Monday, May 17, 2010

Family Vacation

11 days from today we will be leaving on our annual family vacation to Destin FL.
My brother and I particularly live the other 51 weeks of the year looking forward to this vacation.
The phrase "family vacation" can evoke feelings of dread and panic for many families.
Not mine.
Somehow we've figured out a way to co-exist for 7 days spending time together but also giving each other needed space.
I can't really explain it because it's not something we planned.
It just happens.

My mother, the matriarch of our clan and funder of our family vacation, asks each year whether or not we "really want to go."
My brother and I almost have panic attacks at the possibility of not going to Destin.
We have decided that she really doesn't get how much this trip means to us.

Let me get corny for a minute, please.
My brother and I are 11 years apart. 
By the time he was really old enough to be an active family member, I had graduated high school and our parents had divorced.
There was a lot of time that we didn't get to spend together.
I think in some way we are making up for lost time.
Now, I know you can't make up for lost time in one annual weeklong family vacation.
But, I think it's something we unconciously have been doing for some time now.

As I prepare to begin the process of letting go of my oldest during her senior year next year, my brother is preparing begin his family.  My brother and his wife Amanda will welcome their first child into their family November of 2010.
The timing is perfect.


  1. I think family vacations are fun too. I'm not sure how I would handle a week with my parents and sister, but I do have fond memories of my childhood vacations. My mother's sister and her family joined us every year for several years and we all had a blast.
    I hope you have a great time!!

  2. We always love a fun-filled family vacation. We often head off to the mountains together, either renting a chalet or even camping. It is so wonderful that you have this time with your family.

    Speaking of your daughter's senior year, the sealing wax and monogrammed stamp we used on my daughter's invites came from Michaels. They have them in the bridal section. You can also find the sealing wax and other designed stamps at Barnes and Noble from time to time. It is such a fun and unique touch to add to their invitations!

  3. I am impressed that you all enjoy each other for a full week. I don't think my family would last that long. Of course maybe if we had a beautiful beach like that one . . .