We had such a lovely first week of Christmas break but we still had a lot of fun things to do after Christmas too. But first up after Christmas we had a whole day of cleaning out the house to make room for new toys, cleaning the house, and doing a whole lot of laundry to get ready to go to Grandma and Grandpa's house. The kids didn't love it but they helped a lot and we were able to get everything ready to go and pick up a couple of last minute gifts. It also got freezing cold!
I caught Spencer drinking the milk out of his bowl after finishing his cereal. Where did he learn this?? The fact that I laughed and took a few pictures probably ensures that he will continue to do it.
Then we drove to Arlington to do Christmas #2 with my family. The kids were so excited. We had a lovely dinner all together as as family and then it was time to open the presents. The kids got some great stuff, they love it all.
Kim is showing Camilla the head band set (its actually Brooke's present but ya know, Camilla makes her way into everything)
Cookies and milk with cousins. Cory got a coffee maker for Christmas that we can use to make hot chocolate so lots of hot chocolate was had.
Then the next day it was time for us to hit up Great Wolf Lodge, it was the moment we had been waiting for. This is one cool hotel. They go all out this time of year. The kids were thrilled.
We did a full day of sliding, swimming, and warm tubbing. The kids loved it and were exhausted by and hungry by the end. We left Spencer with Grandma.
Best Dad in the world went to get dinner so the kids could eat dinner in bed while watching a movie. This was one of the number one things the kids wanted to do on this outing. When I couldn't find anything on tv Carson started getting teary eyed thinking that we wouldn't be able to do this. Thankfully netflix for the win on the laptop.
And who is spoiled??? My kids and I are. Aaron went to In N Out and Chick Fil-a because we all wanted both. He is the best. We demolished everything he brought back. Carson ate, two cheeseburgers, two orders of fries, chicken nuggets and a milk shake. He is bottomless.
Aaron stayed at the hotel with the kids and I went back to my parents' house to sleep with Spencer. Aaron let the kids stay up and go to story time. They loved it. Such a good dad.
They were so worn out that poor little Brookey was asleep before Aaron could even get over to say prayers with her.
The next morning I came back with McDonalds for breakfast and I brought a surprise, Mia, The kids were so excited that she would be joining us for the day.
A lot of jumping off this ledge onto the bed happened.
The next day was a repeat of the day before, ride after ride after ride. Carson is unstoppable. He would go on rides all. day. long.
The kids all had a lot of fun playing together. Mia was wise and wore goggles a lot protecting her eyes. Poor Brooke, her eyes started to hurt after awhile.
The kids also did the wave pool and the lily pads.
I took Brooke home, she quickly fell asleep in the car and then Aaron finished up with the big kids.
That night Brooke got a bath in the big tub.
The next day we went to lunch for Cory's birthday, just the adults. We had a great time. It was so fun to hang out with adults and talk. I wish we did it more often. Then it was time to make the drive home. The kids were hungry the whole drive and we kept telling them to wait until Buccee's. They were so excited when we got there.
BBQ sandwiches and Icees for the win.
Our cutest boy, no pants, dirty shirt, like 30 degrees out and an ICEE. Love him.
Then we finally made it home. We got the car unloaded, completely unpacked and cleaned. It was a fun trip but we were happy to be back home. But man was I exhausted, I could have slept for 12 hours I think.