Over the weekend, I was going through some of our photos from our trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort & Spa. It was pretty incredible. Blue skies, white sandy beaches, sparkling water, delicious food and drinks, great entertainment, fun excursions and activities, and most importantly – quality time spent with my family creating new memories.
However, I had to laugh as I looked through the photos. Yes, I shared amazing views and moments from our trip, but if you’ve ever traveled with kids, you know it’s not always easy.
We often see such blissful photos of families on vacation. It looks like everyone is happy, enjoying themselves, with no fighting or arguing. I’m going to get a bit real here. That’s not always the case and there’s always a story behind the photos. While we did have an amazing time, we did go through some stressful parenting moments. My youngest didn’t want to cooperate all of the time. The kids started bickering and I kept saying, “But we are in paradise! How could you be arguing?”
This photo was taken right before our snorkeling adventure. Everyone was suited up and ready to go so I snapped a quick photo to document this moment.
Real story: About 2 seconds before I took this photo, my youngest started freaking out because there was sand in his flippers and his mask was too tight. I had to ask my older son about 10 times to stand still and smile. My hubby was getting overheated while waiting for the boys to get their act together so we could take this photo. After we were done, my younger son’s flippers and mask went flying and he refused to get into the water.
The boys had my husband find a grounds crew at Beaches to chop down a coconut for them. It was no easy task, but being the “best Dad ever” (declared by my kids) he finally found someone on the other side of the resort. If you’ve been to Beaches Turks and Caicos, you know that’s not a hop, skip, and a jump especially in 90 degree weather.
In a kid’s eye, this is the coolest thing ever. I took this photo of their “mocktail” sitting on the edge of the pool.
Real story: A few moments later it started to down pour! If you look closely you can see the rain. We had to run into the restaurant next to the Caribbean pool because the rain was coming down hard. The boys started running around like wild little men and almost slipped on the wet floor only about a million times! So we let them take a swim in the rain, which they loved. After the rain was done and things settled down, I handed them their coconuts to drink. Would you believe they each took one sip and said, “yuck”. Go figure!
The French Village pool was gorgeous. It was like a hidden gem. This was the boys’ pool of choice because how big it was and it was never crowded.
Real story: All of the kids at the resort had skipping balls so we went to buy one for our boys. Be prepared because one ball cost $14 (ouch!). Right after I took the above photo, my oldest skipped his ball across the pool and almost took a lady’s head off. She was not happy and we had to do some apologizing (hopefully we didn’t ruin her trip!).
Tip: I recommend buying a skipping ball at the dollar store before heading off on your trip. Will save you money!
This is an incredible view. So relaxing and peaceful. This right here is what vacations are meant for.
Real story: Not once, did I have a moment to sit down and enjoy this spot. Wait, that’s a lie. I sat down for 5 minutes while watching the boys play near the ocean until one of them got sand in their eye and started screaming. I don’t know what I was thinking trying to get some R&R, ha!
When you haves stressful travel moments, that’s when you take a time-out to regroup. I find by going back to the room (if feasible) always helps so that the kids can get out of the heat and rest. It doesn’t matter how old they are, kids get cranky.
Take a deep breath, go with the flow, and remember – they are only kids. We can now look back and treasure those moments, even the stressful ones.
The next time you are looking at someone’s picture perfect photos, remember there’s always a story behind each photo.
Disclosure: I was invited to stay at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort & Spa as part of the #BeachesMoms conference. I received a significant discount on my stay.