It was a given that we would have to give up some things when I became a stay at home mom. Eventually I will give up Anthropologie, but for now we’ve pretty given up going on vacations.
This is rough for us. Jed and I lived for vacations. We met in Thailand, married in Scotland and traveled the world together before Eloise was born. Once Eloise arrived and even Esther first arrived we were able to go on some nice holidays.
(We miss you Grammy and Papa – thank you for the surprise visit!)
Until I quit my job.
I love being home. But we miss vacations. We’ve pretty much told the girls they will never go to Disney unless I go back to work, but then I would not be home for them. They actually pondered that for a few moments and chose ME over Cinderella. I’m truly touched.
Although Eloise said that maybe I should go back to work for just a year or two so then she can FINALLY go to Paris. I mean she is nine now and has never been. As if.
So instead of taking the kids on a Winter vacation I spent $30 at Target and bought board games. So far they seem happy. And I’m home to play with them. Win/win.
One day during our Winter break I said “hey I have a great idea – why don’t we each share where we would go on vacation if we could go anywhere in the whole world – anywhere, and then tell each other what we would do on that vacation and then maybe make a picture of yourself on that vacation – you know like in place of a photograph.”
Eloise said Paris of course and talked about how I would show her the whole city and we would go to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower and go to really nice restaurants and go shoe shopping. I died and cried and then hugged her and told her that she was my favorite child. She drew and then painted a beautiful masterpiece of Paris.
Esther said she wanted to go to New Jersey.
Really, I asked, anywhere in the whole world you want to go to New Jersey? Not Australia or Brazil or Africa or China? New Jersey – why New Jersey?
And Esther said it was because there were more Jewish people there and she wanted to fly out there and celebrate Kwanzaa with them.
So she still hasn’t produced the artwork about this particular vacation but I’m thinking next December – New Jersey here we come to help that state start some new traditions!
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?