It was not until we turned our phones on airplane mode Thursday that I realized how much I wanted and needed this time totally alone with my family! We normally spend some time on the weekend without cell service but this was totally different and amazingly wonderful!
We spent 9 days on a house boat with 11 adults and 7 kids. Something I just love about having a big family is the fact that there is always someone to play with. When we weren't out on the water playing there were plenty of card and board games to choose from. It is times like these that really rejuvenate my soul. I really feel so blessed to have been born into such a great family, marry into an equally as amazing family, and create the perfect family with my husband and children! They are really what life is all about!
Baby Kate cracked me up, the whole time she was in the water, on a kayak, paddle board, or jet ski she was content and happy. The kind of content where she just phased out and watched everything that was going on around her. It was so funny to watch. Normally when I am around her she is wanting me to hold her, not here though. Honestly, It was kind of a nice break. This was one of the first times where I felt like an adult. I could do stuff all for myself. I would get up early or stay up late and go on a wake boarding/surfing trip and my husband and I got to go out on mini dates while our kids were taking naps on the houseboat. I'm not really sure how to explain it, and you might not understand what I am talking about unless you are a parent, but it was so nice to just be me for little bits of the day. I got to do stuff that I loved doing before I had kids. I always love sharing my passions with my little ones, but there was something really nice and refreshing getting to enjoy them for myself.