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Is It Really Vacation With Kids?

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Ah vacation. Time to relax. No work, school or responsibilities. iPhones are forgotten. The beach beckons. Hear the seagulls. Feel the warm breeze. And…here comes the hurricane. Not a literal hurricane. I’m talking about my three children.

I never appreciated a child free vacation until I couldn’t go on one anymore. There are five of us now and despite the gift of being in the beautiful South, I’m well aware of how much work a vacation with kids can be. The slathering on of sunscreen multiple times a day, the coercing them out of the pool after three hours, the junk food, the rain that traps us indoors for days, trying to keep my fearless three-year old from drowning in the undertow. You get the picture. By bedtime, I’m ready to collapse or scream.

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On the flip side, I get to spend lots of quality time with my family. We are blessed to be able to go on vacation. We are lucky to have beautiful weather today. The biggest decision of the day is beach or pool. I wake up to chocolate chip waffles and good coffee. I’m reading a really inspiring book. Life is good.

Vacation with kids? Yeah. We’ll do it again.  We are making memories. And those are worth all the work.

Is It Really A Vacation With Kids?

It’s July! The month of fireworks and cookouts and vacations. School is still far enough away and the summer is brimming with possibilities. We are going on vacation. When I mention this to friends they are so excited for me, wanting to know all the details. I’m excited too, but I miss the days when I had no children and vacation was really a vacation. Peace and quiet, time to reflect and relax. Honey, those days are over. I have three children now vying for my attention, my iPad, my last bite of pancake. If you follow me on Pinterest, you already know I’m a fan of Nick Mom. Here’s another gem, just in time for a lazy day at the beach.

A Beach Vacation Without Your Kids vs. With Your Kids

All kidding aside, I’m looking forward to making memories with my family, sandy butt cracks and all. Have a great vacation!