Vacation's Ups and Downs

 Today was the longest day of my life. I may or may not be prone to exaggeration. We are in Chicago for the weekend and a bit of next week so my husband can attend his industry’s yearly trade show. Which has always and will always fall somewhere way to close to my birthday. Since we lived in Chicago for 5 years, we have lots of people to see and lots of things we want to do. Most of these just happen to take us into the evening past the girls bedtime.

I don’t know about you, but when I stay up way to late past my bedtime, the only logical response is to sleep in until noon the next day. Someone forgot to give Hannah the memo. Plus we have lost and hour in the time zones meaning when she stays up an hour and a half past her bedtime, it is really 2 1/2 hours past bedtime. Yet for some odd reason, she is up at 6 am (which I suppose is technically 7 am) the next morning. In case you are wondering, that means the meltdowns start at 10. So we had a bit of a long day cause I am pretty sure the lack of sleep is catching up with Lily too. Not to mention her parents who are a bit on the cranky side.

I am just going to give you a little bit of free advice. Don’t plan a trip to a different time zone when your hubby is working long hours and your kids are constantly over tired and you are often times stuck in Chicago traffic with them whining incessantly in the back seat when you are smack dab in the middle of some major PMS. Unless you come upon an overturned Hershey’s chocolate truck, you might have a bit of a rotten day.

Thankfully, we had a BBQ with a handful of our most favorite people this evening. People who know me so well as to greet me at the door with a glass of Chardonney. Our friends just happen to have gotten a new trampoline which was jumped on by Lily for 3 hours straight pausing only long enough to shove in a hot dog, which now that I think of it, it’s amazing things went so well on that thing. Did I mention it is 85 degrees out with ridiculously high humidity? I have never seen her little face so red. Thankfully, they are also the kind of friends that let you hose your kids off with the hose before taking them home. Did I also mention we left one hour after the kids bedtime (which of course translates to 2 hours). Tomorrow should be delightful.


  1. OH yes, do I understand! Lance graduated this past Saturday, and Bubbalu went from 8 Am to 10:30 pm with only a 15 min. catnap in the car.

    I was actually impressed that he didn’t do too badly, and that was mostly because I pawned him off on parents or siblings to keep him happy ;)

    BUT. We are playing catch-up today!

  2. Kathryn says:

    Good luck!

  3. Ahhhh, that sure made me feel better about my trips in different time zones with young kids! It’s tough and I’m not doing it again for a very long time!

    We are THAT familys last blog post..My Sizzlin’ Summer Vacation

  4. Cheri says:

    What is it with kids and their internal clocks! It’s always bitten me in the rear, too. I’m glad you got to see your friends who made the visit much more enjoyable!

    Cheris last blog post..’Fro Me To You – Palm Springs

  5. Our daughter the Tongginator never gets that time zone memo either. I feel your pain!

    Tonggu Mommas last blog post..Hawaii Honeymoon Horror

  6. I had a hard time with my kids when we went to a diffrent time zone too!

    Happy Mommys last blog post..My Summer Vacation

  7. I hate it when kids don’t get the sleep memo’s. My son just refuses to read them, or it could be that he can’t read yet, either way, it really stinks! I found you on the Sizzlin’ Summer Vacation…. Sorry yours wasn’t so Sizzlin.

    Heidis last blog post..

  8. My first visit here and I really like your blog name and description! I have a 17 month old who has some serious tantrums if she doesn’t get 2 naps a day and isn’t in bed on time. I feel your pain. Good Luck.

    Amys last blog post..Our Vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC.

  9. Oh how I wish my children wouldn’t have internal clocks!

    Tree Climbing Moms last blog post..In case we ever wonder what gave them the idea to begin with…

  10. That internal time clock is why I still insist on waking the teenager early on the weekend. He always asks me why and I always say the same thing, “Revenge!” It is good to have friends that know you well enough to greet you wine after a long car trip.

    shannons last blog post..Sizzling Summer Vacation Spectacular ’08

  11. Sounds tough, but you survived! Whenever we have trips to places where we’re visiting people, I feel like we need a vacation afterward! :)

    Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolatess last blog post..Would You Like Chocolate With That? ~ Sand Art Brownies

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