Friday, August 17, 2012

Sister Wives Retreat

So, I think the whole idea of having sister wives is actually quite brilliant.  Before you think I have completely lost it I will clarify that it would just be the wives (women).  After spending 4 days with 4 other women and 8 kids I realized how seamlessly efficient, painless and fun it would be to have a wife (or 3).  Everyone effortlessly takes care of each others kids, takes initiative to cook meals, get snacks, brings you refills of your wine or margarita, and brings a good supply of appropriate reading material (Vanity Fair, home mags, and People) ... The house stayed clean.  It was brilliant!

So, here are some highlights of the first Annual Sister Wives Weekend at Georgetown lake.  My preferred partners are:  Kim and her girls Lane and Reese, Karen and her kids Shannon and Seamus, Cathy, and Sally and her girls Audrey and Camille.  Of course, my two were in tow and we all had a brilliant time in a beautiful location with perfect Montana summer weather.

Beautiful ladies and wonderful kids ... We were quite the group!

We hit the lake every day after a nice breakfast, kids running amuck, and loads of coffee.  We made sure coolers were packed with plenty of adult beverages (fruity girly stuff and Leinengugels Summer Shandy) and juice boxes.

We had floaties, life jackets, water shoes, sunscreen and loads of buckets and shovels.  We looked like colorful gypsies traveling across country.

Each day we showed up at the beach and scared everyone away that was attempting to have a peaceful day.

August is / was a DREAM.  This child is the most happy, amiable, peaceful fun little guy.  He just goes right along, takes his naps in his little pop up tent on the beach or in his pack and play, watches the kids play, got held by lots of mommas who got their baby fill ... I just LOVE this little guy!  Next year  he will be keeping up with the big kids for sure!

Ah, the ladies - what a GREAT group of funny, witty women.  (Sally, Brooke, Karen, Kim and Cathy)

Sunsets and sunrises everyday were absolutely breathtaking.  This is the view from our deck.

In the evenings the kids continued their running around and pretending games as we sat with our wine and visited until it was time to put kids to bed.  They played so hard it was hardly any effort to get them down each night.

In Saturday night we were told that there was going to be one of the best meteor showers (visible to us) for a long time.  We stayed up late staring at the sky and sure enough... We saw TONS of meteors shooting across a perfect Montana night sky.  Wow.  It was really something.

Is there anything better than coffee in the morning in the mountains?  I felt like I was in a Folgers commercial.

This was our home away from home.  Nice place with lots of room to roam!

Kiddy beach!  These kids have no idea what truly warm lake water is... Montana kids are tough!

The scary scene that was guaranteed to scare away the neighbors.  It took us about 15 minutes to unload the car each morning.

Karen brought a karaoke machine.  Guess which girls spent most of their time rocking out?  And yes, that is Matine wearing undies and my bikini top.

The girls had no issues understanding what a girls weekend was all about.  They took it upon themselves to do pedicures on the patio.  Shannon was a pro!

My little dream is really trying to move already.  He keeps his head up forever, loves to roll over both ways, looks around and tries to talk to anyone who will listen!

After pedis the kids did some face painting!  Reese looked amazing!

My kid's face paint looked like some sort of war paint... It was all over her body.

Hi.  Want to smile at me some more?  Ok.... :)

 I was worried he wouldn't get enough attention this weekend.

Bed heads watching a little of The Little Mermaid before breakfast.  They then proceeded to become mermaids in the water... they even laid on rocks and flapped their legs.  Hilarious.  I also love that Matine's hair is alway the CRAZIEST of any kid in the morning.

We had a visitor one morning.  This gorgeous hawk just flew right to the deck and hung out for a few minutes.  Wow.

 Running down the road to do some jumping off the docks before dinner one  night.  Matine really liked her life jacket and I had no problem keeping it on her.

Another gorgeous sunset. 

Meal time is always hilarious - multiply that times 8 ... but you get to divide that between 5 sister wives and it was actually quite painless.

Reese and Shannon bonded over flying off the docks.  They are such sweet girls.

Seamus is one of the funniest kids ever.  He was the token boy (aside from August) and he just did his own thing the whole time.  Boys are SOOOO different than girls.  I can't wait to see my little guy get bigger.  He will love Seamus next year.

And my parting shot of my baby-model boy.  Gosh he is amazing.  I was so happy to have this very special weekend with my kids.  What a treat and what amazing memories.

1 comment:

Michal said...

Sister Wives sounds like a great idea to me! Looks like a fun time was had by all. :)

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