Isn't vacation just a totally different experience once you become a parent?? It's not exactly restful since all the same care has to be provided in an environment that is not quiet as convenient as your own home. Kids don't sleep or eat as well. And we are super busy so everyone is pretty much exhausted.
Yet in spite of all that, we just got back from another wonderful week in Chelan. We were treated to snow on the top of the pass. We celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas and Patrick's birthday. We saw a great fireworks show and ate tons of delicious food. We took several family walks around Riverfront. We spent lots of time with our extended families. And we were spoiled rotten by the best hosts in the world.
Oh - and we also had one child vomit on the car ride over, another child wake with a fever in the middle of the night, we had to come home earlier than we planned, we lost one beloved hat in the middle of the lake, and we all came home with varying degrees of the sniffles.
See what I mean? It's just different. But with the highs and the lows - it was still a wonderful week. We are so thankful for our families and the blessing of being able to vacation in a great place. And...we are glad to be home.