Monday, January 27, 2014

It's Like a Carnival Commercial.

Got a question for ya:


what's the best trip you've ever taken in the history of ever?  I really wanna know.


'Cause here's my thing--


I've mentioned it before, but I'm kind of the Grinch at Christmas time.  I hate hate getting stocking "fillers", or just "stuff".  Stuff so my kids just have "something" to open.  Plus I have to wrap it and I hate to wrap as bad as painting.

And we all know that's pretty big hatred.


So last year, I said to myself,

"Self--

let's do a family vacation instead of just 'stuff'."

And so we did.  And it was good.  All 26 of us boarded a plane and hopped on a cruise ship.


 Also, I only have like, 2, maybe 3, pictures of me that aren't photo bombed.


Anyway,

 now---

 
 
now I am totally hooked on not buying "stuff" anymore.
 
 
 
The wheels are spinning (and the hamster's dead) about Christmas for this year.  Its never too early, people!  What we could do instead of just getting "stuff"?  

 
So again, I ask:

 
 
What's the best trip you ever took?  And heck, it needn't be a trip.  It could be something else that we could "do".  Anything with a lasting memory.  I'm thinking.  Pondering. 
 

By the way, there was 24 hour ice cream. I calculated that there was 232 ice cream cones partaken of last week.  Sick.

27 comments:

Cathie said...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida. Hands down most fun trip.

M Ripples said...

Cruising is my favorite! Especially with kids. So much to do for both kids and adults.

Libby said...

The first time we did a group "Christmas gift" was when we took the 4 kiddos to the first Toy Story movie on either Christmas Day or Boxing Day (26th) then to a 'make your own hamburger' place. The kids are now all adults and still talk about how great that was.

In 2012 it was a ski trip. Only the 2 wee kids, their mom & I didn't go. I was banned by my physiotherapist and my DIL wasn't interested, so we did our own thing with the 2 wee ones. Wait, she was pregnant with #3! good reason not to be interested! I can't remember what we did but we didn't have to answer to any men so it was good.

We've talked about a trip but not everyone can afford it so stuff close to home works for us.

Abby Scorsonelli said...

Split a cabin and go skiing!

Carla said...

I think my favorite vacation (and I've been on my fair share while I was single) was to San Diego--so many fun things to do and see and eat.

My grandparents one year did a week of surprises the week of Christmas. So one morning they were told to be dressed in winter clothing and ready to leave at 7:15 and then they went skiing. The next day they had to be in sunday dress by 3 pm and they went to a play downtown. You get the gist. The last day they ran into their rooms, woke them up, and told them to grab their shoes and pile into the car still in pjs and went out for a fancy breakfast and talked about their favorite parts of the week and christmas.

My mom still talks about it... so I suppose it was pretty memorable.

kkasun said...

Aruba!!!!!!! ♡♥♡ this idea!

cathgrace said...

We went on a cruise to the Bahamas, and ended the trip in Universal Studios at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Christmas Eve. Best.Trip.Ever. So much better than "stuff"

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

Your carnival cruise looks so much better than the one we took in December. Which made me view never to cruise carnival again but your pics have me re thinking it. Gotta love that interline discount! Disney is by far my favorite cruise. But we love love love doing things instead of stuff so I'd love to hear some of the things you are thinking of.

Trina Miner said...

Disney was the first big trip we took with our kids and the rest of my family. It was awesome!

And BTW...I am so over buying stuff too. Got the kids down to about 5 things each. They didn't even know the difference!

Julie's Art said...

Rent homes or condos in Destin Florida or Hawaii. Lots to do and also great places to do nothing and still enjoy the family and relax.

Elisha Albretsen @ Pneumatic Addict Furniture said...

My in-laws "gift" to us every year is a family ski trip. We rent some beautiful cabin and spend a couple days on the slopes and a couple days in our pajamas stuffing our faces and watching movies. Its great! My boys are only 4, but they love ski school.

Rebecca D said...

We took the girlies to Walt Disney World when they were about the age your kiddos are now... We splurged and stayed right on the property at the Wilderness Lodge and bought the whole "Gold" (at the time) meals & more package... It was the best vacation ever! I highly recommend it! :)

Tricia said...

We did that last year - I'm so over "stuff!" We spent a few days at the Great Wolf Lodge. Do you have one by you? It's an indoor water park, with lots of other stuff for kids to do. Only hotel guests can use the water park, so that was nice.

This year, we did 4 gifts for everyone: Something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read.

I think we'll alternate between these 2 ideas. Both were great!

WhettenWild said...

Your pictures turned out way better than mine! PLEASE PLEASE send me copies! pretty please???

Dharma said...

We are sharing a brain. This past Christmas, my Hubs, the 2 boys (17 and 11) and I went to Cancun, mexico for the holidays. I packed stockings for Xmas Day but other than that (and those suckers were mostly candy), we bought "experiences" for Christmas. the ruins at Tulum, snorkelling, ziplining in the jungle, a Christmas night pirate cruise dinner complete with lobster. I will always remember that trip and didn't regret the STUFF and lack of Christmas-Crazy at all! Your cruise looks like a blast, we haven't done that yet :) Hmmmmm

Daddy-O said...

Those 232 ice cream cones ... I ate about half off 'em!

Joanna McCallum said...

Our favorite family trip was our trip to Universal Studios this past summer. We stayed in one of the resorts and loved our stay. I have two boys, 8 and 11. It was their favorite trip so far, but we are taking them on a cruise this May so their minds may change.

Krista Groen said...

My favorite trip with all adults was going to Holland and seeing the sights of my heritage...<3!!
BUT it would have been not so fun with my 1 and 3 year old! We leave Monday to meet my parents and my sister & her family in Florida at a resort condo to just spend time together in the sun - pretty much eating and swimming for a week :) When they are older we will get into 'doing' things... For this age it is perfect!

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Mandi, thanks for sharing your vaca pics and making us all jealous!!!!!!! and envious!!! mmmmm, 24 hr ice cream..I am coming with you next year!!

Maydijo said...

We love taking the kids to South-east Asia. Going to Singapore during Chinese New Year's is great; or Malaysia during Deepvali; or Cambodia during the King's Father's birthday holiday (somehow, we always manage to fluke it and go somewhere during a great national celebration!) Malaysia's also got this great shopping festival around Eid el Fitr.

The beaches are great; the shopping is great; it's incredibly, ridiculously safe; we've taken our kids to practically every country in SE Asia and it's not an exaggeration to say everyone loves kids. Seriously, there are some places we've been where every single day random strangers come up to us and hand us presents for the kids.

Last year was the first time in about 5 years where we chose not to go to SE Asia on holidays. We went to Hawaii instead. I'd choose Asia any day over Hawaii. The beaches are sooo much better, as is the shopping and cultural experiences.

Maydijo said...

We love taking the kids to South-east Asia. Going to Singapore during Chinese New Year's is great; or Malaysia during Deepvali; or Cambodia during the King's Father's birthday holiday (somehow, we always manage to fluke it and go somewhere during a great national celebration!) Malaysia's also got this great shopping festival around Eid el Fitr.

The beaches are great; the shopping is great; it's incredibly, ridiculously safe; we've taken our kids to practically every country in SE Asia and it's not an exaggeration to say everyone loves kids. Seriously, there are some places we've been where every single day random strangers come up to us and hand us presents for the kids.

Last year was the first time in about 5 years where we chose not to go to SE Asia on holidays. We went to Hawaii instead. I'd choose Asia any day over Hawaii. The beaches are sooo much better, as is the shopping and cultural experiences.

Maydijo said...

We love taking the kids to South-east Asia. Going to Singapore during Chinese New Year's is great; or Malaysia during Deepvali; or Cambodia during the King's Father's birthday holiday (somehow, we always manage to fluke it and go somewhere during a great national celebration!) Malaysia's also got this great shopping festival around Eid el Fitr.

The beaches are great; the shopping is great; it's incredibly, ridiculously safe; we've taken our kids to practically every country in SE Asia and it's not an exaggeration to say everyone loves kids. Seriously, there are some places we've been where every single day random strangers come up to us and hand us presents for the kids.

Last year was the first time in about 5 years where we chose not to go to SE Asia on holidays. We went to Hawaii instead. I'd choose Asia any day over Hawaii. The beaches are sooo much better, as is the shopping and cultural experiences.

Shirley Moore said...

Dollywood baby! It is absolutely my favorite amusement park, and it's safety features can't be beat. Even though we don't live close anymore, and my kids are older, they would love to go back!!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Mandi, that sounds absolutely dreamy to me - forgo all the "stuff" and go on a trip! How amazing that your whole family went - 26!?! We have been trying to plan something like that for YEARS - it's so hard to make it work for everyone - but you are inspiring me to get the wheels in motion for next year! So glad you had a great getaway and made all these memories with your family. Love the photobombed pic!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

PS Hawaii is my favorite family vaca which you know all too well is unbelievably awesome!

Leslie@leserleeslovesandhobbies said...

I haven't done this yet, but it's on my bucket list. See Yellowstone in the winter, on one of those ski coach tours. By the way, for me it was the 24-hour hot chocolate. Yummmmmmm.

Pattie Moss said...

My favorite trip by far with our whole family when they were teens and younger was going to NYC to see the Pageant and church history sights there, then with our rented car we took the whole East coast state by state and saw the historical U.S. sights in Philadelphia, NYC sights like empire state building and staten island then down to Washington D.C. and the monuments and museums. I think we did 5 days. We did get kids some stuff in gift shops but I still like the little historical canon and liberty bell pencil sharpeners the boys got. lol. We stayed in cool hotels with pools along the way and ate out and did lots of walking. It was pretty hot only thing. My kids would say favorite was Hawaii probably.