A couple of weeks ago Gary and I managed to stuff ourselves, two giant Newfoundland dogs, a child in a large carseat, a stroller, diaper bag and drool rags into my little Toyota RAV4. It was quite a tight fit, but it felt wonderful for all 5 of us to be going on a little adventure together. We drove to the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge.
Our first family portrait. We hope to get a better one soon!
The Bridge was built in 1899 and was originally used as an railroad bridge. It completes a 15 mile trail system known as the Arkansas River Trails.
Natalie munching on her cereal snack
Pretty Boy Louie
We also walked around the wetlands trail which is nearby.
Katie and Louie are so big and high maintenance that despite the fact they they are not quite human I definitely consider myself to be a mother of 3. It's honestly not always easy. Before Natalie came along I never even noticed how much floor space Katie and Louie take up. I would just step over them when necessary. Now when I am in the kitchen Katie, Louie and Natalie are usually there too along with Natalie's doll stroller and other toys scattered about. It is really chaotic, crowded and noisy at times. Although I do sometimes get stressed and exhausted I wouldn't change a thing. It's difficult but not as hard as I thought it would be. My fear of not having enough energy to keep up never materialized. Somehow I always manage to get the necessities covered.
Back in 2008 I posted on this blog about how we originally started out as a family of five. It feels so right to be back at our starting number.
from: Sue Golden
1 year ago