We just got back from our first official family vacation since our two new additions, Thomas and Mini. It was awesome! We went to Cedar Point and Soak City. We chose that destination because it is close and reasonably priced, unlike our usual vacation destination of Myrtle Beach which is reasonably priced, but so very far away. I hadn’t been to Cedar Point in 10 years, and even though we didn’t go on a lot of the “big-people rides,” we had a BLAST! However, I just can’t turn my mind off, so I had some pretty interesting observations.
1. I loved seeing Marie’s face light up when she went on the rides. She can be a lot little reserved, but she was a trooper out of her comfort zone and had a blast! Times like that I remember how her first physical therapist was so negative and said that she would never enjoy things like that. Suck it, Marge!
2. Thomas is getting easier now that he’s older. For the first time, I felt like all that hard work taking care of babies was paying off. It was like a light bulb went on, and I realized that one day we will be able to do more fun things as a family. Don’t get me wrong, babies are sweet, but I love being able to do things and go places with my Babes.
3. This trip further affirmed that I am more of Let’s-Go-And-Do-Something-Fun Mom rather than a Let’s-Do-Imaginative-Play-Activities-For-10-Straight-Hours Mom. So I am not going to feel guilty when I am 45 minutes into reenacting the tea party from Alice and Wonderland with Marie’s princesses and not loving it. Because there are other things as a Mom that I am good at.
4. I get why some people don’t like to travel together as a family. If things truly aren’t working at home, then they are only going to get more complicated on vacation. I, conversely, got to discover the opposite. Things are working out at home, but maybe I just don’t always see it because it’s easy to get in a rut and tired and cranky. So I realized that Harrington and I are a good team. He and I worked together in perfect unison. When I took a step back, I realize he does all this at home, too. It was a great eye-opener.
5. I am so grateful that my parents instilled in me the love of travel and adventure. Ever since my brother and I were wee Babes, we always were traveling somewhere. I have so many memories of our trips together as a family; without those memories and experiences, I would be a totally different person. I am so thankful that I have this as part of my core so I can hopefully pass it down to the Babes.
Yes, these are all the warm and fuzzy and lovey observations I made on our first family vacation with our new additions. Next post will be all the amusing scenery that one can only witness at an amusement park.
So, Friends, have you gone on any vacations lately? Have any planned? I’d love to hear about it.
Have a great weekend!