I hate to admit it but, my brain is in vacation mode. It’s only April, I better snap out of it or it will be a long spring!:) I know it’s mostly because of the weather; I just want to escape somewhere tropical because I’m getting too impatient waiting for the season to change. Still, if you have read my blog long enough, you know by now I am a “planner”. Especially when it comes to taking trips or vacation time. I always want to make a great memory for the boys and I spend hours trying to figure how we can capture the perfect summer for them. When it comes down to it, I am pretty sure they want what every kid wants at their age: endless days of playing with the neighbors, splashing in the backyard kiddie pool, and eating way too many popsicles. In addition to all that fun though, I want to getaway as a family and do something that is uniquely “ours”. My dad was the master when it came to that. We have so many stories of amazing adventures that he and my mom took us on. Looking back I really don’t know how they did it but it seemed like we were always traveling and learning something through our trips. Sometimes it didn’t even matter where we were going, it was all about the fun we had on the journey and the mishaps, highs, and lows along the way.
I can’t imagine topping the trips our family took growing up, but I sure want to try. It’s something I appreciate and will carry with me and I hope to pass that on with Jim and the boys. So for some people it might sound a little odd (and maybe pathetic) that we’ve been planning our vacation for about 4 months now! The funny thing is, the 4 months hasn’t been focused on one place, it’s because we’ve changed our minds about 5 times as to what to do! At first we thought we would take the boys to Hershey, PA and then Gettysburg for Independence Day. On the way out there we could stop in Amish country and have a horse and buggy ride and get a tour of a farm (every kid should see how a working farm operates)! We nixed that eventually (I can’t even remember why now) but thought we might take a “couple’s trip” instead. I am turning 30 this year so Jim thought we should go, just the two of us, to Asheville, NC and stay at the Biltmore. That was short-lived though because we can’t leave the boys out, it just wouldn’t feel right! We’ve tossed around everything from Myrtle Beach to Disney and either the timing isn’t right, or the money isn’t there (Lol)! So now we are back to the drawing board. We have a running list of summer activities, local places, and events we want to attend and even if we accomplish a quarter of that list, it will still be plenty o’ fun. There are some great things to do in Ohio (and many of them free). With the kids still being pretty young, maybe that is our best bet for now. Maybe I need to call my dad and see what he suggests!:)