At the beginning of the year, my husband had to go to Virginia to attend a military school. He went last year, and I really missed out on a lot of experiences with him, so this year I asked if we could join him. Sending the whole family out for several months during school wouldn't be practical. We decided to fly the children and I out for his graduation. We figured we could take the children to D.C. and have a lot of really cool experiences. I have ALWAYS wanted to see the Smithsonian museums. I couldn't be more excited about the whole thing. We also decided to keep it a secret until the day we flew.
Most of the plans worked.
We told the children about the trip the day before we left, so that we could pack together. We flew out there without any issues. It was most of the children's first time on a plane! We were able to upgrade my husband's hotel room so that there was enough space for us. What made it really special was that my husband's sister and her family were able to come down for his graduation. They are a really fun family to be around, and I can't even tell you how SUPER excited the children were about having some cousin time. You know how every family has that one really fun couple that are totally creative and everyone wants to be around them? That's not us, that's them. It was so good to be with family. I wish so often that we could live closer. What made it EVEN MORE SPECIAL was that my Beloved's parents flew in as well. I don't know how it works in your family, but having parents present to say we are proud of you and we love you means the world to my husband. It was a surprise that meant more than we could ever explain. We had a family reunion, graduation, and family vacation all in one weekend! It was truly amazing.
We were able to spend time in several of the museums, walk the museum mile, and even spend some time in Williamsburg.
We even got to stop for a quick break to see our favorite TV stars!
If we wouldn't have taken the moment to dare to ask each other if we could pull it all off, we would have missed out on so many amazing memory making experiences. We would never have walked the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We wouldn't have stared in awe at the amazing sights in the Air and Space Museum.
We wouldn't have been able to visit the memorial walls and honor the fallen. We had so many once in a lifetime experiences, I am so glad we were both bold enough to dream. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in the schedules, budgets, and time constraints. If we don't boldly run towards those new experiences and make those memories, we will have regrets.
I don't EVER want to live with regrets.
Please, dear readers, don't miss out on those opportunities with your children. Big or little, it is worth it to make time to give them those memories. It is worth it. It is beautiful