We love Eagle Crest in Redmond Oregon! It's great family time and Michael (my husband) gets some work hours in and I (mom) figure out how to raise 5 kids while they run around filled with energy and excitement from being somewhere new.
Here's what it is like to be at a resort with five small children. I thought this trip was going to give me a chance to be a better parent but instead this trip has shown me that everywhere we go, we bring all the great things and challenging things that we are currently going through with us. I am dealing with just about everything here that I deal with at home.
Here’s my current list of great things and challenging things that came to the resort with us:
· Eating healthy.
· Special needs.
· Kids fighting, again.
· Kids being best friends, again.
· Dry shampoo.
· Counting 5 kids.
· Knowing all this is worth every effort and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I write more about our trip below but first, here are a few pictures:
I have to share the story on this picture of our 2 year old son. Michael and I always make a point to aggressively put in effort to never lose any of the children. However, the “things” that come with the children – favorite stuffed animals, blankets, swim goggles, drinks, etc. – we can’t track these things but rarely do we misplace them. So when the kids and I were sitting outside of the rec center waiting for Michael to park and unload the car, I had them each drink a Gatorade. Each kid sat perfectly still and drank their drink. Then Michael came with all the swim stuff and they all jumped up in excitement to go into the pool area. We moved to the pool, and the kids swam for a few hours. Our young son got out of the pool and asked for his Gatorade. I looked at Michael, Michael looked at me and we both lifted our hands up. We had no idea where his Gatorade went. We searched every swim bag (a minimum of four) and all around us and couldn’t find it. We got ready to leave and gathered up our things. Our son was sad that his Gatorade was lost. As we exited the rec center, there was his Gatorade sitting on the bench outside where we had sat before we went in. He was so excited!! And of course he started drinking the rest of it before I could stop him. I figured probably nothing was wrong with the drink and no one had messed with it, but normally I would not recommend finishing the drink that you left sitting in a public place for a half day. But the smile on his face with that Gatorade was so priceless!