Friday, January 25, 2013

Vacation Mode

Big happy family!

I haven't talked about it too much, but we leave tomorrow for vacation.  We are heading south & stopping in Alabama to visit my dear friend Susan and her family.  Yes, it's slightly out of the way.  Yes, she/they are totally worth it!  I've never even been to Alabama before.  Yay!  I was thinking I should get out of the car in each state and run a mile or so.  Just for fun.  Cause that's how I roll.  Then we are heading over and down to Orlando, Florida.  Jim & I took our honeymoon there 18 years ago & we've never been back since then.  That means none of our kids have ever been to Florida either.

We used to take a big vacation every single year.  Back when the kids were little and not in so many activities.  We went all over the United States.  Always driving.  Without intending it we stopped and haven't had a big trip in 5 years.  Mind you, we do go to IRBC every summer and that is a vacation as well, but it's a completely different kind of vacation.

We have 2 reasons for this trip.  First, it's our last big sha'bang before our oldest turns 18 later in the year.  We don't expect her to take off and go anywhere right away.  As she ventures into adulthood, we don't know what life will bring her.  There are never any guarantees.  Before she can escape the clutches of her parents spread her wings and go we want one last big family vacation.  We are also going down because that same daughter (along with her high school squad) is competing at the National Dance Championship being held at Disney and broadcast on ESPN 2.  It's a pretty big deal.

We are all beyond excited to be going on this trip!  I still plan to run every single day.  I plan to scale back the miles.  We'll see when we get there though.  I'm not gonna lie, running in much warmer temps is going to feel awesome!!  I don't plan to blog per say, but that's not to say I won't jump on here and give you all an update.  We do plan to have some down time.  Much needed down time and quality family time making such lasting memories.  I'll be sure to update when I get back!

That's more like it!


  1. I'll wave to ya, cause you'll pass through TN!! Have a ton of fun and enjoy your time.

    LOVE the family photo ;)

  2. Hope you guys had a great stop in Alabama! That's where I live.