Three years ago my family spent a week together in Charleston, SC, which I wrote about here, and recorded much more fondly than I remember it now. I suppose that’s hindsight, right? Family around with infants is better than normal life with infants? All I remember now is spending the whole week nursing and pumping, oof. Last week we all returned to the same big house on the beach and it was like, 1,000 times more fun. Infants at the beach stink…3.5 year olds at the beach on the other hand are so much fun. Lucie and Teddy were way more brave about going in the ocean than I expected, and had the best time ever with all the cousins around. It was near impossible to get them out of the pool and out of the sand castle pit, Lucie totally owns the water wings and Teddy was all about the inner tubes. We built sand castles, jumped over waves, hunted rainbows and crabs after dark, lived in swim suits, and painted seashells. I was even prepared to “go with the flow” with regards to naps – which if you are familiar with my parenting style, naps are daily and mandatory – but they played so hard in the sun and water that by 2 every day they were totally cashed. So we all got toddler free time in the afternoons and evenings, heaven! Some of us adults even took off off an evening for date nights, Will and I joined my sister and her boyfriend at Cypress for a fanatic meal. The oysters! The tuna! The charcuterie! We got this raw oyster sashimi appetizer which very well might be the best thing I’ve ever eaten. And the bartender made me a killer cocktail off the cuff without any specifics except “vodka and refreshing.”
The only downer about the whole week was travel time. I didn’t quite realize how easy it is to get to any place from Chicago. Denver is another story. It’s the first time we’ve had to deal with connecting flights and a two hour time change to the east coast which made for 14hr travel days, yikes. The kids managed pretty well but true to form didn’t sleep much (Teddy not at all), and so were nooooot ideally behaved the following day. I would totally do it again, I only wish we had an extra week because 6 days isn’t enough time!
Becca probably has 900 pictures on her proper camera but I managed to snap a few on my phone too. I’m happy to share them and one amazing video with you now!
My view from the airplane seat…Lucie crashed for an amazing 2 hrs during a delay on the tarmac.
This afternoon we spent playtime after lunch enjoying the spring breeze and sunshine and blossoming trees on our back porch. We do actually have a little yard as well, but we had some pretty torrential rain this morning and the porch was more comfortable for everyone. It’s so nice to be able to spend time outdoors with the tots! They had a ball playing with practically nothing for a solid hour. Which was terrific since I had practically nothing to pick up off of the floor during nap-time. I brought out the firetruck, a few books, and they mostly enjoyed the clothespins already present. They made a pretty good game of taking them out of the bag, putting them back in, tasting them, etc… Waredrobe provided by Mama Patti (children’s clothing shopper extraordinaire)
This past week we had a short, perfect, lovely visit with my Aunt Nancy, Uncle Dennis, and cousin Matthew. The guys worked all day but Aunt Nancy spent the whole day with us! We went to the park, sat down at the coffee shop (the kids behaved nicely strapped into their stroller), and talked the whole day. All the guys including Will joined us for dinner (the kids behaved nicely at home in their beds). I of course neglected to take any photos. That is a running theme with me. I just enjoy my company too much and forget about preserving the memory. Oh well, next time!
I’m looking forward to this weekend, being my first Mother’s Day to actually enjoy being a mother. Last year LJ and T were a teeny 7 weeks old and my days revolved around feeding, changing, snoozing, feeding myself, and repeat. This year, no milking! Did I mention I nursed the last time right about 13 months? That was it! I am super proud of myself and super happy that phase for the twins is in the past. At times I miss my teeny tiny infants, and I wish I could go back to cuddle them and smell them, but just for like, an hour. Then I’m happy to take my almost-14 month olds back. They’re so much fun these days. Lucie is so happy to sit on a lap and read stories, she would do it all day long. Teddy and his awesome hair (doesn’t he seriously have the greatest hair??) is moving moving all the time. Touching this, shaking that, banging the two together. It never gets old for him.
So this weekend I am going to enjoy being a mama to my totally awesome twins. And I ordered 3 coffee cakes from the bakery down the street. Dooooon’t worry I’m sharing with everyone at brunch on Sunday, geez. I did promise myself to put a good dent in the apricot cake though, so don’t begrudge me that. It is a special event!
Happy Weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas and mamas-to-be!