Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Madness !

It's Wednesday, so we are halfway through the Spring Break visit and I am beat. Since my mind has forgotten, my body is starting to remind me of my age ! LOL. The mini-van turned out to be the best idea. As far as comfort on a long road trip, you can't beat it. With two DVD screens, all the bells and whistles, including awesome storage and room the move around, the kids were definitely more than comfortable. One of my cousin's daughters couldn't come because she didn't want to miss her baby sisters birthday party this coming Saturday, but my other cousin's son, who is 5 quickly volunteered to come in her place so now my nephew who is 4 has somebody to play with.

Savannah picked out the flowers with me
Brunch turned out really great. The food was wonderful of course, but the quality time with my extended family was the best part. I might have decided to have a Mimosa or should I say a few, but whose counting ? LOL Here are some pics from the table I put together at my parents. My oldest niece picked out the flowers.

This 4 yr old is serious about his game !

I had planned to take the little ones to the Houston Rodeo Carnival on Monday, but the rain, nixed that idea so were were indoors the first day. They really enjoyed bowling  & we will definitely do that again. Whoever came up with the idea of those bumpers on the aisles for the less skilled, is a genius, we even had a couple of strikes !                                                
The chair massage was her favorite part.
                                                                               Later I took the girls to the nail shop, while Mr. Mixologist hung out with the boys. Tuesday, we took our annual Spring Break Photo & let me tell getting 6 kids, picture ready and keeping them that way is no simple feat ! We were happy with how they turned out. I will post some later.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Reminder: You can shop twice as fast when you leave kids at home                       
For dinner last night, I let them get some ingredients to make their own pizzas and they had flour from their ears to their toes, LOL but  they came out pretty decent.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Cheffin' it up !
                                                                              We used Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Italian Sausage, but it was still a little salty to my taste, but they of course thought it was delicious because they had made it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

I cannot tell a lie, my back is killing me right now ! LOL I think its the constant, bending & picking up stuff as well as lifting some of the younger ones, the constant movement that sadly, my body is just not used to anymore ![ Reminder: Increase treadmill time.]   I have been washing more clothes and dishes in these few days than I probably washed last month. Seriously though, the hugs, smiles and the love of these kids is so worth it. This is my cousin's 5 years olds first trip this far from home alone, without his parents & he is doing great and having fun and that is what is important to me.       

The hugs are totally worth it :)
What are you doing for Spring Break ?

Thoughts ? Comments ? Questions ?           

Beautifully Complex                                                                                                                                              


ichoosethesun said...

Can I just tell you that I lOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea and plan to start implementing it with my nephews, neice and godchildren beginning next year? Thank you so much for the inspiration and sharing!

Beautifully Complex said...

Even though they wear me out, I get so much out of it & miss them terribly when they leave. Thanks for stopping by and commenting !

Tazzee said...

Looks like you all are having a ball!!! I would be worn out too. I had to laugh at your reluctance to getting a mini van. Ever since I saw one of those commercials storing stuff in the floor of a mini van, I've wanted one. My girls and I rented a mini van for my bachelorette party/trip to New Orleans. We loved that mini van, LOL

Babs said...

When does Camp BC open up for non-relatives? I'ma start saving up regan's airfare today!

Beautifully Complex said...

I have to admit, I have been sleeping on the mini-van especially when carting around this many kids.
LOL ! Regan would have a ball. The little ones would love her to death. I am still sick about not getting able to see her IRL when I was in Atlanta over the holidays. Maybe next time.

Icey said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing about your family time! You can't beat making memories with the kids! They keep you young!

Beautifully Complex said...

I treasure the time & hope they will remember all the fun times when they are older, just like my memories of spending quality time with my Grandmother.