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A Truly Relaxing Weekend

Let me just start out by saying this: You women who have five kids are completely insane. We had five kids and five adults at the lake house this weekend and it nearly took all five adults to keep up with the five kids.


The weekend started out a bit rocky. We got a late start Friday night, which put us winding through not very clearly marked lake roads in the pitch black night hours. We only make one wrong turn (because I couldn’t see the split in the road) which was easily corrected. Zach finally fell asleep just a few minutes before we got there, then woke up and refused to go back to sleep until nearly 4:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Considering the amount of sleep he had, he was pretty well behaved the next day though.

Laughing with Aunt Tanya

We spent quite a bit of time out on the lake in the boat, which the kids and adults both loved. The boat seemed to put four out of the five kids to sleep nearly every time we were on it which was quite convenient. We took a ride out to Gator’s Saturday night where I indulged on the fried pickles I’ve been craving since I was pregnant with Evie. They were so good I ordered some more to take home for later.


On Sunday, we rode out to Ha Ha Tonka State Park where we walked until we couldn’t go any farther with the stroller. Then we went back to the house for a late lunch and let the kids swim for a while. Zach still wasn’t very confident in the water, but Evie actually fell asleep while floating around in her life jacket (with my arm wrapped around her of course). She definitely likes the water. I’m going to have to check with my dad and see if they got any good pictures of the kids in the water because I wasn’t brave enough to take my camera out there.

A Walk with Grandpa

When we weren’t out on the water, we spent the time relaxing at the house. I was finally able to finish reading Sleep is for the Weak while my sister took on the first book of the Twilight series. She now has the other three books in her possession and will probably finish them before I get even halfway through the first one.

Zach and Grandpa

It was a wonderful weekend. The kids were a little crazy at times, but considering we had ten people crammed into a tiny little (non child-proofed!) lake house, they really were pretty well behaved. Most of all, I really enjoyed spending some time with my dad and his wife. They usually have to rush back home on Saturday so that my dad can be ready for church Sunday morning, but he actually had the
day off and got to stick around until we left on Monday. I haven’t even seen my dad since they moved at the end of June, so it was especially nice to spend some time with him.

Oh, and the very best part of the entire weekend? Evie slept for a record EIGHT glorious hours in a row Sunday night and I actually got to sleep for seven of those hours. I woke up at 6:00 a.m. with what felt like two gigantic watermelons on my chest, but it was so worth it. That is the longest I’ve slept in probably eight months or so and it felt so very good.

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Home Sweet Home

I had planned to write more about our trip tonight, but unfortunately our 3 1/2 hour drive home turned into a 6 hour drive.  There were five wrecks on the highway between St. Louis and Columbia which really slowed us down.  Add that to the holiday traffic and the drive was pretty much a disaster.  Once we got a little ways past Columbia things cleared up, but it still nearly doubled our driving time.

We had planned to get home in time to spend a couple of hours with Zach before his bed time but that didn’t really work out.  Instead, he ended up staying up extra late because he was pretty wound up after we finally got home.  He was definitely happy to see Mom and Dad after two days away and I was absolutely thrilled to see him.  Fortunately, Grandma had already brought him home and had him in his jammies when we got here so we got to spend some time playing.  It is already 10:30 and he’s just now getting settled down into bed.  We should have a lovely Monday morning ahead of us.

The good news is that Hubby and I had a good time in St. Louis.  It was nice to spend some time together where we didn’t have to try to talk over a screaming toddler for once.  It seems like Zachary also had a really great time at grandma’s, although he did end up getting sick to his stomach Saturday night.  He’s feeling much better though and was his usual happy self when we got home.

I now feel like I need another day off before heading back to work, but I guess that isn’t really an option.  I really hate Mondays.

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Home Sweet Home


We’re finally back from our whirlwind vacation to the South.  When we headed out Friday evening, we had full intentions of stopping halfway at a hotel for the night.  Sometime between about 1 and 2 a.m. we hit Memphis and tried to find a hotel, but everything we could afford was booked up.  So, we decided to just keep driving.  I was running on about 4 hours of sleep from the night before, but managed to stay awake for the duration of the drive.  We finally arrived at my in-laws’ house (near Mobile, AL) around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and all went straight to bed for a nap.

The first two days in Alabama it rained so we didn’t do a whole lot.  We visited with Hubby’s family, went to some church functions with Hubby’s parents and ate a lot of food.  Once the rain stopped, we made several day trips.  We toured the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, FL, drove to Dauphin Island to enjoy some time at the beach, and then left the kids behind while we headed out to New Orleans for a day.  Thursday, we packed up all of our stuff, took the kids for one last swim, then took off for Hubby’s home town to visit more family and some friends.

Saturday we spent all day in the car again driving home.  We finally got home around 1:00 a.m. and crashed.   It was a great trip, and even though I’m happy to be home, I wish it could have lasted just a little bit longer. 

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Somehow I Missed Monday

I feel like all I have been doing lately is talking about how busy I am.  Even when I’m not busy, I’m busy, if you know what I mean.  Every little bit of down time I have is taken up with Zach, trying to spend some time with Hubby, trying to catch up on my summer tv shows, or trying to keep up with my favorite blogs (which I’m doing a very poor job of).  That stuff is important and I’m getting really behind.  I didn’t even watch Big Love last night!

Zach and I had a great trip over the weekend.  We got to Springfield early enough on Saturday to take the kids for a swim in the hotel pool, then cleaned up and headed over to my Aunt’s house for the big party.  It was great seeing my Aunt, Uncle, and my cousins.  The fireworks show my cousins put on was great.  The best part of the night, as usual, was after the crowd left and it was just family sitting around.  As an adult, I appreciate  the time I get to share with them so much more.  After we left my Aunt’s house, we went back to the hotel, put the kids to bed, then my mom, sister, brother, sister-in-law and I sat around for a while chatting, drinking, snacking on junk food, and just generally having a good time.  When 2 a.m. rolled around we finally decided to call it a night and went to bed.

In the midst of the chaos of unpacking from the weekend, cleaning, and re-packing for our trip next week, I’m also having to search for a new day care provider.  Zach’s current provider is changing her day care to infant only care, which means that Zach has to go elsewhere.  I’ve got about two months to find a new place, but I would rather get it done sooner than later.  I’ve spent the last couple of days searching online and making phone calls to day care centers and the costs are quite astounding.  They seem to have increased quite a bit in the last two years.  I expected an increase in costs because I’m actually looking for a day care center this time around instead of home care.  I think Zach is ready for a little more intellectual stimulation and some organized activities.  He’s a really smart kid and I don’t want to stifle that by not giving him the opportunities to use it.  We’re going to visit the cheapest center I have found so far and it is still $40 more a week than I am paying now.

Tonight my friend Amy is coming into town for a quick visit.  I have tons to do but I certainly don’t want to miss a chance to hang out with her.  I’m really looking forward to some margaritas and a Monterey burrito at Manny’s while she’s here.  I have no idea why, but the only time we go to Manny’s is when Amy is in town.  I guess the experience just wouldn’t be the same without her.

Between now and Friday I will be washing load after load of laundry, shopping for last minute items, and frantically packing in preparation for our trip.  I always get so stressed out just before we leave trying to make sure I’m not forgetting anything important.  Sometime in there I also need to upload the pics from the weekend, load up my mp3 player, make sure everything is charged up, and update some blogs.  We’ll be taking off as soon as I get home from work on Friday and I imagine I’ll let out a huge sigh of relief as we head out town.

p.s.  I signed up for Pownce this morning and have 6 invites if anyone is interested.  It’s kind of like Twitter, but better from what I’ve heard.  I’ll be playing around with it some more this week and would love to have a few friends on there to play with me. 🙂

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Back to the Snow

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Well, we’re back and it is freakin’ cold here.  Our wonderful vacation is over and now we’re trying to get back to our normal routines.  We got back to KC around 11:30 Saturday morning and have spent most of the time between then and now sleeping.  Zach fell asleep around 4:00 Saturday afternoon and slept until I woke him up at Noon on Sunday.  That’s 20 hours of sleeping without waking up!  I kept checking to make sure he was okay, but he apparently just needed to catch up.

I have tons to catch up on both at work and at home and all I really want to do is crawl back in bed.  I glanced at my feed reader briefly, then clicked on “mark all as read” because the number of posts was overwhelming.  So, if anything exciting happened with anybody over the last week, feel free to tell me about it in a comment or e-mail.

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