Things I Now Know About Vacationing With Kids
If you want a great response, dress identical twins as minions and go everywhere.
The bathroom situation is never going to feel fair. We have three girls and one guy. D gets to take Sam to the bathroom for a quick spray in the urinals, while I'm stuck in the bathroom with the lady crew, and two of them still have a phobia of public bathrooms. I have to tell Asher and Eowyn that every potty is a kid potty, and then they still sit so close to the edge out of fear of falling in that they usually pee on the floor, or on me. It's not right.
|It's all fun and games when no one is sinking.|
I'm not the fun parent. I'm not ever going to be the fun parent. I ask questions about the consistency of bowel movements and say things like, "that doesn't look safe". That is who I am. I need to embrace it.
Loose plans and children are good and bad. We had tentative plans for each day, but we kept it very loose in case we needed to make last minute changes. This kind of worked, but because our routine was not carved in stone, the questions never stopped. They needed a concrete itinerary, and I just needed a nap.
Eating gluten-free in a city that caters to food allergies is beautiful. Wild Wood Bakehouse, Sweet Rituals, TacoDeli , and Picnik made this trip for us. Going to restaurants where explicit directions for everything didn't have to be given was freeing, and the food was delicious. It was insanely expensive, but we were prepared for that. We ate well.
We probably need to move to a place like Austin. Despite vacation making me feel very old, Austin suited us for many reasons, and I loved the city. Gluten-free food that was truly safe was everywhere, as were trees and bike paths, waterways and people on the slightly more liberal side of things. It felt properly progressive, and none of us really wanted to leave. It's not in the cards right now, but it was nice to see the kids enthusiastic about a change that D and I would really like as well. Plus, after the Austin mayor did this, it would just feel right to live in his city.