Well we did it...we took our first family vacation with all 5 of us. It was fairly spontaneous or we would not have done it. I think the comment "you know in a few years this could be really fun" pretty much sums it up...
No, seriously, we did have fun. We drove "up north" (funny for those of you who already think we live in Canada) to Duluth, MN for 2 nights this week to enjoy the last few days of summer and see the beautiful Lake Superior while it's not covered in ice. The car ride was uneventful (it's only about a 2 hour drive) and Blake didn't even nap on the way there. He kept repeating "Mommy/Daddy ready?" for about a half hour on the way. This of course after we had asked him a few times Thursday morning if he "was ready?" for our vacation. Note to self...he repeats EVERYTHING!
Highlights - We stayed in a lovely hotel right on Lake Superior in an area called Canal Park. The view from our room was gorgeous. Since Molly was with us our activities were somewhat limited (no zoo or aquarium this time), but we had a really nice time going for long walks along the Lake and people/boat watching from our balcony. It was fun to walk out to the lighthouse and see the lift bridge going up and down. We also got to see quite a few shipping vessels coming out of the port and the Coast Guard coming in. We went swimming in a pool that was as warm as bath water (that's my kind of pool) and Blake had fun practicing swimming and jumping off the side and Luke enjoyed lounging poolside. We had a really nice dinner at an Italian restaurant one night and a couple even commented on how well behaved our boys were (note that half of the dynamic duo was asleep most of the time!). We had a toast to our first family vacation and for Kurt and my 11th anniversary of "dating" that falls this weekend.
Lowlights - Staying in confined quarters with a dog that has a tendency to bark at other dogs (and we were staying in a VERY pet friendly hotel) and with a 7 week old who tends to be on the fussy side some days and a 2 year old that without a nap and normal bedtime...well I'll just leave it at that.
Overall, we had a great time. It was good to get out of the house and enjoy what's left of our summer. The weather was absolutely perfect too. There were definitely some great memories made and we left excited about the possibility of a next time!
PS - Funderburk family, whatever you have done to train our dog for us....THANK YOU! She was so well behaved on our walks and we know we had nothing to do with it! We kept commenting on how she was the best behaved of our "kids"!