Friday, February 16, 2007

Dreaming of Vacation

Our family is not a vacation family. Every February for the past 5 years I have said the same thing: maybe next February we'll go someplace warm. I now say it again. February is a long short month.

Our family's making a choice right now- you know, investing in the family and all of that. It's good and it's where we want to be. Really. Money's tight but we are doing what we need to to make this work. It usually works for us.

Except sometimes I want to go on vacation. Our last vacation as a family was 4 and a half years ago. We went to the White Mountains in New Hampshire for a week and spent a couple of days playing in the most amazing rocky river ever. It was so lovely. Relaxing and full of each other.

When I was a kid we spent 2 weeks a summer on a little pond in Eastham, MA (on Cape Cod). We'd have long days at the ocean and even longer days never leaving the water of the pond. Those 2 weeks were like 2 months. My mom might say otherwise. She and my Dad were the ones dealing with the operational side of the vacation. But as kids, it was pure heaven.

Over the past few summers we have had a good number of days playing in the surf on the coast of Maine and lounging on the shores of some really breathtaking lakes. Those are like mini vacations.

Today I am longing for days spent together in vacation mode. I wonder what we can do on a dime to get that feeling now. All of my vacation memories have to do with water and time. We are going to make some more of that happen in 2007. We are.

We are... and next February, we're headed someplace warm- even for a few days.


jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

All of your posts make me miss the Maine/NH area. We were in Kittery for 3 years and I loved it, but home is where the Marines send you, so we had to leave. I can't wait to get back.

WannaBe5Ker said...

I hope you get to go away. Money stuff is hard, but even 2 nights away somewhere could cement memories for your kids to last a lifetime:-)

PS--My SIL LOVES the mountains of NH, you're now the second person that has mentioned how super they are!


Chantal said...

psrhWe usually head down to Florida in February. Last year we couldn't because we had to buy a new vehicle. This year, we're going away alone to the Dominican Republic, but not till May. Still, we felt it too decadent to pay for two trips.

Being a grown up and making grown up decisions really sucks sometimes.

knowhimwell said...

We've been married for almost 13 years and have never really had a vacation. We've gone a place or two for just a day. When we had no money and no kids we would go camping. Ugh! My husband loves it.

It seems even before kids, there was always something else that needed our money more. Now that we have two little ones, it really makes it hard to get away. My parents live on the coast of NC and I keep saying that one day we're going to drive out there and just drop the kids off for a few days and visit the Outer Banks. That would be lovely!

Thrifty Mommy