Sunday, September 21, 2008

Warning: this is a Secret Post, not to be read by the faint of heart.


Tonight, I am seeking comfort in the cozyness of my hoody that says "Lovewishhope"on the arms and around the hood. I need to be surrounded in a "Lovewishhope" hug. Why, you ask? Because Derek and I just got back from a vacation with the kids. Derek and I have not taken all of our kids on any sort of vacation since Natalie was born, because I always said "I'm not ready yet, I'm not ready yet," and this weekend, I remembered why.

Y'all, I am about to reveal a little secret here for free. Take note. Are you ready? The secret is that taking 4 kids on any sort of vacation when 1 of them is under 2 and still in diapers, and one of them is a hyperactive 4 year old who doesn't always know how to channel it appropriately, and one of them has special needs, and one of them is...well, okay, it's actually pretty easy taking the oldest one, but the other three...well, let's just say, it wasn't exactly restful. But I knew it wouldn't be...which is why we waited so long to do it in the first place, and why we won't do it again anytime soon...

While the above statements are true, just know that I am glad we did it, I would not trade the weekend in, and I hope the kids will remember it always. (Since we won't be doing it again anytime soon...) It's worth it just to see how excited they get, and how excited they remain the entire time. But I must admit, the whole process broke me. I'm just sort of a messy puddle full of shards of glass right now. I'm glad to be home, with the laundry almost done and everything else put away, yes I said put away already, thanks to a certain someone who wouldn't be able to feel a sense of peace until everything was completely unpacked. (Okay, that's me.) Now I'm off to put the kids in their proper place, in their own beds in their own home, and then the world will be right again. May visions of beach house romping and merriment dance in their heads as they drift to deeper and deepest levels of sleep. As for their mother, I think I'm going to curl up in a corner of the couch while imagining that I am walking in a lush green field as violin music plays a soothing lullabye* in my mind. I will pull the strings of the hood of Lovewishhope so as to tighten it closely too my ears, as it's wooly goodness cushions my aching head.
-XOXO,

*I actually do have a soothing violin music lullabye that has lived in my head for as long as I can remember, which is most of my life. I have no idea how it got there, as I have never played the violin myself, and as far as I know, I've never heard the tune before it popped into my head. Maybe I was born with it. Does that make me officially crazy?

7 comments:

sara said...

Awww...such fun times (vacationing with kids!!) They will remember it forever & oddly, it won't be the same as your memories :) Praise God for that!!

Michelle said...

Yes, that is a great thing to remember, and the reason to do it. Thanks, Sara!

Debbie said...

I'm glad you guys survived and built memories. I am a home body and would rarely choose vacationing over being in the comfort of my own home. It is fun to have the memories and I've had many over the years myself. I can't imagine being in your shoes with 4. Way to go champion mom.

Meilei said...

Hey, I feel your pain! Sometimes it seems like it's just more work than it's worth. Someone said to me that after you have kids when you go away with them it's called a trip, when you go away without them, it's a vacation...
Sara is right, they will remember the time they all went to the beach and stayed over night and how fun it was!

Deb said...

I completely understand! We also went on a little trip this weekend to see Grandma Pitcher, and it was a disaster...mostly because Ashlyn doesn't sleep well anywhere but at home. Is the trip worth the battle to go to sleep?...but the girls loved it, and I'm sure Grandma did too.

vic-a-la said...

beach house? where'd you stay?

Val said...

Did you eat the ice cream we left you in the freezer? Yes, we did eat some of it, but couln't take it home, so I hope you guys were able to enjoy it. We had so much fun there the weekend before and can't wait to go back. It's one of our favorite family vacations every summer. But I have to say it was so enjoyable just us 6 girls last weekend.

I showed my mom this post and she was like tell me about it! The beach house is always a ton of work for her but she wouldn't trade the time we spend together for anything. It's all about the memories!