I take so many pictures and videos because they tell a story that are hard to describe through words. The way Hallie ran after the waves for hours. The way in which Briggs followed his older siblings and always wanted to hold hands. The way Bennett built sand castles and searched for hermit crabs. The many times Cannon asked to be buried in the sand. Pictures tell stories and they speak to my heart.
Last week was our kid’s fall break and we spent it in Mexico with a couple families. It was unlike any of our previous trips and yet still as amazing as always. We experienced our first Mexico rain storm (thank you Hurricane Rosa) which put us out of power for 14 hours. Streets were flooded and some washed out. We take for granted that in the states, power is typically restored quickly and even when power is out, we still have running water – which was not the case. The first two days, the winds were strong which created large waves – our kids had never seen waves this large and they enjoyed playing in them. They were disappointed by the third day when they had died down. Due to weather and potential road conditions, we ended up leaving one night early – but we weren’t willing to miss a beach sunset. So we played until the very last minute, enjoyed the sunset and then packed up and headed out as they kids settled into sleep in the car. It seems as though each time we go there’s a new adventure.
One thing from this trip that was a welcome change – Briggs (and the other boys his age) were able to walk up and down the stairs to beach unassisted. This may not seem like a big deal but it’s a game changer! When your hands are full carrying every thing to and from – it’s great to have them by your side walking and not having to hold them. Perhaps next time we can be diaper free! Love these milestones.
I now have a laundry room floor caked in sand (luckily the laundry is done) and a couple kids under the weather – clearly they played too hard. Looks like our fall break will be extended another day as we try and get kids healthy and not contagious!
Here’s our week in pictures…
Steve and I keep thinking that as the kids get older we’ll enjoy camping more. We tried it out this summer and and it was great. And yet, sleeping in a tent with a two year old doesn’t top the list of things I want to do on my weekend! Maybe when he’s four?!
Our friends can convince us to do just about anything with them, but they couldn’t convince us to go camping. We had a full weekend and every excuse in the book. But then they suggested we join them for the night and then go home and sleep in our own beds – that was a little more enticing!
Even then, we almost bailed – but we’re glad we didn’t. Watching the kids catch crawdads in the almost dried up stream was entertaining. I thought after they caught a few they’d be willing to move on to a new activity. But there they stood and fished until it was time for dinner. The country song “Fishin’ in the dark” played over and over in my head as I watched these excited kids experience something new.
As we weaved in and out of trees back from the stream to the campsite, I could feel fall approaching – which is unusual in our part of the country. But there were some leaves starting to change color with some fall leaves that had already fallen from their branches. Since moving to Arizona, fall is the season I miss most of all. We need to escape to the mountains more often this time of year.
We roasted hot dogs, made s’mores, a few of the kids tried some cooked crawdads and we were extremely dirty and smelled of campfire. And then we happily made the hour drive home and enjoyed a full night’s rest. I could get used to this type of camping!
I backup Steve’s phone pictures every once and a while and it’s always a surprise as to what he’s captured. I’ll find pictures and videos of the kids doing funny things that I haven’t seen. I’ll see pictures related to work projects. And then sometimes I find things that I know have a story behind them, but seeing them at face value is amusing. I uploaded this picture from his phone:
Steve is a big Seinfeld fan – and most of life’s events can be related to a Seinfeld episode, right?! I’m sure he was relating something to Seinfeld which resulted in him pulling up this picture. But maybe not. Maybe he had a couple free minutes and was researching Halloween costumes. Maybe he’s considering new Sunday attire. I really can’t be sure. 🙂
We took the circus to the circus!
I had never been to a circus and none of our kids had been either. In all honesty – I didn’t even know they still had a traveling circus with elephants and tigers – I thought they did away with those a couple years ago. But the movie The Greatest Showman has peaked an interest in the circus in just about everyone and we knew our kids would love it. It did not disappoint – everyone was entertained – even the adults.
Circus animal crackers at the circus – I had no clue this box had been discontinued. I picked them up a while back and figured this was the perfect place to enjoy them. A lady approached us and asked us where we found them – she had been trying to find them and couldn’t find them anywhere. Briggs has no clue it’s a vintage box of crackers – but he sure did enjoy them. This face…bump on his noggin, dirt on his chin, bed head – happy little boy.
When I read that this circus was over two hours long – I couldn’t imagine we would stay for the whole thing. But we found ourselves there until the very end and even then the kids could’ve stayed longer to watch the elephants give rides. They give away one girls and one boys bike each night and as luck would have it – one of the kids in our group won the boys bike. I suppose if you take enough kids to the circus, your chances of someone in your group winning the bike significantly increases. There were smiles all around.
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