Maybe I am too much of a perfectionist. Maybe I am too much of an idealist. My ideals certainly didn’t match up to my energy levels on a recent road trip to QC with my family.
In fairness to myself, I fared better than many would have. But not nearly as well as I would have liked to.
Crankiness at meal times & after hours in the car ensued. Sometimes it was just too much. There was no room or space to recharge my batteries so that I could be the mom that I want to be. And I would snap. At The Husband. The children. Everyone.
Yes, we had a great trip in so many respects. Yes, come evening, the boys (and dog) had their own room next to us, and we shared a suite with the girls, and we would all watch our own shows on the three(!!!) TVs and go back and forth from room to room or call each other on the phones just for fun. I mean, it was FUN.
But I was tired (exhausted?), and… “snippy”. I don’t like being “snippy” with my family. I like being the mom who is excited about every new adventure and up for it.
How do you all handle road trips with your families? Particularly those of you with large families? If posting a comment is too personal for you, then feel free to use the contact page. I generally have a blast, but was a bit dismayed that it seemed to take a whisky or glass of wine to take the edge off while I made dinner most evenings during this particular venture. Otherwise, it was a great trip. And maybe I am making a mountain out of a molehill; we do, after all, have seven children and a beast (dog)… Perhaps this is normal lol…
I will post pics soon. The Gaspésie is a gorgeous place. And I thoroughly miss using two languages on a daily basis…
Have a good night everyone. And thank you in advance for your feedback/advice. 🙂