Am I the only person who has a LOVE/HATE relationship with road trips and family vacation?!?
So as you may have guessed, the family and I are going on a road trip to Orlando. We are blessed, that Orlando is only a 3 and a half hour drive. I have met people would have driven over 24 hours (or spent a fortune on plane tickets alone) justto get to. . . . ORLANDO!! BUT STILL, I never knew how stressful a road trip could be until I did one with my KIDS! My mother thinks I’m crazy, and maybe I am, but I just hate the feeling of failure. If my kid has a meltdown (which one of them always does) I feel like I didn’t do something right.
I found pinterest ideas to help entertain, feed, and keep my children overall HAPPY. I cut things out, laminate, prepackage, make organizers. . . .all this crap and HOPE all my efforts work! This time around, I said “SCREW IT!” . . . . Then I changed my mind and planned like a crazy woman again. I have a snack box for my 6 year old to have for the trip, and they both have DVD plays, plus, we will be traveling during my 2year olds naptime (this could be great, or a HUGE mistake).
This got me thinking, how in the heck did I survive my family road trips from Houston Texas to Akron Ohio as a child. We didn’t have DVDs let alone portable DVD players when I was a kid! I slept a lot, played with figurines, and ate all the junk food I could stuff in my face. I remember LOVING our road trips though.
I realized as a mom, I stress myself out for no good reason. I say this knowing I will most likely do it again this trip as well. I am going to try my hardest to not sweat it if my 2 year old has a meltdown, because I seem to be the only person who realizes HE LOVES HIS NAPS (makes me anxious just typing this). If my kid wants cotton candy instead of the 200+ snacks I bring to the park, I may just let her have the cotton candy. If nobody has a plan of action. . . I will be patient. I do not want to be that dictating woman that everyone rolls their eyes at when she’s not looking.
This is supposed to be fun. This is where my 6 year old will cherish her memories with us a family. if she’s a little rambunctious, it’s because she is excited to be where she is at. I won’t care what everyone else in the park thinks, because I will most likely never see them again in my life! So here’s to road trips, chaos, meltdowns, smiles, and family love!