Going on vacation can be a mixed bag for bloggers. You don’t want to spend too much time on the details of your trip but sometimes there are good things to pass along — great photos, interesting tidbits, or advice. This is one of those posts with a few things to pass along, but I’ll keep it brief because HEY, GUESS WHAT? In case you haven’t heard, Jamie and I are going to BlogHer ’12 this week so we’re kind of running around like crazy getting it all together. So call this post “phoning it in” or whatever, but here we go…
This year, we took our own car on vacation to save money (we usually take a smaller rental car). While I love taking rentals, it was nice to have our own car. We had the option to use a friend’s car top carrier for luggage, but my husband opted for the “cram it all in” method. We also decided to drive 5 hours on Friday, sleep at my parents’ house in Tennessee (they were already at the beach), and then drive 7 hours on Saturday. It works out well, it’s free and on the way, so that’s what we’ve done the last 2 years.
The boys did GREAT in the car, even though I forgot Miles’s box of LeapPad games and even though Miles had deleted all of the boys’ videos from the iPad. They played with the little car toys (mostly a mixture of superhero toys from Happy Meals) and I kept track of their behavior using little clothespins on my sun visor (if their clip was still up at the next stop they got a treat). (I found that idea here, at Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss)
We had a wonderful time at Sunset Beach, NC where we vacation every year. I have relatives in the area, so it’s part vacation part family reunion. The boys weren’t in love with the actual beach this year (okay, that’s an understatement — Spencer HATED the beach) so we spent a lot of time at the pool.
Because we took our Jeep this year instead of renting a small car, we had room for the boys’ wagon, which we used for transporting them from the car to our spot on the beach. It worked really well for us, we didn’t have to worry about holding their hands across the street, we had hands free to carry things, and Spencer used the wagon as his sanctuary on the beach. He even took an hour-long nap in it one day!
We did a nice mixture of things while on vacation — pool, beach, a little museum, shopping, relaxing. Even partying! Miles celebrated his fourth birthday at the beach (he has celebrated every birthday on vacation!) and had a pretty fabulous Toy Story party.
YES, he got his Toy Story backpack, with two surprises inside 🙂
I’m realizing that vacations are getting somewhat easier and somewhat more difficult as the boys get older, but I guess that’s just the way it goes with parenting. You outgrow one challenge and move on to another.
Did your family take a vacation this year? How was it?