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The Sweet Relief of A Childless Vacation

Boy, have we been waiting for this. About 11 years ago, my wife and I went on our honeymoon to Vail, Colorado. To put it nicely, our honeymoon kind of sucked.

We spent it in an overly priced town with little or nothing to do, all the while adjusting to the little quirks that neither of us were expecting to encounter. Several months later after we had learned to adjust to each other, at least thought we had learned to adjust to each other, my wife suggested that we go on a second honeymoon. I told her we were too young and that we’d go as soon as I was out of school.

This was that a dumb decision.

How would I know that I’d be in school for another 8 years? How was I supposed to know that once I was out of school with a big boy’s job I would be spending the first few years wallowing recovering from the sting of student loan payments? I didn’t think about the kids factor either. I always expected to live in Utah where my parents would be readily available for childcare drop-off.

So here we are 11 years later: 1 near divorce and 2 rambunctious kids later that is. (And one of whom was born a Hoosier!) We’re ready to go on our first no-kids-allowed-just-mom-and-dad-husband-and-wife-two-best-friends vacation. Not just any vacation either:  a cruise vacation and we leave today.

I’ve been kind of surprised by the reactions from my friends. Well, let’s be honest, my co-employees. While they’re all excited that I am finally getting to go on a vacation, several of them kind of cringed when they heard we were going on a cruise instead of staying on some beach at a resort. Only one employee was really envious of the cruise aspect of the vacation and that was more to see how much weight he could gain on a cruise.

I get why a cruise might not be for everyone, but it seems to be the absolute perfect thing for me and Casey. It’s a relatively stress free weekend where all the planning is done for us and food is provided right there at all times of the day. What that means to me is that I get to spend 7 full days without worrying about finding a parking spot, getting gas, running to the grocery store, finding a hotel, etc., etc., etc.

And those 7 full days going to be spent with the one lady whom I love more than any other lady.

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