Oooohhhhh the kids were excited! We'd made it through the week - successfully delivered presents and made it through the crazy parties. And then, after some frantic packing and designing our Christmas cards so we could use our "about to expire" coupon, we were off toward Stanwood and the WarmBeach Camp's Lights of Christmas.
At 9 we could see they were all getting sleepy, so we trekked down to watch the storyteller with her last story of the night. Nadia and Ethan listened well - Lucas was rolling all over the place, just tired, and ended up running back to the room with Brian.
The kids put together their wooden puzzles they got in the breakfast line and played on their "talkie walkies" that we had brought. Nadia and Lucas spent the whole evening before shouting to each other on them. I'm not sure they ever actually talked across the walkie-talkies, but they could hear each other, so they thought they did.
And then it was back for packing up and heading out.... We were all ready to go and Lucas needed one more trip to the bathroom - so Ethan and Nadia went outside with Craig to wait for the golf cart that would take us to our cars... We came out and realized Ethan had driven off in the golf cart with some other family. Craig's comment: "He'll bring him back." Yep, give the guy 20 minutes and he'll definitely bring him back! And he did and Ethan could not have been more excited about his new job as a chauffeur.
We said our goodbyes to our friends in the parking lot and headed out. We stopped at the mall in Northgate for some running around and shopping. But by the time lunchtime came around we were all exhausted and grumpy and knew it was time to head home for naps. And Lucas did nap - about 3 and a half hours. We finally woke him up around 5 and he still had no problem going to be around 7. That's my boy!
What a fun weekend. A fun Christmas tradition and memory for us. Can't wait till next year!
And now it is the first official day of Christmas Break and my children are already driving me a bit nuts. Time for a project - or maybe two! And throw in an adventure or two and we'll be set. 'Cause that's how we roll......