We are home from our beach vacation, and a good time was had by all. The kids love the ocean, and it was a lot of fun to see them splashing around in the water, and building things in the sand.
Now that we’re home, and I’ve had time to reflect, I’ve put together a list of tips for vacationing with little ones:
Things You Should Know Before Taking Small Children on Vacation:
- There is no such thing as too many bottles of sunscreen.
- Someone will drop their ice cream cone on the ground.
- Seagulls have bad manners.
- It doesn’t matter how many times you tell the grandparents, “Oh, my kids never eat______.” If it is served on vacation, your kids will gobble it up as if they haven’t eaten in a week, proving you to be a liar.
- It doesn’t matter how many times you tell the grandparents, “Oh, my kids love to eat ______.” If it is served on vacation, your kids will look at it as if it is the most repulsive thing on the planet, proving you to be a liar.
- When you get home, you will discover that you inadvertently brought half the beach home with you, at the bottom of the bag that you designated a “sand free zone.”
- Sand will get into creases on your 2-year-old that you never knew were there.
- If your 4-year-old accidentally walks in on you while you’re putting on your bathing suit, he might ask why “your bagpipes are so big.”
- Swim diapers aren’t that great at holding in poop.
- Uncovered electrical outlets are toddler magnets.
- When you get home and unpack, the dirty laundry will create a mountain of such magnitude even Marvin Gaye wouldn’t cross it.
- When you realize you are the one responsible for cleaning Mt. Washmore, you might cry.
- When you look at the pictures of the little ones on their vacation, and you hear them talk about their favorite parts, your heart will swell. (And then you’ll resume crying over the laundry).
Of course when you are home from vacation, life goes on, and you must cook dinner. I promised I would try this recipe, and I did:
Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken Drumsticks
This recipe comes from the blog Thirty and Thrifty. I retyped it here to show a few changes that I made, mostly because of what we had in the house.
- 12 chicken drumsticks (mine were frozen)
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 20-oz can pineapple chunks, undrained
- Place chicken in the crockpot.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over chicken.
- Cook on low for about eight hours, moving chicken around every few hours if some aren’t covered by the liquid.
I served this with rice and a fresh can of pineapple chunks. It was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be! My Critics loved it. In fact, they were so busy gobbling it all up, that the most I got out of them for a comment is, “It’s sooo good!” Except for Batman, who said, “Don’t write that I said ‘It’s good,’ because that would be a lie. Write that I said, ‘I LOVE IT!!!!'”
Always so happy when a recipe is enjoyed by all 🙂