We're back after our week away and it was a great time! Here begins the recap:
After driving to David's conference - we arrived to our hotel in a beach and resort town only to find out that we received a room with one King size bed only for all five of us!
We'd done this trip before and had two queen beds, a fridge, microwave, balcony, etc... and we knew that this year was at a new place - but we were still hoping for similar accommodations. We'd even tried to upgrade to a suite before we got here for only a few dollars a night - which would have a full kitchen, bedroom and living room - but they were all gone.
Our hotel room was smaller than our bedroom at home and was now needing to sleep and hold five people including three littles who wanted to run around and play for a WEEK! He had already checked and there was nothing else available for us to switch to - so we had to make the best of it!
We had no fridge, no microwave and no balcony. Ok, I think you have the picture!
Nearly immediately, God gave me the attitude and excitement that this would be an adventure and I could help set the tone to make it a success and a fun week!
I realized that one key to our success was getting as much of our stuff out of the way as possible since there was so little walking space already. I utilized as much existing storage space as possible!
Moving an end table into the bathroom became our little "kitchen" and the cooler became our fridge. Fortunately, we were very handy to an ice machine! I had brought our picnic basket/dishes and some dish soap and I am so thankful we did!
The girls pallet would only fit in front of the door and David had the foresight to bring a sleeping bag remembering that the last time we came they wanted to sleep on the floor for fun! I stuck a quilt in thinking it would be for picnics - which became their covers! If you look in the picture of Rachel you can see the front door right beside her! And, Emily was at the foot of our bed, so there was just enough room between the door and the bed for two little girls to make their bed!
The armoire holding the TV, became the dresser for all of us and held the diapers and wipes for Samuel.
I designated my nightstand as the toy cabinet - and when not in use, toys and books were to be put away in there.
The first night, we were wakened at 4:05 a.m. because Rachel had an accident in her bed. Uh-oh. Now, their only bed was partially wet. We just allowed her to come into our bed for the rest of the night and first up on our agenda the next morning was to find a laundromat.
After getting breakfast for all (homemade banana bread and milk from the cooler) and bathing all the littles, I called the front desk to find out where the nearest laundry facility was. After obtaining that info - we were on our way!
We found the laundromat and got our wash started. I realized it was not in our best interests of time to leave and come back - so we decided to hang out there and wait for our laundry. We had fun watching the other clothes going around in the washer and dryer and pushing the laundry carts around.
When the girls got a bit restless, I asked them if they wanted to hear a story from when I was a little girl! They did and I shared with them about how my Mom would take us to the laundromat and Carrie and I would pretend that inside the dryers were different flavors of ice cream - we played Ice Cream Shoppe!
So, then the girls and I played this for a while! It was fun to remember and I ordered lots of different flavors of ice cream from my little ladies! I wish I had brought my camera!!
After successfully getting our laundry finished - we headed to CVS for a couple of free items and a few necessities. Next up, was waiting for Daddy to get out of his meeting and start fixing sandwiches for lunch!
I had my heart all set on making this an adventure and while David was very disappointed in the room - I was willing to do what it took to make it fun and enjoyable! I took a few pictures because I thought you'd enjoy seeing part of our adventure!
Part Two - coming tomorrow!