Since it is a LONG drive (I had to fly my Dad out to PHX to drive with me on top of the gas, since Dan had to work), and since parents are NOT ALLOWED at Grandma's camp-- I always have to find alternative sleeping arrangements for that week. My older sister is in Sac. w/ her hubby installing security systems for my brother this summer, their apartment became Dacie and I's 'pad' for that week. Since I only get out there once a year as well, I stretched the trip out for another week hoping to get in some quality family time as well!
2. Vacations CAN be a good time to 'wean' your kids. Ryland lost his extra pacifier and I found it right before we left, BUT I let him believe that it was still lost. He had a hard night the first night BUT did not ask for it the rest of the 2 weeks...until he got home to his bed (we are sticking to our guns). Because we were running around with so much fun in the evenings Dacie fell asleep most nights without a bottle-so I stuck to that routine, even when we were not busy. There has been no bad side affects! We are now PACIFIER and BOTTLE-LESS! It felt liberating to pack these items away when we got home!
3. I now know what happens IF you do not pull over for a police officer. While dropping my car off at the shop my BIL and I were driving right next to a guy that would not pull over. He was not speeding away or anything...BUT I learned that does not matter. Within a few seconds US and that other car were surrounded by officers in all directions with guns pulled (we just happened to be in the wrong place, they were able to cut off all the other cars) on a major street. I scream and drove off as fast as I could (with help from the BIL as I was frozen in fear)! Just PULL OVER next time!