Isn’t This What Spring Break is About?

We do crazy things for our kids sometimes.

For instance, we drive 12 hours, mostly through depressingly drab desert, so they can play with their beloved, long-lost cousins. We even spend days preparing and packing for the trip, doing anything to prevent the dreaded question “How much longer?” every three minutes of that long drive.

For the record, I totally believe in letting kids be bored — just maybe not for an entire day.  And especially not while I’m stuck in a contained space with them!  Now, if they claim to be bored after going through all their books, coloring pads, occasional movies, and snacks — then I am more than happy to tell them to count the tumbleweeds we pass.

We parents go the distance, literally, just to see our little people burst out of the van, run to the front door and throw themselves into the arms of their equally excited cousins.

We parents go the distance, literally, just to see our little people burst out of the van, run to the front door and throw themselves into the arms of their equally excited cousins.

We even sleep in random places at extended family’s homes so our kids can stay up late playing, laughing, talking — and making memories.

Young kids squish together on beds and couches and chairs, anxious to spend every moment together. They swap clothes, toys and (highly embellished) stories. They revel in that unique connection that only exists in family.

My kids swear that everything is just so much cooler and funnier with their BFF cousins (“BFFC”s?).

My kids swear that everything is just so much cooler and funnier with their BFF cousins (“BFFC”s?).

Oh sure, it’s fun for us adults to get together, too.  In fact, apart from breaking up an argument here and there, it’s pretty enjoyable since our kids are so busy entertaining each other.

As I begin the dreaded preparations for returning home, I think to myself, isn’t this what Spring Break is about?  For creating such memorable moments together?!

Yeah, that 12 hour drive here (and the seemingly longer drive home) is a small price to pay to connect with those oh-so-special cousins and family.  Indeed, a very small price for making memories and connections that will hopefully last a lifetime.

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2 Comments

  1. Molly Simmons says:

    I know how to make that drive a little less daunting. Come through ELKO!!! Glad you were able to escape home and enjoy a little family time.

    1. stephanieherb says:

      I wish we could have “roadtripped” (I invented that word) to your house, but any longer on the road with our three little munchkins might have been catastrophic! 😉 Oh hey, I think this calls for a MOM’S ROAD TRIP COMING UP!!!!

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