- Going through the airport is so easy. Brady carried our one bag, I had a backpack with all my books and my hands were free. Free! Security was a breeze without having to unload the stroller and get frisked because my hands tested positive for explosives (crazy, but baby formula will make you test positive for explosives, ha!)
- We boarded the plane, pulled out a book, read, relaxed and slept. This does not happen when you fly with toddlers; you spend the whole flight trying to entertain them so that you are not "those people" on the plane with screaming kids. Then the stewardess brought us pop and we were able to get a Sprite and not get it spilled all over ourselves because of our grabby little lap child.
- We held hands everywhere we went. Seriously, everywhere. We didn't have one child to carry, another one to hold hands with, a sippy cup and three bags to carry.
- We slept in. Then we didn't have to rush to get up to make waffles and oatmeal. We just turned on the TV because we could.
- We watched TV during the day and it was not the movie "Cars" or Tinkerbell.
- We went to the beach and pool and relaxed, napped, read and drank fruity drinks. Instead of chasing kids, scooping sand out of the baby's mouth, or swimming with one kid in our arms and following close behind the other one so they don't drowned.
- Meals. This was my favorite luxary. I make breakfast and lunch for 5 kids each day during the week and then my kids on nights and weekends. So, eating 3 meals a day for 6 days without cutting up anybody else's food, trying to entertain them, picking up the floor from all the food Beckett threw, it was amazing. We ate s..l..o..w..l..y, talked, ate more and even ate meals at a normal hour with other adults, not 5:00.
These small luxuries are things we wouldn't probably have noticed before kids. But to us, they were amazing. This all being said; on our travel day home I was counting down the hours and minutes until I got to see my babies. I walked in and Kennedy ran up to give me a hug and I cried. I really did. I was so thankful to be home, holding my babies. And we can't wait to go on our family vacation again in May and get to experience the trip with our favorite kiddos, even if we don't come back one bit relaxed. Even if we don't get to experience one single thing from the list above, it will be absolutely perfect.