By: Amber Leventry
We took a family trip recently. I hesitate to call it a vacation because trips with kids are not really vacations. Time at the beach is not relaxing, sleeping with a child kicking you in the back or on the floor beside your bed is not restful, and road trips to reach your destination are not nearly as fun as they were pre-kids. What makes family vacations worth it are the people we get to see and the bonds created between them, us, and our kids.
This year’s summer vacation was a whirlwind of seeing my in-laws and my partner’s side of the family for a weekend then dashing off to spend a week with our kids’ donor siblings and their parents. For the foreseeable future, vacations look like rented houses next to parks, hotels with swimming pools, and lots and lots of memories made with the people we love. I’ll take it. And so will my kids.
Before they ask where we are going, my five year old daughter and three year old twins ask who we will be seeing. Because they already know the location with people waiting with open arms, wanting to spoil them, and ready to play will always be the best place to be.
My five year old daughter documented this year’s summer trip by posting photos on her Instagram account. For those of you new to this series, Eva doesn’t really have an IG account. The photos have been taken by her, but the interpretation of what I find on her camera is my creative license to share with you what is important to a child who will painstakingly take 47 photos of her stuffed reindeer.
Here are 10 of her fondest vacation memories.
While you wait for @elsaloveslionking to start a real account, you can follow her mama on Instagram @amberleventry.