Bear with me friends – this week is all about the week long family vacation we just wrapped! We don’t take family vacations very often, some of you may remember the mayhem that was Disneyworld two and a half years ago, and that was only five days.
Y’all, we survived seven days with three five year olds. Our marriage is still in tact. We only have minor wounds. This warrants a week of posts.
So I’ll start off today with the funny light stuff. I’ll also talk a little about logistics – what I learned for those of you planning vacations with littles soon. And then I’ll wrap up with the amazing beauty that was Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.
There’s no way you can collect all the funny things three five year olds say, AND I have a terrible memory, but here’s a few of my favorites:
The eldest: Mommy, when you smile like that, you look like you have a short moustache.
(Ahem, anyone know the name of a good waxer?)
Little bit: I’m going to be a hula dancer and a horse rider when I grow up.
(There was a lot of hula dancing, by all three, in the hot tub behind our rented house. No. Earthly. Idea.)
All three, running in from outside: We were working the cat.
(The kids “work cows” with the grown ups at our family ranch. A cat hung out at our rental house. They decided they needed to “work the cat” since he was available…Lord have mercy.)
Bray (because of course): Are we on time?
Me: I don’t know, we’re not on a schedule.
Bray: I don’t believe you. You have an internal clock like an iPhone map that is always recalibrating whether we are ahead or behind schedule.
(This is sad. But slightly true. We were twelve minutes behind in my head when he asked me that question. Peeps, that’s over nine years of marriage…)
The baby: You need a living trailer around these parts.
(They call mobile homes living trailers.)
Little bit: MaddddieBOWsa
(This was her response a hundred times to Bray when he said we were going into or around Mariposa. Apparently, my little linguist studied butterflies in Spanish and didn’t appreciate our pronunciation.)
I’ll be back tomorrow with some of the logistics in case you are pondering a national park or more remote family vacation yourself. I also can’t wait to introduce you to some of the road characters we met.