Never a Dull Moment: Family Vacation Edition

I was recently reminiscing about my cousin's wedding in Montego Bay and how much fun we had with the entire family vacationing together. And then I started remembering some of the mishaps and misfortunes that happened on this trip and couldn't help but laugh.

Have you ever been on a perfectly seamless vacation? I'm sure rosy glasses can make anything seem perfect but, when kids are involved, unexpected things are bound to happen.


Most of the extended family arrived a couple days before K and I since they opted for a longer vacation so we missed some of the initial incidences but here's what transpired on this family trip.

Day 1: Hour 1
The groom's sister and her family with three young girls all under the age of nine were one of the first to arrive. As soon as the parents checked into the hotel and got settled, Chloe, the 3-year old hightailed it for the pool and jumped right in even though she doesn't know how to swim. So we had a near death drowning experience upon arrival.

On day two, Chloe's 6-year older sister got stung by a jellyfish while swimming in the ocean. If you've ever been stung by a jelly fish, you'd know it's extremely painful especially for a child to endure.

Everyone trucked along enjoying our vacation in paradise and had a blast at all the events leading up to the wedding.

With all the swimming and water activities during the day, my cousin's sweet 2-year old Zoe developed a terrible ear infection which had her screaming in pain by the time the wedding ceremony came around. With no access to proper medication, Zoe's mom felt helpless with the little supplies she had packed for the trip.

Meanwhile, Zoe's adorable baby brother was the center of attention with all the Jamaican mosquitos and ended up sporting red polka dots on his soft baby skin.

Dominic, my 3-year old nephew, got bitten by a stray cat on the resort so my mom, being the nurse in the family, rushed him and his parents off to the local hospital. I don't know all the details from the waiting room but it took them over 8 hours to return and Dom's parents spent hours trying to get in contact with their family doctor and sort things out with their insurance company back at home.

I'll round this up with my teenage niece who was a also a bridesmaid in the wedding. She got sunburnt so badly in the first couple days leaving her with a florescent pink tan and in pain for the rest of the trip, even though she said she applied sunblock over and over. Oh teenagers!

With all misfortunes aside, I love my family and it was still an extremely fun and memorable vacation. There's never a dull moment when you have a big family and especially when kids are involved!

Maybe I'll create a Never A Dull Moment series and talk about all that goes wrong with adults or in the workplace or life happenings in general...


19 comments

  1. Oh boy! There are definitely those trips where things like this seem to happen all throughout! I'm glad that you guys all made it through ok, and no drownings happened!

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  2. Oh man - definitely lots of instances that you all wont soon forget!! I'm glad the kids were able to go along with everything...the drowning is scary though!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. haha a series would be great. i think that's wild all those stories. who gets bitten by a cat? and the jumping in the pool - totally a 3 year old! scary for sure.

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  4. It'd be a great series!! I hear ya, our family always thinks everything goes wrong at big functions, but really this stuff happens to everyone. A stray cat..poor thing...your nephew, not the cat, lol. Have a great day beauty!!

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  5. Oh my gosh! I've been stung by a jellyfish and it's the worst- as are bad sunburns and ear infections- poor kids :( You're so right that things are bound to go wrong on trips when you have a lot of people though, so glad it was still an awesome trip for everyone!

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  6. Family Vacations are the best! I've never been to Montego Bay. I've heard its absolute perfection! Might have to put it on my vacation bucket list now. Happy Hump Day <3

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  7. Wow that's a lot of injuries on one trip! I have a small family so I can't say I've ever had a trip like that but I can definitely say our family trips have had their fair share of misfortunes. Glad you guys were still able to make the best of it! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  8. Never a dull moment on a family trip! But they are always so much fun even if there are a few mishaps.

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  9. i don't think i have ever been on a perfectly seamless vacation lol. things always go wrong! although, i haven't ever been on a huge family vacation like this, and things are definitely more likely to go wrong with more people. the poor kids though, so painful and must have been so stressful for the adults. never a dull moment sounds like a fun series!

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  10. Oh my gosh, how crazy! Poor kiddos. Sunburns can make a long trip seem so miserable when all you want to do is lay out and you're already fried. I knew someone who was stung by a jelly fish and she has some crazy scars on her right leg from it. Those things are no joke.

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  11. Oh no! The poor kiddos, so glad they're all safe despite all the mishaps. You guys all had a fabulous time, and those precious moments of everyone together are definitely priceless <3
    Green Fashionista

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  12. Oh goodness!!! You are right, leave it to kids to make for unplanned mishaps. I know when we traveled when we were little, there were a lot more ER visits than ever expected!!! It sounds like everyone made the best of it though and still had a great time.

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  13. Whoa that is a lot of mishaps! No vacation is ever perfect for sure!

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  14. I think that this would be perfect for a series on your blog! There really isn't a dull moment, especially around kids, but it really seems like y'all had a ton of things happen during your trip! I'm glad that everybody ended up ok in the end!

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  15. Oh my goodness! SO many scary situations. I am so glad everyone ended up OK! I would have been so scared when the little one jumped into the pool!

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  16. I could totally contribute to never a dull moment. It's the things like this that make life interesting. LOL

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  17. Oh my goodness! Certainly no dull moments there!

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  18. Oh no - what craziness! This would definitely be a great series! Happy weekend!

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