Photo TuesdayAugust 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Bun, Family, Giggles, Lollipop, Photo Tuesday, Transylvania | 30 Comments
Tags: Children, Expats, Family, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Play, Romania, Travel
“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.” — Thornton Wilder
I’ve been in the parenting doldrums lately. Preschool is closed for the month of August (so everyone can go on holiday, in that fantastic European tradition that Americans with their measly two weeks of annual vacation can only dream about). That means all three kiddos have been home with me all day, every day. Before we came to Romania, they spent their days with me for most of the week. So I know I can do it. And do it reasonably well. But now? I wonder how I ever managed to care for them and keep my sanity intact.
That’s why I was ambivalent about this weekend getaway we had planned. Because while a vacation with kids is fun and action-packed, it isn’t really, you know, relaxing and rejuvenating. But the scenery — the sunsets, the thunderstorms, the fog, the food, the naps, the bouquet my husband picked for me on our hike — soothed my Lego-weary mind. Yes, there were tantrums. Yes, there were timeouts. Yes, there were stern voices. But there was also the five of us, together, happy, soaking up every drop of sun, rain, and îngheţată this country has to offer.
How do you get out of a parenting slump? How do you find ways to enjoy traveling with your children? How much vacation do you get each year— and do you take it?
See more happy things at Beth’s on Thursday.