Due to Adventures in Odyssey, the kindness and creativity of friends, and McDonalds ice cream, we had a good trip to Whidbey Island. Our friends dropped off a travel box with a bag for each of the five younger children and another combined bag for the older kids. As we drove out of town, we opened a card with instructions telling the kids to open one gift each hour. The gifts were numbered and had a question on the outside that had to be answered before they could open the package. Some of the questions were “What do you most like about your Dad?” and “What are you most looking forward to on this trip?” and my favorite, “What do you like most about your Mom?”
The kids loved this and looked forward to each hour passing. There were journals, Mad Libs, treats, and even Flarp “noise putty.” I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what kind of noises we enjoyed for the three hours following opening those packages.
We stopped in Ellensburg for a bathroom break and ice cream, arriving at the ferry dock just in time to see the last car drive on the boat,which put us at the front of the line for the next one. Happily, it was still light when we got to the lovely vacation home. We quickly unloaded the big van, then Russ and the kids made a dash down the path to the beach while I made a simple dinner.
Sweet Pea arrived from Seattle later that night and we stayed up talking until none of us could keep our eyes open. She is here for a couple of days and has one more day in surgery before taking a month off to work on her residency application and catch up on three years of lost sleep. The other big kids will join us as they are able to get away from work. (Kids, if you are reading this, we miss you! The beach is great, the house is beautiful, hurry to get here!)
The kids have spent hours on the beach today which is a huge improvement from last year when Honeybee declared it to be “gross” and “stinky.” She is not a fan of seaweed. Last week she told me that she was now a “family girl” and was going to have fun on our family vacation. It makes me realize just how far she has come in the past year. She even asked me recently if I would write a post about how she has become a “big girl” and I need to do just that.
Russ and I are going to take a walk down the road while Sweet Pea holds down the fort. I’m still holding my breath a bit, but so far, vacation is going well for Dimples. She has been alternating between playing with her siblings and hanging out with the adults. She has played numerous games of Solitaire and just wrapped up a few rounds of Dutch Blitz with Russ. There are no friends to call, no computers to play on (laptops are off limits), and no movies to watch (unless we get desperate). There is a great beach, volleyball on the lawn, fun treats to eat, and blackberries to pick.
Little Man just came to me and said, “Mommy, if you need to buy anything, don’t use your money. You can use mine,”and he unfolded his hand revealing a quarter and a penny.
It’s getting even better. He came back while I was proofing this, sat next to me and said, “Mommy, if you want to buy something really badly in your heart, you can just ask me and I’ll buy it for you with my money. I get to do all the paying and you get to have it. I’ll do all the shopping.”
This is a good day.
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