Last week, I took a hiatus from The True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches to enjoy a annual family reunion week in Lake Okoboji Iowa with my husband’s extended family. AKA Our vacation with kids 🙂
It is a fun-filled week, with lakeside accommodations and now over 40 attendees! We were very blessed to share a two room adjoining suite with my sister n law’s family, although as the week went on I began to wonder if we were not in the main lodging units (with the majority of family) due to my children’s notorious behavior 🙂
Thankfully, Sonya from Saving Everyday with Sonya K stepped in to share her tale- If you haven’t read it yet please check it out here →Potty Time, Kid Menus, & 2nd Day Grumps: Vacationing with Kids, I adore Sonya, follow her site regularly and I so appreciate her joining us!
Next week, we will hear from my dear co-host and friend, Melissa from Home on Deranged ♥ who ALWAYS brings the funny! I LOVE reading her posts!
Now since I had four hours (each way) in a car to mentally plan this post (in between demands for juice, cat naps, lunch breaks, snacks, DVD changes…(okay so not a lot of actual time) I came up with a list of common things you might encounter when on vacation with kids.
You will bring toys, BUT NEVER the RIGHT Toys…
Next time, I am just giving the kids allowance to buy toys. Just kidding kind of. My son Henry really only wanted to play with the neighboring rooms child’s toys. If Hayden played with LEGOS (which he wanted to) he would want to sit inside- AT THE LAKE!
You either pack way too many clothes or just shy of what you needed. Sometimes it is both.
We experienced both scenarios. Hayden and I had WAY to many extra clothes and Henry…well needed more clothes than BEYONCE′. See Walmart below. It was buy 2-3 more outfits or find a local laundromat and be trapped in it with 2 kids under 4 years for two hours. Guess which I opted for?
If you pack a stroller- you won’t need it. Leave it at home and you might be sorry.
So I was insistent we needed a stroller- which we needed to strap to the hood of our SUV. The stroller was used twice. Once during our half-day long amusement park outing and once by my SIL who didn’t think she would need one. I am glad it got some use!
Your kids might be THOSE KIDS.
My birthday fell during this week, so my in-laws graciously agreed to watch the kids so we could enjoy a meal. WAHAHA… We were gone two hours. About six other family members were called in as back up to watch Henry.
One cousin told me…”you know those bungee leashes? Really, we won’t judge.”
Apparently, he also made his cousin sprint after him down the dock, you know, just for fun.
I got a picture of Henry in the bath from my SIL, not sure he was dirty as much as they just were trying to keep him in one place. 🙂 It is ALWAYS the quiet ones. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
You will find your way to local Walmart
Yep one hour into the drive and I realized I forgot the monitor base. Then we needed tylenol. Then Henry ran out of clothes. I believe over the course of the week there was only one day I did not have to go to that store for something. UGH, I was missing Target.
So each year we visit Arnold’s Park. This is a fairly small and shall we say kinda out-dated amusement park. Lets just say the same rides were in use when my husband was a child. The cost is reasonable compared to some parks $21.95 for kids, $27.95 for adults. You can get a chaperone pass for $7.00 but it only allows for 5 rides. So we bought a full pass for both of us. Guess how many rides I went on? One. Henry went on maybe 5 rides. After tax just over $100. Of course you also need a very pricey park lunch, the holy moly kind kitties this freaking 8 oz lemonade is $5.00 drink and just to top it all off, of course, your older child would rather play the pay extra out-of-pocket carnival games- rather actually than ride the rides.
Always pack an emergency lunch!
Ugh Mommy why haven’t you learned this yet? After waiting 20 minutes with hungry kids don’t rely on a restaurant to know if a food contains an allergen. Since RAGBRAI had just biked through Okoboji, Godfather’s Pizza threw away all boxes listing ingredients for extra freezer space. They kindly offered a refund if desired. D’OH! Bad move mom.
And on a final note: I am still recovering my energy from this week of vacation with kids. I VERY rarely sat in one place, except at night when I was simply too tired to go to bed 🙂 Perhaps when you travel with kids you should plan an extra week to re-adjust.
NOW it is your turn! Share your vacation with kids tips, wisdom & lessons with us!
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