Saturday, February 23, 2013

Night at the Hotel

Life is a bit crazy at our house right now and I was needing a break..... I happened to mention that to Taylor's parents at the birthday party and they said they were not going to use their room they booked so they could have Taylor's party at the hotel and they offered it to us!!!  I called up Brad and told him to pack our overnight bags... we were going to have a mini staycation!!!  And I'm really glad we did!!!
Addyson had woken up from her nap and realized that Owen and I were gone and she cried... she was sad she had missed the party... no worries Sister.... we are going to have our own party now and it is going to be a lot of fun!! : )  Our first stop.... swimming pool!! :)
Headed to the pool with pen and pad of paper in hand!!!  This boy LOVES to write!!!  He was so happy to see the mini pads of paper around the hotel room with a pen near by.... they must have known he was coming!! : )
OK... so I took A LOT of pictures!!!  I was totally in vacation mode... and now there are so many cute pictures I HAVE to include them all.... so beware! 
All ready to go swimming... most of our swimming gear is in our camper at the camper lot so we didn't have access to most of it... good thing Owen doesn't need his floaties.... Addyson got to borrow them!
The water was a little cold for me... I didn't realize how cold it was since all of the kids were swimming at the party... funny how cold doesn't affect the little ones as much... or they just don't care.  I opted to just get my legs wet and then I got out to be the photographer!
Owen didn't want to get in at first but I told him to swim and it would warm him up!
Going in slowly to let them both get use to it!
Not sure if he would smile or not....the water is hitting his belly for the first time... that's nothing to smile about!
There's our happy guy... getting ready to swim for the first time this "season".
This is my kind of Saturday night family fun!!!
Relaxing
When Brad told Addyson that we were packing our bags to spend the night at the hotel and go swimming she told Brad she wasn't going to be able to swim because it would make her too tired... funny girl....
Once she saw how much fun the boys were having, it didn't take her long to get in the water and start having fun!!
After getting "warmed up", these two were ready to start swimming!!!  Ethan had a blast!!!  He was smiling and talking!  So cute!!!
And he hung on to that ball for dear life!
This is SO much fun, Mom!!!
Everyone swimming
"1, 2, 3.... Weeeee!"
Going under water... it is funny how the first time back in the pool it takes the kids a while to remember their skills from the end of last swimming season!  But, it didn't take too much time before Owen was swimming and going under water!
Part of their swimming routine is getting out of the pool to lay out and rest up!!!
Swimming is hard work... time to relax!
Warming up with Mommy!
And hammin' it up!! : )
Hey Daddy, I want back in there... it's more fun with the other kids!!!
So daddy came and got him to take him swimming again.....
... and after warming up with mom, the water was a little cold... look at that face... I think he changed his mind about swimming again! : )
Owen would throw the ball and then swim to get it.
Daddy would hold on to Addyson's feet and take her for a jet ride....
Blast Off!!
Ethan decided that it was better to be warm on the side of the pool!!  He found the ball and made a game with it!
He is starting to learn how to throw!!!  So he would get the ball and then throw it in the pool!
Daddy would hand it back for him to throw again!!!
"Yay!!!".... Man, he (Ethan) is getting SO big!!!
Warming up... and cheering on Ethan... we all got a kick out of Ethan's new skill(s)!!!
And now he constantly gives "High 5"s!!!!
Way to go Brother!!
The girl that didn't want to swim because she might be too tired was actually the last person in the pool!!!  We couldn't get her out!!  We were all out and she decided to swim another lap down and back in the pool!!!!  Our little Mermaid!
Drying off and getting warm while sister finishes up her lap!
Our hotel is right next to a restaurant we like so we debated walking over there to eat in, ordering take-out to pick up... or ordering pizza to be delivered.... pizza won!!!  SO easy and relaxing!!!  This is my idea of "dinner out" on a Saturday night!!!  It was SO nice to have the night off!!!
We spent the rest of the night relaxing in jammies... with Addyson taking pictures to document it all!
And since the kids were entertained, I got to blog a little bit! : )

The boys played a game behind the chair... it was an office or something... they had the phone, pens, paper, and were busy!  It was SO cute to watch Ethan follow Owen back there like he was a big boy and part of the game!! : )  I love how they make their own hotel fun... no need to bring a lot of toys... they make their own!

We also tried something new.... since we are working SO hard to night wean Ethan and get him to sleep on his own.... we got a pack and play for him to sleep in in the same room as the big kids!!  We put them to bed and let them talk until they fell asleep... and it worked!!!  That also meant that Brad and I got to hang out in the bedroom and watch tv/ play on the internet and we didn't have to go to sleep when the kids did!!!  That was SO nice!! Hard to believe they are all getting big enough to where travel is going to be that much easier!
Nammie joined us for breakfast at the hotel before church!!!  Awwww... what a fun night at the hotel and just the change/break we all needed!!!  We'll have to do this again soon when cabin fever starts to get the best of us!!!

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