September 23, 2010

Stress? On vacation?! Naaaah!

Lest you think all is rosy in vacation-land, I thought I'd do a reality check.  Here are the not-so-fun family moments that we could do without during our All-American Adventure.

  • 6:30 a.m. wake-up calls from our alarm clock, a.k.a. Lucan.
  • Ear-piercing shrieks from the highchair as Lucan decides to boycott food for the morning.
  • No coffee OR hot tea.  (Apparently they don't service condos like they do hotel rooms?!  What's up with that??)
  • (Very loud) fighting amongst 4 children over the army figurines during what is supposed to be breakfast.
  • More (very loud) fighting between the youngest 2 children over the aforementioned figurines after the removal of the two who actually own the toys.
  • Multiple wounds on children inflicted by a sibling (or two).  (Typically a wooden sword or toy musket is involved in these "flesh wounds.")
  • Leaving Lucan's shoes back at the condo and trying (in vain) to keep him in the stroller during our two-hour tour at Jamestown.
  • Loud wails when Lucan is overcome with exhaustion.  (Fortunately I did manage to get him to sleep in the stroller, and I only missed a short portion of the activities.)
  • Numerous complaints during the tour that tend to taint Mom and Dad's enjoyment of the experience  (I'm hungry, I'm hot, I'm thirsty, I'm bored, etc.).
  • A poop blow-out in the middle of the 24-minute movie about the history of Jamestown, resulting in Mom exiting the theater and dealing with an up-the-back-of-the-onesie mess.
  • A meltdown from Kenna during the 24-minute movie about the history of Jamestown, resulting in Dad and siblings exiting the theater.
  • Another meltdown from Kenna during our exploration of the museum.
  • Crabby parents who are tired of dealing with meltdowns and bickering and complaints.
  • Stinky socks.  (Do boys EVER grow out of this?!)
Heh.  Just keepin' it real, folks!

But there ARE wonderful, blessed moments.  Just a few...

  • Seeing Lucan ask for (and receive) a piggyback ride from big sister Charis.
  • Hearing Kenna say, "May I please play with your gun, Tobin?" AND hearing Tobin say, "Sure!"
  • Drinking a pumpkin spice latte that my hubby brought me early in the morning since we had no coffee in the room. :-)
  • Feeling a cool breeze while enjoying a picnic lunch in the shade.
  • Eating ice cream together and talking about our favorite parts of the day.
  • Piling on the bed together and watching a fun movie while giggling and eating popcorn in a heap.
  • Hanging out at the pool, getting cooled off and unwinding after a whirlwind day.
And now that Lucan is screaming beside me and tugging on my leg, I will end this post. :-)  Overall, our vacation has been good, despite the frustrations!


The Litwillers said...

You have truly inspired me to wait until the kids are older to take a vacation! Day trips are hard enough at this point :)

taylordi said...

Another wonderful moment or two the making memories of a family vacation where the squabbling will fade and the memories of what they learned will linger (hopefullY). How interesting our history is how you are bringing it to life for your children!