Saturday, July 14, 2012


As I mentioned in my last post, we took our first family vacation last month. It was kind of a nightmare navigating an airport, getting through security and boarding a plane with 3 toddlers, but all in all, we had a great time. The boys got to hang out with lots of family members, played in amazingly soft green grass, ate heavenly Amish doughnuts, took their first boat ride and even went to a water park. On the downside Simon face planted on the concrete not once, but twice. The first time he scuffed his forehead, the second time he scraped and busted his lip. Linus banged his head on a table, bashed it really good on a door and busted his nose by running face first into a wall. This resulted in a really really bruised forehead, a bloody nose and 2 black eyes. Dexter gets the prize for being the least clumsy and only scraped a knee. It was like all that fresh air and exercise made them forget how to walk or something!
Our 3 boys, 3 strollers, 3 carseats, 3 carry ons and 2 suitcases before boarding.

Playing with the water fountains while waiting for the flight was super fun.

Checking out the seats. No we did not let them sit together like this. I took Simon & Linus in my row and Trina had Dexter with her.

Enjoying some pre-flight milk.

"So let me get this straight. What you're saying is the plane is going fly? In the air??"

Glorious in-fight napping.

Looking a little rough after the flight.

Dexter playing with the pay phones while waiting for his aunt, uncle & cousin's flight to come in.

Simon had a LOT of energy to run off while waiting.

Linus's first taste of soft grass. He loved it!

Amelia, Linus & Dexter playing with blocks. OK, Linus is actually playing with a remote, but whatever.

Drinking water can be dangerous so  you have to use personal safety equipment at all times! 
He looks like a minion. :)

Simon running off more energy. This kid is go go go.

Watching movies on Grandma's giant high def TV. They were in awe. Nothing like our teeny pixilated set at home!

Mmmm, strawberries. Speaking of, you can see Simon's scuffed head in this shot.

Trina and the boys playing in the fabulously large yard meticulously kept by Grampa Kip.

More running for Simon. See a pattern here?

Linus running his hands through the grass.

Dexter doing some *ahem* gardening...

The boys taking in the view of the river.

They were SO excited about putting on life vests for the boat ride...

See the excitement? :)


Luckily they *did* calm down once the boat was in motion.

Linus and Tanya looking at the water.

Dexter was not a big fan of the wind in his face.

Linus hanging out in the back of the boat with Mommy watching his cousins on the tube.

Grandma and Dexter splashing around.

Simon wasn't having it at first,
but then he decided splashing *was* kind of fun after all.

Simon is kind of OCD about buckles. He had to clasp all of these immediately after it was taken off of his brother.

Playing in the drive with assorted family and friends. 

Simon riding a rooster at the water park. He loved this thing!

Cousin Braden, Aunt Tiana, Uncle Clyne and Simon in tubes on the lazy river. You can see Mommy and Dexter in the top right corner.

Linus was in love with this horse. He made Grandma take him to see it over and over again.

Mommy, Simon & Dexer playing at Splash Universe.

That is one BIG drinking fountain.

Linus sat in here for a very long time playing with the water. You can see how bruised his head was getting. A few more days and it covered his whole forehead! 

See how Dexter is walking away while Mommy is focused on Simon?

I looked over and he was already about 20 feet up this net walkway!
This is the last picture because as I was going up to rescue my fearless child, a several hundred gallon bucket of water rained down on us effectively drowning my camera. :) 


Julie said...

Long time lurker but I don't post much, but I love you guys and your awesome boys! I have 8-month-old twin girls and this post gives me hope that someday, we can go on a family vacation, too! <3

K J and the kids said...

You guys ROCK !
Totally impressed and it looks like it all paid off.
My kids were obsessed with the clasps too. car seats were never safe and the clasps on high chairs, bouncy seats. :)
Glad you had fun !

H2 said... usual! Glad you had fun all in all. I can't believe how old they are! :-) Happy summer!!

Jen said...

I've been reading since they were little, but first time commenter. Just wanted to say I'm happy you guys were able to go on vacation! It looks like a lot of work, but totally worth it :) They are getting so big!

growgrowgrow said...

I just LOVE your entries. The boys are getting so big! We're taking a trip to Texas this weekend to see my parents and I was dreading the trip with twin 18 month olds - I have to say this entry was a much needed burst of hope right when I needed! :D Triplets on a plane! My word!

Go Mamas!

Anonymous said...

That looks like the BEST vacation ever! Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

My Inner Chick said...

Amelia, Linus & Dexter...LoooooOVE those names!


& a d o r a b l e
superb photos!

Anonymous said...

You took great pictures. I am about to take my family to the Wisconsin dells resorts for our first family vacation. I am so nervous. I have twins, a boy and a girl. I hope they fall asleep on the plane like your boys did. I am going to take as many pictures as I can.

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