For 18 days straight I ran. my. ass. off.
On only 2 of those days did I have less than 4 children with me and more often than not, 7.
There were exactly 3 naps taken.
We went swimming at a creek, lake, river, or pool on all but 2 days and most often we went twice a day.
I made spaghetti at least 6 times and built no less than 84 bologna sandwiches - half with mayo, half without.
I, by myself, drank approximately 35 20oz Cokes and 6 Strawberry Kiwi Lifewaters.
I also somehow managed to lose 8 pounds.
I personally touched 600+ ticks between wood and seed ticks off the kids and huge, bulbous dog ticks off the stray dog I bullied my sister into feeding. I washed my hands a lot.
We brought 7 suitcases and bags full of clothes and supplies. Turns out we could have brought one small suitcase and one bathroom bag - based on what we actually wore and used.
I put make up on and straightened my hair exactly twice. 16 seconds later I was bare faced and curly haired again. Fucking Arkansas summer heat!
1 tire needed repair for a hole. No, I was NOT speeding down backroads. Not this time.
I spent 1 kid free evening out of town with my sister. We each had 1 nasty ass On The Border Margarita, bought 24 books from Books a Million, and watched Eclipse in a theater with 4 annoying, chatty teenage girls.
The boys consumed roughly 13 gallons of Yoohoos and 16 gallons of various juices. Yet they barely seemed to pee. Surely they didn't go in the swimming water, right? Um, nope, Asher fully embraced peeing outside and would get out of the water to pee in the great wide open. Luckily we were alone most of the time and when we weren't, the spectators had a sense of humor about it.
There were 198 photos and 6 videos taken during our trip. In all but 22 of them, we are at a creek, river, lake, or pool. I appear in only 2 of them.
On all but 3 nights, I slept on a couch. My bed at home is fantabulous!
We've been home for 4 days and I miss my sister, my nephews, my mom, my friends, my "nieces", swimming, and in a way - just running.