A few photos posted to Instagram doesn’t cut it for the Easter weekend we spent at The JW Marriott Desert Ridge…the fun was literally nonstop…especially for the big kids.
Of course there are the pools…where I happen to spend most of my time with the twins. They pretty much hang out on the first two steps of the shallow pool but really that fine by me. I mean I’m not exactly bikini ready!!!! When they weren’t swimming they were begging to go in the hot tub (I know I know…toddlers shouldn’t be in hot tubs…but don’t worry, I have Kaitlin to remind me of all things I should know as a parent) However I was able to make nap time stilll happen everyday all by myself. (It took lies but it happened). This was the first year we allowed the big kids to stay at the pool while I took the girls up to nap. I asked for a pool view and was able to see them the whole time so that was awesome. Side note…they are all excellent swimmers.
I often get asked why the big kids aren’t in very many photos. The simple answer is…when the twins came they said they were done. So for the past two years I have let them be. For most of it they were so happy, but recently they came to their senses and said they miss all the photo opps. I laughed so hard, I cried and I was also filled with excitement. There is nothing cooler to me than a photo with all five of my kids, or a photo of just the boys, or a photo of just the big kids, or a photo of all three girls, or a photo of Finn with the twins…okay I’ll stop. I like them all.
Finally the holidays are over and I can focus on me….bahaha just kidding but I can try to find a little “me time” once in a while. I was going to say once a day but who are we kidding…that impossible with my five little crazies.
Every year as a family we do something for a family in need. We adopt a family for Christmas through church, donate money to a charity, or serve as a family at a local food kitchen. This year I am totally embarrassed to say that the craziness of life got the best of us and we had nothing planned, well until Pampers contacted me. They asked me to help them find a family who could use a little extra grace this season. As I am dashing around store to store finding gifts for my family, my fortunate family in so many ways, worrying if I got Finn the right Lego set or Charles the right football, their are families, families with little kiddos just like them who are just praying they have enough money to pay the electric bill so the kids stay warm at night. They may also be hoping they have enough from their paycheck to feed the family on Christmas Day.
A few weeks shy of being in the house a year, I am putting the finishing touches on the playroom. It took the longest because I needed the kids to looove this room. A place the kids wanted to play in, read in, watch tv in, even disappear to, if you know what I mean….mama needs some alone time…sorry!! The playroom is honestly one of my favorite rooms in our house because of its shape and A-frame ceilings. It has little nooks and crannies with built in desks, along with four little closets that house the girls toys in one, the boys toys in another, stuffed animals in another, and Kaitlin’s secret hide away in the last one. One day I’ll convert the girls toy closet into a playhouse. The other side of the house, just above the garage, has an exact replica of the playroom. That side will eventually be a movie theater-office for my husband. Yep the playroom took precedence…is that bad??