Well, it's probably about time that I finish up my blog series called Vacation with Food Allergies. ;) This series was sparked by many ideas floating around in my head as we vacationed in Wisconsin last fall. If you missed the other posts, here are the links.
And this is our last post for the series. It's the most fun post and my very favorite!
A lot of the other posts dealt with lots of planning, lots of meal management, lots of emergency ideas, and frankly, lots of work! But all of that is worth it when in the end, you can sit back and know that because of all your hard work...you can now enjoy the fun!
I don't know how to say this politically correct...this is just an emotional thought from a mom. But I have always thought to myself..."it could be worse". For those mamas dealing with hospitals, cancer, wheelchairs, blindness, deafness, and other physical and/or mental limitations, my heart goes out to you. I don't know why God gives us different challenges, but I thank Him that ours is "just food". Yes, it's life-threatening. And it's stressful. But I am thankful when I see my kids run, jump, and play. And I try to remind Miles that we are blessed to be able to do these things when not all people can.
That's why when we get a chance to get away, Jeff and I try to move the focus to the activities and what we CAN do. Yes, Miles has his pouty moments about food and restaurants, but those don't last long when we move the focus to roller coasters and water parks!
So here is snippet of activities that we enjoyed in Wisconsin. I have some very active boys, and you can bet that they had a blast most every moment of vacation!!! The smiles and photos were worth the hard work to plan, prepare, and be safe.
Skipping rocks on Lake Denton.
Climbing high on playground equipment.
Enjoying the pretty scenery of autumn.
Playing video games in what I call, "Las Vegas for Kids"
Playing miniature golf. Graham, golf clubs are not weapons.
Water games and swimming.
Fast water slides!
Rock climbing. Miles is a climbing maniac!
Riding in go-carts. Why doesn't anyone want to ride with mom???
Riding thrill rides like wooden roller coasters...in the dark!
So yes, plan. Yes, prepare. Yes, pack lots of safe food. Yes, have a serious emergency plan in place. But then, have fun and appreciate all the things that your food allergy child CAN do. While your child is wishing they could eat in a restaurant, there are other kids wishing they could walk, see, hear, leave the hospital.
I try to always remember that God put us where we are for a reason, and we are to be thankful for our blessings. :) We have many, many of them!