This post is sponsored by Red Baron but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
The holidays usually mean at least one big road trip for our family. Whether it’s a vacation or traveling to see family for the big holiday meal… It will definitely mean a little more stress on us Mommas.
This post isn’t about what to do before or on the trip… It’s all about surviving the chaos when you get HOME!
Packing for the trip is exciting and you have the rush of adrenaline to beat the deadline to leave.
The actual trip & vacation is usually packed with activities and food and going from one destination to another.
But the coming home… Oh, the exhaustion of re-packing up tired kids and making the trip home with off-schedule children… That is where I will give you all the sighs of “I really don’t want to…”
We just came back from a quick trip to San Antonio for a mini family vacation. It was so much fun! Packed with a history lesson, dinner with Santa, hotel pools, late nights, and a couple of amusement parks.
We were up until almost 11pm every night and by the last day both the kids and the husband and I were barely hanging on we were so tired.
When we finally pulled into the driveway everyone was over being in the car, hungry and kind of cranky.
Our vacation could very easily be ruined by the chaos of coming home, but I have found a few tricks to survive that first night back after an awesome, but exhausting vacation.
1. Unload the entire car right away.
While it’s tempting to leave everything until tomorrow or later that day. Don’t! As soon as you stop, have everyone empty the truck of E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. (Trash included)
2. Empty suitcases into laundry bins right by the washer and start a load immediately!
There is always so much laundry after a trip, and while everything may not have been worn, there is no way I am sorting through it so see what underwear wasn’t worn! Wash it ALL!
3. Head to the freezer and grab a Red Baron Pizza for Dinner!
Turn on the oven and slide in a couple of pizzas from the freezer. There is nothing easier and there are no complaints of pickiness or hunger from my children!
I have learned to stock up on Red Baron Pizza to combat the holiday chaos anytime. They have saved me from ravenous children more than once already this holiday season.
I hope your holidays are filled with joy, fun, and only a slight amount of chaos!