The truth about family vacations is they aren’t always what we see on Facebook or Instagram . They aren’t all smiles and perfectly framed moments.
The truth about family vacations is that they are a lot of work. Someone has to do all the planning and the packing and the reminding to not forget all the many things everyone needs. And even when someone loves to plan it’s still work.
|Watching Capt. Jack Sparrow|
The truth about family vacations is sometimes people get sick on vacation, how dare they. Like last year when my husband was slammed with a stomach bug or this year when Jack threw up on a John on the bus ride to the airport( thankfully the trip was over).
|Getting a faux hawk at Harmony Barber Shop|
The truth about family vacations is sometimes the plans don’t go right, sometimes people complain, sometimes even the best ideas don’t pan out. Sometimes there are unexpected tears and kids that don’t want to cooperate and parents that push too hard.
|Green Army Men from Toy Story|
The truth about family vacations is that you will get home exhausted and wonder if everyone had a good time. If everyone appreciates all that went into it.
|Meeting Chip and Dale in Epcot|
And then you will look at the pictures and you will see the smiles and the laughter and the hints of joy. You will see 8 days that flew by too fast, and that you couldn’t do it all. You will see that everyone had a good time and the small failures and complaints will fade away.
|Looking out over Epcot while waiting to meet Duffy|
You see the thing about family vacations is they aren’t always perfect but they are always memorable. And that some day you will look back and smile and laugh and maybe even get a bit nostalgic for all those little things that didn’t go just quite right.
|Meeting Wreck it Ralph
Disclaimer (cause my family reads this sometimes) our last trip was great, this post was inspired by having talked to a few friends and we were all saying how some aspects of family vacations are just hard, ya know.