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How To Survive Large Family Vacations

Updated on November 15, 2012

The Perfect Beach House

Our Beach House
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Cabin Fever

A Cabin in the Woods
A Cabin in the Woods | Source

How I Vacationed As A Kid

When I think of summer, I think of vacation. Even as the youngest of 9 kids, we always took a week long summer vacations. We loaded up 2, 9 passenger stations wagons full of food for the week, clothes, beach toys, bikes and fixings for smores. We rented a cabin at a state park and spent every hour of the day busy swimming, fishing, hiking and exploring. I enjoyed swimming in the lake. I love riding my bike, taking in the smell of the camp fires. I loved finding toads or steering clear of a raccoon at night. I loved going on hikes or fishing with my Dad. I remember hikes in 100% humidity and having to keep your mouth closed to avoid eating bugs. Those particular hikes were not my favorite. But overall, our annual cabining is one of my favorite childhood memories. My parents also made sure we understood that we were so lucky to have an annual vacation.

Our First Family Vacation

Vacation 2003; There are 8 more grandkids now!
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Celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary

About 8 years ago, when my parents were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, we discussed another annual family vacation. We had taken a sabbatical as schedules were crazy. But we agreed this was a wonderful way to celebrate this accomplishment. This time we were broadening our horizons. In lieu of a state park cabin, we were talking vacation home rentals. At this point I was in my early 30s. We didn’t have kids yet, but everyone else did. We needed to find a house to suit multiple families and tons of kids. We were talking about 30 people total. We decided on an 8 bedroom house a few streets from the beach in Sandbridge, VA, just south of Virginia Beach.

Our first year was a success and we have been making this an annual trip ever since. We have learned quite a few things since our first year and that first house. For the last 4 years, we have had the same house.

Our journey to this perfect house was definitely a learning experience. It is one thing to see a house on a website and think it will work. It is another to live in there with people ranging from age 70 to infants/toddlers. Many of the grandkids are teenagers. How do you accommodate such a diverse group and pick the right house.

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Size Matters and So Do Bathrooms

When you query house rentals, you can specify number of bedrooms. Since we needed a 10 bedroom house, we are very limited in our choices. Additionally, number of bathrooms is key. One year, we had bedrooms sharing bathrooms. This is doable, but honestly got to be a pain. Our house now has a bathroom per bedroom and one extra off the main living space. We have ‘settled’ for a 10 bedroom house with 10.5 bathrooms.

We Need Fridges!

We learned the hard way that for a group this size, you must have at least 2 refrigerators. Our first house had one. This was absurd for our group. Pretty sure there were some conversations regarding this absurdity as well. We have never had a house since with less than 2. Our current house has 3 and multiple small, dorm sized fridges. We no longer complain about fridge space!

The Dirty Laundry

Again, we have learned that one is just not enough. Luckily our current house has 2 High Efficiency front loading washers and driers. They are nicer than the ones we have at our real house! As a result, it reduces what we need to pack since we know finding our turn to do laundry will not be a problem.

Time to Swim

Fun in the Sun
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Pools of Glory

We started with a pool the first year. This was great for evening swimming or for those who are not in love with the sand or salt water. One year we only had an indoor pool. That was ok, but we really missed the outdoor option. Pretty sure some conversations surrounding that pool, too! Now, our house has both and outdoor and indoor pool. We are spoiled!

We Have A Lot of Mouths and Bottoms!

We had a house one year with an average size kitchen and minimal sitting. This became crazy during dinner time. Our current house has a double oven, 2 stoves, 2 sinks, a large bar area and multiple tables for sitting. Our whole family could sit and eat at the same time.

The Perfect Beach House

Now you know why we go to the same house every year. This place rocks! We are so fortunate to have stumbled upon it and we know this is the perfect home for us for a week.

However, a perfect house does not mean a successful vacation. When you are dealing with this many people, you are also dealing with that many personalities and preferences. While we share parents, we are not clones!

At the end of each week, we double check if everyone is game for next year. Each year, all families agree.

OnceYou Go Oceanfront, You Don't Go Back

Our first house was 2 streets from the beach. We had to load up for our day at the beach. We had to go home to go to the bathroom. If you had to put a child down for a nap, the family split up. My Mother did not enjoy trudging to the beach all day. As a result, we have decided that ocean front is a must. This gives us the flexibility to go back and forth from the beach easily. My Mom could sit on the balcony and watch the fun without the excessive heat. The little ones could take naps and we could return to the beach. My Mom became our ears for our baby monitors. This increased the cost of the houses we were choosing from, but we have agreed as a group, this is a must.

Admiring the Ocean

Admiring the Ocean
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Do You Vacation Together?

This might sound crazy, but I think this is the secret to our success. We have agreed to go on vacation for the same week, at the same location and in the same house. Other than that, the group organization is over.

Vacation Before the Vacation

In Front of the White House
In Front of the White House | Source

Taking Daytrips

My immediate family goes on a vacation before our vacation. We usually spend the night somewhere on Thursday and Friday, prior to our Saturday arrival at the house. A couple of times we have gone to Washington, D.C. Some go to Williamsburg or Norfolk. Some arrive at the beach house at 9 am in the morning, spending that first day at the beach even before the house opens for our arrival. Others arrive at 3pm just in time for the doors to be unlocked

Everyone Is On Vacation

Some of us like the beach. Some prefer to read a book by the pool. No one is excluded from anything, but no one is forced to do anything either. Every year, one of my sisters and I visit a local marine aquarium. Our kids are young and enjoy the hands on museum. Siblings with older kids would opt out of this outing for sure! Every year, we pick up a few random family members. Again, all are included. We remember that everyone is on vacation. Some even take a day trip, driving into North Carolina. Have a good time. We will see you when you get back!

How To Grocery Shop On Vacation

This was something we had to discuss early on as a group. Do we do group groceries or buy per family? We have found that buying food for your own family is the best way to go. Ability to store our groceries is no longer an issue. We might borrow condiments and spices. But in general, your food is your own. I also like that my kids aren’t accidentally eating other people’s food or snacks either. And, no one complains for having to pay a percentage of a grocery bill for food they would never buy themselves.

How To Eat Dinner On Vacation

Each family takes one day to adopt my parents and include them in their family meal. But, everyone eats all their meals with their immediate families. Some might chose to combine, but more often than not, each group fends for itself. Also, with kids of all ages, dinner times differ, too. We eat early since our kids are young. My siblings with older kids can hold out until later if necessary. Some thrive on the local seafood and enjoy that a few times during the week. Sometimes a few families chose to order pizza. A family or 2 will eat out a couple days of the week. This lack of unity results in no argument over what time do we eat dinner or that my kids won’t eat that. Eating is something you do between all of the fun.

Digging a Hole

Busy at the Beach
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Enjoying Vacation

When you don’t force people together, they migrate towards each other. While everyone is different, we do have something in common. We are family. A group of us take an hour walk each morning. Many games of volleyball and corn hole form daily. Groups of kids will go out to boogie board or just float in the water talking. We bring our Wii and some down time is spent playing Super Mario Bros. Card games start up at night in conjunction with movie nights in the media room. You can come and go as you please.

Genetics Doesn’t Make a Family

Being a family takes work. You can’t force people together who don’t want to be. Well, you can, but that usually results in disaster and drama. And, it never results in people volunteering to schedule again for the next year!

I am not saying that my family is better than yours. What I am saying is that my family knows each other. We recognize our differences and know that our lack of group organization allows us to actually function better as a group.

However, we are not completely unorganized. There is one thing we do as a group. We are all at the beach house and unpacked on Saturday by 5pm. That is when we gather to go to mass. As a kid, I couldn’t wait to get going. I was annoyed that we had to stop for mass. As an adult, I appreciate the hour to gather with my family and give thanks. My kids love sitting with their Godparents, who mostly are their cousins. As adults, we aren’t all in the same parts of town or even the same city. We don’t attend the same parishes. What a simple opportunity to say thanks to God. I give thanks that another year has passed and we still find each other together as a group. I give thanks for the safe trip to the beach house. I pray for health and safety for all. I pray for another week of good times.

I thank God for these lifetime memories.

© 2012 Karen Lackey

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading, SimeyC. I will head over to your Harry Potter hub, too! I am already anxious to go back this year!

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      Simon Cook 5 years ago from NJ, USA

      Thanks for this - brought back many memories of when my Grand Parents used to visit and we went to the beach and stayed in a caravan (near Barry Island or Porthcawl in Wales I think!) - I love the detail, the fun and the personal pictures in the hub! Great stuff!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Based on your name, toesintheh20, I am guessing you like water. Beach vacations are amazing. My children talk about this vacation all year long! Glad you could take a trip down memory lane! Thanks for reading and the vote up!

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      toesintheh2o 5 years ago

      Your hub brought back so many memories for me. Some of my fondest childhood memories were the time we spent together on our annual family vacations. Thanks for reminding me. Voted up!;)

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, paintportraits! I am sure you did a good job annoying them! Ha. I will check out your hub as well...thanks.

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      Paintportraits 5 years ago

      This was a great hub! It took me back to my childhood when everyone in my family would up pile up my dad's van. While i would resume my full-time job annoying my sisters as much as any good brother knows to do! Lol. Great read, feel free to check out my hub on adventure vacations also! https://hubpages.com/travel/Adventure-Vacations...

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for taking the time to read, penflame!

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      penflame 5 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      Nice hub. Very interesting... :)

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Pumpkincat210. I don't think all families can vacation together. It is a balance of personalities and in some groups, organization or lack there of will not make a difference. I am sure you agree! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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      Courtney Rhodes 5 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      Very interesting. We don't have a lot of family other than my husband and 3 kids. I'm not sure how vacationing with my inlaws and mother at the same time would be, but I do like the idea of fending for yourself and doing what you want while on the vacation. I could not imagine a large group like yours, but it must be very nice to know your relatives more and have a support system so large.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Alphagirl, I think that some groups would not vacation well together regardless of organization. I am glad ours seems to work. And, yes, 10 fun women solo in a big house would be so much fun!

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      The idea seems ideal...to vacation with with 15 family members...my husband has 6 other siblings...we would have to be on a cruise because no one eats the same and the personalities are to broad...I t's wishful thinking...LOL Thanks for sharing your ideas...It is nice to know that others manage to make it work. I do like the idea of vacation with 10 fun women friends...No kids, 10 bathrooms...

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Jessica! It can be a challenge. I am just pleased it still works for our group! Thanks for taking the time to comment, too!

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      Just Ask Jess 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great hub! I love big families, sometimes it seems impossible to travel. Being together is what matters. :)

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      thank, lenzy for comments now and when it was up for a hubnugget! I appreciate it!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks pinto2011! I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

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      Subhas 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Often we miss some exciting ideas when we are at leisure and later think we would have done this or done that. This nicely composed hub will definitely help planning things ahead in a more interesting and enjoyable way.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Congratulations, on hub of the day. Your hub is even better the second time around. Lenzy

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, taw2012!

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      taw2012 5 years ago from India

      Congratulations on HOTD.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Judi Bee! I agree. Most of these issues really do apply to large groups. Thanks for the vote up, too!

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      I have a small family, so these issues don't really arise - I fully understand wanting to be right on the beach though, it makes life so much easier. Loved your photos!

      Voted up and congratulations on HOTD!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      thanks for reading, leahlefler! The ease of walking to the beach from the house is truly priceless! Glad you had a great vacation!

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      What a great article! We just returned from a (nuclear) family vacation, and had a 2 bedroom, ocean front condo. I agree - once you go ocean, you don't go back! It was absolutely fantastic: the view and sound of the ocean from our room, the ease of walking out onto the beach without loading up a car with beach gear, and the convenience of returning to the condo for lunch every day. I think the extra cost of the condo would be offset by the ability to eat lunch "in" every day!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, happyboomernurse. we have some trial and error for sure. But, we are very happy with our current house. It is perfect for us for sure! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Congrats on earning Hub of the Day for this well written, interesting and comprehensive article about taking vacations with the whole extended family.

      I like the way your group used trial and error until the "perfect" vacation home was found and that you passed on some of the things that were learned from your earlier mistakes so others planning this kind of vacation can benefit.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks livingpah! I was pretty excited. I hope that some of the tips can help your family out, too! Hope you have an amazing time when you have your vacation!

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Great Hub. Our family vacation is due and this will definitely help us out with the cool ideas you have here. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up. Congrats on HOTD!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Denise! I think some families force the togetherness too much! For us, this method works the best. Glad you can take some tips from it as well. Such kind words...thank you!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! What a great hub! I am so excited to try your suggestions for our next family gathering. I see now that we've been struggling to push the boulder of cohesiveness up the hill instead of just jumping on the boogie board and riding the wave! I'm printing this one out and sending it to my sibs.

      Wonderful tips all around and very thorough. Your solutions are so simple! Rated up/U/I/A

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, randomcreative, for the kind words and for taking the time to comment!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Kristine! I think just figuring out how to vacation with your family, regardless if together or in bits and pieces, can be a project. Glad your method works for you! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is a wonderful Hub. My family vacations in bits and pieces and not all together. Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! I love how you broke all of the information down with headings. You've put together a wonderful resource. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, ComfortB! I was very excited when I saw the award this morning! It was the highlight of my week for sure! Thanks, too, for reading!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      I checked out your profile after I clicked 'follow'. I will for sure check out those hubs. With small kids, I am living vicariously thru those who travel!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, vespawoolf! We have had a little trial and error to get to the system that seems to be working for us today. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Brainy Bunny! My kids think we own this house which cracks me up. I wish!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey, twinstimes2, Take a look at my Hubs on Puerto Rico and Costa Rica if you want to see pictures of our trips with photos. I think you'll like the photos. Thanks.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Congrats on the HOTD award!

      So many useful tips on family vacationing together. Thanks for sharing.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Congratulations on your hub of the day! I have a small family, so this advice isn't immediately applicable, but I love the way you make it work for what seems like hundreds of people in one house! :-) Who knew they even made 10-bedroom houses? I think the idea of vacationing together separately is brilliant, and I could definitely see my family doing that some day.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, I love all the great information you've presented here. From how to choose a vacation home to how to vacation together, your suggestions are just right. I agree that vacation together but separately would ease tensions and differences. Congrats on a well-deserved Hub of the Day!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      mary615, I am actually pretty shocked to be honest on the score! Thanks for taking the time to read my hub. This was an amazing surprise this morning! I would love to see pictures from Puerto Rico or Costa Rica. That would be amazing!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! It was nice reading about your family vacations. We have done a family vacation to Puerto Rico and to Costa Rica. We had a wonderful time. Only our budgets restrict us in traveling more together. I voted this UP, etc. BTW: Wow! You have a score of 100 and have been here 6 weeks. That is SO great!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      I have always loved being part of a big family! That is part of why we had 5 children. Not as big as 9, but still, my family is having a blast, too!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, smart insulation! I am very pleased at how close we are, too! My parents did something right for sure!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for taking time to read, Robertgillbert!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      I like your method, too, Becky! Sounds like it works for you! I would LOVE to see that many people in canoes or sailboats. I am so pleased that our family can and still does this! Thanks for taking time to read and comment!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Cclitgirl! Vacationing with family is great, but can cause its problems if it is not done properly. Luckily, we understand how our group works! Thanks for the comments and the vote up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      What a great hub, filled with tips and ideas for summer vacation. My family gets together and does these, too. :) Voted up and across. Great pictures, too.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Congrats on HOTD. My family has spent many years vacationing together. My grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and our kids go camping. We will do group things but also have time to do our own thing. We usually have a least one group canoe trip down the canals and through the lakes of a game refuge. We will camp on on of the bigger lakes in our RV's and tents. Some just throw a mattress in the back of a pickup or in the sand. We will have 50 or 60 people out there and 5 or 6 canoes. We also have sailboats and kayaks. We all have a lot of fun and there are rarely arguments. We will all eat dinner together potluck and there is plenty. If someone is hungry later, there are leftovers. Breakfast and lunch are usually fix your own and whenever people are ready to eat.

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      Robertgillbert 5 years ago from UK

      Great Hub!Thanks for sharing this

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      Smart insulation 5 years ago

      It's good to see family's are still holding on to that bond.

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      Silver Fish 5 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Lovely hub, I am so envious of your lage family. I have no one outside of our little family of four people. It sounds so much fun to have a large family.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for another comment! We seem to have much in common. I will check out your hubs today as well!

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      We learned to be together too, sharing the kitchen and the refrigerator but not necessarily locked into the same meals, and we learned too that by taking that kind of stress off 'being together', we all wanted to be together quite a lot. We are only 7 when we get together (nearly 8), but the principals are the same.

      I really loved your Hub. It's the blueprint for a very happily-working, society microcosm.

      Bless.

      Glad to be getting to know you!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, gredmondson! I agree. I think it is the acceptance of who we are as family that allows us to be together! And, you are correct, we really do appreciate the time we get to spend. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      gredmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco, California

      I loved your Hub because of the the acceptance of differences and the appreciation of being together--as much as all the tips.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Lenzy for reading and commenting. We have evolved over time to realize, this is the best method for our vacations to be successful! Thanks again!

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      This was a very well written hub on spending a family vacation. I like your idea of not worrying about who does what together and letting all the groups just enjoy being around one another and interacting as they desire. Of course it is nice to include your parents by sharing a meal with them. Great job. Lenzy

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      thanks for reading, mikeydcarroll67! It is easy to take amazing photos at an amazing location!

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      Amazing photos!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Ripplemaker for the read and the congrats on the hubnugget. Vote for me if you enjoyed it! :)

      I will check out your link as well! Thanks again.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading, Lisa. Understanding each other makes such a big difference. I will check out your hubs as well! I am following you now as well! Thanks!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Your hub reminded me of our family clan reunions! I love this hub and the organization that goes with it. There's plenty of tips and a lot of heart for family which shows in the details included. Great hub!

      Congrats on your Hubnuggets nomination! You can also visit this hub to read and vote! https://hubpages.com/community/The-Good-the-Bad-an...

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      Lisas-thoughts101 5 years ago from Northeast Texas

      twins, a fascinating look at a family. How awesome that you guys understand your individuality and don't force yourselves on each other. I love how your family works. Great hub!

      Lisa

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading and the vote up,urmilashukla!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thanks for sharing. Amazing Hub! Informative and voted up!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Kateska12. You can vote, too, under http://hubpages.com/travel as this hub is up for a hubnugget! Thanks again!

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      kateska12 5 years ago from Delray Beach

      Nice :)

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for sharing and reading joaniebaby.I will have to check out your hub, too! Big families are the best!

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      Voted up on this one. It reminded me so much of my own hub about family vacations. We only try to do it every three years as it is just too difficult to get all together every year. Our family includes grandchildren all over the USA now and they are just starting out on their careers or college. When they were younger and summer was near, the first question was always, "When are we going on our next vacation?" Now they are all so involved in their burgeoning lives they don't have time to think about family vacations. However, we do hope that our past vacations will always be a wonderful memory for them, and maybe we can do it again soon.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, idratherbe! I completely agree!

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      idratherbe 5 years ago

      Excellent hub, voted up! Many can learn from your well written hub. So many families vacationing together, forget about each families needs and the fact, that though together, each is on their own separate vacation. Nothing worse then the elders of the family deciding when and where to eat or what and when to do an activity. They need to understand that their children are grown.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks prasetio30 for taking the time to comment!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I love traveling. No one the best that vocation together with family. I am glad to know this from you. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and interesting!

      Prasetio

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