We Are “That Family”…A Vacation Recap of The Good…The Bad…and The Ugly

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Carolyn Savage

We are home.

I’ve never been so grateful to mutter those words, but after a two weeks away, I’m happy to be sleeping in my own bed–and so are the twins.

I love our spring break tradition of seeking refuge from the cold and gray in sunny Florida.  Getting there and back is hell, but the “in between” is always worth it. Visiting with “my people” and leisurely morning trips to the playground followed by boat rides and refreshing dips in the pool are wonderful reprieves from the long winter days  of northwest Ohio.   I always return from  our April trip with a renewed enthusiasm for all things warm.  Signs of spring are starting to pop up in our own backyard which means the promise of summer is right around the corner.

I’d love to report that our trip was perfection.  It usually is pretty hiccup free.  This year, however, the second half of our vacation contained some pitfalls for our crew.  I’ve heard other families talk of vacations where everything went wrong and have always felt lucky that we had never experienced these kinds of mishaps.  Unfortunately our streak of good fortune ran out this year and that translated into morphing our dynamic, at times, into complete and utter dysfunction.

It was in those moments we became “that family”.

If you aren’t familiar with who “that family” is, allow me to enlighten you.  “That family” is the family making a scene in any number of public venues throughout their travels.  They are an impatient, frustrated, and rather deft group of people who appear to be in need of some sort of intervention.  Often “that family” can be heard whispering angry messages of contempt to one another.  Usually the mother is a total bitch, the father is dumb as a rock (which, I’m guessing,  adds to the bitchiness of the mother),  and the children are ill behaved.  “That family” is usually lost, or has lost something important.  They are disorganized fools.  Oh…and one member of “that family” is always barfing, on the verge of barfing, or has just barfed.

How could my lovely family…

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….become “that family”?

Our family became “that family” when…

  1. Drew decided to chow down on a Big Mac, large chocolate shake, and large fry before boarding the plane to Florida and after running a track meet.  By the end of his two hour flight he’d vomited sixteen times, used the bathroom ten more, and was officially diagnosed with food poisoning.  I’d like to take this moment to publicly apologize to the other 200+ passengers on his flight.  Oh…and after three bags of IV fluids, various drugs and an introduction to the Cape Coral emergency room, he’s fine.
  2. Sean decided to ask me (after being up all night at the ER with Drew) if Reagan and Isabella had eaten their daily allowances of vegetables the week I’d been in Florida without him.  My very loud and easily overheard answer?  “No a$$hole.  I fed them nothing but Twizzlers and Skittles.”  I’d like to publicly apologize to my parents (we were at their house) and their neighbors (who most likely overheard).
  3. I lost our car keys last Tuesday morning at the grocery store, stranding our entire family for five hours.  This may have been our most sustained duration as “that family” which included Mary Kate asking anyone and everyone for “a ride back to the ocean because my mommy can’t keep anything straight”  (Her exact words.  She has a knack for repeating phrases she hears elsewhere.); Isabella face planting on the concrete while entangling herself with an old man’s grocery cart while no one was minding her; and numerous phone calls to AAA roadside service that ended in curse filled disconnections because the cell service on Sanibel Island is less than stellar.  I’d like to publicly apologize to everyone who visited Jerry’s grocery store on Tuesday, March 26th.  (Oh…and the keys were found…on Thursday morning.)
  4. Isabella got car sick enroute to my father’s 75th birthday party, requiring us to pull into a Fort Myers Walgreen’s parking lot to dismantle a vomit covered carseat, disrobe a vomit covered child, and fumigate our newly rekeyed Toyota Siena.  If you happened to drive by at the time, allow me to reassure you…we aren’t a family of seven living in our car.  I know we had a toddler hanging out curbside in nothing but a diaper, a teenager threatening to spray her down with Lysol and a chocolate covered 4 year old who was eating a discounted Easter bunny that she so “sweetly” insisted on buying inside of the Walgreens, but it’s important to remember…appearances are sometimes deceiving.

Honestly folks there are a few more moments that include lost boarding passes, toddlers “playing” with bottles of Advil PM during a layover in Laguardia, and Reagan eating off of a stranger’s plate in a restaurant because someone (we’re still not sure who) wasn’t watching her; but I’ll spare you.  It’s almost too much to rehash.

Regardless, we had a great time.  We ate at Sanibel restaurants that are old favorites, watched movies every night, and laughed and laughed.

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Crashed

Crashed

Jammie fun on the beach.

Jammie fun on the beach.

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This was our last spring break, for a while at least, with all of our children.   So as hectic as it got, and for as many moments that we spent as “that family”, I tried as hard as I could to soak up every moment.  I think that’s what family vacations are all about.  Making all kinds of memories.  Memories that make us smile, and even memories, that some day, we’ll laugh about.

So…we are home.

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And as always…we are “keepin’ it real”.

28 Comments on “ We Are “That Family”…A Vacation Recap of The Good…The Bad…and The Ugly ”

  • Marcie | April 8th, 2013 11:47 am

    Oh, Carolyn….. We have certainly all been there to some degree. Although maybe not that much. Ouch! One of your boys looks just like his Uncle Mike when he was a teen (red shorts). Good to see you!
    Marcie

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  • Shannon | April 8th, 2013 11:50 am

    That was the absolute funniest blog post I’ve ever read! You have such an incredibly fabulous family!!

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  • aly | April 8th, 2013 3:48 pm

    We just saw “that type of family” at Church. Two professional parents and 3 children. With all of the appeared perfection, they just had it all wrong. After Communion, they all just slumped. It was noticed by all surrounding them, that at least they tried. Some days are just like that.

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  • Carolyn Savage | April 8th, 2013 5:04 pm

    Oh my God…do you go to our church? 😉

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  • Lori Lavender Luz | April 8th, 2013 11:55 pm

    Oh, my. That first photo is stunning.

    But the situations that follow DO sound “that-family-ish.”

    Glad you’re home safe. Please pass the Skittles?

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  • Teri | April 9th, 2013 11:47 am

    Hope Drew is recovered, hope the whole family has bounced back from the various ordeals you all dealt with. And as sorry as I am that you all went through what you did, it’s good to know you’re as real as MY ‘that family’. Cuz sometimes misery does love company. :)

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  • Cathy Schafer Olshesky (Manually Imported from Facebook Comment) | April 10th, 2013 8:51 am

    loved this story. sounds like a normal family to me!

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  • Mike Lambert (Manually Imported from Facebook Comment) | April 10th, 2013 8:52 am

    You have such literary eloquence that you almost make me look forward to being “That Half Family” when my time comes

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  • Debbie Byroade Schaaf (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:04 pm

    Too funny. And if anyone in this world says they were never on THAT vacation, they are lying…….welcome home friend!

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  • Marcia Comes Savickas (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:04 pm

    LOL while reading this. I think we can all relate.

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  • Sarah Hemker (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:05 pm

    Feel like my family is “that family” daily if it makes you feel any better:)

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  • Kristine Bailey Herr (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:05 pm

    “That family” is rarely a family with one child. When you have several variables aka children statisticially things are more likely to happen. I have 3 and we are often that family on a trip to Costco let alone on vacation. It really isn’t a vacation without someone barfing or a trip to the ER. Glad you are home, too

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  • Sharon Capello Angelillo (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:06 pm

    Oh how I love to hear ur stories Carolyn, always makes me feel better when other families have the same issues

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  • Angela Bonner (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:06 pm

    I’m so sorry about all the bad things that happened! Great pictures!

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  • Dionna Harrell (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:07 pm

    Love it!!

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  • Shelley Richards Perna (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:07 pm

    Shelley Richards Perna Great story. It made me smile. As a mom, we all can sit and later laugh about stories with our children/families. I’m sure I’ve told you about the vacation with a sick child and the peanut butter or the grocery cart story. I’ll share with you someday. We all have them and it’s all normal. Just keep smiling and appreciating the good and the bad times with your children. Times goes so fast.

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  • Katie Kwart Worthen (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:08 pm

    lol!

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  • Julie Carr Turner(manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:08 pm

    Love to read your posts… This one managed to make me lol over and over … Not at you, just picturing all of this happening:) and of course the skittles comment gave me tears!!! Ah yes!!! I guess all of this happening somewhere else… Like the beach, is better than being home and having cold dreary weather! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  • Kelly Raby (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:09 pm

    We are so, “That family”! Love it.

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  • Mônika Silva (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:09 pm

    love love it Love to read your posts

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  • Traci Nielsen (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:10 pm

    funny!

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  • Miranda Jean Berlekamp (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:10 pm

    We also are “That Family”full of craziness and chaos and I wouldn’t want it any other way! That’s what making memories is all about. Thanks for sharing I enjoyed reading it!

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  • Louis Liay (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:10 pm

    Alicia has had all 3 with stomach virus this week…really going around…wish we could have joined all of you at the 75th..bet it was a great party lol

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  • Dianne Sarno (manually imported from Facebook) | April 21st, 2013 9:11 pm

    great story great family…..

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