It’s that time again — time for Casey and me to head out on a trip together without our kids. It seems like these little trips are getting to be more and more frequent, but I think it’s just making up for lost time.
We spent the first ten years of our marriage not going on any trips together. I think over our first ten years of marriage we may have gone on two trips without our kids. One of those trips was our honeymoon and it was spent in Vail, Colorado. By the way, Vail, Colorado is not a great place for a young newly wedded couple to have a honeymoon— too pricey. The other trip was spent driving from Rochester, New York to Indianapolis, Indiana as we scouted various law schools on the eastern half of the United States — not exactly prime vacation time if you ask me.
Since I’ve been done with law school, Casey and I have had the opportunity to head out on a cruise to the Caribbean and we had a nice trip to New York City. This week we’ll both be heading to Cancun, Mexico for a little relaxation.
Casey was invited to go to Mexico part of her job as a blogger, and she then invited me to tag along and hangout with her in Mexico. I was pretty excited when she called to tell me about the trip and it seemed like it was only fair for her to let me tag along since I had to stay home while Casey and Addie went on their little Disney Cruise last year.
There was only one problem, well two problems, with our planned adventure to Mexico — we have two kids and no family anywhere nearby to watch those kids while we traverse around in a foreign country.
Finding an overnight babysitter for Addie back when she was 3- and 4-years-old was cake. That was the perfect age for leaving kids with friends because kids at that age start to kind of watch themselves, and they don’t have to go to school yet.
This time the ages of our kids weren’t ideal. Addie is 8-years-old, and she can’t afford to miss anymore school — missing a week of school to go on a Disney Cruise and missing two more days for an upcoming wedding will do that. Vivi is not quite 2-years-old yet, so she requires quite a bit of attention.
What that ultimately meant was that it was going to be nearly impossible to find someone who could watch both girls at the same time. And that’s exactly what ended up happening. We found a family close to where we lived who could watch Addie so that she wouldn’t miss any school, and we found another family that lives in another town that was able to take Vivi in while we’re gone.
Finding two families that were able to help us out proved to be pretty difficult. Several of our plans fell through as other families that had volunteered could no longer volunteer. The planning, which, to be honest was mostly done by Casey, has made preparing for this trip pretty stressful.
But even though planning the trip was stressful, realizing that Vivi is only a year away from turning 3, that magic age for kids to be watched by other families, has caused me a pang of sadness. My littlest girl is growing up, and I’m going to miss these toddler years.
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