This year, when my parents asked what the kids wanted for Christmas, we said, instead of more stuff, how about an experience...a memory! So we got 2 days and a night at a water park. The kids were thrilled beyond words. We all had a blast!
Not sure which the kids liked better; the water park or eating pizza and soda pop in bed while watching TV. Emmett cried when I told him we had checked out of the hotel room!
In the morning, before the water park opened we hung out at the hotel pool.
I wore Ender in the Baby Bjorn the whole time. With out that we couldn't have brought all 3 kids at the same time. The Bjorn worked out great!
Thank you Nana and Grandpa! We may need to make the "experiential" Christmas present a tradition! We had so much fun!
I do have to be honest, I almost let my adult expectations and critique of each aspect of our accommodations ruin it for me. Instead, I was able to change my perspective to that of my children. When I began looking at each aspect of our trip through the wide eyes of a toddler, I saw the joy, the absence of rules, the excitement, the out of the ordinary, the meaningfulness of spending time together as a family. I am SO glad that I made the decision to change my attitude because I can honestly look back at our water park experience with positive emotions and I would LOVE to do it again!