Last week I talked about our trip we were planning to Oregon. Since then, it seems that plans may have changed. We may be staying closer to home and our in-laws house. In all honesty, this wouldn’t break my heart. The more I started thinking about taking a trip with my 4 year old and my in-laws where we would be on the road, in the car, for hours each day and then packing and unpacking in different hotel rooms almost every night, the more I started to feel a bit queasy about the whole thing! With my daughter, we are not light travelers. We travel with medicines, syringes, snacks, activities to keep her busy, clothes, extra clothes, a few diapers (she still sleeps in them), wipes, etc. And that doesn’t even take into consideration our own things (which mostly consists of clothes – we are both relatively light packers). My MiL is definitely not a light packer. She travels with extra pillows, snacks, magazines, lots and lots of clothes, emergency kits, and other things as well. My husband and his dad like to do outdoorsy stuff, so that adds in fishing poles or hunting rifles and all the accessories that come with those things. By the time we get everything loaded, it will be time to come home from vacation!
So, we are now considering just coming to my in-laws. I am going to insist on staying in a hotel simply because the full-sized bed here is a bit too small for all three of us to sleep in comfortably and my daughter loves to swim and stay in hotel rooms, so why not make it more of a vacation? Plus, that would allow us to give both ourselves and our in-laws some space, which is a key commodity to enjoy a vacation of any type. I don’t mind doing this as I love my in-laws and there are a few touristy things here that we have not done in a while (or at all with my daughter) and it means less time in a vehicle, less time packing and unpacking, and is pretty low-key.
So, I guess you could say our Oregon VAcation is becoming more of a Cali STAYcation. By tomorrow, it may all have changed again though…we shall see!