We are now home from a 9-day adventure with our three children! What an adventure that was! Dragging three little ones across the country for a trip across three states is anything but a "vacation". But, let me tell you, it was full of memories. The kids had a ton of fun, we all came back feeling stronger as a family and we are rejuvenated as we get back into the swing of daily life! I am ready to dive in head first as I get back to work marketing a selling houses, working with buyers and developing "Y'all Are Crazy".
One morning on our trip, we went on a long hike and it really inspired my creativity and my mind went into overdrive. I started thinking about my "life priorities" and lessons I wanted to teach my children. I discovered some things that I wanted to share:
1) Make everyday an adventure- When you're raising little ones, even little things can be super fun! Whether it's going out for a walk, to the park or to the grocery store, make it fun and teach them something along the way.
2) Use daily tasks as lessons- When we were climbing that mountain, my two big kids (3 and 4) on foot, they begin to pout and complain. I encouraged them and told them that "champions were made when things got tough". When we reached the summit, they were so proud. I told them "There aren't many people at the top. It's hard work, it takes a lot of courage and hard work, but SEE, it's worth it". Each task can be used to teach your children a wise lesson.
3) Enjoy the moment- We saw several families with grown kids or with couples all alone. We yearned for the days when our kids are older so we can take them white water rafting or kayaking. But, we also stopped to remember that "it won't be like this for long" and that we need to enjoy THIS stage. Every stage.
Having three babies in four years and traveling often with my real estate career and my husband's insurance business, I have learned a lot about how to travel with kids. I'll share my tips with you here:
1) Always bring a stroller- You can push it all the way to the gate. Even if your kids don't sit in it, you can use it to push your luggage.
2) Bring snacks- Goldfish, Puffs, Fruit Snacks. Whatever it takes to keep them entertained, just do it.
3) Be patient- Most people will be friendly and understanding. Don't sweat it. If your baby cries, don't stress. Do your best and keep your head up. Side note: I had a lady come up to me one night at dinner and tell my friend and I that we were doing an "awesome job". This was after our babies had thrown crackers on the floor, cried, spilled water and everything you would expect. She said "I had babies not long ago and I know what it's like. I just wanted to tell you that you are great Moms". Talk about a pep talk! It definitely made me want to continue this chain of love.
We had an amazing trip full of wonderful times. I'm so glad we went. I'm so glad to be home. I'm so ready for bed. It's go time tomorrow!