As you may remember, we traveled to Kentucky for Christmas this year. The trip was AWESOME. I have been spoiled. I don't think I can ever go back to sleeping in relatives' basements.
We stayed in a suite, which I highly recommend for a family. It was sooooo nice. There was a living room, a kitchenette, and a huge bedroom with a door that separated the two areas. The baby slept great, and he never woke from the noise we created in the main area. The hotel had an indoor pool, which Porgie and Izzy loved. We took them swimming at least once a day. It was wonderful.
We also got to visit family, friends, favorite restaurants, and all that good stuff. My family has complained that they didn't get to see us enough, which is probably directly related to having such a great experience at the hotel. Who wants to visit family when you can swim and watch cable television?!
I did learn something new about my kids on this trip. They are ungrateful assholes. I had no idea that my kids could be so rude. They didn't say thank you, they complained about things they didn't like, and worst of all, they acted like nothing was ever good enough. I heard my daughter say, "Is that all I got?" on more than one occasion. And she got TONS of gifts. It was beyond embarrassing. We don't normally open gifts in front of other people (we usually get gifts in the mail), so I had no idea that my kids were so lacking in politeness. We will definitely be working on that one.
Although the trip was great, the 10 hour drive with three children was BRUTAL. And the kids were even really good on the drive. I thought the baby would cry a lot, but he was captivated by the TV in the car. Despite their awesome behavior, 10 hours is a loooooong time to be trapped in a small space together. I really shouldn't complain, because it went as well as any 10 hour car trip can go, but damn, it was a long drive.
Overall, it was probably the best trip to KY we have ever had. I am glad we went, and we'll be making a repeat trip sometime this summer.