In December we decided to venture down south to celebrate Christmas. No not that far south....do you see palm trees and pina coladas? Anyhow, Tim and I decided to hotel it seeing we have 4 kids now and invading someones home with them sounds much too stressfull. Just to make it extra special we went to a hotel with a pool! What a highlight! As you can see the boys had no fear with their lifejackets on. Backwards or forwards on their bellies they slid down the slide. We were so fortunate not to have to endure long lineups for the slide.....in fact we were the only family there that morning. We made Rachel our certified life guard. She sat under the fake tree and really did a lousy job watching us, she liked the towering tree abover her instead. So after a good swim Rachel was done! Nap time. Now this cheap and smart momma utilized her packing space well. You see Rachel slept in a tote. I packed her clothes in the tote on the way and back home. At the hotel her clothes were in a drawer. She also bathed in the tote and at night slept in it. We still chuckle at the picture! Between visiting lots of family and eating far too much food we had a great 4 day long weekend. The boys loved visiting with their cousins and sledding and skating with them. We live too far away from all the family. I think we should start a colony. Any willing participants?