I am very excited to say that I am going on a vacation! And by vacation, I mean one day and one night at Le Chateau Montebello in Quebec, but I’ll take it.
My husband is not much of a traveler. The only trip we’ve ever taken together was a few days on a road trip to Boston (but I came home with an engagement ring, so no complaints!). My sister-in-law, Cath, however, is from England and loves to travel and go on family vacations. Jon’s brother Jay is much more willing to get on a plane than Jon – he found his English wife in Australia of all places. So, when they suggested we all have a little mini-getaway together, I jumped at the chance. And, surprisingly, so did Jon. My notorious homebody even started excitedly telling his friends about our plans.
Once we were on board, it didn’t take much to convince my in-laws to join us and their four grandchildren. I am looking forward to having some good old fashioned fun and spending some extended time with my nieces and nephew.
But on the other hand, I am a little afraid. I know of folks that took their babies to Jamaica and across Canada on planes, so one would think I wouldn’t be too nervous about an overnight one province over with a child that is relatively well-behaved, but I am. What happens if Mary has a meltdown at dinner? What happens if she won’t sleep at night? Will I actually have a good time with a toddler in tow or is this going to derail into Griswold family vacation territory?
But with our rooms booked, and vacation time requested, there’s no turning back now and I wouldn’t want to. No matter what happens, there will be some memories made.
Have you ever taken any vacations with extended family? Any tips and tricks to keep a toddler happy outside her normal routine?