Another one has come and gone…
…A wonderful week of sharing life with my whole family in an exotic cabin in the Smoky Mountains.
As I write this, we are in the van on our way home, in the final two hours of what should be have been a seven hour drive. So far it’s taken us 9 ½ hours.
I have decided to record my top lessons for other moms who still might have their vacation ahead of them this year.
- Always pack your Quaker Oatmeal canister yourself where you can keep a mom-eye on it. Eight cups of oatmeal sprinkled generously throughout your possessions in the trailer is not a pretty sight.
- Take extra towels. For some reason the cabin was not exactly equipped for 18.
- Remember to check the weather forecast before you plan your daily outings. Unless, of course, you want a front row parking place at the mountain top view when visibility has reduced to about five feet.
- Ear plugs are a must. You never can tell when those young ones will all decide to howl about their new surroundings.
- Bring extra bread. That way if the kids want to feed some to the birds or fish, you will not feel grumpy about it.
- Walk hand in hand with your sweetie as you gaze over at your brood. Smile and realize that every moment as a family is a precious reward from the Lord.
- Learn to enjoy squeeze cheese. It’s bland, artificially flavored and is horrible for you, but nothing screams vacation food like that little can.
- You can never pack too many baby wipes. Even though my youngest is five, we are addicted to them.
- Find a way to exercise every day, so when you realize you have lived a whole week in carb overloading, you can at least comfort yourself with the fact that you tried.
- Enjoy every single memory. Even the squabbles and even the spills. As the children get older, you will wish for these noisy days again!
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