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It's a new year and even though I didn't make an official resolution to resume blogging, it came to me in the car today that THESE ARE THE DAYS and i won't remember them, my kids won't remember them, and my husband won't remember them (even though he remembers the date of his first lost tooth, et al) AT ALL if I don't make some effort to write down the everyday. The mundane. The moments that made us happy/sad/mad/frustrated/excited.
And that is not honoring my life and my children.
Who knows, someday, they might read back, and know WITHOUT RESERVATION OR DOUBT, how much I loved them. How much I fought to get them, how utterly meaningful they are to me.
I wanted to start with our pictures from California. We spent the week between New Years and Christmas at a condo on the beach north of San Clemente.
This much-planned trip was so significant because:
a. we are b.r.o.k.e. and haven't been anywhere for a long time (it seems like that to us, anyway).
b. we planned it for a year and it was a surprise for the kids that we 'gave' them for Christmas.
c. Jack has been working nights, so our 'together time' has been minimal and I really wanted everyone to be in the same space.
d. we are b.r.o.k.e. and haven't gone anywhere (oh, did I already mention that?)
The broke part is sooooo funny because all year while planning the trip we've been thinking we would go to Disneyland. (Insert laugh here)
Our last trip to Disney was when the boys were about 1 1/2 and 2, so all their minds' they've never been to Disney.
Honestly, they've never really even asked to go there, either. Isn't that a little strange? Maybe they've mentioned that a friend has gone or something, but they've never really expressed that much of an interest. Aren't they even MORE wonderful, now that that little fact has come out? :)
Anyway, we've been telling people Disney was on the agenda as part of the gift package. So a couple weeks before Christmas, Jack is mentioning that he doesn't think we should spend the money. And I'm thinking 'OH YES WE ARE. OUR POOR KIDS ARE DEPRIVED. THIS IS THE TIME THEY WOULD MOST ENJOY IT. WE CAN'T DENY THEM THIS CHILDHOOD OPPORTUNITY' blah, blah.
2 day Park Hopper passes be damned!!!
We'll find DISCOUNTS.
We MUST go.
Then I pulled up the prices, saw the stunning $750 tag dangling off www dot disney dot com and about choked on my wine.
We MUST NOT go.
Who can afford that shiz?
Who wants to go stand in line for 2 days AFTER spending that kind of green?
So we ix-nayed Disney plans, and went straight for 'play on the beach and ride the free bikes at the condo' plans.
Play games and watch movies on the dvd player plans.
Let the kids raid the vending machine for fun plans.
Play pool then sneak over to the hot tub plans.
Discover cool sea life in the tide pool plans.
Find $20 after dinner at Balboa Island plans. (Jake)
Get blown off the San Clemente pier at lunch plans.
December Family pic at the tidepools plans.
Gettin' together with good friends plans.
And most exciting of all - get lost 4 times and watch your mommy and daddy fight in the car on the way to the beach condo plans!!!
(Lucky I don't have pics of us FINALLY going over the mountains, in the dark, in the fog, just after rain (slick roads), with Jenna crying....)
Yep, these plans worked for us!