This past weekend we packed up all four children and headed up to the mountain town of Steamboat Springs. When we went there two years ago for our anniversary trip, Jon and I sat in the hot springs and talked about how we’d love to bring the Littles up there. And finally… finally… we were able to make that a reality. It was everything I had hoped for, and more.
We were joined by our friends Mandy and Derek, and their four little ones. For those that have children, know how extremely rare it is to find friends where both the women AND the men AND the children all like each other, all get along, and just… click. I am so thankful for the day that God brought Mandy and I together in a Human Resources Department 12+ years ago. She is an inspiration to me as a mom, a wife, a Godly woman, and someone whom I can be completely myself and admit all the things without fear that she’ll judge me for it. And to watch our husbands and our children interact and enjoy each other too… well, its just icing on the cake.
We originally discussed staying in a hotel, but after weighing the pros and cons and envisioning us adults hanging out in the hallway after bedtime lest we wake the herd, we decided to rent a vacation home instead. It was the perfect solution. There were two living rooms, one upstairs and one down, a kitchen, a dining room, and plenty of beds and bathrooms. After bedtime, in which no child actually stayed in their bed or even pretended to sleep, at least the adults could visit downstairs and yell in the general direction of the stairs to “get back in bed!”
Most importantly was the pool!! Seriously, that pool was our saving grace for boredom and/or bad attitudes. Never mind that it was in the fifties and freezing… there was a pool and the children could not be stopped! They jumped in and out of that thing more times than I could count.
It was an incredible weekend, and one I definitely want to replicate again. Between the food, the Corn Hole, the hot springs, the fishing, the visiting, the swimming, and everything in-between, it was good. So good!