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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Travels


I love to travel. To get away from the daily grind, to visit new places, see new things, taste new foods. 

Highlights of adult travel without children:

·         beauty of Venice and a mouth watering seafood lasagna that I still talk about 15 years later
·         last minute decision to buy Broadway tickets and seeing Avenue Q in New York City
·         walking up and down hills in San Francisco
·         cheesiness of wearing Maid in the Mist ponchos in the middle of Niagara Falls
·         walking through the streets of Paris with my boyfriend (now my husband)
·         outlet shopping!
·         partying with friends at Tao in Las Vegas
·         food, food, food


Some people travel with their kids when they are just months old, but for me, that is way more work than it’s worth. We finally decided to go on trips when each daughter was just under two years old (to take advantage of the free airfare before they turn two.) Highlights of travel with toddlers:

·         lugging car seats, strollers, two children, carry on bags, and two suitcases
·         sitting in the car for an hour because toddler fell asleep and needed her nap
·         looking for food kiosks at Disneyland that serve rice, because that is all toddler will eat
·         grumpy toddler kicking my dinner (plate of pasta) to the floor
·         washroom and diaper changes at the most inconvenient times
·         early nights, which meant having a late night snack in the dark once the babes were sleeping, either eating near or in the washroom of our hotel room


Well. Clearly travelling sans kids is more fun. But…we have made so many new family memories: 

·         waiting in line for hours to catch a glimpse of the new baby panda at the San Diego Zoo
·         checking out the opening of Heartlake City at Legoland
·         watching the sun set at the beach and burying our feet in the warm sand
·         chasing Pluto at Disneyland to get his autograph 
·         sharing a Disneyland turkey drumstick like a real Neanderthal family would
·         riding the Ariel ride for the tenth time 
·         watching my little princesses’ eyes light up when they met all the princesses at Disneyland

We’ve only had one trip without the kids, and that was to go to a wedding in Calgary (we live in Edmonton) which is not even three hours south. It was overnight, and we missed the girls so much that we went back home right after breakfast. If the girls are not with us, they are all we think about and talk about. While there is a part of me that would love to go travel without the girls, the bigger part of me would much rather travel with my family unit. Even if the kids drive me crazy.

Looking forward to our next trip!

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