The Top 10 Things A Mom of 3 Does While on a Family Vacation…

…that she rarely does in her every day life.

And that mom of 3 happens to be me.

And yeah, I’m on vacation.

With my kids.

And my man.

On Catalina Island.

So – because I generally dig Top 10 Lists especially in the middle of summer, here is my list of…


10.  Eat ice cream DAILY.

9.   Get sucked into a good book.  (Currently that book is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.)

8.   Let my kids eat Cool Ranch Doritos and chocolate muffins for breakfast. (Although I may never ever let that happen again…EVER.)

7.  Wear a bathing suit almost all day long even while making dinner.

6.  Play beach bingo.

5.  Lay on my back on a huge lush grassy lawn overlooking the ocean with my kids lying on top of me laughing and hugging and just hanging out.

4.  Not think about work and bills and life and to-do lists and all of the other things that usually occupy my brain on most days.

3. Let my kids eat ice cream – not just daily but bi-daily.

2. Pick up the guitar and strum and sing some tunes. (Something I used to do a lot and now NEVER do, but need to do more often.)

and the Number One thing I do while on vacation that I rarely do in my every day life (actually I would never do in my daily life) is….

1. Build a ice cream sundae thing out of this arts and crafts thing called Bendaroos. Claire just got it for her birthday from a friend and I’m in the middle of a friggin’ masterpiece that is supposed to end up looking like this:

But instead, it currently looks like this:

I’m getting a lot of flak from my girls about when I plan to finish it.  And being the obsessive that I am sometimes, I’m wondering why it all looks so uh, lame?  The package says Benadaroos are for Ages 3+.  Are you kidding me?  You’ve got to have a master’s degree in bending colored straw like things to make this ice cream sundae look decent.

I’ve got a couple days left to work on this thing. I’ll let you know how it all shakes down in the end.

Now, what do YOU do when you’re on a family vacation that you rarely do at home??

Happy summering!!

16 Responses to “The Top 10 Things A Mom of 3 Does While on a Family Vacation…”

  1. Amy says:

    Ok, that Benderoo ice cream sundae is hilarious!!!

    I’m so happy to hear that you finally got that bathing suit on. Hopefully that means Mr. Sun is shining brightly.

    It sounds like an awesome vacay.

  2. Nancy says:

    For the record, I hate Bendaroos. Just be thankful you didn’t get looped into Pixos. Pixos are the work of Satan.

    Have an awesome Pixo-free vacay. You’ve earned it.

  3. swirl girl says:

    Tastes great and less filling!!!

    (the bendaroos, LOL)

  4. Corinne says:

    Sounds like you guys are having so much fun! And how awesome to be in swimsuit all day 🙂

  5. Jen says:

    Oh this sounds like a perfect vacation. I wish that I was there with you.

  6. Michelle says:

    Sounds like a great vacation. I have never personally been to Catalina but that is where my mom and her family vacationed every summer.

  7. I’ve been wondering where you were! Hadn’t seen you on twitter much, so I wandered over to see what was going on.

    Hope you’re having a wonderful vacation! The pictures from the post below are incredible.

  8. Ash says:

    Bendaroos have to be from the same people who brought us Moon Sand.

    From hell.

    I suggest Paperoni for the next vaca. I can ever do it 😉

    Glad the getaway is just what you needed!!

  9. I sighed with pleasure on each of your items…except for #1. I would have failed that one. I’d go with a big puzzle on a table.
    What an awesome time on the island!

  10. How did I not know this strumming and singing thing??? You do realize I’m going to MAKE you strum and sing for me, right? At BlogHer perhaps? hmmmmm….


  11. Oh, this sounds like perfection. And heaven. What an awesome vacation. Have fun — soak it in. It sounds so, so good.

    Maybe next time we get together we can strum some geetar together? It’s been a long time for me, too….

    xoxo miss you.

  12. Leann ( Annie) says:

    Peeking in on you to see how MWOB is doing and looks like very well! I just returned from a vacay with kids to Mexico and did the daily ice cream, frozen drinks, and book reading. Nothing quite like a lazy vacation!

  13. Rebecca says:

    What a great top ten list! I’ll have do one of my own during our August vacation. Bathing suit all day long and ice cream!? Awesome. 🙂

    • Lee says:

      Oh enjoy your upcoming vacation! Now that mine is over and I’m back to work, I’m looking back longingly on my ice cream/bathing suit days. 🙂

  14. Kim says:

    I LOOOOVE your bendaroo ice cream sundae!! That is hilarious. Seriously, I about spit out my smoothie when I saw it!!!

    I haven’t been on vacation to somewhere that isn’t my in-laws in so long I don’t know what I would do.

    Although, I am going to New York next week without the kids but WITH my man….so I think what I will do that I normally don’t do is….

    SLEEP!!! Sleep through the night, sleep all night and sleep gloriously! 🙂

  15. Loving #4 & #5, bliss! That Bendaroos think look hard, I applaud your effort!

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