Now We Can Relax!

Finally home from vacation. It was a lot of things.

One thing it definitely was not, is relaxing.

With two toddlers, (yes, the one year old is a “toddler” now), hanging out at a beach with sand and water is anything but relaxing.20140728-091018-33018763.jpgIf we didn’t have the amount of help we did, my husband and I would say in unison, “Fuck this, we’ll go on vacation in ten years.”

Luckily, we have the help so we can still go and enjoy my family’s yearly trip to Lake Chelan.

20140728-091108-33068567.jpgAs mentioned in my previous post, our family fun had a few looming threats.

First, were the fires. They were close, but never in sight. We had two days where we could see and smell smoke, but not bad enough to break out the face masks my dad bought for us, (“Just in case.” Side note-The moment we would need a face mask, we would go home.)20140728-091153-33113100.jpgSecond, was the wind. Even when it’s sunny, the wind can be cold and annoying.20140728-091249-33169128.jpgThird, the rain. The fires needed the rain, so we couldn’t in good conscience complain too much. But the rain forced us to get creative and avoid our usual sunny day activities.

We went wine tasting two different times. We would have gone rain or shine, but since the weather was crap, our entire group went the second time. The tasters, and non tasters. Loads of fun for everyone!!!(Can you feel the sarcasm?) 20140728-091422-33262796.jpg20140728-091421-33261866.jpgMy kids had fun, though. They got to run around like crazy in the grass and they made some new friends. And my husband and I found some great wine to take home.20140728-091808-33488892.jpgThe vineyards were beautiful with views to die for. If this wasn’t a mama blog, I would have plenty to say about each place we visited.20140728-091927-33567320.jpgMy little family and I tried to go bowling one day. Walked all the way down to the alley with the double stroller-the weather wasn’t too terrible, maybe sprinkling. The bowling alley was packed-go figure-so we headed back. That’s when it started to really rain.20140728-092017-33617694.jpg20140728-092018-33618661.jpgWe played board games every night, and did some shopping during the day.

We had two perfect weather days. Our first full day, and today-the day we left.

We packed in as much as we could.

Little Miss is obsessive about her sandcastles and I’m thrilled she got a chance to make some more today.20140728-092121-33681595.jpgAnd the new walker of the family just loved walking right into the water. So he’s the swimmer, apparently.20140728-092226-33746642.jpgAll in all, it was a very “different” trip. It had a lot of highlights, of course. And it also has a lot of stories for next year, “remember last year when…?”20140728-092318-33798071.jpgNow we’re home. And exhausted. And I’m so glad my husband has three more days until work so he can recover from his “vacation.”

Do you remember when you would come home from a vacation totally relaxed and rejuvenated?

Me neither. Maybe one day.

But for now, I guess it’s just about making memories with the kids. And I wouldn’t, for a second, want to complain about that.20140728-092439-33879772.jpg

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  • Reply lflaute96

    Beautiful pictures: lots of memories 😉 I am sorry you didn’t get the best weather 🙁 It took me only a week to recover after our last vacation.

    September 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you! We made the best of it. So funny how tiring it can be!

      September 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Melissande

    It looks like it was fun – and tiring! Need a vacation from your vacation? Wine tasting, though!? Nice!!!

    September 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Yes, the wine tasting was definitely the highlight!!

      September 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply threeboysandamom

    Very cute! Live the pictures…you’re so right. As a parent,vacation is like work and going to the bathroom or Wal-Mart alone is what feels like a vacation haha…. it’s all relative! ☺ memories are what matter most! Glad you did that for sure!

    September 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to when It isn’t as much work. But I think the kids will remember having fun.

      September 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply threeboysandamom

    Voted for you on TMB btw! ☺

    September 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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