Sunday, June 25, 2017
We made it work and every kid even had a chance to tube! Lucy loved it and even tubed behind the speed boat by her self - I was super impressed! She went full speed and wasn't scared at all. We tried to get her to ski, but sitting in the water, waiting for the boat to start, freaked her out and she ended up not even attempting. Water sports were definitely something that would have been easier with a third adult.
The kids all slept pretty well though - including Liam! who seemed like a dream baby, and were very helpful in getting everything set up and ready. Hank seemed to be in a bit of a rascally mood (he gets that way sometimes) unfortunately, so I felt like I was having to parent him a bit more than usual and felt frustrated with the way he was acting. I'm not sure if it was just his mood, or the fact that the weather was bad or the fact that we were in someone else's home and there was a bunch of "off-limit" things that he kept getting into, but either way I was ready to go home and get a little peace by Saturday morning!! While the kids are older and definitely easier, they are still at somewhat challenging ages and adding a baby into the mix made things even more complicated. Maybe next year will be our year!! (if Katy will have us back!)
Sunday, June 18, 2017
We planned a trip to Lake Atwood for my birthday and Father's Day. What started as a day trip turned into an impromptu camping trip and boat rental! This was our family's first time camping as a family of 5 (the last time we went was when Lucy was 18 months and I was pregnant with Hank) and we figured 1 night could be worth a shot!
Overall we had a ton of fun on the lake and renting the boat. We decided the lake is close enough to even just take a day trip down and boat for the day. The lake has a 25 horsepower limit on motors, so no one was going super fast, but the kids had fun just cruising around and there is a whole beach and swimming area where the kids got to swim on inflatables that were in the water.
We could get used to the boat life!
Camping was pretty fun too, although the campsite was super crowded. We had a great site - facing the lake and right next to a playground, but it felt like we were right on top of a bunch of campers (as you can see in the below picture). This made for a bit of a noisy night (the people next to us were pretty rowdy) and not much privacy for our family time. If we go again I'd want to make sure we had more space to spread out.
We had walking tacos and smores for dinner, played a few card games and played at the park... It was a lot of fun hanging out as a family! Since we didn't get a ton of sleep, it was nice to head back the next day, but it was definitely a lot of work to set up and break down camp for only one night!
When we got back, we unloaded the car and since it was still Father's Day I told Ben he needed to lay on the couch and watch TV so it worked out to have a relaxing day after our busy camping trip! And we celebrated by going out for Mexican that night!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
We did get to do a little bit of celebrating tough. I got to go in for the last day of school for an ice cream party another mom planned and to play a few games with the kids. It's always nice to get into Lucy's classroom but it can also be tough to - sometimes it feels a bit disorganized and tough to corral the kids... the party was a bit chaotic!
We also had an end of year party with a few of Lucy's friends. We did this last year and continued the tradition this year as well. The weather was a bit cooler this year - but we made the most of it with a bonfire and instead of cooking hot dogs on the grill, we cooked them over the campfire. It was the perfect way to celebrate the end of a great school year!