There’s a reason we travel so rarely.Â Actually, there are two and their names are Avelyn and Jolie.Â We made the five hour drive to Vancouver this past weekend to celebrate Steve’s mom’s 60th birthday and even though the ride was almost shockingly civilized (thanks to an electronic fart machine keychain-I’m not even kidding- and our portable DVD player) the rest of the weekend was exhausting.Â Don’t get me wrong, it was fun.Â Just a very tiring version of fun that involved hauling around 8 tons of gear and junk for the kids and dealing with night-time wakings (by both girls) and the insane traffic of the big city that made the kids go nuts.
We had a great birthday party on Friday night and Steve’s mom was beaming:
The next day we went to the aquarium and that was a hit.Â Avelyn was filled with such wonder and excitement over all the marine life.
Jolie was a tad tougher to impress.
There was some movie watching, some Starbucks consumption, and some bath-time tea parties at Nana’s house.
It was so nice to spend time with family, as a family.
I just don’t think we’ll be road-tripping it with the kids again for a while.