Spring Break Conundrum

It’s 11 am on the day after daylight savings and I haven’t showered yet.  I have done the dishes, though and put some laundry away and now I must pause to go change the laundry so it doesn’t mildew.

Ok, I am back.  Mildew has been averted.  (On this load, at least.)

I have actually done a lot this morning.  I turned in an article to the paper, went through old clothes, put some in the trash, some in the laundry, cleaned the boys’ room, and read seventeen blog posts while watching the PBS special on the Troubadour.  I am amazing.  Today.  Tomorrow, I hope to watch seasons 6 and 7 of Beverly Hills while teaching my 3 year old how to feed me grapes and bon-bons.

My thoughts today turn toward that wonderful week in Spring adeptly labeled “Spring Break.”  I am trying to figure out what to do for it.  I have planned, and almost always plan, on spending this week in Utah so my kids get to visit their grandparents and I get to see Juan, the greatest hair stylist on the planet, and this year the plan is to buy a car.  (The selection in town is not to my liking.)

I thought of staying at a hotel one night to use the pool and Utah has fun things like dinosaur museums, amusement parks, and In and Out Burger and Juan.  I usually go and buy the kids summer clothes and see a few friends.

But this year, I don’t wanna.  I want to pack my three children up, drive two hours to Missoula to take the Allegiant Air flight to LA.  Once I get there, I want to rent a car and drive to Carlsbad.  I then want to spend a day at Legoland.  The next morning I want to drive down to San Diego and go to the zoo.  Then I want to go to the other half of the zoo.  Then I want to go swimming and then I will drive three hours back to LA to get on an airplane to then drive two hours back home.

Why, dear readers, do I want to do this?  That sounds HORRIBLE.  I will be alone with my three kids who get on each others nerves for the four hours they are together at the end of school until bed time.  I will get no sleep and my patience will be out the window.  Kevin thinks we should do those things as a FAMILY (meaning he wants to go, but is working.)

But I really want to go to CA because it is the land of milk and honey and dreams and it sounds so nice until I get there and have to drive in the traffic and tell the kids to shut up while I figure out which exit is ours and try and find a hotel and then figure out what to do when one kid wants to swim, one kid is asleep in the back seat and one kid is hungry.

Last time we went to Legoland James found a lizard and then cried for an hour when it ran away. And I want to do it again...

Do you ever have ideas you know won’t work and that you shouldn’t do but you can’t give them up and you will probably do them?

 

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15 responses to “Spring Break Conundrum

  1. Okay, you are either really brave… or just crazy. Vacation with 3 kids and no spouse is just beyond my realm of comprehension. I’m feeling anxiety just thinking about what you’re possibly going to go through. However, regardless of how it turns out, and I’m hoping GOOD for your sake, think of all the wonderful blog posts you’ll be able to write during this week from… well, to be determined.
    Good luck. I am neither brave, nor crazy. I will hang around the in-laws where there are 4 additional adults to help keep my four children occupied!

    • Yes but you live in a place with things to do… Helena doesn’t have the greatest selection and we go to the fun stuff regularly. I mean, you have bollywood exercise classes. I am waiting for you to come here and teach a class or two for us.

  2. Can you bring a babysitter with you? I’m semi-serious. When I was Queen Babysitter Extraordinaire in my teens, I went on a few road trips with families.

    And Carlsbad does have the best used book store in the world. I’ve forgotten its name (and I’m too lazy to look it up). It’s also where my kids were nearly swept out to sea. The pic on this post of the kids is taken at Carlsbad: http://ironicmom.com/2010/01/01/5-great-and-not-so-great-memories-of-our-family-vacation/

    Enjoy. And yes, you’re a little nuts. But think of the blog fodder!

    (Note: no ellipses were used or harmed in writing this comment)

    • Great pictures of your kids! I can’t wait to go. I am thinking of bringing Canadian medications (the good kind that actually work)

  3. hey, that’s almost exactly what I am doing except no flying, just a straight 12 hr drive from SL to San Diego. My kids are older. I am meaner. I always win when “what are we going to do?” is asked.

  4. 1st – If you would’ve moved to Denver – it is so dry here that laundry can sit in the washer for a week and never mildew. 🙂 gotta LOVE that!

    2nd – I vote that you wait for the CA trip when Kevin can go with you and help with he details of the kids – or go when we go (which I don’t know when that will be cuz our child that gets us to go to Disney/CA is on his mission until the end of this year :). And, being that he is an adult now . . . don’t know if that will be his priority in the future. :}

    Good luck with your decision! We are going to NM to visit family.
    :)DeeDee

    • I had no idea you had family in New Mexico. What part? Kevin and I just went to Santa Fe and loved it.

  5. I think you lay the guilt on your husband to take a few days off. This crazy time when the kids are young is when the memories are (naturally, many of the memories are bad). Of course I am a total hypocrite, because we never go anywhere because my husband won’t use any of his 25+ vacation days and I am too wimpy to go solo.

    • Kevin’s mom is going with us. And Utah has tons to do. YOu can drive two hours and feel like you are on vacation. I drive two hours and I’m in a field.

  6. I’ve been thinking…the big earthquake is due to hit any minute…maybe California should wait. Or maybe I should go and take my kids to Disneyland with my mom….Greg would go ballistic, but who’d tell him? Not me.

  7. This doesn’t apply to your post but thanks for the plug for LOTR:Fellowship over at Educlaytion!

  8. Sounds like a great trip. Seriously. I think that parenting is pretty much all about ideas that probably won’t work but you do them anyway. We drove with our four kids from Wyoming to the Oregon coast last summer. It was an asinine idea. But of course we did it. And we’re going back this summer.

    Is Lego Land as awesome as it sounds?

    • I agree that since my son was born eight years ago, asinine ideas kind of rule my life. Lego Land is great fro 2-12 year olds. The rides are very calm. The only part I don’t like is sitting around while your kids build stuff. I am bringing a book this time.

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