Friday, June 22, 2018

family vacation 2018

Between trying to get my mental health back on track and heading out of town for a few days with my family, time has quickly gotten away from me.

While I was at work last week, Jon took the kids for a hike in one of the local Metroparks.

On Saturday, we headed out of town. My parents graciously paid for the house we stayed in and it was perfect. There was a pool and screened porch. The kids swam in the pool every single day we were there even though it was only in the low 70s some days. My mom also made the kids these cute little dolls in fabric campers for the drive out.
After getting to the house, we spent Saturday unpacking and swimming. That night, Etta threw up from midnight to about 4 am. Even though we laid down towels she managed to get vomit on all our bedding, which means we were also doing laundry from midnight to 4 am. We realized she had dairy that evening and has not outgrown her FPIES. I felt awful but I was also relieved it wasn't contagious!

Sunday morning my sister flew in. I did a grand total of nothing for Jon for Father's Day. Frankly, I still feel awful about it. I didn't even get him a card! Or have the kids draw him something! When I'm in a better place mentally I plan on having a redo Father's Day and spoiling the crap out of him. Sunday was also spent swimming.
Sleep was super rough on Etta for this trip. We had her pack n play in the kids room but she was not having it. One night I had to lay with her on one of the kids' beds to get her to fall asleep.
On Monday we headed to Idlewild. If you are unfamiliar, Idlewild is a great young-kid amusement park in western Pennsylvania. There is Storybook Forest, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and a water park included in the park ticket. The day we went was HOT so we spent 98% of the day at the water park. The kids had a blast!
 Trying to get the sword out of the stone (her face cracks me up):
Around 3:30 pm we left and jumped in the pool as soon as we got home. After dinner we headed and got ice cream. The closest establishment with ice cream was Sheetz so that's where we went.
 That night, Jon and I took the big kids to camp!
I'm not going to lie, I was giddy the whole time (which ended up being 20 minutes because sleepy children). To be able to share something I love so much with people I love so much - I genuinely hope my kids end up as campers one day!

On Tuesday, my sister and I went white water rafting with our dad. The rest of the trip was very low key and lazy. We got back yesterday afternoon and have been easing back into real life since.

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