Travels with Children

The adventures I embark upon with my four young children.

The Adventure That Wasn’t

Because our summer schedule is shaping up to be quite hectic, and it’s hard for my husband to get away in the summer as it is, we seriously considered taking our “summer” vacation during the kids’ 6-day Easter break.  I had put quite a bit of time and planning into it, even making motel reservations, before we decided against the trip.

Here’s what it would have looked like:

Six-day trip to Saint Louis

Do you think that would have kept us busy for four days?  Many of the attractions were open on Easter Sunday, which might have been a nice, quiet time to visit while others spent the day with their families.

When it came down to it, we decided against the trip for the following reasons:

  • Work.  My husband says he has to do some once in a while, and going into the busy season, this wasn’t a good time to get away.
  • Family.  We would have missed being away from our own extended families for Easter.
  • Money.  Even though we had money budgeted for a vacation this year, and our trip would have been relatively inexpensive, it was still a substantial cost.
  • Family sanity.  Our kids really travel well in the car for the most part, but those would have been two very long driving days for both us and the kids.

Maybe we’ll be able to sneak away unexpectedly this summer, or maybe we’ll save our summer vacation for sometime next winter.  Still, it was fun to make some plans, see if I could find a hotel room, and meet our vacation budget even if we ultimately didn’t get to go.


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