Relaxing Never Used to Be So Hard

Remember when we were young without many responsibilities?  Here’s what a vacation looked like:  pack a bag, jump in a car with some girlfriends, take a road trip somewhere, share a cheap hotel room and have a grand ol’ time.  When we got a little older, it was: scan online deals, book a trip a few weeks to a few months out, pack the night before and off you go.  Now it’s this:

  • arrange for grandparents to take toddler for 4 nights — pack half the house accordingly, days in advance;
  • arrange for other grandparent to join us on the trip to help care for the baby and give us alone time
  • arrange for other grandparents to sit for cat — drive cat 30 miles over windy roads to their house
  • for baby: pack portable crib, diapers, cream, 20 changes of clothes because this one throws up like it’s an olympic sport, bottles, formula, brush for bottles, stroller, oy, I’m too tired to finish this post…
  • for us:  whatever clothes fall out of the closet and we’ll buy whatever else we need on the way…

And I bet you dollars for donuts we’re more tired when we come back than before we left.


  1. Theresa said,

    July 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I am dealing with the same thing right now – we are going away for a week and I feel like we are basically moving again! We are having to pack two cars, between baby, dog, stroller, pack n play, groceries, luggage, etc, etc, etc. Oy.

  2. Mommy, Esq. said,

    July 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

    This is why we only go to my folks in ME – she already has beds, cups, etc. – we only have to bring clothes. So much easier. Otherwise, not worth the hassle IMHO. I’d probably be down for renting a house but it is so expensive. My kids can bug me about vacations when they are old enough to help take care of themselves and actually remember the “precious memories” we are creating.

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