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Setting a good example

Ok, I’m back. I’ve been on vacation the past two weeks and it was glorious!

Vacationing with my parents was non-stop fun this year. I was completely elated and overly exhausted from all the fun and quality time we had together. It was so worth it.

My parents were able to see my kids in their element. They enjoyed my four-year-old’s T-ball practice and delighted in talking to all the parents at the practice – because it was overly adorable. They were able to see my twelve-year-old at her sailing camp and they envisioned her participating in the America’s Cup.

My mom helped me with all the laundry and only rearranged one closet (progress!). My parents were also able (or forced?) to watch all the Harry Potter movies so they could go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (in 3D).

We spent a lot of time outside, at the pool, at the park, and walking around. It was exciting for me to see my parents  thriving during their retirement years. I could expound on some of their health coups – but they are super private about their health issues – which is something I have to adjust to because I have this same tension with my mother-in-law. (Is this generational?)

Every morning, during their visit, my son would wake up super early so he could have snuggle time with my parents.  They would read a story or build something with Legos. Then my stepdad would get out his vitamin organizer and talk to my son about vitamins – all the colors, sizes and how vitamins keep you healthy and make you stronger.

Those two would be in deep discussion about chewable vitamins vs. tablets.

(I wasn’t allowed to capture pictures of this – you know, some early morning pictures cannot be posted on the web – without your parents giving you the stink eye….and all the privacy requirements too, about health.)

And with this very deep vitamin discussion, my son insisted he needed an organizer for his daily vitamin. How could I argue with that? If my parents were being  semi-role models of health for my little guy, then I would fully support it.

Now, my son wanted to get the largest pill organizer we could find, but I explained to him – Papa (my stepdad) had a larger pill organizer because he was a grandpa (no, not because he’s a senior!). We settled on a smaller and rounded version.

I have not had to remind my son to take his vitamins all week, so I’m thinking about sending my stepdad a thank you note.

How have your parents or in-laws inspired you to stay healthy?

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This Moment {7.22.11}

A Friday ritual.

A single photo bunch of photos – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.
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Have a great multigenerational vacation with my parents. Lovefest all day long!

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Paris vacation {multigenerational adventure}

In 2008, hubby and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. Of course we wanted to do something special to celebrate – and so we did.

We took our then 10-month-old, 8-year-old, and our two moms to Paris.

Yup, we went on a multigenerational – 10th wedding anniversary – vacation. When I mentioned our plans to friends, they thought we were nuts. They were thinking, “Why would you take your kids AND both moms/grandmas on a romantic trip to Paris?”

Well, hubby and I were not nuts. We had a clear plan. We wanted our 8-year-old to see Paris because she had started learning French and she was fascinated with French baking. I was still nursing our 10-month-old and I really couldn’t leave him for 10 days to go to Paris.

So hey, we wanted to make it work to give our daughter another stamp on her passport, keep our youngest thriving, and to romance each other. How could we make sure we achieved all of that…take the moms along!

Hubby was fantastic and pretty much planned the entire trip. In December 2007, he purchased packing cubes for all of us and gave them as Christmas gifts. He researched Paris apartment rentals, found the best airfare, assembled a family-friendly Paris guide, and ordered t-shirts for all of us.

My mother-in-law and I took a travel French class together. I studied hard and my mother-in-law scoped out the cute men in class. (Yes, that is true and accurate.)

My mother flew to Colorado a few days before we left for Paris. She has the tendency to over pack, so it was a hilarious spectacle to watch my hubby coach my mom in her repacking efforts. It took them about two hours to complete this task. I really wish I had videotaped it.

When we arrived in Paris, super late and the night before Easter, my mom was the only one whose bags made it from Colorado (well actually O’Hare airport). We laughed about it and I had to use my French and Spanish to describe all our lost stuff. My mom was fairly impressed with my language skills and announced she was pleased with the amount of money she and my stepdad spent on my undergraduate education. (Yes, it was random – but again, we all laughed.)

On Easter Sunday, my monolingual hubby and mom went for a walk with the baby. I don’t know how they managed this but they met a Frenchman (that barely spoke English) who gave them some diapers for our baby – because our bags were still lost. This generous Frenchman took my hubby and my mom to his home and gave them the exact size and brand of diapers we used. It was magically amazing.

We did a lot of sightseeing and loved when the admissions personnel moved us to the front of long lines because we had the baby. We ate great food, watched people, took a gazillion pictures, and had a fabulous time. Most nights we ate dinner at the apartment, and then hubby and I would go out while the grandmothers watched the kiddos.

It was a fantastic multigenerational vacation. We can’t wait to go back to Paris.

Multigenerational travel does not have to be difficult or cumbersome. Be sure to check out our tips and resources that will make planning your next multigenerational vacation easy and fun.

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Multigenerational Travel {round up #1}

Hey everybody!

I’ve been having a great time reading about multigenerational travel and finding great resources.

Here are some great resources you may want to check out:

Multi-Generational Travel

This quote pretty much sums up how I feel about multigenerational travel:

While we often don’t realize it at the time, the moments we spend with family – grandparents, parents, children and siblings are among the most cherished memories we have. And, when the whole clan gathers for a shared vacation those times become magical, forever engraved in the archives of your family story, to be recounted time and again with smiles and laughter. That’s the essence of multi-generational travel – the sharing of new experiences together that will grow in meaning and significance with time.

This site offers multigenerational travel ideas that are simple or exotic.  The trip that interested me the most was the Serengeti family safari. I’m thinking about calling a full nest family meeting – pronto – to see if I can get everyone on board with this trip. Hmm…

Multigenerational Vacation Ideas

This site is simple, to the point, and can help you generate ideas for planning your multigenerational vacation. The site outlines ways to plan low-key or extravagant multigenerational vacations.

One thought I’m having is this site could be used as the carrot to get other family members interested in having initial discussions about multigenerational travel.

Traveling with adult children: 6 tips for an unforgettable, stress-free trip

Janet Varn shares some excellent ideas on getting the conversation going when planning a multigenerational vacation. I love that she points out the need to keep communication clear and how to keep the trip focused on the interests of the various age groups.

Janet  highlights ways to minimize stress and to keep the focus on quality family time.

Invite Grandma: The Benefits of Multigenerational Travel

I love how to the point Heather K. Scott gets when she describes the challenges of working and being able to take quality vacations – without being too exhausted.

Heck yes, take the grandparents along. I’m totally down with that.

I love the idea of using travel sheets to plan a multigenerational vacation. Why spend time to figure out what family members want to do? Just ask them. These “cheat sheets” can be taken on the trip and fun can be had without messy miscommunication.

I had not considered hiring someone to plan a multigenerational vacation for me (I’m a mega list maker), but Heather shares resources for services that can do that for you. Fantastic!

Multigenerational Travel with a Twist

Eileen Ogintz does an excellent job sharing various travel adventures for multigenerational families. No one is too old or too young to have a great time and to try out something that may be considered “off the beaten path”.

The sweet story she shares about having a multigenerational vacation prior to her father passing away was touching.

The big takeaway for me was: Don’t wait! Make your multigenerational travel plans TODAY!

Share some of your multigenerational travel trips or stories from your multigenerational travel. We’d love to hear from you.

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Re -use, -cycle and -purpose, the multigenerational way…

reduce, reuse, recycle, respect


Being Green – to my husband and me and most in our generation, that means recycle, reuse and re-purpose materials.  For us – it is a part of life.  But it is not necessarily a part of the lives of people in my parent’s generation.

Here is a list of the things we try and do to help conserve resources upstairs:

  • Bring reusable bags to the grocery store and COSTCO
  • Rinse and wash out the Ziploc plastic bags
  • Run the dishwasher at 3 in the morning and only water the lawn at odd times
  • Separate cans from glass and paper for the trash
  • Keep the bag of half cut colored paper for the kids to use when the mood strikes to glue/collage
  • Put most of the lights in the house on dimmers
  • Do not buy bottled water
  • Invested in a high-end film for our windows to help with internal temperature control

You get the idea….

We have all adapted to these practices pretty easily.  Though I still get totally ticked off when I take my husband’s car to the grocery store and forget the reusable bags are in my car…

But, I have to admit that my parents are not as into recycling as we are.  Case in point…

My dad conscientiously takes our trash bins to the curb on Mondays and I get up at ‘o’dark thirty’ to go the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  On Mondays, I always take a quick peek at the recycle trash to make sure the right stuff is in the right bin.  More than once, I have started my week by moving trash between bins in the dark and sometimes in the snow. 

Though my dad and I have talked about what goes where, I think it is a long-held mindset of people of a certain age that trash is trash – not everyone mind you – but my parents for sure.

Coming under the heading of “pick your battles and your wars” I choose to keep up my little Monday morning ritual. 

If he is willing to haul the trash to the curb, I can easily make sure the trash is in the right bins.


Multigenerational vacations & travel – We want to hear from you!

Dear it’s a full nest readers,

Margot and I have a fever – spring fever!

Spring break is right around the corner and we are so ready for a vacation!

My spring break will be 50% multigenerational and 50% with my nuclear family. I am counting the days until I can relax with the family and veg out a little.

To celebrate well deserved vacation time and our blog anniversary (one year in May!); we want to dedicate a full month to the topic of multigenerational travel.

During April 18 – May 18, Margot and I will share some of our multigenerational vacation stories.

2008 – My daughter & mother-in-law in Paris

We’d like to invite you to share your multigenerational vacation stories as well.

Submissions will be accepted until April 11, 2011.

Margot and I will go through your submissions and then pick some of our favorites. Some of the selections will be highlighted in various “the best of” posts – on it’s a full nest.

All submissions should go to: itsafullnest {at} yahoo {dot} com

What kinds of submissions are we seeking?

“How to” ideas describing how to plan a multigenerational vacation. If there are specific steps you took to ensure a great time with your multigenerational family, please tell us. We’d also like to know what travel pitfalls to avoid.

2008 – My son and my mother in Paris

Great photography. Any interesting pictures, with great captions, that show your multigenerational vacation would be excellent.

Past multigenerational vacations. If you are not taking a multigenerational vacation this year, but have done so in previous years, please tell us about that.

Awesome giveaways for our readers during multigenerational travel month. If you have a travel guide or product that supports multigenerational travel and would like to offer it as a giveaway, let us know.

Short bio. Be sure to include a 75 word or less bio about yourself with your submission. If you have a blog, website, twitter account, facebook page – you know where I’m going – feel free to include that information with your bio. We can include a picture of you too – if you want.

DISCLAIMER. Yes, we have to go there.

1. We are not able to post/include everything that gets emailed to us. Margot and I will select submissions that fit the theme of our blog. We hope you understand this and do not take it personally if your submission is not selected.

2. We will give proper credit to all submissions. We just want you to know, and remember, that there may be some duplicate ideas. Great minds think alike, right?

3. You’ll be our guest on the blog. And because you are our guest, we cannot offer you any monetary compensation.

Please submit your ideas no later than April 11, 2011. We extended the date to April 18, 2011. (See how flexible we are!)

We look forward to hearing from you!