Last year, we decided to just to "friend" birthday parties every other year. And on the off years, we promised we do something extra fun as a family.
This year, we picked a sort of pricey "extra fun" destination, so we told the kids we'd go one time in between their birthdays to celebrate them all. Today was the day.
We went to a big, indoor water park.
Not the best lighting, but you can see a little of my bump, Sweet P's ecstatic enthusiasm, and Little M's punkness and lack of willingness to cooperate for the one photo with me in it during the whole day's activities.
We all had a lot of fun, but these two especially had a blast. They both told me this was even more fun than a birthday party--so, I guess it was a success! Watching them race around, go down slides, and splash all over was definitely a Joyful Moment.
Baby B was not quite as keen on the idea of it all. It didn't help that his super excited big sister woke everyone up before dawn this morning. So, he was ready for a nap about when we got there. And his skinny little body was freezing cold from the moment he got wet. So, when we all hopped in some tubes to float down the lazy river, he was more than happy to snuggle up in my arms and proceeded to fall asleep. The two of us, along with Little M, floated around that way for quite some time while Sweet P and HH went down the big slides (Little M wasn't quite tall enough). Then HH came back and took Little M to go explore some other fun spots. While Baby B slept on.
I'll be honest, seeing all the adoring smiles of passers-by was a Joyful Moment for me. Can I help it if having other people appreciate the cute, sweetness of one of my children makes me happy? Not to mention, just having my sweet little baby all snuggled up in my arms.
Although, floating down the lazy river for more than an hour was not exactly a Joyful Moment for my back.
Fortunately, after this nap and some lunch, Baby B kind of warmed up to the park and began having some fun.
I went down a couple slides with Sweet P. She feels so big and grown up at times like this and it was a Joyful Moment hanging out with her.
The whole day went really well. We had a ton of fun. But it completely wore me out and finally getting to relax after getting home and cleaning up was definitely a nice Joyful Moment as well.
Wishing you all Joyful Moments that are even more fun than a birthday party!