Well, we’re finally off the mouse house. This, my friends, has been a long time coming and the kids could not be more excited! The packing has been a little intense, but I have to say that it’s been worth it to take the time to make sure we not only have backpacks full of items to keep the kids content on the plane, in the cars, and while waiting in lines, but also to ensure we have the tools and supplies to keep them hydrated and snacked up in what I fear is going to be some intense Anaheim heat. No, really, I’m not nervous at all! 😉 After all, it’s the most magical place on earth, and armed with the following, I’m sure we’re going to be just fine.
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I like to think of myself as an expert when it comes to Arizona Resorts…I live for going to resorts…like I would live in a resort if my husband would let us. Does that make me weird? It’s partly the atmosphere and partly the kids are always entertained so I won’t hear…”I am bored!” Oh and I love that I don’t have to cook, do dishes, or clean…LOL!!! I thought I knew all of the great resorts locally in Arizona, until we visited the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess! It literally has something for everyone in the family.
The kids and I escaped from the house this weekend and headed a few miles North West to Tempe…all thanks to Tempe Tourism!! Tempe just happens to be home to Arizona State University, amazing hotels and resorts (summer time fun for us!) restaurants, great shopping, and really awesome activities for kids of all ages, like the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium, and the IMAX Theatre...just to name a few!
So I guess I will start from the beginning. It started one night last February about 7:00, during the usual ritual of after-dinner-but-before-bedtime boredom. Well, Mila was telling Kaitlin one of her stories–they had been coming straight out of her imagination for a few months by then–when Kaitlin picked up her iphone and just started filming. Moments later, after a little work on iMovie she then showed it to Charley and me. Our first reaction was…laughing. laughing out loud and hard. Then, it was, really? This is our kid, out two year old. Then I thought to myself…I need to put this on Instagram. I had actually wanted to start filming more movies anyway because I love them and I had gotten some really good advice from a friend (story for another time). I was kind of nervous to put it on my Instagram, not because of the reaction I thought it would get (hadn’t even thought about that yet..LOL) but because I thought it would make my feed ugly…bahahaha, I know some of you feel me!! But I did it anyway. And well it was a hit and people seemed to like it. I shared it to my Facebook page as well…and that is where it all went sort of crazy.
I think the number one question I get asked is, How do you do it, how do you have five kids and work a full-time job? I usually joke and say well I work and they go to daycare, so it’s pretty easy. But that is just to make people laugh. Most of the time I don’t really know how I do it. A lot of stuff slides I’m sure; but, there’s only one of ME, after all! And, I’ve just learned to live with the realization that, yes, the kids are going to miss out on a few things–more interaction with their mother (while they’re still young enough to enjoy my company, anyway) because I’m not home, but I’m OK with it because, as the cliche goes, “you gotta do what you gotta do.” And they are all alive and pretty happy so I would say we are doing okay.