To be honest, when we raised our kids there usually wasn’t much extra money to spend, never mind planning for a family vacation. It was for this reason I decided to take up a side job and teach voice lessons, specifically saving for family vacations. The kids and I decorated a dog treat jar with family photos to inspire us to scrimp and save for a get away. Hint: If you put this jar in the laundry room, you’ll collect quite a few dollars and coins from pockets. Just sayin’. 😉
After giving lessons for half a year and the boys putting in coins they found, we had saved up enough to take our family to Virginia Beach for 3 days.
2003 was our first year going on a family vacation and we did the unthinkable. We paid full price for a hotel room on the boardwalk. (Since then, we’ve learned to rent homes near by for a fraction of the cost.) The kids learned all about budgets that year, understanding that we only had so much money to spend. All the while, we built sand castles, body surfed, ate Doughboys pizza and Kohr Brothers ice cream. Oh yes, we toured a battleship too. One day it was too windy to get in the water, so Shawn suggested we visit a specialty kite shop and buy stunt kites. At first the thought of kites didn’t go over very well, but once they saw how it dipped and turned the boys were tugging at the strings for their turn. They willingly played “dodge the kite” as the controller zoomed the buzzing glider overhead. Haha Now that I think about it, I’m glad no one got hurt.
I believe it was the beginning of a wonderful time in our lives. Time away. Just the 4 of us.