Our vacation plans for 2018 are set

Anyone who follows this blog knows that I am a planner. In fact, one of the trips my family will take this year has been in the works since 2016. As it stands right now, we have three trips out of town as a family. I can’t say they are all vacations as one of these is a work trip for my husband but a vacation for the rest of us.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

I went to 8th through 12th grade in Albuquerque, NM before going off to college. But I returned every summer during college and even got married there in 1995. Over the years I made a few trips home to see my family. The last one was three days after Sept 11, 2001. (I can remember the date because the day I flew was the first day flights resumed.) Soon after that, my husband and I moved to San Antonio. My parents soon followed so I had no reason to return. Well, my brother still lived there but it seemed easier for him to come visit us than for the four (and later after the kids, the six) of us to travel to him.

But now he has bought his first house, and I thought it might be fun to take the kids to Albuquerque to see where I went to high school and to see the mountains. (I really do miss the Sandia mountains.) I mentioned the trip to my mom and the next thing I know, we have plans to drive with them to drive to Albuquerque for a Spring Break visit.

The kids were quite insistent that Lexie needs to be here for her birthday which is the Monday of Spring Break. But the very next day, we will get up and make the 11-hour drive to Albuquerque. We will spend 3 days there checking out my brother’s house and sight-seeing before driving back home on Saturday.

The good news for my husband is that we are leaving him at home. It is always a hassle to get him to take time off, and we have a major family trip coming up in August so it seemed easier to let him stay here and work.

Bastrop, Texas

Speaking of work, our June trip is actually a conference for my husband. Every year the Texas City Attorney’s Association has a conference in June. For many years it has been in South Padre Island but a few years ago they tried the Lost Pines Resort outside of Bastrop, TX, and they will be returning there this year.

This is a resort, so the kids and I will spend our days riding bikes, playing frisbee and relaxing in the lazy river while my husband attends the 2 day conference. He will get to join us in the fun in the evenings and on Friday afternoon when the conference ends.

Alaskan Cruise

Our biggest trip is a 7-night cruise to Alaska in August. In 2015, my parents paid for a Caribbean cruise for them, my brother and my family. We had 3 cabins in a row and had a great time. The kids, who had been nervous about going on a cruise ship, loved the trip so we began talking about taking another cruise. Somehow that ended up as a cruise to Alaska.

So, once again, my parents, brother and my family will be going on a trip together thought this time we are each paying for our own cruise and flights. As with our last cruise, a majority of our shore excursions will be done together. We will be riding a train, taking in a lumberjack show and going whitewater rafting. The kids also wanted to see Huskies, so we are going to a sled dog training camp.

Planning an Alaskan cruise is proving to be quite different than one to a warmer climate. I will certainly have more posts about the trip. Until then, I am looking forward to all these trips.