17 Jul 2013

When you need a vacation from your vacation

He wants to eat summer.

Like so much ice cream, running down his forearms and dripping off his fingers. He wants to lick up every last drop and then ask for more.

This second born of mine only has one speed. And it’s fast and furious and can leave a mother and father and two sets of cousins and aunts and uncles all tired and worn out in his wake.

We’re on the edge of the lake in Northern Michigan where my husband’s family have been spending their summers for decades. Literally. Same lake, same bike trails, same little minnows trying to avoid the nets of boys like they have for so many summers in a row.

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We’ve got two days of car travel to erase and Micah is ready to get the process started at 7am the first morning.

And I think about my ideal vacation and how it involves a whole lot of quiet and a big pile of books and very little call for the roller coaster of parenting.

I’m sharing my story of how I try to balance the incessant demands of parenting with a break. a rest. a vacation. Mostly I find it nearly impossible. Click here to join me over at Simple Mom today, won’t you. I’d so appreciate your wisdom.


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    I’ve never been on a vacation with my kids but this is exactly why I told my husband I didn’t want to go. Now we’re combining vacation with move so it’s turned even more stressful. I guess I’m just going to have to redefine “vacation” to simply mean a different place and forget about including rest. Perhaps changing the definition will help my attitude!

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    Vanessa says:

    I love your first sentence. “He wants to eat summer” That is exactly how my 4 year old second born is. It is not just summer, my boy DEVOURS life. It is exhausting being his mom, but he brings such a huge smile to my face with his humor, imagination, and his attitude towards life.
    He doesn’t take naps, nope not my guy, but when it is bed time, he crashes within seconds and wakes up to do it all over again.
    I have 3 boys and every night I fall asleep with a huge smile on my face looking forward to another day with them, The good, the bad, the ugly, the frustrating, the messy, the tiring, and the blessings of rearing 3 handsome, healthy boys.

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    Araceli Day says:

    This post reminded me of the first time I went on *vacations* as a new mom. The moment I walked by the pool it hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn’t just going to lay in the sun listening to music or reading my book for a loooooooooong time :) Thanks for bringing those memories back!

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