There is nothing easy about taking a family of six on vacation.
Especially when the leader and chief executive packer still hasn't
finished unpacking from being out of town herself. The to-do list
is daunting, but in the end the reward will be so worth it.
I know because we have done it every year for the last eight
Growing up we never went on vacation. We took day trips here and
there to locations all over the state, but we never stayed
overnight. The logistics with two working parents and three kids
just never worked out. I always felt a bit like I was missing out
when we would go back to school and hear of everyone's grand
Taking family vacations was very important to me when I became a
When we had only one, we took several vacations. He was (is) a
great traveler. He loved the car and could sleep anywhere. As our
family has grown our vacations have shrunk but we still take one
every summer. It's not an elaborate vacation, but to my kids it's
the best part of summer.
I was lucky enough to marry a man whose family has property in
Lake Nokomis in Wisconsin: One house and two small cabins built by
my husband's great uncle after the war. The family has been
summering there since my husband's father was a kid. My kids run on
the same beach, swim on the same lake and sleep in the same room
their father did so many years ago.
That sense of history, or connectedness, is what gets me through
the chaos of packing and sorting and trying to squish everything
that I need to do to get all six of us out the door for an extended
time. It's not fancy or easy, but hearing my kids excitedly talk
about what they're going to do and remember what they did in years
past makes me remember that it's all worth it.
It also helps knowing there is a hammock over the lake with my
name on it.
Melissa is mom to 4 kids and 2 angels. She chronicles the sticky bits of motherhood at Peanut Butter in my Hair.
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