We got to go on this trip as part of Ford's Driving Skills for Life Program. I'm hoping all of their warnings about texting and driving will stick with Sadie for the next 6 years until she gets her license. A mom can hope.
We had been tossing around the idea of taking all of our kids on a one on one trip for their tenth birthdays. I think 10 just feels like a critical age. In my mind it's just where the balance starts to tip between being a little kid and never ever wanting to be seen with your mother again.
Spending one on one time with the kids is something that we try to do whenever we get the chance, but with four kids, those chances don't happen that often. It's really something I wish we were more intentional with but there just don't seem to be enough free nights!
It was so incredible to get to just talk with Sadie for 2 straight days without any bratty little brothers and sisters interrupting her. We ate food that the others would never eat. We rode around in taxis and got pedicures. We ate dessert at every meal and otherwise just enjoyed being together. That Sadie- she's just an incredible kid. I never wanted to be one of those moms that was their kid's friend instead of their mom, but she's just so much fun to be around that I'd pick her as a friend any day.
All that fun will wear a girl out!
Thanks, Ford, for sponsoring our trip to DC!