I love to travel – apparently no one else in my family does – but I’m determined that this year we’ll take a family vacation.  My oldest is 6 years old and we’ve yet to take a vacation as a family.

I remember, at the ripe ‘ole age of 11, my parents took us on a two week road trip to Florida; think 24 hr drive, a few kids, a hurricane, 2 days of sunshine, and Disney World.  We had a blast… I’m not so sure my parents did though!

So off we go to Niagara Falls at the end of May.  We’re taking my mom with us cause who travels without their best friend?

Will it be easy?  No.  Will it get complicated?  Maybe.

We’re also traveling on a budget.  Yikes.

I’m still wondering how we’re going to fit a wheelchair, a double stroller, all our luggage, 3 kids (2 in car seats!), and 3 adults in our 7-seater van.  AHAHAHAHHAHA!

I’m laughing now cause lets face it, it won’t be funny on the road.  I can the taste the ‘are we there yets’ and the ‘I have to go pees’.  My dear, loving, thoughtful husband will tease the 6 year old – she’ll get angry at him, I’ll get angry at them.  The 2 year old might sleep a good way through and will keep us all on our toes.  The baby…. who the heck decides to go to Marineland with not only a mother in a wheelchair but a baby and a toddler in strollers?????

National Lampoon taught us family vacations are complicated and messy and expensive and normal.  Normal.  That’s what we’re going for. 

I will embrace the whining, the screaming, the crying for 4 days on the road with those that matter most to me and will enjoy feeling normal.  Not just me, but Mom.  Because more than anything she deserves every little shred of normal she can come up with.

We’ll be tweeting on this trip with the following hashtags: #NFwithkids #MSvacationinNF  #budgetvacayNF #NFfun – follow along as we attempt to stay sane! 🙂