.... more swimming! What a way to ring in 2018!

A great success!

Past New Year's Eve's hereherehere, and here.


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