If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you already know that the family and I spent the last few weeks in beautiful Montana/Wyoming/Idaho/Utah. The scenery - gorgeous. Family vacation - NEVER AGAIN. I'm going to show you some pretty pictures, and then I'm going to tell you how the trip REALLY went.
Most of this vacation got documented by my cell phone camera, so the photo quality here isn't super high, so you'll have to forgive me.
Cliff Lake, Montana
Mama and baby bison parading down the road (and stopping traffic!) in Yellowstone.
Driving up the Beartooth Highway. Could it get more gorgeous? Answer: NO.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Crazy boiling thermal pool in Yellowstone, trying it's hardest to kill this poor tree.
Boys ready to hike (aka the ONE moment of the trip when they weren't acting like heathens).
Kayaking on Quake Lake.
Sawyer exploring our back yard on our first Montana morning.
Northwest park boundary.
Waiting for Old Faithful to erupt.
So, the trip highlights were: GORGEOUS scenery, a trip to Cooke City, Montana with Riley and Sawyer, lots of great wildlife spottings (grizzly bear, black bear with cubs, moose, tons of elk and bison, antelope, coyotes, etc.), hanging out with Char.
Most of the trip involved children screaming and fighting, Bryan and I screaming and fight because the children were screaming and fighting, lots of time outs, kids trying to beat the crap out of each other, and tons of time trying to keep children in the midst of a tantrum from destroying the cabin. NOT. FUN.
This was the first time we've ever taken all three of the kiddos on vacation at once. So, where did we go wrong? Are all family vacations like that? Is two weeks too long? Did we go too far from home? How do you manage littles on a vacation and still maintain your sanity?
Or, is the key just to leave them at home?