I don't know how I've gotten so lucky, but I have been blessed with amazing friends. New and old, I have friends who have become family. I tend to hold my cards pretty close, and I'd prefer to keep the ugly parts of me hidden. When someone really gets to know you, though, and decides to love and accept you despite your awkwardness and the ugly struggles of your heart - it is such a blessing!
This past week our family was able to go on a mini vacation with some of our dearest friends. We rented a villa together at Kalahari resorts in Wisconsin. This group is really special; not only do I adore all of the moms, but their kiddos are some of my kids' best friends. We had a lot of fun exploring the water park. We also had plenty of good talks and lot of laughs.
All the kids spent a lot of time on this obstacle course. I soon as a saw it I knew it would be right up Mini Man's alley.
BabyZ is a water park enthusiast! He loved all the slides; none of which scared him in the least! Once he discovered the higher slides that's all he wanted to go down. Which meant Jeremy and I got quite a work out - it's hard carry a toddler up all those stairs! When he wasn't on the slides he was laying down in the water and impressing everyone with how long he could keep his head under.
We had goals of getting a picture of everyone together...it didn't happen. We did, however, get separate shots of the dads, moms, and kiddos.
Some of the ladies let me play hair stylist and give them braids.
This is our second year we've gone to a water park with these friends. Last year, we rented suites, but I think we all agreed that the villa was a better option. It was nice to be in one place together and not feel crowded. The kids loved that it felt like a sleepover. One night we had five kiddos in one bed; they decided it was better to be cramped than to be separated.
So thankful for these wonderful people!