It’s about time that I decide to take another vacation. This time around, it’s not just +1, it’s actually +3. My family unit now consists of the hubster, my four-year-old daughter and my little 7-month-old boy. We have decided to go to Europe again but by way of the almighty Disney Cruise line.
It’s quite simple-
1) Seeing the ocean for miles on end and being there to watch my little girl witness something majestic.
2) Enjoy a top rated show with our little singing frog and watching that twinkle in her eye when she sees Minnie up close.
3) Having the option of paying for quality daycare while we go on excursions, feeling like it’s just the two of us for a few hours.
4) Getting photos of my little girl with the characters-knowing you won’t leave the boat until she meets the big M-I-C-K-E-Y mouse and his friends.
5) Oh yeah and being able to see Spain, France, Italy, and Greece, all in one package.
The cost – yeah, that’s the crazy part, because it’s comparable to the cost of our Honda.
The investment- quality time with my family and lasting memories for a lifetime.
After all, when we are older and look back on “woulda, coulda, shoulda” I am hoping we won’t be saying that. Plus, my responsible side knows that in order for us to book our passage to vacation, it will not go without sacrifice. Not only have we chosen to skip this year’s family vacation but any other big plans this year so that we can combine it to next year’s getaway.
Plus, and I say this in all honesty, momma needs a break. Can I get an amen?! As a mom, especially a PR mom, it’s so important to unwind and recharge your batteries in a place that I can spend quality time with my family without the guilt of answering my phone. I’ll be on international waters so my plan is to disconnect and imagine life before cell phones, text messages, social media, hash tags, etc.
Yes it’s true, it takes using a passport to jump on a big boat to unwind, to catch my attention. And yes, even though I could unwind in my backyard with a bottle of wine, I need to go big. I need to grab my own attention that my family and I are worth it.
Over the next 18 months, I am just going to focus on working extra hard, dining out less, skipping those celebratory Starbucks runs in order to save, save, save my money and enjoy time with my family on the big boat. I feel that both my sanity and my family deserve it.
Who’s with me?