Even though it’s always hectic before and after going away, it’s nice to travel and take a break from the usual routine. The kids agree as they love the adventure of staying in a hotel – especially if there’s a pool involved!
Last weekend we went to Maine for a family reunion to celebrate my grandmother’s 94th birthday. 94! Isn’t that amazing?! It was so good to visit with my grandmother, aunt, and cousins. And it’s pleasantly easier to travel with the kids now that they’re older. They’re used to the riding in the car bit (even for a 4-hour stretch) and they know what to expect. Once we arrived they were excited to find a trampoline and a zip-line at my cousin’s place. Kiddo heaven! Then all 8 young kids swam together at the hotel’s pool (and hot tub) that evening. They were more than a bit tired after all that!
The next morning was surprisingly peaceful. As our son is a morning person (always up and raring to go at 5 or 6 a.m.), I expected him to be up early and typically this means his sister would be woken up early too. Then it’s never long before things get loud and they get hungry and/or bored. So I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that our little morning guy did indeed wake early, but that he quietly entertained himself until 7:15! After his sister woke up (on her own!), he quietly and nicely asked Nana if she would take them to breakfast (which was conveniently provided by the hotel). How cool is that? 🙂
Naturally, it was not a perfect weekend as we encountered the usual challenges of traveling with kids that get overtired and occasionally have a hard time adjusting to change, but I am very proud of how our son is maturing. His good behavior made the trip much nicer and we all benefited. So I had to brag a little and enjoy this parenting highlight.
Did you travel with kids during school break? Where did you go?