But nothing puts a damper on traveling like a sick, teething, refusing to sleep, tantrum-throwing toddler. Poor Dmitri has had a rough time, leaving mama exhausted and emotionally drained! Plus, I have had morning sickness, an active baby en utero, and a lot of back pain.
As much as I've loved seeing family, I'm ready to be home and in my own bed for Christmas Eve! We have one final stop for a Christmas Eve service, dinner, and gift exchange with David's parents and siblings and then to home we go for a relaxing quiet Christmas as a family. (When we got married, we decided to set aside Christmas day to spend at home together. We have both grown to love this tradition, and I'm glad that we continue to keep it. All of our family lives out of town, so we visit them either before or after Christmas.)
Are you traveling or staying home for the holidays? How do you handle traveling with kids and dividing time with in-laws, and large families?