Anyone who follows my blog knows I am a planner. So yes, I am already planning our vacation for this summer.
Last year, we had plans to go to Houston, Texas as a cheaper vacation than the previous year’s trip to Disney World. Those plans got derailed when my parents opted to take the family on a Caribbean cruise at their expense. (I know we suffered there, right?)
So for this summer we considered returning to Disney World as it is one of my favorite places to go and this summer is the last of Jase’s elementary where we can have him miss the last days of school. (Next year, he is in the fifth grade and has a graduation ceremony on the last day.)
But as anyone who has been there or priced going to Disney World knows, it is not a cheap vacation. As much as I would love to go back, we also have some home-improvement projects in mind such as replacing the kitchen counters or putting in new carpet upstairs, neither of which is an inexpensive project.
In order for us to cross one of our improvements off the list, we opted to do a shorter, cheaper vacation and return to our Houston plans. In case you are wondering why Houston is a cheaper trip for us, we are in San Antonio, and Houston is only a 3-hour drive. (Orlando is an 18-hour drive, but we usually fly to save on time.)
In Houston, we plan to take advantage of the City Pass that allows you to visit five area attractions for about $50 per person. We plan to hit the zoo, the aquarium, NASA, the natural history museum and Kemah Boardwalk. (They also offer the children’s museum and the fine arts museum as options.)
I think we will have a blast. Now we are just trying to decide when to go over the summer. June is out because we have another trip planned. The kids and I are accompanying my husband to his seminar in Bastrop, Texas. It is at a resort that offers a water park in addition to hiking, bike riding and horseback riding.
During the summer, I also have a Parent-Teacher Association Leadership conference. This year it is in San Antonio so no extra travel for me. (If I don’t take an officer position in the PTA next year, I might skip the conference since I have gone the past two years.)
In addition to the conferences and trips, we will have the usual plans to hit the water park and other area attractions. Both kids have expressed interest in taking swimming lessons again. Lexie will also probably go to camp for a week. She went to Mermaid camp last year and Frozen (based on the movie) camp the year before. Jase skipped camp last year but the previous year he went to Lego camp. He hasn’t decided if he wants to try camp this year.
Already the summer is looking busy, and it is still a little over four months away. There is plenty of time to keep planning.