Our Thanksgiving plans were turned upside down this year. My father and stepmother were going to visit us for the holiday, however as it turned out, dad needed back surgery and their trip was cancelled. That left us with a whole week of no plans. My husband is required to take mandatory vacation time so we decided that we might as well do something. The result? A last minute three night road trip to Yosemite. The kids are thrilled. I am looking forward to the next few days myself, but as I packed for our "get away" I was struck by the volume of STUFF we are shoving into our mini van. HOLY HELL. It takes a lot to make a "vacation" happen these days. I became aware of the sharp contrast between what a holiday meant in 2004 versus what it translates to today.
In 2004 the destination might have required a passport and our accommodations would have included a wrist band and a swim up bar. Today, we are driving 2 hours away and staying in a vacation rental where we are required to bring our own linens. Details, details.
Our packing lists are also very different.
My 2004 Suitcase:
3 Adorable bikinis.
3 brand new sundresses, purchased for the vacation.
2 little black dresses for those fancy dinners out
At least five pairs of shoes, four of which had heels
A full make up bag
1-2 new novels
A stack of trashy magazines
Tylenol (oh, the hangover!)
Warm jacket. (not going anyplace tropical afterall)
Tennis shoes (no heels needed)
2 Pairs of mom jeans
10 Jars baby food
Stack of coloring books.
5 Bags of groceries (No dining out. Except maybe a McDonald's run.)
2 Suitcases full of kids clothing
Pack & Play
Bag O' Hot Wheels
Bag O' Diapers
First aid kit
Baseball bat, baseballs, soccer ball, football
Rain jackets and umbrellas
Tylenol (oh, the whining!)
Two very different lists, two very different trips. Do I miss my 2004 version of vacation? YES! YES! Do I hope to experience it again someday before I am 100? YES! YES!
Will this trip be awesome (if not exhausting)? I am so thankful to say-YES! Of course! I will be with my family. I am the luckiest woman in the world.
Happy Thanksgiving. Gobble, Gobble!