I’ve always loved to travel. A brief escape from the “every day” life is nice; it’s not always possible, but it’s nice. I haven’t been on many trips in my life – I remember going to Canada a couple of times with my parents to visit friends there, spent spring break my freshman year of high school in Washington DC as part of our band program who was invited to play on the steps of the Capitol and I’ve done several day trips to places like Six Flags, Cedar Point, Michigan’s Adventure and the Detroit Zoo. Once we had Corbin, we started looking for nice places to start a tradition with our family and go on vacation. My hubby had visited Myrtle Beach several times so that was an option. We settled on Charleston, SC as our destination that year. We loved the sun, sand and atmosphere within the city. So much in fact that hubby started looking for jobs in the area and we were considering a move. Before long, one of those resumes paid off and we were moving across the country.
Since we’ve moved to the South, our trips have changed a little bit. I’ve always wanted to take my kids to Walt Disney World and we live relatively close to the Jacksonville Zoo. Disney was the first trip we took after we moved and I instantly fell in love with the parks. Now each year when we look over the calendar and see where vacations fall into the mix, our thoughts always go to Disney and what’s happening throughout the year. One trip from growing up has stuck with me and I’ve told hubby, even before we moved to the South, that I really wanted to go back to
. I love the hustle and bustle of the city, the endless list of things to check out and the fact that you can learn something new or be in such a historical, important place. It’s always been in the back of my mind to take the kids up there but I’ve always told myself we’ll do it “when they’re older” and I wanted them to understand what they were seeing and experiencing. That’s when I thought about a common excuse for people who don’t take their kids to Disney right away – they won’t “get it” because they’re “too young”. Right then and there I knew that I was going to take the kids to DC when I darn well wanted to and they would pick up knowledge along the way at an appropriate level for them because I totally believe that a kid’s never to young to go to Disney ever (heck I tell people to take their kids before they turn three so you don’t have to buy them a ticket!!). Washington DC
DC, or any other vacation destination other than to visit family back home, hasn’t really made it on our calendar and that’s mainly my fault. I look at the cost to travel other places and immediately compare it with what I would get for the same amount if I were at Disney or what the trip to Disney would cost for the same timeframe. Right or wrong, that’s what I do. Disney almost always wins out because I know I can get a great deal on a place to stay and our annual passes help to keep the cost per trip down.
Another thing that keeps me from going somewhere else is the fear that I will love it as much as Disney or (gasp) more. I can’t envision my family spending a long weekend somewhere that won’t include Mickey, Minnie and the gang, a monorail ride and that ultimate sense of relief when I pass under that gate. I’ve been trying to expand our traveling horizons and show the kids that there is a world out there aside from Disney (I know some of you wondering why I would ever do that) and make sure they have the childhood I didn’t have and get to experience a huge variety of things.
With my hubby’s position, he’s required to attend different trainings and take different classes throughout the year. Some of these classes are held locally and some not so local. About once a year, he travels to Emmitsburg, MD to attend a class at the National Fire Academy. This year he’s attending a two week course at the end of August and that’s when my plan started coming together. Hubby had mentioned the dates for the class a couple of times but I hadn’t really paid close attention. I thought August was still far off in the distance…well time flies when you’re having fun and it’s right around the corner! Since I wanted to go visit DC, I looked at when the class was to see if there was any way I could take the kids up and surprise him. It turns out his class ends on Labor Day weekend. Perfect timing!
So now I’m in the process of planning this adventure for my amazing kiddos to see “Mr. President Obama’s houses” (that’s how Corbin refers to him J). Believe it or not, they’re pretty excited about the trip and I am too.