What a whirlwind the last two weeks have been for me! We hosted two graduation parties (high school and college), slipped in a last-hurrah, 8-day family vacation before school starts back up, and then took the weekend to move my second youngest to school for her first year at college.
Considering my second child is planning to graduate from college and move to Japan (if coronavirus cooperates) in December, it was strange to think that this trip very well might be the last one we take with just the six of us as a family. So, I am very grateful that we were able to align all our schedules so we could go together.
The trip has made me reminisce about all the fun family vacations we have had over the years. It’s easy to slip into that nostalgia! But, I am also reminding myself of all the challenges we have had traveling as a family, as well. There are just so many more people to satisfy and so much more to coordinate.
So, my husband and I are planning another vacation in a few months for our anniversary—just the two of us. And, I am almost giddy thinking about the freedom of just the two of us doing exactly what we want to do with no responsibilities!
And who knows what the future holds. Maybe we will be taking vacations with our kids and their spouses in the future where they will be the ones in charge of the temper tantrums and we will be the ones in charge of spoiling!
The launching years are such a balance between savoring the memories and embracing the future!
𝐼𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑎𝑢𝑛𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑎 𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑖𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑝 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑗𝑜𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑒, 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐽𝑢𝑚𝑝𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝐽𝑜𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐺𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑒-𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑝 𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑤𝑤.𝑙𝑎𝑢𝑛𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑏𝑒𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑑.𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑐𝑜𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔.𝑐𝑜𝑚.