I thought it would be fun to do some posts discussing my recent vacation. There will be a few different ones coming your way so get pumped! Since it’s a departure from my usual makeup and anime themed posts I’m not going to do them all right in a row. I want to make sure we’re still getting an adequate amount of usual content. Does that make sense?
Let’s focus on the present though and crack on with this post. I’m going to answer the who, what, when, where, and why!
Oh, my travel companions!
I went on vacation with my husband, two kiddos, sister and my Mom. It was a full vehicle for sure! In fact we ended up renting a mini van to travel so that we could all be together and not take two vehicles. We’ve done the trip in two vehicles before and it works… okay. The problem is we tend to drive faster than my Mom and sister so meeting up to eat and things like that becomes difficult.
What brought this trip about you might ask? Family! Fun fact my Dad’s side of the family lives in the south so we try to make it a point to visit every summer. This year was also our big family reunion so we did that as well.
Our trip went from July 3rd-July 11th. We drove down and it’s a long drive so the 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th was mostly dedicated to driving. We were able to get to our destination at about 5pm on the 4th though so we did have time to see the fireworks!
For those of you who aren’t American July 4th is our country’s Independence Day. We usually celebrate by having parades, grill outs, music events, and stuff like that. At the end of the night it’s tradition to set off fireworks. We were super lucky because our hotel room was in the perfect position! We were able to watch the cities fireworks from our window. Which was really fortunate because it was super buggy and hot out, the parking would’ve been atrocious, we probably would’ve had horrible seats, and my son is only 17 months so the noise of the fireworks that close most likely would’ve been terrifying for him.
Watching them from the comfort of our hotel room was simply joyous!
Normally we travel to my family in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. We don’t stay in New Orleans but we usually make a point to visit because that was where my Dad lived. He always said it was his favorite city which is saying something since he traveled a lot. He passed away five years ago (six in November) so going to New Orleans always makes me feel closer to him. I have to admit I’m still bummed that we didn’t get to go to New Orleans but I did get to travel to a new state and city!
Every few years my Dad’s side of the family does a huge family reunion and the site of the reunion is always in a different location. This year it was in Houston, Texas. I’ve never been to Texas so getting to travel there was pretty fun. Our reunion was on the 5th and 6th and then on the 7th we drove to Baton Rouge until it was time to head home. Luckily Baton Rouge is only 3 and a half hours from Houston because I assure you we were getting pretty sick of the car!
It took us about 20 hours to drive from our house to Houston. Then about 17 hours to drive from Baton Rouge back home. Trust me by the time we got back none of us were that keen about driving anywhere the next day! Seriously we just lounged around the house the entire day after getting back.
I have to give my kiddos props though. My daughter has always been a travel champ! She’s been on long car rides and plane rides has always rocked it. My son on the other hand hates being in the car. I actually wonder if maybe he gets carsick but he’s so little he can’t tell us. For the first six months of his life though he would absolutely scream anytime he had to go into the car. It was awful! He would scream the entire ride! Thankfully he has gotten a lot better. We did have to make a lot of stops for him but it really wasn’t as bad as it has been in the past so we were really proud of our little Bear!
As I mentioned before we go down at least once a year to visit family. It is really important to me that my kids get to create memories with my Dad’s side of the family and not just the family we have that live close by. Some of my best childhood memories were made with my cousins at my Aunt’s house. I think because of that I always feel really serene after visiting my southern family. My children also didn’t get a chance to meet my father in person due to his death so bringing them to my family is as close as I can bring them to my Father.
Well I hope you all enjoyed this post! Remember this is the first in the series. I don’t think I mentioned above but this will be a three part series! The plan is to post the next two on the upcoming Fridays.
Have a great day Grimms!