This is now, that was then. 

One of my favorite Facebook features is looking back on my ‘memories.’ Often times a cute picture pops up of one of the kids, or a song lyric when I had time to listen to things like music and post about it. As I pack for ‘vacation’… I have been seeing ‘memories’ of vacations of past and it’s got me thinking about packing for our annual camping trip now three kids in opposed to 4 years ago:

Then:

Go to library and find a minimum of 10 books to read. Two whole weeks equals lots of reading time!

Now:

Find a crumbled up, soggy People magazine throw it in a bag in hopes I can escape to the bathroom for some alone time. Fingers crossed!

Then:

Ensure I have a variety of bathing suits that will leave no tan lines with cute matching cover ups.

Now:

Find the one bathing suit that fits. Find a cover up that does just that, covers my entire body arguably taking away need for bathing suit. Make sure both are breastfeeding friendly.

Then:

Carefully select enough alcohol to cover the two weeks. Day time drinking, night time drinking! Need it all covered!

Now: 

Buy beer. Hope the baby sleeps for a couple hours at some point so I can get a decent buzz. 

Then:

Half an hour to get all my clothes packed! Can’t believe it took that long!

Now:

Start packing at least the month before to ensure all kids have adequate clothes (and pack for husband). Forget all shoes. 

Then:

Campings so fun and it’s inexpensive! 

Now:

Camping is hard. Camping is expensive. Why are camping? 

I read somewhere that there are no vacations with kids there are only trips. Camping with kids is mostly just work. I truly understand that now. Whenever I’m second guessing all the work that goes into I see the excitement in my kids faces and realize that the ‘now’ is so much better than ‘then.’ 

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