Welcome to the conversation! In this episode, Janine and I share about the short family vacation we just returned from and why it was (IS) so necessary. We also unpack the challenges we had to overcome, the outcomes, how we made it work financially, and some of our favorite family vacation activities!
Teenage schedules (work, babysitting, wrestling practice, tired at end of day...)
- My workload getting a new book launched. Do I have the time to go away? Will this be relaxing and refreshing for me....?
One of our kids had a cold coming on just as we were leaving. She was going through a box of tissues in a couple days. We took the risk to go and grabbed some over the counter medication to help with our prayer. She came right in 24hrs.
The rooster! We were in the middle of a city but were woken 2am, 4am and 6am each day by the neighbors bird. Not fun!
- Stress of big city driving that brings out the worst in people and takes a bunch of unnecessary energy to manage!
First ever Failed Ice cream experience
- Different expectations of our highly independent family members of what to do on vacation. Janine had some intentional conversations with each of us about this up front. For me this was remembering that although the city wasn't an ideal vacation location for me personally, that if I could adjust my expectations, the payoff would be worth it. And it was.
- Urban Adventure Quest - a little bit of 'amazing race' a little city exploration, a lot of fun. In cities all over the USA. $50
- Subpar mini golf - we always have a fun (competitive) game on vacation.
- California Science Academy
- Parkwide Bike Rental - HIGHLIGHT renting a four person bike (that the six of us could fit on)
Taco Cat card game - Hilarious family fun. $10
You’ve Got Crabs card game. A LOUD family fun game. $16
Nertz card game - for the price of a few decks of cards.
Chickapig board game. $25
Trekking the national parks board game. $50
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