Lot's of thoughts in my head today. Lots of ways my writing could go.
Let's narrow this down to some points of interest and see which ones I write about this week.
- How to plan a vacation with a very large family
- How to surprise your family with the arrival of their oldest grandson, nephew, brother on vacation
- How to vacation with a special needs child
- My idea to design a t-shirt for invisible disability children to wear in public
- Photographing your family on vacation.
- 10 step treatment plan for photographers who can't stop clicking
- How to return to reality after a long vacation.
- How to travel with a special needs child & why would you melt down over a popsicle and not over 2 delayed flights and all that waiting at the airport?
We took this family photo last weekend on the beach. My youngest sister, Allison and her family are missing from this trip. My sister Sally and her family were there the week before our Spring break and some of us spent the last half of their week with them.
When vacationing with a family of this size, you can imagine we eat a lot of food. Eating out is not a reality for us. Not only would it be expensive, but it would be stressful with this many people and the waiting would be long and the little kids would be impatient.
We have this down to a pretty good science. Which foods go well, how much of each food to make for this size of a group, what can be prepared ahead of time and frozen to bring along.
I will say that food prices have definitely went up since the last time we vacationed in Florida two years ago. My sister Lana and I have done this with our family's quite a few years, and the amounts and the prices went up substantially.
And some credit card companies don't like you going on vacation in other states and using their cards. They especially don't like it when you spend over $400 at the grocery store. I had to call them twice to tell them I was on vacation and yes it was me trying to use the card. Came home to two messages on my answering machine from them asking if I had used the card in Florida. Hum. If I had, would I be in Indiana to answer their calls. Kind of annoying, but I guess I am glad they are cautious. Never mind the reality that I used their rewards program points to purchase a plane ticket to Florida. But, they probably can't see that detail on their records.
Lana and I met a couple of weeks before our vacation. Went over our detailed notes from our past vacations. Split up the list and decided who would purchase & prepare what before we left. We had all the meat prepared, marinaded, cut & ready to be thawed and grilled when we were there. We had some side dishes prepared. Like cheese sauce for macaroni and cheese and cheesy potatoes so they could be slipped into the oven or crock pot with no amount of prep time for anyone in the kitchen.
We made salads, and grilled lots of vegetables. Ice cream was our main dessert, we made some brownies a few nights and I purchased some cheesecake once.
Overall I guess we try to eat a little more extravagant than we would at home, we try to make it simple and keep anyone from being stuck in the kitchen. We have a rotation of kids who do the dishes each meal. It goes pretty well for the most part.
Our lake vacation in the summer goes about the same. We split it between all of us though and prepare one night's meal for everyone once and then split up the rest of the meals between us.
Most of the kids get along really well, my youngest 2 have probably the most difficulty blending. That can be pretty hard sometimes.
Well, I am off to get some things done today!
Happy back to reality day to all of us!!
In His Grip,