The words “vacation with kids” are funny. Of course vacation is still vacation, but it takes on a whole new meaning when you are responsible for getting little ones from point A to point B and then back again.
On this most recent jaunt to Florida I made sure to truly reflect on what vacation means to me now, as a mom. When you’re little it’s all airplanes! Sand! Pool! Smoothies! You have no clue that your mom spent the prior week doing every single piece of laundry and packing everything from your underwear to your gummy vitamins to your Nintendo DS charger to your sound machine to your ear rx (just in case).
The prep can be daunting and sure, once you’re there you aren’t lounging by the pool full time reading fashion magazines, but there are major changes from your normal day to day grind. Without further ado, I give you my 10 best mom’s vacation moments:
- Making it through the flight with anyone yelling at me about my yelling (/kicking) toddler. Whew, victory.
- Housework slacks, for sure. I tidy up from time to time but to be honest there are pretty much clothes and toys everywhere.
- I’m not doing laundry daily – yippee!
- 3:00 glass of wine? Sure! It’s vacation!
- Dad is around, so, a morning run happened daily. Running. alone. with my music. #neverhappens
- Nap time is actual downtime. At home nap time means run around the house like a crazy person cooking, cleaning, blogging etc. On vacation nap time means reading alone by the pool.
- Hello, the chance to wear new spring clothes! Would highly recommend these shoes.
- Actually being able to take my children outside. I was thankful for that every time I stepped outside.
- A break from the homework, a break from the bus stop, a break from packing lunches, a break from the activities, a break from the kitchen.
- Seeing how happy my boys were made the trip. I’ve told M over and over that I feel like a completely different family in warmer weather. That Chicago winter killed a lot of joy, and I’m happy to see 61 degrees on the radar for this upcoming weekend. I’m bringing as much sunshine as I can back for all of us.