2012 Family Trip

Gosh....I'm so sad.  Not because anything bad has happened to us.  Thankfully.  I'm sad because we aren't going on our yearly (as in 12 years in a row) trip from July 5th through the 12th.  So vain.  I admit.  That's been "our dates" for our trips every.single.year.  Sadly, not this year.  Big sad face.  You see.....that time frame has some of the most important dates to us.

Trip Time Frame:
* July 5th - we leave on trip
* July 6th - we celebrate Jer's Birthday
* July 7th - we have fun
* July 8th - we celebrate our Wedding Anniversary
* July 9th - we have fun
* July 10th - we have more fun
* July - 11th - we celebrate My Birthday
* July 12th - we head home

See.  We celebrate our birthday's and anniversary all in one big trip!  It works out perfectly.  That way we are always "somewhere" for our birthdays and anniversary.  So there's no chore of deciding what to do for each event.  Our trip is our plan and our gift.

Until this year.  This year, instead of going somewhere for our birthdays, we decided we would go on a trip for Boston's birthday.  I know, such thoughtful parents.  ;)  So that's what we've done.  We booked our trip for September 30th - October 4th.  And his birthday is October 2nd.  Since our usual trips are 8 days & 7 nights, we figured 5 days & 4 nights this year was enough with our mobile little guy in tow.

Last year, we went on our trip to San Francisco and took Boston with us when he was only 9 months old and it was great (oh and I STILL plan on posting about this trip, real real soon! almost a year later).  Taking him with us is something that we plan to do, always.  Like I talked about in this post (he better get ready to be a travelin' fool man).  This year, he's walking and all over the place and is likely to be a little more difficult.  Which should be fun.  :)

Anyway, where are we taking Boston for his 2nd birthday you ask?  Well, we almost (as in almost clicked purchase) booked our trip to Playa Mujeres, Mexico.  But because we really don't like going to the same place (since there's so many other pretty/cool places to see in the world, and we only have so many years to see them in) we decided to go somewhere we'd never been before AND decided to stay in the US.

We chose Pensacola, Florida!  *Destin was all booked (the nicer hotels, at least)*

We wanted beach.  We wanted a US beach.  We wanted white sand beaches with swimable waters.  We wanted something not too expensive.  We wanted nice hotel.  And we wanted a fairly short flight.  We got all of those things in this one trip!  We were sold.

I'm so excited to see Bos in the ocean, playing, building sand castles, getting sandy, burrying him in the sand and swimming in the ocean with us.  Nothing will give me more pleasure than all of these.  5 more months, not sure if I can handle it.  Oy!

Next year, well, we will be back to our regular scheduled trips.  And I'm thinking Bahamas!  Boston would love the Atlantis resort and all it has to offer.  By then he will be almost 3 years old.  We are taking applications for another family to join us next year.  Kidding.  But, we are up for going on a trip with friends or family or even new blogger friends (like a blacation, perhaps)!  :)


His Little Lady said...

aw, you guys are such thoughtful parents! adore!
and that is so amazing that so many wonderful things are so close together to celebrate!
xo TJ

THE COOK'S said...

Thanks, love!!! :)) yes, we love it. :) one trip a year is perfect to celebrate those special dates is perfect for us!

Josie said...

Stopping by from thee network blog hop & am her newest follower! looks like you all are going to have a great vacation!

Big K Fam said...

I'm your newest follower from the blog hop! =) I'm a texan momma/blogger too! Your little man is TOO cute! I love the pics with him and his sunglasses. Y'all will love Pensacola. We normally go there on vacation, but this year we're going just south of Destin =) Have fun!!

Viv @ bigkfam.blogspot.com

Ashlynn said...

I love a blog hop! Newest follower here :) I love your blog and your sweet baby's name! I haven't linked up to the hop yet, but hope to tomorrow. Have a great time at the beach!

Jenny said...

Beach vacations are the best and I love Florida! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop...I am your newest follower! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
Modern Modest Beauty

KERRY said...

Haha I like your sense of humour, taking applications for fellow travellers!
Hi, I am popping over from the blog hop and I am now following :)
We love to travel too and have always taken our kids along. I love family holidays!
Your trip sounds so fun and relaxing, 5 mths will fly by!
Nice to meet you!!

THE COOK'S said...

yay! glad you stopped by and became a new follower! heading over to your blog, now. :))

THE COOK'S said...

awesome!! thanks for becoming a new follower! love these blog hops! can't wait to see what part of Texas you're from. about to head over to follow your blog! :))

haha. thanks. him and his sunglasses cracks me up, too. :)

ohhhh cool. i hear destin is so pretty. can't wait!

THE COOK'S said...

love this blog hop thing! yay for being a new follower. I'll be heading over to your blog too! aw, thanks. we get many compliments on his name. :)

THE COOK'S said...

oh for sure....we love beachy/relaxing vacations! thanks for becoming a new follower!!! :) I'll be following you back!

THE COOK'S said...

yay for being a new follower! thanks! we live for vacations!!! :) i think you're right - these next 5 months will FLY! :))

Daphne Michaels said...

It’s nice that you do allow your child to travel with you, Jennifer. Travelling allows you to discover different people, places, cultures, and natural wonders you never would have discovered if you just stayed put. These experiences allow you to grow more as a person. And good point, it’s important to have almost everything that you want in a trip in one location, so you won’t feel shortchanged.

Daphne Michaels

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