Vacations seem to give you a good chance to take a step back and look at your life from a distance. An 18 hour drive both ways gives you lots of time to reflect as well.
We came home from our trip with two new goals. Wean our almost 2 1/2 year old off of his milk addiction that seems to be controlling our lives, and start paying attention better attention to our money.
First for the money, it's not that we have been irresponsible. Moving into a new house with TONS of new projects in combo with a little more money to play with have led us to become a little complacent. Money in, money out, and we're not sure where it went. We listened to Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover on the trip home, and have started a new budget and a new resolve to save more and spend more carefully, so we can accomplish our goals.
I totally recommend him and the book. If you are in Utah he has a radio show on 570 KNRS at 6 or 7 at night. He just is a really practical guy with sound advice.
Now for the milk. This one seems a little more scary, but we started our plan with explaining to Jackson in our most serious of serious voices, that it is "time to throw the sippy cups away, because now he is a big boy." He thought it was kind of a fun game, and then throughout the day said to me in an authoritative voice, "no milk, mommy." "That's right Jackson, no milk." Naptime did not really happen, he was so angry about not having his cups, he just screamed and cried the whole time. At bedtime Kirtis told him he wasn't allowed to cry or yell or climb out of his crib and he went to sleep last night with almost no trouble at all. What a sigh of relief!
We are on day two and loving it. He is eating a lot more "real" food-- he actually has a chance to get hungry in the day because he's not guzzling down hundreds of calories throughout the day. We are also hopeful he's going to make sleeping through the night a habit because he's not going to be used to a 3am milk snack.
Day 2 of "back to reality" and everything is going just swell. We will see how long it lasts!