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Cali Living by CBHine -- Family vacations?

Posted Thursday, January 31, 2008, at 7:36 AM

If you are still able to take your children on family vacations then you are very lucky. Our last family vacation was spring break of 2004. We took the kids on a 7-day cruise and, now thinking back on it, it must have worked since they were able to come and go without much interaction with Mom or Dad. We met each night for dinner, then other than passing on the ship, we rarely saw them. Cruises are great for families, but I'm here to tell you "stuff still happens" but as parent we just might not know about it!

Each year after 2004, we have not been able to convince our children to vacation with us. They on the other hand have been going with other friends and families on some pretty extravagant vacations. (Several of which I would like to have been the friend tagging along too).

This year is no exception. My husband and I will be going to Cabo San Lucas for spring break; Susannah will be traveling to the eastern Caribbean Islands, and David ..Well his agenda is not set in stone yet. At 19-years-old, Cabo is only appealing if we (mom and dad) aren't going!!

I have the most wonderful memories of vacations when the kids were NOT teens! Those were the days, problems were easily solved, and it was easy to keep them entertained and happy (not to mention they fell asleep early). But life moves on quickly and those days are gone forever, or at least until they discover that we are really "worth hanging out with again."

Honestly, my kids are doing exactly what I did when I was their age. Seems like my last attendance on a family vacation with Harry, Joan and Jeff was when I was 15-years-old. At around 35 they began to look like good companions again!!!! Ha! I guess what go's around comes around.

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Vacations when I was growing up were always a FAMILY affair. Every other year we would be packed into the station wagon and head to Arkansas and Kentucky. We never just drove straight through. One year we went via Yellow Stone Park, the next year it might be the Grand Canyon, or Pikes Peak. I treasure those memories. When I had my children at home there were no real vacations. I regret that my kids have never seen Pikes Peak or Yellow Stone. I did manage to get them to the Grand Canyon for a quick stop.

Never been on a cruise, don't know if I would enjoy that, I am a "road trip" person. But, then I spent everyother year of my childhood on RT 66!! (there was no I40)

-- Posted by myheart on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 9:53 AM

Vacation, must be nice! You all have fun now!

-- Posted by rddogoli on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 7:41 AM

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