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Friday, August 3, 2012

YOLO and other things I learned on my summer vacation...

Last week the boys, my mother and I drove to New York and New England to visit family for our summer vacation.  I have said it before, and it still rings true, a trip with children is not a vacation -- it is a relocation.  That being said, the trip was lovely  -- really lovely.  We left at 3am on Thursday and drove straight through to my aunt's house in New York.  Stayed there a few days and then went on to Boston for two nights and then back to her house before starting home again.  We covered a ton of ground and felt like we toured Massachusetts.  The kids were troopers.

I wasn't sure how Cameron was going to fare being that he is two years old, but he was actually an amazing travel companion.  He was down for whatever, was the life of the party, and had only a few moments of two year old behavior.  Cam embraced his cousins (actually second cousins) and showed me that he didn't really need me around that much (tear).  The car ride was doable and I have to thank the good Lord for the built in DVD player!  Although I said I would NEVER.EVER.OWN A MINIVAN, after renting the luxurious Town & Country I am considering it for our next car...especially if we need three car seats someday.  We shall see.  After that, I'll just get some Mom Jeans and a short haircut.

We spent oodles of quality family time and I even learned what YOLO means. Thanks Emma!  I didn't watch any Olympics and didn't keep up with any pop culture --- although I did see Page Six of the New York Post and caught some gossip about Taylor Swift and one of the Kennedy boys.  My only message: STAY FAR FAR AWAY FROM THEM TAYLOR.  No good luck ever comes their way...

Other things I learned:
1.  When traveling with a baby, get a suite at the hotel so you can put him in the other room so he doesn't wake your two year old up in the middle of the night.

2.  Always pack Clorox wipes, extra diapers, wipes and a change of clothes for any extended car ride.

3.  Bring a lot of DVDS, "car presents" and snacks!

4.  Make sure that you are up to code on your pilates and yoga poses because they will come in handy when you are crawling from the front of the minivan to the back while it is moving.

5.  The stow-n-go feature is hands down one of man's greatest inventions.

6.  My son has an innate love of teenies (Hugs) and fits right in with our family tradition (see picture below).  For those of you that don't know what a "teeny" is, I feel sorry for you.

7.  My extended family loved and took care of my children immediately after meeting them.  I am blessed to call them my aunts, uncles and cousins.

8.  Boston traffic still sucks at 11pm.

9.   Making the effort is worth it.

10.  Cam is afraid of bathroom hand dryers.

All in all, the trip was amazing, I introduced my children to my beautiful and amazing extended family and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the entire journey was.  For those of you out there afraid to take a road trip with young ones, it is completely doable with proper prep and planning...just make sure you have a good team mate at your side.  My mom was the biggest trooper of them all!  Thanks Mom / Mimi!

And, here is a shot of fat baby, who despite a double ear infection was still charming and smiley as ever.  Love you Henry!

1 comment:

  1. I just discovered your blog! This is terrific! Thanks for sharing your experiences as a mom and what you learn along the way. As a mon myself now, I have found comradery (sp?) with other mommies oh so helpful and wonderful! :) Glad your trip went well!