|The 4th of July vaca!|
I'm not sure if I like the Blogger app or not. Mainly because I am not very good at proofreading, and I tend to have more errors when I'm typing on my phone. However, I do like being able to get a little bit of a head start on a post if I have some down time while I'm out and about and all I have is my phone. Maybe one-day I will grasp proper grammar and have the skills to proofread appropriately. Until then my grammar geek friends suffer and endure, but know you're much smarter than me. For realz!
Well we are wrapping up our trip here in NC. Currently, we are relaxing at my in laws. My father-in-law has the day off and my mother-in-law has the day off tomorrow. The kids are in and out of the house. Chris is dissembling the swing set so we can drag it back to New York with us. He's a hard working man that I don't deserve, people. I'm not even exaggerating.
I am super excited about having a swing set in our back yard. Even with a little playground walking distance from the house can be a pain when I am wanting to get things done around the house...or if I just dont feel like sitting in the heat for a couple of hours. I'm a total wimp that struggles with suffering silently...it's a flaw I'm trying to correct. But it will feel like luxury to sit outside for a little bit, step inside when I'm hot, go outside again...and so on. Also, having the potty in close proximity! Potty training is a part of parenting that completely eludes me. I feel that someone needs to go every 20 minutes. With the swing set in our yard I don't have to gather everyone up to take a child to the bathroom. I am so excited about this generous hand-me-down.
Yea, yea, yea....you get it. I'm lazy.
|Doing "homework". Writing their names.|
But more about our vacation. It has been slammed packed full of late nights, early ish mornings, and limited diet monitoring. And my kids have managed to keep it together so far. My sister was generous enough to leave us with the coolest niece for the week. She lives about 3 hours away. We arrived at 10:00 Saturday night and with all the excitement and energy that needed to be burn no one fell asleep until 1:00 ish. And we were all up and ready for 9:30 mass Sunday morning.
The kids always seem to behave better for others. Less squirming than normal. Chris and I sat behind my parents and the kids. After mass the kids played at the house until we headed to my in laws to swim for a few hours. And we returned to my mom's house for dinner. My kids got to catch fireflies for the first time which was very exciting, and enjoyed playing in the mud that Pop-Pop made for them.
|Mud in the wheelbarrow.|
|He LOVED being thrown.|
|Don't be fooled. He's not crying.|
|I think Simon looks just like Chris.|
Friday was the 4th. We hung around the house for a bit and let Simon take a nap before we headed to my in laws for a little party. The kids swam. Hamburgers and hotdogs all before we headed to see fireworks. I attempted to paint the kids' faces. They liked it well enough. We left to see fireworks...ok the fireworks themselves were awesome! We had great seats. No one was around so the kids were jumping around with excitment. And the presentation was really great. Parking wasn't even that bad other than people driving without any sense. We parked on the side of the road and started walking to the park. People were driving really fast in my opinion considering how many people were out specifically with children. And Amelia can not walk a straight path to save her life. I know this to be true since I had to grab her several times to avoid being hit by a moving vehicle. There aren't any sidewalks...just ditches with terrible weeds and scary wildlife. So managing the 4 kids while carrying chairs and a blanket and dodging cars was quite stressful. On the walk back we did have my parents' help but it was really dark. People had been drinking and a fight had broken out in the middle of the street. The good thing about the fight is it stopped traffic making it much easier to make our way to our truck. Silver lining?
|Happy Birthday USA!|
|He LOVED the turtles...and the polar bear.|
|They climbed on everything!|
I considered going to a later mass but Chris was dissembling the swing set later and my mother-in-law was taking the kids shopping so we got up and went at 9:30. The kids were pretty good other than Simon yelling Amelia's name loudly when he saw her sitting with my parents. And after communion pointing at the door and yelling "GO"! I was stopped by a lady (I didn't know) that seemed overjoyed about our fourth baby. She just thought it was wonderful and was very happy for us. It's reassuring to receive joyful comments. We did shop, and later had dinner with all the parental units.
Monday was a slow easy start before we headed out to my in laws again. My father-in-law had the day off and Amelia and Owen were staying the night. Chris loaded half the swing set into the truck and we took it home before heading out to dinner at a Japanese restaurant in Greensboro. It was delicious. I burnt my mouth because I wasn't patient enough to wait for my skillet bowl to cool down. After putting Simon to bed my mom, Chris, and I watched Austenland. Funny!
|About to enjoy some Japanese food!|
Wednesday we hit the road an hour earlier than we did for our way down and made it home 30 minutes later than we did arriving to NC. Coming home was a rougher trip. My kids are generally very good in the car. I'm sure our rough trip was much better than people who have kids that don't travel well, but it was still off putting. Simon serenaded us with his whine/cry/scream while saying "get out, get out". Amelia dramatically needed to poop when no restroom could be found. Once we did make it to a restroom miraculously she no longer had to poop. Owen wasn't too dramatic but did feel the need to instigate throughout the trip. But we made it home safe and sound so really that's all that matters. We did take a gamble on a local pizzeria for dinner somewhere in Pennsylvania. It was really good and they had $.30 wings that were delish....I just wanted to roll around in them.
When we got home Chris immediately started emptying the trailer and truck into our garage, and he took the trailer back. I can say that my house was clean for a week and a half...of course we weren't home. The children are back to their tearful protests. C'est la vie.
We had a wonderful time. These "vacations" are never long enough.