I got one more, one more prob-lem

Jul 10, 2014

The take away...there is always a take away from an experience right? Lessons learned, shoulda woulda coulda moments. Those what were we thinking? Or we are totally going to pay for this later kind of thoughts. It happens. This little vaca we took was filled with amazing moments, but it was not all rainbow and butterflies. Leave it to me to find the downside to something! But the only way you get better at things is by learning from your mistakes. Or play into the definition of insanity and keep doing things your way and see what happens. Parenting....its like playing russian roulette. 
So let's make light of our stupidity incredible parenting skills:

Rules- there were none. Not that we didn't try to enforce some kind of organized chaos, the kids were just too excited to be in a new environment to listen to us. At our house we have a strict "no climbing on the table rule". Simple right? But all my children seem to want to eat on top of the table instead of seated next to it. Avalon took advantage of the lower dining table at the cabin and ate every meal in the position above ^ . I am sure if she could talk she would say "well technically this isn't OUR kitchen table". We would pull her down, she would climb back up, we would pull her down, she would send a bowl of yogurt flying across the room. So fine, sit on your table your highness! Most of my energy this last week has been to reprogramming her. 

Potty training- we are idiots to plan a vacation in the middle of potty training Pierce! Because now he is most definitely NOT potty trained. It was too risky to put him in underwear for a five hour car ride. So we went with a pull-up, he used that ultra absorbent barrier to its max! The trend just continued throughout the days. Between going to the beach, eating out, car rides, it was just not worth the number of accidents. We did put him in underwear when he was in the cabin, but you can imagine how well that went. So we are back at square one. He has the foundation, sort of. And to parents who have yet to potty train or maybe don't even have kids yet here is some advice. Don't buy furniture until after your kids are potty trained. Same goes for carpet, beds, or anything else they can pee on. Sleep on the floor, put down puppy pads, newspaper...something! Potty training is only successful if you put yourself on house arrest! 

Sleep- It was vacation so we did let the kids stay up late. Way too late most nights. And naps were usually done in the car in-between stops. Clearly not great! Since we have been home all my children have developed narcolepsy! The other day Pierce fell asleep on the couch mid sentence, just straight up stopped talking and started snoring. Avalon can't decide whether its morning or night. And Ace is just up! Up all the damn time! I thought I heard something the other night well after midnight, and I find the kid playing dinosaurs in his room like he was pulling the night shift. Next vaca we are going to be stopping for some nap time. New rule...family naps on vacation! 

Okay, those are the only ones I can think of right now. I am kind of tired. But these three were ma-jor! Probably common sense to all you traveling guru's out there. Not here folks...not in this casa de
novice crazy!

What do you do on family vacations? Do you still try and keep a schedule? Enlighten me!


13 comments:

  1. Oh man that picture is priceless!

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  2. Oh this had me snickering. It's so hard because you want the freedom to explore but need the kids to not rule the roost. I feel ya girl. There is always something though that needs to be retaught after a vaca.

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  3. hahah that picture!

    Emma had ice cream for lunch yesterday sooo I'd say all things go when on vacation!

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  4. We took a family vacay to California this spring from Massachusetts....that's 3 time zones we went through............I'll let you imagine what it was like. Haha! I love Avalon!! She does what she wants!!!!!

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    1. It's rough right? I mean you don't really think about all the possibilities until AFTER the vacation. haha!

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  5. Vacations screw us every single time. We try to keep everything the same, but it really isn't possible and then recovery is just as impossible. We still haven't recovered from the move over here.

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  6. Little Avalon is so precious....I'm so glad she is your child ;) hahahahaha but seriously, she's adorable and would get away with too much under my roof.

    And don't even get me on thinking about potty training and what that's going to be like. NO NO NO thank you.

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  7. Hahahahahaha oh man, that sucks. Yeah I don't have any advice cause we're thrown off after vacations too. It's always a free for all and everything pretty much goes to s***. This last trip I did try to keep the baby's schedule somewhat cause he's a beast and wants to nurse if he's tired. Plus it gave me an excuse to escape all of the chaos. Hope everyone is back on schedule soon!!

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  8. Okay, I'm dying, haha. We don't stick to much of a schedule on vacations. We let Ais nap in her stroller and hope for an hour. We try to keep bedtime around the same time and pray she sleeps through the night!

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  9. We try to stick to a schedule on vacations, but its absolutely impossible! Usually it ends up that I'm hoping we have to go somewhere right before naptime so we sneak one in the car instead of fighting for one in the pack and play!

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  10. Pssssh. Schedules go out the window for the most part. If I've learned anything as a mama it's that bad habits can always be broken... some as just harder than others. But, we do try to stick to some rules... if possible. Heck, sometimes we don't even have to be on vacation for us to throw out the rules/schedule. Last night we had friends over to break in our new fire pit, and the kids got to stay up about 2 hours past their bedtime and get much dirtier than usual... ;) Live, learn, but make time for some fun!

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  11. haha our Schedule sticks on Vacation for the most part, however we are definitely willing to keep Scarlett up later at night if there's something going on, providing she's not obviously tired. It will be interesting to see how we do on the cruise with a schedule...

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    1. Schedules sound so good in our heads. But my husband and I are like big kids ourselves, so it's like no rules for anyone. Not recommended. haha!

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