If you were to come over for a cup of coffee…
… I would tell you about our trip last week. Oahu was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. It was such a great vacation with the kids. Just days upon days of sun, beaches, pools, and smiles… so many smiles. My favorite thing on the whole trip was swimming with the sea turtles. It was incredible. I can’t wait to go back someday with the boys are just a bit bigger and maybe do a bit more exploring. I am sure some of the hikes are amazing. I really wanted to go to Pearl Harbor but decided I would wait until the boys understood what we were seeing. I think that’s the greatest part of traveling… getting the opportunity for the boys to experience history … to see it… not just read it and it is something I truly hope we can continue to do throughout their lives in some way or form. But this trip while they are young… was just about that. Sun, Sand, Swimming, Smiling… and we accomplished that every single day.
… I would tell you I am always surprised at how independent my kid is. He wanted to go into Auntie’s Beach House at Aulani. I was hesitant because I have this weird issue that family vacations… my kid’s should stay with me and I shouldn’t hand them off. But he begged and pleaded. And after the tour I understood why. This place was packed with amazing things for the kids. Movie Room, Dress up Room, Arts and Crafts Room, Outdoor playhouses and swing sets, dance and singing room, game room, and it went on and on. They asked him if he wanted his mom and dad to go with him on the first day or if he was good to go…. Without hesitation he gave them the thumbs up and said good to go….without even looking back. So we let him go in there for about an hour every night…
… I would probably tell you… that I love taking vacations with people as opposed to just us four. Don’t get me wrong. I Loooooove vacations and the time spent with my little family. But I am just a big believer in ..it takes a village. And I love that my kids get to make memories not just with us… but with other relatives as well. I know that these moments are shaping them… and I hope that it teaches them just how important family is… so that someday.. They don’t go off to college and never want to return… and break my heart :) So I am soooo thankful my mom and step dad were able to do this with us.
… I would probably tell you that my mom comes from a big family. On a grand view of it all she has 5 sisters and 3 brothers. My dad however is an only child. And it’s interesting having both ends of the spectrum on that growing up. The other week I mentioned being lucky having such a support team with aunts and uncles and grandparents. My aunts and uncles came to a lot… but they had their own families and things going on. On my dad’s side I have my Grandpa. And let me tell you … it doesn’t get much better than him. There isn’t a memory that doesn’t have him in it. He would arrive Christmas mornings and just wait in the driveway until we woke up. SO we are talking… like 4am. Him getting out of bed… driving over… and waiting. Just to see us open our gifts from Santa. He dedicated his time to us in ways that only a grandparent of an only child can. I always think how lucky I was to have both of these… to be surrounded by my mom’s loud crazy… amazing family growing up…. But also to have my grandpa who was there … usually quiet. But just so happy to be there with me and my sister.
… So I always think of these things and I want my kids to have the same experiences. Sometimes I think now a days people get so caught up in the busyness of everything … and forget how important these times are. I do believe that it teaches them the importance of family… the importance of a support group… a group of people that love you unconditionally.
… I would tell you that the next few weeks are crazy busy for us. We now have like 10 days to be out of the house and have it all set for the new owners. So this weekend we are jammed pack with packing and moving furniture and getting as much as we possibly can done this weekend… so that next weekend it’s an easy transition. I cannot wait for our life to slow down a bit and get settled in. I am getting excited about this new adventure… and being able to drive to target in less than 5 minutes! (which could be a problem!)
… speaking of Target … Did you see their new bedroom line for kids? Uh-mazing. I am obsessed. My friend Stephanie sent me a link the other day… and its adorable! How exciting that they have a few dino pieces for Maddux’s room just when I need them. And if I had a girl I would be all over those animal heads for the wall. All over them.
… We are getting closer and closer to moving. I have such an obsessive personality. I have been staying up late unable to sleep trying to plan out the new house. I am a little stressed. We are debating on knocking out a wall and taking on the kitchen right from the start and I am going back and forth on if we should just go for it… or wait and hold back. It’s a big project and I am a little intimidated by it… but hopefully we can figure it out as we go… fingers crossed.
And by now it would be time to start the day….
Until next week ….