Ya, I did. All summer long we planned a great family vacation to La Quinta and not more than 10 min into our arrival I was in bed with a very high fever and so much pain in my kidneys that I could not move for 2 days. I think I really scared Ruben, he had never seen me like that before. I was actually unable to physically care for anyone including myself. What started as a simple infection progressed into a horrible kidney infection and he had to watch all the kids, pack up an entire weeks worth of food, clothes, games, toys, bikes and high tail it home to get me to the hospital so that someone could help with the kids while he took care of me. It was kind of a crappy ending to what was an amazing summer.
The reason I’ve taken so long to get this up is because I really can’t describe just how wonderful our summer was. When I first realized that I would have all four kids all day, every day for 3 months I totally freaked out, in fact I really didn’t believe that I’d come out the other end alive or that we’d still have 4 kids! I mean sure we had our days, and on those days I just threatened to sell them on the side of the road, offer them up 4 for the price of 1 or even go back to work (they hate that one particularly!). But we made it out alive, and no worse for the wear. In fact we grew much closer, had amazing laughs, and I truly enjoyed 99% of it.
The theme song for this summer was Hey Soul Sister, by Train. It’s really something when your kids turn you on to a song and it’s not some kid song like “There’s a Party In My Tummy”, but an actual song that fits our days, nights and entire summer perfectly. We played it incessantly.
Like usual we were on the go quite a bit and the sun was very rarely seen, our trips to the beach were freezing (I think only 2 with the sun) as well as cold and rainy trips to Legoland. Legoland was a weekly event that allowed us to become closer with my godson Alex, his sister Melina and my dear friend Martha, but would you believe that while we were all having a blast one day, my Mom watched Ruby and the little brat had the nerve to walk for Grandma first! Whatever! Ruby, I feed you, I am with you 24/7, up all hours of the night and the gratitude I get is you walking for Grandma?! In Addition to walking, Ruby got 3 teeth while Tommy lost his first 2 teeth, FINALLY! He was so stoked ’cause everyone had lost more teeth than him even his 5 year old cousin.
Then there were the early mornings with Daddy. He’d get up as the sun was coming up and the sky was just turning orange and pink, wake the boys and spend some quiet time with them in the pool, letting me rest a bit before our busy day would begin. What a blessing that was! He’d sometimes bookend that with super late night swims after riding bikes in the cul-de-sac with all the neighborhood kids. Oh, Oh! I forgot to mention both Lucas AND Eli started riding 2 wheel bikes this summer. Total studs. Of course the kids stayed up WAY too late. Weather it was movie night outdoors at the Nickersons, late night BBQ dinners after our swims or kicking it on the couch playing video games, there were lots of breaking of the bedtime rules.
What an incredible gift God gave me this summer and I am truly grateful to be closer to my family.