1. A brave thing. We took the kids back with us to Arizona Grand overnight last weekend since we didn’t get to try the water park last time and we thought they’d love it. Sophie really (really) doesn’t function well when her routine and food are unpredictable, which makes traveling really hard. We’d like to work through it a bit more now that our therapy schedule is a bit lighter, so we thought this was the perfect chance to try a night away.
The day was SO, so good. Both kids were awesome for a visit to Barnes & Noble to play with trains and read books, a quick stop for our favorite frozen lemonade. After quiet time, we drove out to the hotel and we all really enjoyed the water park (I’m looking at you, lazy river!). We did all the really important hotel things, like a trip to the ice machine and a hotel room picnic. We had some trouble with our internet, but the kids and I caught the end of Hook on tv and they were both riveted. I don’t think that’s a movie we’ll watch all the way through for a while, but Sophie loved watching Peter Pan fly through the air and thought Maggie’s nightgown was just the best (ha!).
2. And a rough night. We expected the night to be a little rough since it was the first time the kids have shared a sleeping space. With her sleep issues, Sophie’s often up for an hour or so before falling asleep and is still often up several times in the night. Milo’s an early riser and middle-of-the-night crier, so it just hasn’t been a great option for us. But again, we were giving everything a test run. They laughed and talked for a while, which made my heart burst. It just made me so happy to hear them giggling with each other.
2 1/2 hours later, however, it was less cute, so we eventually pulled Milo’s bed into our room, and it took him another 1/2 hour to finally give up the man-shouting and go to sleep. Ever the early bird, Milo would never dream of letting something like staying up 3 hours past his bedtime interfere with waking up at 5am. So… the night was less magical than the day.
Overall, we were REALLY happy with our day, and really glad we tried a night away with the kids. They had so much fun, and if we can sort out the sleeping part a bit better, we’ll be on our way!
p.s. This isn’t sponsored at all (we paid for our room), but Arizona Grand offers awesome Travel Tuesday deals on their Facebook page. It’s a great way to score a discount! They were a super family-friendly hotel and the water park had lots of different pools–wave pool, play pool, kiddie pool, splash pad, huge hot tub, lazy river, and several water slides. We’d totally go back.
- Elksa = Elsa
- Sarbeans = Sardines. We read a book the kids loved (and I got really tired of) that featured kitties eating sardines and milk for lunch. It is hilarious to listen to Milo say “Taythee sar-BEANS!!!” (tasty sardines)
- Becycling = Recycling
- Sher-uv = Sheriff
- Getch = A new word, a combo of get/catch
- Yogurd = Yogurt
- I can’t see a dang! – Milo says this whenever his eyes are covered at all. It’s hilarious.
- Home at last! – usually spoken by Milo after our 7 minute walk to the mailbox and back.
4. An owl. “I hear an owl!” proclaimed Sophie delightedly from her bedroom during quiet time the other day. Uh, what now? I dashed up the stairs to investigate and listened for a quick second before realizing it was the pair of pigeons who have decided that the roof directly over Sophie’s door is the perfect place to catch up in the afternoons. It’s like the trendy coffee shop for enormous, chatty pigeons. And, from the inside, the coo-ing totally sounds like hoot-ing.
So, the pigeon owls coo-hoot on. Every day. All afternoon. Forever. Bah.
5. Good moments. It was good to keep the “there are no good days with young children, just good moments” quote in my head this week. There were LOTS of rough moments this week, when I wanted nothing more than to scream, shout, throw things, or make completely ridiculous proclamations like “The next person who complains about snack is eating nothing but spinach for the rest of their lives!” or “No one shall ever play with the blue legos again!”, but I was able to hold it together thanks to some good moments. Things like dinner out, pretty flowers, or even both kids agreeing on the same book to read. There were lunches eaten without complaint, there were a few decent naps taken, grocery shopping done without injury to my bananas (say what?!), and a nail-painting party. Good moments, good moments.