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Mayhem Monday: Our First Family Road Trip

We are done our holidays. Wow. That week went by quickly. Far too quickly.

We decided to really go on a road trip adventure and loaded the kids up in Bessie, put a movie in the DVD player and set off for a 3 day, 2 night stay just south of the boarder at a hotel with a big water park. There was a voucher up for grabs that was a steal of a deal. We just couldn’t pass up the chance to road trip together since we haven’t taken a single trip anywhere since Mr. O. joined us nearly 2.5 years ago. It was time.

The ironic thing, for anyone who knows my boys, is that neither of them are particularly fond of water. Fit Boy is enjoying swimming in a pool but water parks and splash pads are still a bit of gamble. Mr. O. on the other hand dislikes everything wet unless it’s his bath. Add in that the 4 of us would be in one hotel room together, sharing beds, my restless leg syndrome (and huge belly) make it impossible for me to sit still long enough to sleep more than a few hours a night so there was the added factor of whether I would be keeping the kids up with my constant pacing, moving, spasming. I was also battling a nasty summer cold so I was pretty much the vision of everything that was going to go wrong on this trip.

In hindsight, I’m kind of amazed we actually thought this road trip was a good idea.

Either way, we packed our bags and headed off. The ride down was completely without event. We discovered the joy of DVD players in vans and headphones. Absolute bliss. Check-in was uneventful and the boys quickly made themselves at home in our little hotel room, testing out the beds, checking out every inch of the room and picking which bed and which parent would have the privilege of sharing said bed with them.

Best option for breakfast I could come up with. It was so tasty!

Best option for breakfast I could come up with. It was so tasty!

Good thing about road trips? We can pack our own snacks. Photobomb courtesy of the bump.

Good thing about road trips? We can pack our own snacks.
Photobomb courtesy of the bump.

Afterwards, we heading downstairs to check out the water park and get our wrist bands. The boys were beyond excited to get in there….until we actually got in there. Then they were a lot less sure of the whole water park thing their horrible parents were forcing upon them.

Ready for some water fun!

Ready for some water fun!

Mishap on the kiddie slide with my 4 year old.

Mishap on the kiddie slide with my 4 year old.

Mr. O. Stayed as close to me as possible and while Fit Boy ventured out a little bit, the level of noise in the building proved to be a bit too much for him and sensory overload quickly took over. Between that and the lack of decent naps on the way down meant our time in the park was short. This actually suited hubby because he was able to watch soccer in the hotel room (we don’t have tv at home anymore) and he is a Germany fan. ‘Nuff said there :)

Having fun driving the cars at the arcade in the hotel.

Having fun driving the cars at the arcade in the hotel.

The kids re-acquainting themselves with what TV shows are while eating dinner.

The kids re-acquainting themselves with what TV shows are while eating dinner.

The next day we ventured down to the water park again. There was a lot more hesitation but we managed to convince both boys to get a little wet. Fit Boy did much better, even going down the kiddie slide and venturing through the lazy river with me. Mr. O. was pretty content to just stick in the very shallow water, sitting on my lap. Better than nothing I suppose.

Sleep-wise, I slept horribly but thankfully, my incessant pacing and leg movements didn’t bother or wake anyone up. I did enjoy watching my babies sleeping so soundly AND being so worn out from the day that they slept in until 8am (unheard of in our house).

A few treats that came home with me. Wish I could get these locally!

A few treats that came home with me. Wish I could get these locally!

As we were packing up and getting ready to check out of the hotel, we noticed a park a little way away from us. We drove down to check it out and were amazed at how awesome this park was. We stopped to play. There was no way the kids weren’t going to take advantage of that park before sitting in the car for 3 hours driving home. I also noticed the area we were staying in would have been fantastic to go for a run. Very scenic, family friendly and easy to find your way back. Mental note for next visit.

The best kids play park I have ever seen. Wow!

The best kids play park I have ever seen. Wow!

We could have spent all day there. Next trip for sure.

We could have spent all day there. Next trip for sure.

 

A Day at the Spa

Last mother’s day, my hubby and the boys gave me a gift card to one of the spas in the city. I really, truly appreciated the gift because it was a push for me to go and take some time for myself and get a little pampering done. I don’t usually go for stuff likeContinue Reading

Mayhem Monday: The strangest marathon I didn’t run

Ok, I had the craziest dream last night. I’ve been thinking a lot about some of my goals and plans for after baby comes. I guess I’ve been thinking a lot about running, racing and my ultimate goals and my brain needed to do something with all that mojo. I had a dream that IContinue Reading

Pregnancy Update: 28 Weeks

I call the third trimester the home stretch of pregnancy but really…3 months does seem like a long time to be “stretching”. On the other hand, baby does some serious fattening up in this phase so I guess there is something to be said for the stretch after all. Either way, this is where I’mContinue Reading

Scenes from the Week

Quality Time with the Boys and a Glucose Overload

A very rare Saturday post! Hubby had to go out of town for a couple of days this week so I was relegated to solo parenting. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the kids all to myself. I was excited to do some fun stuff with them, have fun and play. Too badContinue Reading

Scenes from the Week

Restless Leg Syndrome and Pregnancy

If you’ve ever had a conversation about pregnancy with me, you know that it’s not a fond topic of conversation for me. Truth be told, I dislike pregnancy very, very much. I don’t enjoy it. At all. But not for the reasons you may be thinking. Sure, the weight gain is tough and losing theContinue Reading

Mayhem Monday: Welcome to Van Shopping Fit Mom

I don’t think I need to tell you that last week was a pretty crappy week. We lost a friend, we mourned him, we remembered his life. This kind of stuff is never easy and losing a friend at the age of 38 will knock you on your rear faster than anything. It just plainContinue Reading

Running and Pregnancy: Yes, I do it.

Once upon a time, we lived in an age where being pregnant meant you had to take it easy, no lifting, no strenuous work, just rest, relaxation and a few indulgences to keep the hormone monster at bay. Once upon a time it was also said that women shouldn’t run because it might cause ourContinue Reading