Friday, July 27, 2007

Winds are a-changin'

Aaaah.

I'm finally somewhat put back together and back on Central time after our trip to California. Looking at those pictures, and reading the comments of all you moms with little ones, I realize how different this trip really was for us. Especially compared to that fateful trip with toddlers, but even compared to last year's vacation, the kids seemed, well, older (this has its own set of pluses and minuses, but we'll focus on the good stuff!).

For the first time in almost 14 years, we took a family trip with:

* No one in diapers - not even at night!
* No need for a pack 'n' play or stroller - I'm a firm believer in using a stroller for years, as I'm loath to carry exhausted 50-pound children through airports. But as you can see, it was used more for casual reclining than for transportation.

* Biggest arguments were related to who gets to sit in the front seat (we have three tall enough now). Our rental car left much to be desired in the space department, although I tried to act like a "hip" mom driving this tiny SUV-looking van that the rental-car people assured us was big enough for our crew (they just couldn't fathom all the stuff we brought along...). We were glad to get back to our truck, even though we were proud of how light we traveled, with only five suitcases and four backpacks!* The Big Three (Allie-13, Neal-12, and Libby-9) are always arguing with each other doing things together, but this time it was fun to watch Annie (6) keep up with the big kids' activities. They watched out for her, but she more than proved her spunk in the Pacific tide. Maybe next year she will be tall enough to be seen in our family's self-portrait-in-the-elevator. That's her hair in the very bottom center. See it? Huh?
* No one took naps, and everyone went to bed at the same time. Of course, some of us stayed up giggling and therefore had to sleep in longer, and others took catnaps in the car and/or fell apart earlier than others, but still. It's a milestone.
Here we are one night. Dennis's mom and dad were recovering from their recent motorcycle accident (yes, motorcycle - if only I can be so cool when I'm they're age!). Between them they had broken ribs, wrists, thumbs, a few foot bones, and an elbow). They were troopers to have us descend on them en masse when they weren't feeling up to par...We still haven't figured out a good method of traveling without generating a huge pile of laundry, but I don't think that's going to improve any time soon...

Some things never change.

13 comments:

Susanne said...

That little 'ole laundry pile? I wish! ;v)

Oh, the poor grandparents for the accident. I'm glad they are on the way to recuperating.

Looks like lots of fun. Except too small vehicles. We've a few times jokingly said we were going to rent a semi for holidays. Me and Dad would get the cab and the kids could be in the back and have at 'er. :vD

angeleyes Blue said...

I had to enlarge your family picture to catch sight of your little one's hair. It is a great family pic--Technically you got everyone in the frame.

I know in my heart of hearts we will go on a family vacation sooner than later.

Laundry situation would be tough for our daughter. Laundry situation for our 15 year old son...not so tough.

He goes on sleepovers and takes a blanket and a toothbrush. THAT'S IT.

My 2 teens will be driving soon so I am guessing I am going to be the one in the back with the luggage. Oh Goody.

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

No diapers! No scheduling around naps! Ahhhhh, sounds just like heaven to me. But the laundry? Not so much . . .

Munchkin Land said...

It looks absolutely divine! I'm doing my best here to relish this time with babies and toddlers; but I am so looking forward to the days that we can do "big" kid stuff with them. You are my inspiration that it will happen... someday.

Rhen said...

You are my hero!! We are about to go on vacation but I am far from getting to the point you are. It will include diapers (cloth of course), pull ups, strollers, harnesses and much more. We are traveling 1000 miles by van with our brood. They are 18 weeks, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. I think I will pack a little benedryl. LOL ;)

All for His glory, ~Rhen

~Rhen said...

One more thing.........love the pics!! What a beautiful family you have. :)

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

On days like today.... it's so good to know, it won't always be this way:):):) Some things do get a bit easier right?

Mary@notbefore7 said...

These are so cute! Your family is just such a fun looking crew. Glad you were able to record it all for us.

txmommy said...

that sounds like so much fun!

Laurel Wreath said...

Oh I love these photos. And when you discover how to come home without the pile of Mount Laundry...pray tell. =))) I feel like I am still catching up from our trip we took two weeks agao (maybe I should not have admitted that, hehehe).

julie said...

Sounds like so much fun.

I also hate the dreaded laundry pile when you get home.

Ladybug said...

Looks like a great trip! Hopefully we will be making some sort of trip this year. We have 2 little ones sooooo it will be difficult! :)

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