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We’re on vacation in Rhode Island with lots of family, including our four kids, plus my 5-month-old nephew.

It’s obviously very relaxing for the adults.

We’ve only been here for two days and cocktail hour has already been moved up earlier in the afternoon.

This whole go-on-a-vacation thing is a little high impact for me. Prior to the trip, I had packing anxiety which should not be confused with the actual productive act of packing. Then I had car stress on the 3 hour drive, constantly fearful that one of the twins would lead a revolt in the backseat and everyone would melt down in hysterics.

Upon arrival, I worried that our entire family was being poisoned from toxic fumes from the freshly painted rental house. And then just general anxiety took over as I tried to feed, clothe and organize everyone and all of our stuff.

But I think I’m calming down a bit. These are my three favorite moments so far…

1. My 5-month-old nephew Matej on the beach.

2. My 68-year-old mother boogie boarding….

3. My 68-year-old dad surfing…

Or you know, pretending to…



30 Responses to if you’re exhausted, you’re probably on vacation

  • MN Mama says:

    I hope you get some rest and relaxation when you return home! I always need lots of sleep after I return from vacation.

  • annie says:

    Your lead up time to vacation sounds a lot like mine. This might be why my family has stopped wanting to vacation with me. Can I send you a puppy to add to the fun?

  • Megan says:

    Love this post! Just returned from Hilton Head Island with a near two-year old and I’ve been walking around telling everyone it was perfect and amazing (which is mostly was), but leaving out it’s pure chaos, exhaustion and lunacy to do two 14-hour travel days with a near two-year-old. I don’t know how you do it with 4 girlfriend! Love that you’re so real!!! My gfs still have babes under a year, so I gotta keep the game face on so as not to scare them πŸ™‚

  • Tonya says:

    That is totally how I surf. Your dad and I could hang 10 together.
    Have a great vacation.
    Happy hour, on a family vacation, should start around 10 am.

  • Johanna says:

    We are currently driving home from a three day vaca to NH…totally exhausted! funny how trips are soo much work! Love the surfing dad pic πŸ™‚

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Happy Birthday Kelcey, I forgot to wish you that in your last post. How do you pronounce your nephew’s name? And why did your sister do that to him? He looks like he could be one of your ‘triplets’…Enjoy the vacation….I didn’t know your mom and pop are back dating.

  • Remember. There is “vacation” and there is “family trip.” These two things should never be confused with one another. Once you understand that the latter is in NO WAY the former, there will be no expectations of relaxation, extra sleep, sightseeing, uninterrupted beach-sitting, leisurely cocktails at standard cocktail time, perhaps even mid-day hankie-pankie with one’s partner of choice. Family trips can be great fun but mostly it just means the parents (okay, yeah, The Mom) does the same thing she does at home but without all the standard at-home distractions.

    BUT. Your nephew and your mom are tied for cuteness at the moment, I’d say. And RI beaches are the best! A friend used to say that RI beaches were the best-kept secret in the country…

  • Kristine says:

    Vacationing with children is stressful. Really, doing anything with children is stressful. This is why I don’t plan to leave my house for the next fifteen years or so.

  • Irene says:

    LOL!!!! I am on vacation right now at Hilton Head with my kiddos, my sister and her 4 kids and the grandparents. And the reason I am sitting here, reading blogs, when the ocean is right in front of me is I am so freakin’ tired I can’t muster the energy to do much else!

    My kids are 6 and 9. The 6 year old woke me about a billion times last night, and after walking her back to bed over and over, I finally fell asleep by 2 a.m. Only to be woken by 7 to the sounds of the everyone else up and ready to go!!!

    Yes, I usually need a vacation after our family “vacation”.

  • We need to get that adorable baby nephew and Dad in UV Skinz! πŸ™‚ send addy. ;). Enjoy your vacation! Im doing the same exhaustion right now on the other side of the country – at Disneyland – with TEN kids and THREE adults. I think I’m officially certifiable.

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