Things to remember for our next vacation:
1. Stick to breakfast in the room.
It's not much fun to go to a hotel's fancy buffet and only be able to eat a few of the options there. It is apparently very fun to eat the same things you eat every other day of your life, except sitting on a towel on a hotel balcony. The boys were thrilled to have breakfast picnics of just fruit, rice crackers, juice/milk, and hardboiled eggs.
I'm such a penny pincher by nature that I tend to avoid tourist-traps like the beach-side pony ride. I always assume it's highway robbery and say no thanks as we settle down on the nice, free sand. This time, feeling frivolous, I checked. The rides were 10 dollars for half an hour, which seemed pretty fair to me, and he even agreed to let the boys split a turn and ride for 15 minutes each (which was more than enough). I may be cheap, but I'm not dumb. That was 10 dollars well spent.
3. Just get in.
This is something I need to remember all the time, not just on vacation. Get in the swimsuit, get in the picture, get in the pool. It sometimes seems like a hassle, and it would be easier to sit it out, but the fun stuff happens when we get in.
4. Another crab omelet won't kill them.
Sometimes I stress trying to find a place where the kids can eat safely. But the truth is, they can get an omelet and rice almost anywhere. It's just a few days, it's not the end of the world if they don't get much variety.
That's all, it's just really fun.
6. It's worth it!
Some parts of vacations do end up feeling a little crazy, but it's worth it. This trip in particular, the fun and relaxing parts totally outweighed the stress...