Sunday, March 24, 2013

Vacationing with three kids three and under - Part 2

Did you miss the first half of my trip? Here's a link to the Shark Exhibits Make the Best Place to Cry post I did.

After our rough start to the trip, Mr. Howard and I decided to just let the day go. We let go of our expectations, laughed at the little stuff, and went ahead and thought that regardless of how the kids' trip was going, we were just going to have fun. And you know what? We did.

First, we stopped at Pinkberry. I don't know about you, but I can't be in a bad mood when I'm eating frozen yogurt with chocolate chips. It's just chemically impossible. I'm sure Dr. Phil could analyze me and give me some sort of "you have an unhealthy association with sweets" diagnosis, but over the years I've learned it's the perfect way to snap me out of my bad mood.

Then, we drove around Monterey, looking at all the adorable houses. We stopped at the ocean and left our tantrum-y kids in the car and enjoyed the breeze for a minute or two and listened to the ocean. We snuggled and laughed about how far we had come. There may have been a time when a day like that would have broken us - we may have bickered or been snippity with each other or even exchanged are you going to help me? looks that only a spouse can give you. But it's different now. We have realized that if we're going to have fun, we're just going to have to do it. And so, that is just what we did.
 I didn't get a photo, but we also got take-out from our favorite restaurant and had a fun picnic in the hotel with delicious ribs, wine, artichokes, and fish. It was delicious.
 We had fun all the way up to the point where we decided that the hotel was not going to work. At about 8:30 at night, we packed up the suitcases and cribs and decided to head home to our snuggle in our own beds.
 And then, when we got in the car, we had even more fun laughing at the fact that it took our kids 2.5 seconds to fall asleep instantly. We toyed with the idea of turning on our lights and making noise to wake them up (Hey! You know you all think about doing that!), but instead decided it gave us a three hour car ride with lots and lots of talking.
 So, instead we giggled and laughed and spent the next three-and-a-half hours doing something we don't normally get a lot of time to do: talk!


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