I think I love planning our annual family vacations as much as I enjoy the experience. In 2013, we took our first family / anniversary cruise on the Norwegian Dawn and had an absolute blast. It was the best bang for our buck and we got to visit Roatan – Honduras, Belize City, Costa Maya, and Cozumel.
2014 found us at Disney World and was truly magical. We did all four parks (Magic Kingdom twice) and Downtown Disney over eight days. For the DH, we upgraded to the Deluxe Meal Plan and were able to book all.the.character meals! We got sick on the tail end and missed out on just one *must do* meal, but what fun! We can’t wait to go back!
I was especially pleased to have Stinky and Blinky’s silhouettes made in Downtown Disney. The DH and I had one made of ourselves when I was pregnant with Stinky seven years prior. Seriously, how cute is this?!?
Later this year, we’re cruising with Norwegian again to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, Ocho Rios, George Town, and Cozumel (again). Maybe this time we’ll make it to Chitzen Itza since the kids will be older and more able to handle the trek.
Because there were so many things in Orlando that we wanted to see, but didn’t because there just wasn’t enough time, we’re going back next year to visit Sea World, Universal Studios, and Lego Land.
But what I’m most excited about is planning a 2017 Alaskan Cruise!!!
Why the excitement? We live very hectic lives. I firmly believe in children having extra-curricular activities to help keep them balanced. As such, our typical school year is a blur of school and work, church, homework, cub scouts, ballet, gymnastics, tennis, baseball, soccer, and basketball. Since there are no grandparents for thousands of miles, the DH and I manage Stinky and Blinky by ourselves. This is no easy feat. Therefore, our family vacations provide an opportunity for us to relax and just enjoy each other. We experience fun, new things together and create memories that will last a lifetime. So yes, I am one of those crazy mamas that plan too far in advance but the reward is so worth it.
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