Don’t let the pictures fool you…

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…family vacations are about 75% work and 25% fun. And the work necessitates an extra day off to recover from the trip. Granted, the fun is Super Fun, so it all kind of evens out. Especially in our selective memories.

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For the record, this was our first vacation with the kids not involving traveling to visit family. Just friends. And great friends they are. What we are striving for is the day that we can all go on vacation, throw the kids in a play room with snacks and sleeping bags, and let the grown-ups party. How long do we have to wait for that? As it is right now, sleeping with a toddler and an infant in one room goes something like this:

  • struggle through the night-night routine with toddler who is excited, over-tired and weirded out by new room
  • hold sleeping infant outside the room while toddler struggle continues into the night
  • sneak infant into crib
  • infant wakes up to eat, thus waking up toddler
  • struggle to put toddler back to sleep by falling asleep in her bed with her
  • sneak into own bed, thus waking toddler, thus waking baby
  • repeat until wee hours
  • at dawn try to keep wide awake toddler from waking up the rest of the condo

And the daytime routine goes something like this:

  • prepare breakfast, try to keep toddlers from killing each other
  • prepare to go to beach, try to keep toddlers from killing each other
  • have major fun in the ocean, try to keep toddlers from killing each other
  • drag toddlers back inside
  • prepare lunch, try to keep toddlers from killing each other
  • think longingly about a nap
  • prepare to go sightseeing, try to keep toddlers from killing each other
  • have major fun between bouts of no nap induced tantrums
  • drag toddlers back
  • prepare dinner, try to keep toddlers from killing each other
  • play play play
  • night-night routine (see above)

So to review: Family Vacation —75% hard work

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25% Big Fun

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Either way, memorable.

3 responses to “Don’t let the pictures fool you…”

  1. Kristen

    Good for you that you even attempted a vacation (already)! Impressive. I think the selective memories will encourage you to try it again! Good to have the first time under your belt. Vacation One: Success!

  2. Leah

    where did you go????

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