I need a journal, my poor neglected blog is the best thing I have right now. I wanted to write something somewhere in the hopes I would never forget this week.
Magical moments are few and far between - at least for me. I have been very blessed to have a lot of them this week.
I had promised to take the kids to UT for spring break to see there cousins. The last six months have been spent, in part, in a massive application effort to find an internship placement for William. We found out the week before spring break that he had not matched in the second round of the psychology internship matching process. I had to make the decision to stay home with the kids to continue the application process while we continue searching for a placement for William (he has had interviews this week in Ohio and Kentucky, has another one next week in North Carolina, so our continued efforts are producing some results). So I decided to take the money we had budgeted for gasoline expenses (which we didn't really have anyway!) and use part of that to make the disappointment up to the kids.
The kids have never been roller skating, and I took them all one day. I had the bright idea of getting all of us in skates and hitting the rink at the same time - the chaos was overwhelming and hilarious. It was hard work for the kids, but they all said they want to go back and they had a good time. Plus the popcorn was only $1 - you cannot beat that..
We additionally have made multiple trips to the "great big swings" at riverside park here that opened again April 1 - yay!
The big event of the week was the hotel with a swimming pool I had booked here locally. The kids made me take them a few days before our stay so they could do recon =). The hotel and our room overlooked the river, it had a sofa bed in it which for some reason the kids think is the coolest thing ever, and most importantly had a wonderful swimming pool and hot tub. Our friends met us to go swimming, and Jaxon had the wonderful transformation from being terrified of the water to loving being in it. Largely in part because his buddy was watching him, he became this fearless little water baby gleefully jumping off the side of the pool into mom's arms, so many many times. The other kids likewise had a wonderful time. Levi, Ezrie and Jaiden learned how to "chicken fight" and it was hilarious to watch them figure that one out.
After swimming, I took them out to Shari's (think Denny's only w a local vibe to it), where my parents have taken me and my siblings many times growing up. Ezrie got the "x marks the steak" off the kids menu, which is so Ezrie, and Jaxon behaved himself well enough that it wasn't complete chaos. The whole evening was actually quite golden and beautiful and memorable. The next morning of course saw us back swimming until we had to check out. One of my kids was able to go twice to the free breakfast, and I actually saw her leaving the room as the last one out before the doors were locked - totally, completely classic.
Last night did see me having a major crash - either a 18 hour stomach bug or just exhaustion/stress from the last several weeks, but it is over now and we are planning on seeing a movie today.
I feel very fortunate to have had moments where I have been able to forget, for a period of time, the stress and strain of reality and just be a mom doing fun things with her kids. I am really a very blessed person.