We had a fantastic week at the beach last week during which I learned a few things I didn’t know (or learned again) when it comes to beach vacations.
#1 – Sand gets EVERYWHERE!
#2 – I prefer the pool to the beach. (I love the idea of the beach, but when kids are involved prefer the convenience of the pool. I don’t enjoy being a pack mule.)
#3 – My kids yell a lot when they are excited. They yelled a lot on vacation.
#4 – They also light to fight over who gets to push the elevator buttons. We alternated days so they wouldn’t push our buttons.
#5 – And they were excited about the little things. “Mom, MOM! C’mere, QUICK!!!” I go rushing over to my 5-year old who says, “Look, look!….A palm tree!” They also liked the little lizards that hang out near the pool. We told them to try to catch them which was VERY entertaining for us.
#6 – When your kids are distracted by vacation fun, they won’t tell you they have to go to the bathroom until it’s almost too late.
#7 – Vacation is the only time I will eat a Krispy Kreme donut while wearing that reminder known as a bathing suit.
#8 – Don’t pack two right tennis shoes for your daughter.
#9 – Don’t play a dice game on the 5th floor deck or you will find yourself down by the pool fishing a di out of pine straw mulch.
#10 – Keep cards and other entertainment in your purse. And of course the Trump Card of Bribery – gum!
#11 – On the drive down, I gave my kids prizes every-so-many hours because I read other people do this and it sounded like a fun thing to do. Maybe there’s a better way to do it, but it totally TOTALLY backfired on us! In addition to “When will we get there?” my youngest repeatedly asked, “When do I get my next prize?” This prompted lectures about how good they have it with a DVD player in the car and my version of a walking-to-school-barefoot-in-the-snow car-trip story which goes more like: as a kid I endured road trips with my mom that included hours and hours of Meatloaf and Neil Diamond – enough to make you foam at the mouth and pass out in the back of an 80s version of a Ford Escort!
#12 – It’s fun to be on vacation when the Olympics are on. It was cool to watch the games at night before bed and then watch them try out different swim techniques and gymnastics moves in the pool.
#13 – You can eat anything you want on vacation. Okay not really, but in my mind you can.
#14 – The older my kids get the fewer restrictions we have and the more activities we can do. I also like that they are into board games and cards (and dice games!).
#15 – Tourist traps can be really fun. We had a ball at one of those go-kart places. And I learned a very important lesson on the bumper boats that I will tell you about tomorrow…
Your turn, what has vacation taught you? And are you a pool bum or a beach bum?