My Love-Hate Relationship With Vacation

I love vacations!  They’re my number one way to de-stress, re-charge and spend some quality time with people I care about and do things that my family really enjoys doing.

I also hate vacations!  Leading up to the actual vacation is always stressful for me and a flurry of activity.  First there’s all the research of what to do and where to go, factoring all the opinions (sometimes unwanted) of family members and/or friends on trip choices and booking the trip. Then there is the packing – clothes packing for me, the kidlets & The Hubs, books & toys, the various house supplies we’ll need and don’t forget the “in case of” stuff, which as parents you are required to have with you.

I’m also one of those people who have to make sure the house is totally spic and span before we leave.  All kitchen items put away, beds neatly made, couch pillows placed just so, laundry folded and put away, garbage put out and all the toilets thoroughly scrubbed.  It’s kinda silly.  I want to make sure that the house looks presentable to anybody who might come in.  Who is going to come into our house?  A robber?  Maybe our neighbor who is kindly keeping an eye on our house while we’re away?

I shouldn’t be complaining.  At least my family is going away on vacation and getting to have some fun time together.  I’ll try to keep that as my mantra as I scramble to get everything done before we set off on our journey!

Now it’s your turn to share.  What was your favorite vacation trip?

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  1. says

    I am so there with you on the love-hate relationship with vacations. I too have to have my house spotless before I go, and I always try to have something really easy ready to go for supper too. I don’t want to spend all night in the kitchen after traveling all day!
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      I used to think my mom was nuts when she used to do it…especially when we were all waiting in the car to go and she was upstairs scrubbing toilets before leaving!

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