Family Vacation Stipulations

There are certain stipulations to family vacations. Specific events have to occur, or you’re not actually on a family vacation…you’re just daydreaming at a stoplight.

Requirements vary from family to family. Let’s compare notes. These are ours:

1. Someone will get sick.
2. We will get lost. Whether that’s because of bad directions, not making a mental note of surroundings, or Siri being a b-word and demanding 5 U-turns, we will get lost.
3. Someone (age 18+) will spill their entire drink all over the table at a nice restaurant.
4. Baggage will be lost every third trip. Southwest Airlines, hollaaa!

We once ended up on the airport runway in Madrid after being given these directions.
We once ended up on the airport runway in Madrid after being given these directions.

I hope some of these sound familiar to you.

Brian and I decided to YOLO and took a somewhat unplanned trip back to California to barge in on my parent’s timeshare. This particular instance, fate had us forgo #2-#4, so option #1 was full throttle.

Gus got a stomach bug, but was excited to hang out all night, just like the good ol’ days.

Brian caught an alien mutation of that “bug,” and ended up in the hospital getting fluid IVs and oxygen.

We also received a call from a neighbor, informing us of water gushing out of our garage. He so kindly turned off our water, so upon returning, we solved the mystery of the cracked water softener and moldy garage items.

I hope the neighbor kids at least enjoyed a driveway Slip n Slide on us.

Anyway.

Regardless of all the rest of the vacation norms, how can you not enjoy the beach?

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Orange cupcake, a Sprinkles Tuesday exclusive. I even splurged for a baby guy for Gus to try...
Orange cupcake, a Sprinkles Tuesday exclusive. I even splurged for a baby guy for Gus to try…
Gus thoroughly enjoyed his own mini cupcake and helped himself to the rest. He's a sneaky one.
Gus thoroughly enjoyed his own mini cupcake and helped himself to the rest. He’s a sneaky one.
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Gus couldn't understand why our empty toilet paper roll suspicions were directed at him.
Gus couldn’t understand why our empty toilet paper roll suspicions were directed at him.
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Lurking around the harbor, plotting how to get an invitation to a boat without Groupon.
Lurking around the harbor, plotting how to get an invitation to a boat without Groupon.
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4 Comments

  1. (Your family is sooooo entertaining! Love all of your antics….as well as the memories you conjure up with such a flare! What another carefree trip to somewhere with my darling granddaughters and mothers would do for me! Yes I would be selfish and leave everyone and everything behind me without a thought of guilt. I just need fun, fun and laughter in my life.
    Laughter just helps to let the real life behind for a time. Not that I don’t love everyone else….I am just saying!!!!! Those were the days when I wasn’t as cantankerous as I am now. (Just a nice word for old!)

  2. So funny! In my comparison of notes I found no similarities, but then I got to the pictures and I am certain that the reason is that fate realizes how terrible I look at the beach and goes easy on me as far as vacation logistics are concerned. You are fabulous. And I’m sorry about the garage and water leak. That really sucks.

    1. PUH-LEASE! You’re the cutest mommy. The best part of the beach is not caring…isn’t that why we all wear sunglasses there?

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