We've been on the road for a couple of weeks now, bouncing from house to house visiting relatives and friends. Despite a few bouts of illness, despair and homesickness, it's been a great trip. We spent time with people we love and deeply miss and we got the chance to witness several fabulous events.
However, over the past few days, it's become increasingly obvious that the vacation is over and it's time to go home.
You can tell the vacation's over when:
- You run out of clean clothes for the second time and decide that the best solution to the problem is to stop showering and bathing your kids so you won't have to change them.
- Your in-laws start receiving mail in your name from Poison Control regarding your most recent phone call from their home and possible safety measures they can take to help protect you and your children.
- No amount of caffeine is enough to keep you buzzing.
- You forget your own name and how many children you have.
- Your personal belongings are scattered so evenly throughout the state of Utah that you can't tell which house you're currently staying at anymore and you consider leaving it all behind and taking out a loan to start fresh when you get home.
- You've accumulated a year's supply of food and plastic dinosaurs on the floor of your car and you're having trouble figuring out which is which.
- If it's not "gummy," your kids will no longer eat it.
- Your daughter asks you for another snack because she "needs some flavor" in her mouth.
- You find yourself standing confused in the hallway of your sister's home, waiting for the magical voice from a GPS to tell you to "TURN LEFT" or "TURN RIGHT."
- Your children have grown too big to fit in your carry-on luggage.