Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Goin' Places with a Toddler...

As you probably already know from yesterday's post, my wife and I went out to Rochester, NY for the weekend.  But, what I neglected to tell you yesterday was how much fun it was to start off on our trip.

If you have kids you know exactly what I am talking about...

Once kids are involved it is freakin' hard to get going anywhere!

First of all, if you haven't packed when they are asleep it just isn't going to get done in a timely fashion, so you might as well face it.  You are not going to leave when you wanted to originally.  Sorry.  I know it sucks, but that's just how it is.

The other problem we had was chasin' down the little tyke and trying to get him dressed.  Every time we captured his little buns and dressed him he'd run off and strip down again.  

It was like some sort of terrible game he'd invented just for us!

The dressing of the dreaded Pizzly was only the beginning of our problems, however, because we hadn't finished packing yet.

Like I said earlier, if you haven't finished packing when the little ones are sleeping, you've missed a precious precious window of opportunity.  I learned this the hard way because now we had a little helper packing with us.

He wanted to double check everything that we put into the suitcase, which meant that everything had to come out once we put it in at least a dozen times!

To be honest, I don't really know how we managed to finish the job.  He must have gotten distracted by something.

Once we finished packing and dressing Pizzly all we had left was to get everything in the truckster and set off. That was relatively easy and uneventful.  The drive there even went smoothly.

The truckload of food Grammy thought we needed for a 2 day stay!
Unfortunately, it wasn't as smooth once we arrived at the hotel because then we had to deal with Grammy.

She apparently worried that we wouldn't have enough food for our 2 day stay at the hotel and packed an additional truck load of junk food for us, which was kind of her but way over kill!

She and Grampy also brought some large and obnoxious toys for Pizzly to play with, which meant that our adequately sized room quickly became stuffed with food and toys making it more of an obstacle course with a bed than a hotel room.

I think we spent more time unpacking than we actually did in the room.  I swear that when we finally got all unpacked it was time to pack up again and leave!

Oh well...I guess that is just how it goes when you go places with a toddler...and Grammy and Grampy.

I'll know better next time.

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