When I was a kid, I always pestered my parents to take us to Florida. Growing up in Canada, vacations in the south were a treat. My family was a skiing family, though, so our holidays were always spent in cold climates. I would see my classmates return from Florida with golden tans and stories about Disney, and I’d be so jealous.
As an adult, I’ve taken many amazing tropical vacations. I’ve been to Australia, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Jamaica. But one place I’ve still never been is Florida. And it turns out my husband is the only other Canadian who hasn’t been there.
So, when we were offered the opportunity to use our friends’ Florida condo for free, we jumped at the chance. What better way to end my maternity leave than escaping winter for a week of fun with my boys?
We’ve (sadly) decided to forego Disney this time around. The cost is something that we just couldn’t stomach after me not working for so long. Plus, Bo still needs his naps so we didn’t think we’d really get our money’s worth. It’s still something I really want to do in the future.
Instead, we’ll spend time on the beach and in the pool, or do some day trips. Of course, I will hit up the outlet mall, although I probably won’t be buying much given the value of the Canadian dollar these days. I will definitely visit Target, though, since we won’t be able to do that here anymore!
Mainly, I’m just excited for some time together as a family. Life has been so busy and I know it’s going to get even worse in the coming weeks. Oh, and I’m excited to get away from all this snow!