Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We're Traveling Professionals...Kinda

A couple years ago my hubby had gotten laid off, so we put all our belongings in storage and bounced around spending a week here and a week there. We told our kids we were so lucky to get an extended vacation. And we were lucky! It was really fun to explore new places and visit old friends while the hubby looked for work.

That experience, in my book, pretty much that makes us pros at traveling with kids. We know when the best time of the day is for them to travel, how long we can go before the little ones need a potty break and a snack break, and how long before Mommy and Daddy need a sanity break. We always have a schedule of events, lists, our bags packed days in advance, etc. We have traveling down to an art.

Not this time!

My husband had a Conference to attend in San Luis Obispo, which is a city near the California coast. Most of the attendees were taking their spouses, and we thought about doing the same, but we couldn't find a babysitter. So we didn't really think much more about about it. That is, until the day before the Hubby was leaving.

I had this great idea. Why can't we just take our kids too? It would be an adventure! So we packed everyone in the car and did a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants trip. I have to admit, I was really nervous! "Can I handle the (sometimes) very public tantrums? What about a schedule? I haven't done any research! What will I do with the kids all day long while hubby is at the Conference?" Fortunately, thanks to modern technology (LOVE my iPhone!) I woke up that morning in the hotel room and was able to find activities to do, found a grocery store to pack a picnic lunch and we had such a great time!

First we went to the beach for a couple of hours. C was determined to make a sandcastle, but the waves kept washing it away. Then A made a game out of the waves "chasing" her. The water was freezing, but we all played with her until we couldn't feel our toes anymore.

C and A at the beach

A's cute baby beach feet 

After the beach we went to this awesome family owned farm. They have a country store, animals you can feed, a hayride, pick your own fruit, and a picnic area. It was the perfect place to take my little munchkins. 

First we fed the animals watched other people feed the animals. We had a picnic and then climbed on the base of hay for a while. We took a hayride and then picked peaches in the orchard. The girls were so proud of themselves for helping me pick peaches. I picked the peaches, handed them to A who put them in the box that C was holding. It was a nice system. But little people get tired easily and after A fell into some bramble bushes, we'd had enough of that. We went back and paid for our peaches ($1/lb. for fresh peaches? Yes, please!) and taste-tested them. We watched the animals some more and played on the bales of hay. We finished our trip with some ice cream. 

sampling the peaches

By the time we were finished, the kids were exhausted and it was time to pick up their Daddy. It was such a fun way to spend the day. I think we need to be spontaneous more often! What spontaneous things have you done lately?

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