It’s been so long since I’ve been able to check in here! We just returned from a 10-day road trip from Colorado to California, in a minivan PACKED full of people. We spent several days in the mountains at Big Bear, where my kids chucked rocks in the water and fed French fries to ducks, headed down into LA to visit family and friends, and spent a whole day at Disneyland – which my daughter proclaimed to be, “The best day of her whole life.”
People’s eyes get big every time I tell them we DROVE to California – as if flying would really be an option! Even with gas prices the way they are, paying for airfare for seven people and then a car rental on top of that just wouldn’t work. I’m here to tell you, though: it was a blast! It was so much fun. I’m SO thankful we decided to take the plunge and just DO it. The kids were great on the drive! They drew on their Magna Doodles, watched DVDs, ate snacks I don’t ordinarily let them have, colored, and slept a fair amount of the time. And something awesome happened that I hadn’t even planned on: my husband and I had hours and hours together to just talk about…whatever! When we’re home, we’re always pulled away by housework and the needs of the children. But, not on vacation! Not when you’re trapped in a vehicle together for a thousand miles!
This was our first family vacation – and honestly, the first time my kids have ever slept anywhere but their own beds! And it went splendidly. I can attribute most of that to what I’ve learned from my jaded husband: ‘tis better to expect nothing and be surprised when things go well than to have any expectations of things to go smoothly, because that’s when things go to hell and you find yourself shaking your head, saying, “Never again!”
All said and done, though, I am so thankful to be back home and in our own beds!! When I have a moment, I’d like to devote a whole entire post to Disneyland and the amazing, special care they took with our autistic son. It was the highlight of our trip!