Yes, six years ago was the last time we, as a family unit, stayed at a place other than our parents house.
The twins weren’t even born yet!
Alas, we decided this would be the ideal year to FINALLY break-away.
So we did.
My family of five, plus one set of grandparents and one cousin caravanned to Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W. Va. for two nights.
Honestly, I packed the entire house, except for the kitchen sink – but I did take dish soap!
After spending three hours in the van (thank you to whoever invited motion sickness medication and hearing “ARE WE THERE YET?” nearly 50 times from each twin (the older kids traveled with grandpa and grandma – wish I could have been in THAT van!), by the time we reached our destination, the twins were nearly jumping out of their car seats. (YES, we did stop to stretch our legs!)
The scenery was beautiful – rolling hills, flowers galore and wildlife everywhere you looked – including deer that sleep on the side of the road (perhaps the deer in Ohio should take note – these deer DO NOT RUN IN FRONT OF VEHICLES! AMAZING!) and baby raccoons – which are adorable, when mama raccoon isn’t around!
Of course, the kids only cared about two main things – the pool and candy. Both of which they got their fill of within three days.
As a mother, my main concern was “How are the twins going to sleep? They have never slept in a REAL bed before!” – They are still in toddler beds, and will be there until their feet reach over the end of the bed.
But amazingly, they did great! And, no one fell out onto the dirty floor!
The first full-day of our vacation, we were busy from dawn till dusk. And we never stopped except to eat lunch! My favorite photo is of my daughter “putt-putting.” Instead of walking around with us, she sat on a bench with three blue slushes next to her on one side and the golf club and ball on the other. She sat there for nearly 30 minutes (the longest she has ever sat still in her entire life), ankles crossed in pure content, drinking everyone’s slushes.
It was the first time in six years that my husband and I were free from our jobs – no phone calls, no emails, and no computers. We played cards at night. We took walks with each other. We saw our children have a great time – our oldest and his cousin even played “Go Fish!” It was great!
They say that Oglebay Resort is a place where traditions are born … and by golly, I think we may have finally started ours! And while we may not travel to Wheeling every summer, we do know that we have the ability to travel with our children and it can be a fun-filled, memorable event. Because, after all, isn’t that what summer is really about …