Mike and I always dreamed of being parents, and once our boys came along we devoted our lives to them because that’s what having a family meant to us. While other parents were out partying on the weekends and dumping their kids with babysitters, we were at home spending quality time with ours. We read to them, played catch outside, snuggled in bed on Saturday mornings, and whenever we could we planned little family vacations.
We never had the money to take expensive trips, but over many summers we took camping trips, rock hunting expeditions, visits to Niagara Falls to see the famous falls and Marineland, Sudbury to see the Big Nickel Mine and Science North, and Toronto to explore the Royal Ontario Museum and the Canadian National Exhibition. We even managed a great trip to Florida one year after Christmas, and two years ago we visited my parents where they were wintering in South Carolina. Each trip, whether large or small, created amazing memories for all of us that we will never forget.
However, the boys are pretty much grown now and are starting to build lives of there own, and as a result Mike and I are entering a new stage in our lives which leaves me with mixed feelings. The opportunity has arisen again for us to visit my parents in South Carolina over March Break, but Bryan is away at college and Daniel would much rather stay home and play video games because let’s face it, he’s a teenage boy. So, even though it won’t be the same without the whole family together for a vacation, I am really excited because this will be the first time that Mike and I have ever gone away by ourselves. It’s hard to believe really, but we will be making plans based on what we want to do and not what might be fun for the boys. I know I will worry like crazy while we are away because I am a mother, but I am also going to enjoy spending time alone with my best friend like we did when me met so many years ago. It has been a long time!!
Here is a photo I took in March, 2011 on the beach at Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Isn’t it beautiful there? Oh, I can hear the ocean calling already :).