Friday, January 13, 2012

Family Vacation and Bonding Time…Finally

We took the kids to southern Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Charlottesville) during the Winter Break and though we had taken them on trips before, this was the first we took where it wasn’t a HUGE ordeal.

Nadia is out of diapers. The kids are old enough to appreciate and interact with things and don’t need CONSTANT attention.

It’s work. A lot of it. Most of it falls on the NFO, but still, a different level.

Our first night took us to the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. We had heard great things. We were optimistic.

Unfortunately, in the NFO’s mind and mine, it didn’t quite live up to expectations (no need to vent here). Still, the kids had a great time, but what was really special was the unexpected moments of bonding that occurred.

The two older ones could go on almost all the rides (it’s an indoor water park) and I found that while we were waiting in line, we had some nice chats about life, time optimization strategies, whatever was on our minds. We were just TOGETHER and that was great.

I found this to be the case in the morning and the evening as well.

Since we were all staying in the same room, the NFO and I went to bed earlier, but we had a chance to just relax/snuggle with the kids before they went to sleep and when they woke up…reading, watching videos on the iPad, whatever.

My friend, Jeff, says, “it’s not about Quality Time…It’s just about TIME.”

And he’s right.

blog comments powered by Disqus
View Comments