As we planned this trip, people constantly told me we were crazy.
I heard things like “How do you plan all that?” Or, “Can you really take the kids out of school that long?”
But honestly, those aren’t the questions I asked myself.
My questions were more along the lines of: “Can I really be with the kids 24/7 for that long?”
Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. A lot. But I am not one of those people who does the Mom thing naturally. And I admit that I get jealous of my amazing friends who do. I look at Facebook and see the posts of the elaborate cakes they made for birthday parties, but I breathe a sigh of relief when my son decides he wants donuts from the grocery store for “something different”. Although, if I attempted to make some of the things I would love to try on Pinterest, he would get “something different” indeed.
Bottom line is – I’m realistic. I wasn’t harboring any fantasies that we were going to jet off to Europe and glide through countries acting like the Cleavers from Leave It to Beaver. So I headed into this with a practical, albeit slightly skeptical, eye. Now, 3.5 months into the adventure, I’m learning that traveling this long with kids has some pretty trying moments, and it has absolutely wonderful moments as well.
To read my full account of what’s it been like traveling with kids in Europe, check out my guest post on Jo’s blog.