Have you ever tried to plan a vacation for 16 people?! It is interesting to say the least. The first issue is trying to pick a date that suits everyone. Let me assure you that this task is impossible. We have been trying to schedule at least one vacation a year at the most convenient time for the most people. We have resolved ourselves to the fact that we may not get everyone and will be happy with what we get. So, we have picked the date. The announcement is out.
Step two is deciding where to stay. Do we all stay in one huge house, do we get multiple small houses, do we just get hotel rooms? Can we tolerate each other in one closed space and for how long?
Another thought, how do we find activities to make everyone happy? Where do we go? How do we handle meals? Thank God the Ninja is experienced in scheduling this stuff. I would quit and stay home in my quiet (haha) house and do laundry and yard work if I had to book this fiasco!
As a mom, get used to the idea that the definition of the word "vacation" is a bald faced lie! When you go on a family "vacation" there is no relaxation involved!. Your job goes with you. The biggest difference is a change of scenery and activities. You still track everyone, make sure there is food and schedule the day. Did I mention that you even do a little more refereeing than usual?
Do I sound like I am complaining? All in all, vacations are great just as they are. After all, it is where some of our vest family stories come from!!!!
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