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Dream Vacation

Next year, it will be my 10th wedding anniversary. On the way home from our honeymoon, like most newlywed couples, my husband and I decided that we’d return to the site of our honeymoon (Hawaii) in 10 years for our anniversary.

Well, now, almost 10 years later, we have kids and jobs and a mortgage and a leaky shower.  Still, we tossed around the idea of leaving them with the grandparents for a few days or a week and going on vacation without them. But that was short lived. Money restraints aside, it’s because we started talking about the all-American vacation; the rite of passage; the reason we won’t be going on an adults only, lie in the sun and drink cocktails kind of vacation for a very long time.

Disney World. We’re going to Disney World.

I’m happy about it and my boys are going to be beyond thrilled, but a little part of me is mourning the nice relaxing getaway that I could really use right now. Now I have a more simple daydream of going to a nice bed and breakfast, with a fireplace in the room where I can rest, read, watch movies and enjoy yummy meals for a day or two.

Do you travel without your kids? What’s your dream vacation? More importantly, what are all your insider tips on Disney?


  1. Becky February 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    My husband and I will be going on vacation to celebrate our 10th anniversary this summer. We’re going to Disney World, and we’ll be leaving our then 6 month old behind with her grandparents. I’m commenting on your post because I want you to know that Disney can be a romantic spot, and a great vacation for just adults. As a somewhat frequent Disney traveler, my advice to you would be to pick one evening and put the kids up in one of Disney’s excellent kid’s clubs. Then go out and have a romantic dinner (there’s tons of gourmet options on property) with your husband followed up by watching a spectacular fireworks show. The kids will have a ball, and you’ll get your relaxing time without them.

    • ProgressiveMom February 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Becky, I like the way you think! We are bringing all the grandparents (well they are coming, we’re not bringing them. Yikes. That would be expensive!) so maybe we’ll try that. Great tip.

  2. Brenda February 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    We are hoping to save enough to go to Disneyland next year for our 10th anniversary. I’m really looking forward to it. I figured that our children are blessings from our marriage and it would only be fitting to celebrate 10 years of marriage with the kids.
    We are thinking Disneyland instead of Disneyworld because it is smaller (our kids are 5 and 3), and so we can hit the California coast as well.
    Happy planning!

  3. Amy February 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    We went to Disney World to celebrate our engagement – obviously before kids. It was so much fun! My advice is to keep realistic expectations when you go with kids. We took Olivia when she was almost 5 and I was pregnant with Owen. We didn’t try to make it to every ride. We left the park when Olivia told us the first day she wanted a nap. We tried to include down time each day even swimming in a pool for an hour. And definitely take advantage of the grandparents coming along and go on a date with your hubs!

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