We’re gearing up for a few weeks of travel and the girls are excitedly counting down the days. I love how both of them have already been on airplanes more times than I have all throughout my childhood and early college years. But I really believe in the philosophy, “Buy new experiences, not things”. Think about it, it’s true. What will the girls remember years from now when they’re adults? That new American Girl Doll? Or a family vacation? So I did something quite uncharacteristic for us a few weeks ago. I booked a vacation that I’ve been wanting to do for years that was quite impulsive, but a deal and an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. It also means pulling the kids out of school for 3 days which might not sound like a big deal, but the girls are getting to the age where attendance really counts. Mia didn’t miss a day of school this past year so it’s not something I take likely, but 3rd grade is the last year that we can do something like this. Her attendance and test scores in 4th is a big factor in middle school applications so we are not going ANYWHERE next school year and I might even consider giving the kids flu shots for the very first time (ha! I kid, but actually…I’m not kidding). So this is kind of a big deal for us.
But late last night I thought of a million reasons why this trip was a bad idea and I started to get anxious (typical, but what if the girls get teachers this year who really frown on pulling the kids out of school? Can we really afford this right now?), but this morning I woke up feeling ok again. I think some things in life don’t need rational reasons. Remember when I said this in a post earlier this year? – “I was thinking today while resting in bed that we really do need to live a little more. Being so responsible and so careful with our money really is so boring all the time. Instead of automatically thinking, no we can’t afford that, I’d like to think instead, how can we make that work?” Ok, so I have now resorted to quoting myself, but hey look! I’m actually trying to take my own advice!
So can we talk about luggage for a minute? Mark and I bought our set many many years ago, way before the kids were even a thought, and we spent a good deal on them too (for us at the time) thinking that we’d have it forever. But nobody could predict, of course, that someday you’d actually have to pay to have your luggage on board and that weight would be everything. Our luggage is heavy. It’s just not really practical anymore now that we have double the family members so I’m thinking we may need to buy something new. Does anyone have any opinions on hard suitcases like this one? What’s the advantage of a hard case? Seems like it’s not as expandable as a regular suitcase because you can’t “stuff” it beyond it’s capacity, but maybe that’s the point? Oh, and did you know that some suitcases have built in scales now?? And look at these crazy cases. Not really my aesthetic, but you can’t say they’re boring and they’d be easy to spot at baggage claim!