Vacation. I think that word only applies when you are traveling with people who can pack their own suitcases (with the right things) and go off on their own adventures. Meaning adults. Or almost adults. Except some adults aren’t capable of either.
What I’m trying to say is this, vacation is not what you are doing when you get in the car or on a plane or a bus or a train with 4 kids 7 and under. Or 1 kid, or any number of kids. No. That’s a family trip.
It’s basically taking all of the things you have to have, living without a lot of the things you wish you had and getting a lot less sleep. But, the fun and the learning very much outweighs these things (I have to remind myself).
As I sit here writing (instead of packing), I find myself getting more excited about our trip to Florida! I admit, that wasn’t always the case. And, I think it’s ironic, but the more kids we have, the more I feel the pull to get up and go and make memories together.
6 reasons we take family trips.
1. We take away the distractions and let loose.
2. We get to meet fun people.
3. We minimize our stuff.Yes, I know, this might not seem minimal. But, with 4 kids and only one other suitcase for them, I think it is.
4. We unplug.
5. We have many learning opportunities.
6. We spend time together.
7. We make memories.
So as we pack our suitcases yet again for another family trip, I’m excited and happy for the new adventure, the learning and the fun. But, if somebody wants to plan a vacation for me, I won’t complain!!
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