Going on family vacations is fun! Lots of memories and special adventures to be had.
But, let’s be real…a vacation with the kids isn’t actually a vacation.
You’re basically doing the same thing you would be doing at home; but in a new setting and with the added chaos of a routine thrown so out of whack.
You still have to feed them, bathe them, cloth them, tote them around, and you know, the all important art of keeping them alive. Don’t get me wrong, family vacations are fun; but I’m not so sure we should use the word vacation. Maybe we should call it Mobile Family Chaos or Family Time on the Move.
Most of the time you’re dealing with the family sleeping in one room. This is not ideal. Or fun. To share a bed with any three of my kids means spending the night getting throat punched and kicked in the stomach. And even when there is a crib to contain one (or two) because I am in the same room as them and because they can see me they think they don’t need to sleep.
There is nothing in the world that is chattier, wigglier, gigglier, or more full of water while simultaneously being level ten parched than a child trying to avoid sleeping. If fighting sleep was an athletic event my kids would take home the gold. I have been in a dark hotel room, with Bug in a crib by himself, and I have still been up until 1 am waiting for him to fall asleep. I swear, most of the time, I probably fall asleep before them. This mom enjoys her sleep. Every second she can get (which isn’t very many).
So, by the end of this family “vacation” you come home more exhausted than when you left. And you know what happens? You have to unpack, do laundry, clean out the car, and go back to business as usual. You are left feeling like you need another vacation.
And on that note, I have to get back to packing, for some mobile family chaos.
Well there you have it, it’s been just another Manic Mom-Day!