Our cubs were also thrilled to learn that we would be going on a road trip. They immediately started suggesting activity ideas.
Thursday night I was feeling overwhelmed. Packing, snack ideas, travel activities, etc, all seemed too much for my brain. I kind of took the joy away from hubby with my overwhelmed attitude. But I realized that I was very tired, so decided to go to bed and hopefully wake up with a more refreshed/renewed attitude. And thankfully, I did.
So Friday morning was all about making sure the cubs had packed decent looking clothes, and packing my own clothes. Clothes that did not include looking like a stay-at-home mom. So no sweat pants for me!
I grabbed most of the fruit we had in the house, filled all the water bottles, and made sure the cubs took some toys to entertain themselves for the 4 1/2 hour drive.
Once we arrived at our destination, hubby made some boring ole work related stops. I think those stores are to him what Homesense is to me. Dream stores! He could spend a lot of time in them. But after many hours of sitting in the pickup, he took mercy on us, and did a quick walk thru.
When hubby first told me about the weekend away, my first thought was Red Lobster and Olive Garden! I love food. Good food. These restaurants are on the top of my list of places to eat.
So while sitting in the pick-up waiting for hubby, I called Red Lobster to make reservations. They informed me that they don't take reservations but I could leave my name for the wait list, up to 30 minutes ahead of time. Which was perfect.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were immediately shown to a table. I could hear the guests that were waiting, grumbling about us being seated before them. I guess it pays to call ahead...
After our delicious seafood supper, we went to the hotel. The cubs eager to get into the pool. Hubby and I are not fans of swimming, but because the cubs enjoy it so much, we too don our swimwear...
Tuckered out from swimming, we headed up to our room for the next best part of staying in a hotel. TV. We don't have cable/satellite at home, so when we get the chance, we are glued!
Our first stop was originally supposed to be Ikea. But hubby realized that he needed new shoes, so off to the mall. He was just going to buy new shoes and then we would head to Ikea. Well, plans changed. We ended up staying at the mall all morning and and afternoon. We never did make it to Ikea. Because by the time we were ready to leave the mall, hubby and I were exhausted from corralling 4 cubs. Off to the hotel for a nap!
Cub 4 and I had a nap. sigh. The other three cubs got more Tree House time in. Hubby went off to do some work stuff...
This time for supper, I had my tastebuds set on some Italian cuisine. Olive Garden. I was hoping that I would be able to call ahead to get our name in like I had with Red Lobster, but no such luck. They had a 1 1/2 hour wait. So I checked the other location. 30 minutes. Sweet, we could handle that. Well, driving to the other end of town, gave other people the chance to get to O.G. before us. 1 hour wait. Darn it!!
So we checked Montana's. 1 hour wait.
Chili's was our next and final option! 30 minute wait. Yay!! And by the way, if you ever have the chance to eat at Chili's, you have got to save room for their Molten Chocolate Cake!! It is super delish!! So worth the can't-walk-have-to-open-button feeling ;-)
Sucking it in, we were able to close our buttons and head back to the hotel, eagerly anticipating the arrival of some dear friends, to join us in the pool.
This time I was able to convince myself that it was ok if I didn't swim. The cubs had such a blast with their friends. I on the other hand, find it very stressful trying to make sure that all of my cubs stay above water!
Waterlogged and skin completely dried out, we headed back to the room for some 'hangin out'.
Swapped kids for the night so that they could spend more time together. Plus, you can't be with friends without pleading for sleepovers, right?!
Sunday morning...8:00 a.m. click. on goes the tv. Oh Tree House...
Breakfast at Cheesecake Cafe was an unexpected delight. Never would have thought that a cheesecake business would serve breakfast. But yum!
Breakfast devoured, we headed for the open road. Yep, home time.
For some reason, the 4 1/2 hour drive home, went really fast. I think it may have helped that we were all extremely tuckered out...
Ahh, home sweet home.
Weekends away are many things... Fun. Stressful. Memorable. So worth it...
Happy week to you all!