Silver Lake Sand Dunes…AKA Traveling with 4 Kids

Charlie and the Giant

This weekend the 6 of us went on an adventure to visit my In-Laws at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Half the adventure was, of course, figuring out how to pack and transport all of us without losing our sanity.  First I want to yell a shout out to our minivan. I am sorry that I dreaded your purchase and thought that it would dampen my style. You rock and couldn’t have done this trip with out you. So much storage! The ability to change the temp blowing in different parts of the car!The glorious DVD/Blu-Ray player! We turned on Monsters Inc and the older two were awesomely calm and we got to listen to a narrated version upfront…who knew!

The Minivan

There were definitely times that I wanted to pull my hair out, like when we stupidly gave the boys hard shell tacos and they proceeded to lose half of said taco all over the back seat.  Or the million of times ‘Blanky’ decided to fall on the floor and I had to thank yoga for giving me the ability to climb over seats, diaper bags, fun bags and car seats to retrieve him… again… jerk (yes I blame Blanky, he can be a hero and he can be a villain) (Maybe I should start calling him Harvey ‘Two Face’) (Oh Batman)

It was well worth it. The views, the boys playing with their cousins and seeing Nana, Papa, Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa and getting to check out the place where I know they are going to have loads of amazing memories as they get older.  AND TOYS! OH THE DUNE TOYS! I don’t know who is more excited about that. Me, the husband or Charlie (the oldest of my minions) Jeeps, Broncos, Razors, Dune Buggies. SO COOL! I got to go for a ride in my In-Laws new custom dune Jeep. FUUUUUUN!

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Can’t wait to go again. Even if it means having to bend in new ways to feed the babies a bottle while they are strapped in their car or having to share a room with all 4 boys. It was amazing.

Now was there any diet or exercise while on this mini vacation? EH yes and no. I admit, I am a little disappointed in myself for not staying completely on course.  Saturday IS our cheat day and we weren’t horrible but didn’t offset it with a lot of calorie burning. Well unless you count chasing 4 kids. Although, I do have to say that walking the dune hills did help. The calves and glutes were VERY much pushed to a good degree but I wish I went the next step and added in a beach run or some body weight strength training. Today I will be making it up a bit at the gym. But hey, got some great photographs while walking the dunes!

Deadwood Giant The Lighthouse

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