We recently got back from a long weekend trip to Kansas to visit the grandparents, my in-laws. The golf club that my Father-in-law belongs to has a golf tournament each year that he and my husband play in. While they are gone most of the weekend, the kids and I got to spend some quality time with Nana.
There is something pretty special about the kind of quality time you’re able to have with your kids while on vacation or simply being away from home. Away from the day to day distractions of emails, dishes, or laundry.
The first night we got into town, Nana and Grandpa had surprised us with a fun night at the Great Wolf Lodge full of water slides and arcade and all things fun! In the last year, MWH Girl has taken to the water like a fish and was so excited to get in there and was headed down the big slides before we knew it.
MWH Boy on the other hand hasn’t been too jazzed when it comes to water and so I was fully expecting him to “sit this one out.” He started out timid and although he was wearing his arm floaties, wasn’t keen on going anywhere near the larger pools, let alone the two “toddler” size water slides. We conciously decided we were not going to push him and the first day was spent with him in the baby section just splashing around.
It wasn’t until the next day after Daddy and Grandpa left for the golf tournament, that Nana and I watched as he slowly made he way over to the toddler water slides. I was standing next to him as he watched about 5-10 little ones climb up the stairs and head down the slide. He then gave me a look of “You going with me?” and I gave him a sweet smile and held out my hand. He then turned around and looked at Nana. She too knew what was happening and yelled over to him, “I’ll be at the bottom!” He then turned around grabbed my hand and headed up the stairs to the blue slide. I lifted him over the little lip and sat him in the water. With a quick, “Here you go babe” I gave him a gentle push. Nana set up to catch him had the biggest smile as he slid right into her arms. At the bottom he turn around and gave me the biggest SMILE ever. He proceeded to go up and down the slide another 50+ times, but I hope to never forget that smile as long as I live. It was EXTRAORDINARY! It was at that moment I realized how lucky I really was to get to spend that quality time with both my babes away from the every day distractions. The rest of the weekend was spent at Nana and Grandpa’s celebrating the little moments, the everyday moments. My kids are extraordinary and its not always the big epic stuff that makes me feel that way. Its the small moments like… When MWH Girl caught her first lightning bug! She is EXTRAORDINARY.
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Lesson learned — Be present, enjoy the small things, and celebrate the everyday with our EXTRAORDINARY kids. You will not regret it!
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