Well, I don’t know if you would call an over-nighter an actual trip. Matt called me on Friday while he was working and asked if me and the kids felt like going to North Alabama to try and catch some small mouth bass. I kindly responded with a hell yes! I felt like getting away from all of the constant cleaning anyways. I packed our bags and got everything ready to leave for when Matt got home.
Spontaneous? Maybe. The babies are getting at a good age to where we can just pick up and go and why not? Honestly, if theres one thing we have learned in the past year it is to live. Take every advantage possible of life. You never know when that precious life could be taken away from you. I want to teach my kids how to be spontaneous and adventurous as well. I use to be that person and loved every single second of life. Its hard being like that as an adult with kids. I have been quite the anal mom with scheduling since having babies. I love having them on a schedule but as they’ve grown older its easier to just let them have their own schedule. I’m trying myself to be more spontaneous and its a hard thing to re learn after having kids. Not saying you should be irresponsibly spontaneous but a fishing trip didn’t cause any harm. I asked the kids as soon as I got off the phone with Matt and they were thrilled. They grabbed their suit cases out of their closet and put their toys and juice cups in them! I guess they didn’t think they might need a couple changes of clothes?
Matt got home around 5. Yes that late. I was freaking out a little too but we usually let the kids stay up past their bedtime on the weekend anyways. And like I said, I was excited to just get away for one night. We had to bathe the duck when Matt got home and make sure her and Roxanne both had enough food and water. We packed up and headed out! Its only a 3 hour drive to where we went so it wasn’t too bad.
I booked our hotel on the way up there thanks to the Expedia App. What did we do before iPhones and Apps? Thats all I wonder all day every day. When we arrived to our hotel Jocelynn and JP were so excited. They were screaming are we going to stay in this castle? LOL. Just so you know, it was not a castle. It wasn’t even a 3 star hotel but they thought it was HUGE. It must be amazing to see things like hotels and buildings through their eyes. We checked in and went up to our room. They put us on the 4th floor and lets just say I felt really bad for the people under us because all of the babies were hyper and jumping from bed to bed as soon as we walked into our room. Except there was one minor issue. Maddie just thought she could jump from bed to bed…
Not quite my baby girl, not quite. She might be as big as my toddlers but she doesn’t have enough height to make it that far.
It was hard getting Maddie to sleep. They were just really wound up. Me, Jocelynn and Maddie slept in the same bed and JP and Matt slept in the other. The boys were asleep before I could even say Goodnight. Jocelynn and Maddie kept fighting. Maddie would hit Joc in the face overtime Joc tried to kiss, cuddle or hug her. Jocelynn just wanted a sleeping buddy but Maddie just wanted mommy. After a couple hours (around 1 am) we fell asleep. Me and Maddie were wide awake at 3 am for some reason. All I could think is damn, this day is going to either be bad or good. Obviously I was leaning towards bad. Maddie isn’t that great on no sleep. But who is? I got in the shower and stuck her in there with me around 4 am. She was all jacked up and in the best mode for some odd reason. Im talking running around, screaming, laughing. She was cracking me up. She ended up waking Matt and JP up but Jocelynn never budged. We had planned on waking at 4:45 anyways to get out on the lake early. Everyone was up by then. We got dressed and headed out the door to go grab a quick breakfast through a drive thru.
We put the boat in shortly after 5 and began fishing right away. It was gorgeous out there. Everyone should get up at that time to see the sunrise. Its magical.
We had so much fun and caught a lot of fish. I caught my first small mouth bass and it was the only small mouth we caught all day long. I actually caught more fish that day than Matt and I was pretty proud of myself. Sorry babe. I noticed my body starting to hurt really bad during the middle of it and started getting scared that a flare up was coming. My face swelled up andmy hands and wrists started hurting bad. I thought “the one time I actually get away and this happens“. I didn’t let it bother me right then. I fished on. I held Maddie while she took a short cat nap at one point. It was so much fun. We left around 1 that afternoon. Maddie, Jocelynn and JP were all out before pulling out of the boat ramp. Me and Matt stopped and got some food, ate the food in the car and weren’t very quiet. They didn’t wake up until we were back in Birmingham! They’ve never slept that long in the car! I knew they were exhausted and was glad they got a good nap in.
Matts truck started acting funny when we were getting close to home. It wasn’t switching out gears that well. When it would go up to third gear the RPMS would go nuts. When you’re an adult you really do start understanding the phrase SHIT HAPPENS. Am I right? I swear, one thing after another breaks around here. It ended up being Matts transmission and yes, we do need a new one. Yup, that sucks. But life goes on.
When we got home I felt really bad. Sometimes I forget I have Lupus when I do have my good days. Which can really mess a person up. I mean I don’t forget, but I do forget that I am not unbreakable. I have an auto immune disease and need rest. I felt dizzy, weightless, swollen and I couldn’t move my hands or arms. I was considering going to the hospital I was hurting so bad but I called the doctor instead and he told me what to do. Have I mentioned how bad Lupus sucks? BC it does. I felt better after a good night sleep on Sunday and feel even better today. I am not mad though. This weekend was totally worth it. I got to spend some quality time with my babies and husband and we had a blast while doing it!! Next time I might just have to be more prepared on a sleeping arrangement so mommy can get some rest.