Things I Learned While Being Sick on Vacation

Well, we celebrated our 4 Year wedding anniversary last Thursday (yes, we were married on the 4th of July, it’s a long story) and I wish I could say it was everything we hoped it would be. It had all the makings of a great vacation… we had rented a cabin in Big Bear, the weather was great, and we had a tasty menu planned for the entire trip. What we hadn’t planned on was being sick. Yes, all three of us were sick. Am I bitter? Maybe a little bit. As always, I tried to use this as a learning experience (because you know, just saying it sucked would be letting the cold win) so I thought I would share with you some of the insightful gems of wisdom I gathered while being sick on vacation…

1. Having a TV while being sick is awesome. The opposite is also true. This is unfortunate given my last post.

2. The DIY Network is my new favorite, it’s like Pinterest for lazy people. I can feel productive and creative without even moving a finger to point & click.

3. I’m more immature than my 8 month old. During our trip, Luca was the only one who managed to smile and play despite being sick. (Ok, I’m going to cut myself a little slack here… Luca doesn’t have Theory of Mind yet so he isn’t capable of feeling sorry for himself. Still, it was quite humbling.)

4. Caleb and I could never be on Amazing Race. When we were trying to decide whether or not to cut our vacation short, we couldn’t seem to agree on anything. Maybe I should say that, we could be on Amazing Race, but not without paying for it with months of marital therapy afterwards. (For the record, Caleb strongly disagrees with me on this one.)

5. People who have multiple kids may need their heads examined. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how people have multiple children without going insane. The last few days have really made me question our ability to care for more kids (and do it well). We were both so miserable and Luca was sick too… I just can’t imagine if we had another little Boo in tow.

6. We said for Better or for Worse…In Sickness and in Health… and we meant it. The last four years of marriage have been so hard and so wonderful. While we were up in Big Bear we watched our wedding video. It was pretty surreal to realize how far we have come from being the naive lovebirds we once were. We may not be all giggly and swoony anymore, but our love for one another has become so deep and secure. I wouldn’t trade it for all the giggles in the world. Marriage is a great first step to becoming less selfish because…

7. Parenthood will punch you in the face again… and again… but you’ll be stronger because of it. Parenthood doesn’t come with sick days or vacation time. It robs us of our feelings of entitlement. It’s forced me to step back and ask myself what kind of person I want to be.

There you have it, my deep thoughts from the past few days. I hope you all had a great 4th (if you’re stateside) or just a great weekend (if you’re not).

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2 thoughts on “Things I Learned While Being Sick on Vacation

  1. Your #8 made me laugh…it is so true…having more than one kid sometimes would cause for us to have our heads examined, especially when if both people are sick. Just came off our family trip and all except Mr. L were sick at some point. Kids did better than I did, I actually put myself to bed for a day I felt so awful. You do learn a lot about yourself, you as a couple and your kids. Hope you’re feeling better!!


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