It started out with the kids allowing mom and dad to sleep in til 7:30 and when we woke they were all playing quietly together. They quickly jumped into bed with daddy to wish him a Happy Father's Day once we were awake and they were eager to give him his gift. Paul and I wanted to do something today and so in about 5 minutes we decided to head to the Jelly Belly Factory. We woke up at 7:30 and were out the door by 9:10 and we did not forget a single thing. We stopped for run in for bagels and strawberry milk for the big kids and Starbucks for mom at Safeway and we were off. A little Santa Paws, a few to many 'are we there yet' and naps for the babies and we arrived at stop #1. The kids loved seeing all the jelly belly's and enjoyed trying many different flavors even more. We all tried Tabasco and for those who have not tried it you are not missing anything! We then had a picnic lunch that we had packed from home before loading back into the van to continue our adventure. Of course with a little boy who is now potty trained no matter how recently they have just gone potty they have to go again. So after a pit stop or two we were at stop #2...Napa.
|Saying 'hi' to everyone that passed by|
|Tate finishing off Kenzie's bottle. No milk to be wasted when Tate is around.|
So yes I was just there last weekend and I do not drink wine. Well I use to not drink wine! I found a wine that I just love last weekend. I had bought two bottles and we will just say those two bottles only lasted four evenings. Paul was helping me for those that are thinking I have turned into a lush. The problem is that the wine I like is not sold in stores, only the winery where it is made. Paul and I decided we NEEDED more wine and since we were only thirty minutes away we were game. It is a beautiful drive and so it was a win/win situation for us.
Our third and final stop was what we consider a must when in Napa, Taylor's Refresher (I know they have changed their name but I don't know what it is!). They have a huge fenced in grassy area with tons of tables and umbrellas. We had brought a blanket and so with that in hand we found a shady area and just relaxed while the kids played. It was the best part of the whole day. The big girls practiced their somersaults and cartwheels in dresses that had them showing their undergarments but it was okay because it is summer. Drew was running around bugging his sisters which is what all little brothers are meant to do. And the babies played with mommy and checked out the grass while daddy was the photographer.After about an hour it was time to load up because we had no more bottles for the babies.
|Mommy acting silly when teaching babies how to clap and sign words|
|Kenzie is the first one to sign more!|
|Kenzie is also the one that loves to attack her siblings|
We got home and all seven kids got a bath. The babies each drank a huge 11oz bottle, well all except Kenzie who was satisfied with her usual 6, and the big kids were taken for a special Sonic Father's Day treat. The day is now ending. Kids are in bed, Paul is watching some car auction on tv, and I am sitting at the computer drinking the most wonderful glass of wine. Today was good. Today is a day I want to always remember. I only wish we had more days like today where life is simple and we are able to just let it happen.