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Vacation and What it Taught Me.

September 30, 2016


If you can believe this, we took our first official family vacation earlier this month.  Yes, that's right-my kids are almost 3 and have never been on a proper vacation.  Their poor baby books' "My first vacation" photo will be of preschoolers and not babies.  But that's neither here nor there.  I want to take a few minutes to tell you what this vacation taught me.


1. Vacations with toddlers are what you make of them.  You could go to a beautiful place and still be stressed, tired and pissed off if you choose to be.  Or you could go to a beautiful place and just make the best out of spending 24/7 with often cranky children.  I highly recommend the latter.  One of my little guys gave us grief daily, even hourly if you want to break it down further, but hey-what can you do?  Make the best of it...and maybe give him a little more screen time than you'd normally allow.


2. When planning a vacation with toddlers, go for practicality vs. luxury.  My husband and I were butting heads on this argument prior to our trip.  We actually settled on middle ground here, but (as per usual), I was kind of right. ;)  We went to a resort style location, equipped with condo style rooms.  Basically, we stayed in a nice apartment that had multiple pools, a restaurant and the beach just steps away.  It was a good combination of actually feeling like you're at a hotel but also still having a washer/dryer and full kitchen so you can manage your sanity with little kids.


3. Rent a car.  So I guess this depends on where you go, but we had heard through the grapevine that in Maui (our destination), you really need to have a rental car.  I'm glad we did.  This was a great way to explore different beaches and towns and also get our kids to take a nap!


4. Lastly, the most important thing I learned was that vacations are NECESSARY.  I'm such a practical person.  I can usually spout off 10 reasons why we shouldn't take a vacation any day of the week: money, work, time off, other plans, etc. etc. etc. This vacation taught me that I need to make vacationing a priority, for me and for my family.  Being the 'mamager' of the household, it's up to ME to make this happen, so I am holding myself accountable for pushing to get these scheduled and planned at least once per year. 




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