This fall I read a great book, 'The Gift of an Ordinary Day.'
It isn't a book I think you can race through in a day or even a week; it gives you too much to think about for that. But I did finally make it to the last chapter, and can I tell you something? My family was happy! Why, you ask? Because of all the questions the reading of this book had me asking, with Isabella finally responding in irritation to apparently one too many questions, "Are you still reading that book?!"
But interesting, a week later - out of the blue - she'd have an answer to my inquiry
about what she'd like us to do more of.
"Hey, you know what I'd like, if we baked more."
And as a family we've determined to try to focus less on stuff and more on experiences, one of them being more travel. Over the last several years my husband traveled constantly for work, and so that was the last thing anyone wanted to do with our down time. But now that he's working locally, we are itching to travel again as a family!
As a result, we just settled on the dates for our trip to Paris next spring and booked the flights.
It's been too long since we visited this city and looking forward to returning, this time with the kids!
Travel had a big influence on me growing up, seeing and experiencing new places. It helped me understand there was more to the world than the little corner in which I was born. I'm hoping that over the next several years, while the kids are still home, that I can provide them with those type of experiences as well, fitting in as much travel as we can possible cram into our schedules...and our budget. How many pairs of shoes do I have to forgo to pay for a ticket, ha, that's the question!