The month of June was so crazy that I feel like we really haven’t had our summer break yet. Most people that I know have these grand vacations planned for at least a week (sometimes 2) this summer. For us, it has been a trip to Disney for the past few years because we love it so much. We, however, do not have a real vacation planned for this summer. We had originally planned to go to Europe this summer. Because we ended up buying a new house and spent money doing renovations, we decided to put it on hold. It is definitely on the agenda for next summer, though. We are also having difficulty getting a day scheduled where all 4 of us can go and get passports for the girls. Since both parents have to be present, we can’t find a time when my husband can get off work, the girls don’t have practice, and there is an available appointment. We have to figure out the passport thing before December, though, because my daughter has a gymnastics meet in the Bahamas. Who knew it would be so difficult to find a place and schedule an appointment that also works with our crazy schedules??? It should not be this difficult!
Anyway, we decided to just do a few small little weekend trips this summer instead of one big vacation trip. Our first excursion we planned was a trip to Gettysburg and Hersey Park in Pennsylvania. My youngest has been dying to go Hershey Park after hearing friends talk about it, and my husband is all about battlefields and history. Unfortunately, that trip got canceled due to the passing of my grandmother. I don’t know if we will have the time to reschedule it this summer or not. Our next excursion is a weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia for Bush Gardens, Water Country USA, and the historic colonial tours. Even though we have done all of that a few times before, it is something that the girls enjoy, and it is a place that we can easily get to for a long weekend. The other little trip we want to make this summer is a trip to New York City. Our oldest went on a trip with us there when she was really little but doesn’t remember it. Then just both girls and I went again a couple of winters ago for a gymnastics meet and had a blast. They loved it so much. We did not get to go to the Statue of Liberty or 9/11 Memorial on that trip, and my youngest made me promise that I would take her back to see them. This trip hasn’t been scheduled yet so it may or may not happen this summer, but I will fulfill my promise sometime soon. We will just have to see if we can fit it in sometime in the coming weeks. Other than a trip for me to Orlando in a couple of weeks for our annual Trades of Hope conference, we have no other big summer plans.
I have to say that I am very jealous of all of my friends posting pictures of all these amazing places they are visiting, but it is what it is, I guess. I do think family vacations are very important. I also realize that not everyone can take an extravagant trip, which is totally ok. Even if you just have a stay-cation and explore your town, I think that it is important to take that time to step away from the stresses of everyday life and spend quality time together as a family. It is a time when you unplug and just enjoy each other’s company. Making those memories together is priceless. Whether you choose to go to Disney World, go on a cruise, head to the beach, take mini trips like us, or stay home, quality family time is so important. You could always pitch a tent in your backyard and go “camping.” You could make s’mores and tell tons of stories. You could have a pajama-cation. Take a weekend and stay in your pajamas all day watching movies, playing board games, and eating junk food. The point is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a vacation. That is not what is important. Where you go really isn’t important either. Time together is what is the key to a great vacation. Making the commitment to unplug from the rest of the world and just be together enjoying each other’s company is something that you and your kids will remember for years to come. Even if it is just for two days, that time together is special. We all need a break every now and then. If you don’t stop and take one, you will burn out. Your health will decline and you will be miserable and make everyone miserable around you. Trust me, it has happened to me. Commit to taking time for your family. If you don’t have anything planned, please consider rethinking that and make a plan. You won’t regret it!
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