The reason Vacation is in quotations is that the word Vacation usually conjures up feelings of peace, relaxation, getaways from the daily grind and lots of food and booze. The following is a list of reasons why our recent trip to Asheville was, in fact, none of those things.
1. We chose a destination 10 hours away. We have a 16 month old child who has more energy then the Brazil soccer team on speed, and does not fancy 10 hours strapped in her luxurious Britax rear-facing car seat. Add to that one 8 month pregnant woman who needs to urinate after thinking about taking a drink of water and that 10 hour car ride gets looooonger.
2. We stopped halfway to stay the nite at a Howard Johnson, because we are a poor grad student family and we decided to save our money for more important things- like the Klondike bar I suddenly developed a craving for every time we stopped at a gas station. HoJo's are generally a safe bet- they are basic but clean. Unfortunately, a spider had the same feelings and enjoyed his continental breakfast in the middle of the night on the back of my right leg- earning him the nickname "the MoFo at the HoJo".
Reid reading to Pursy..
4. Our trip home Grant was obsessed with finding legit southern BBQ. We did a very scary U-turn to come back to this place... and it was so worth it.
Purslane is a big fan of the "parfait" style of eating. This bite is actually a piece of smoked BBQ chicken on a bed of applesauce nestled over a goldfish.
It was actually a fantastic weekend, and what Grant and I realized is that our days of the luxurious sleep until whenever, transition from coffee to beer sometime around noon, leisurely browse through whatever shops we want, read entire books in one day vacation is over for us. We are a family with kids and we vacation with families with kids. And once you embrace the crazy, it is actually fun to be awakened by two small children not your own coming into your room and asking you when breakfast is ready. I was thankful every morning that Russ has the spiritual gift of making coffee in less then 3 minutes, and having 6 pairs of legs to run after Pursy for a few days was actually, quite.... luxurious.