This is not a post where I tell you how we manage to take our seven kids on a family vacation each year that is affordable, fun for all ages, and relaxing for the parental unit. Nope. This is a post that where I seriously consider how to make a family vacation like that happen.
|Me, every other day lately.|
So here's our deal...my family all lives around us. Some very close (hello parents who live downstairs!), two sisters 15 minutes away, a sister and a brother an hour away, and one brother who is about 2.5 hours away. I am so lucky that they are closeby even though life gets busy and we don't see each other as often as we should.
Phil's parents, and all of his siblings, live far away from us, but within an hour or so of each other (except one sister who is currently living in Texas). So most of the time, when we have a week off, we end up going down to where Phil's family lives. It's about an 8 hour drive, our kids get to hang with all their cousins on that side of the family, and we can catch up with family and friends who live nearby. Our visits to Phil's side of the family have become our "family vacations" because we want to see everyone (and I think they want to see us!) and our kids love going.
|I'm with ya, buddy.|
Yet, every once in a while, I dream of having a true family vacation. You know, one where you plan and save and go somewhere warm when it's cold at home, or somewhere with lots of family activities so everyone is satisfied. But this just doesn't look like it will be reality for us anytime soon or possibly ever?!? Activities that I would love to do with the big kids (like skiing) are too difficult for the little kids to keep up with, and anything that makes the little ones happy (like a kiddie pool) are boring for the older kids. I know Phil and I could split up and do separate trips with different age groups, but then the parents are not having a fun vacation. It's supposed to be a FAMILY vacation.
|Forced family fun time :)|
I'm not trying to get pity here, I wouldn't trade my family for the world, but I am trying to get advice. So what's a good family vacation idea or a specific location for a family with a wide spread of ages (almost age 15 down to 1) that won't break the bank or cause us to get on a plane (we live in the Northeast)? Does it even exist? Should I be postponing vacations until the littles are older (but then the bigs will be in college?). How do big families handle this? Help a mutha out! Thanks :)