Coming at you later than usual today due to some technical difficulties this morning. 🙂 Oh the joys.
Our little date night last night for Day #6 of the Christmas Challenge turned into less of a “date” and more into spreading out the Christmas presents and taking inventory of anything that is missing, plus deciding which gifts should be from “Santa” and which gifts from us. Oh, well! It was still nice, just the two of us. It definitely makes it easier that they both know the truth now…it always kind of irked both of us to have “Santa” get all the credit for the cool, fun gifts. Haha. The boys still really wanted to have Santa come on Christmas morning though, even though they know he’s not real.
We did enjoy a little time at our nice bar though. The bar is definitely probably one of the coolest parts about our house. I can take almost zero credit for it, as the previous owners designed it and put it in. I did, however, pick out the cone lights hanging above it. 🙂 And I picked out the barstools.
It is a pretty awesome feature to have in our basement!! We use it mostly around holidays and we LOVE it. I always wish we used it even more though and have been trying to make a point of it lately.
“Someday” destination lists
The other night, we were all talking. I had just listened to a podcast where they were talking about travel, and one of the hosts said something about their family’s plan to allow each child to pick one domestic (U.S.) trip destination when they turned 10 and an international destination when they turned 15 (for the whole family). (Don’t quote me on the ages- but it was something like that.)
I thought that was a really fun and interesting idea! I’m not totally sure I could give up control just like that in the trip department, but it’s an intriguing thought at least and I can see how that could be really fun.
So I asked my family, “If you could pick ONE domestic destination and ONE international destination to visit, what would they be?” We had some fun discussion about it.
These were our answers:
Asher: Domestic– Alaska, International– Paris (hopefully our trip can be rescheduled sooner than later and we can cross this one off the list!)
Ethan: Domestic– Maine, International- Belize (He was REALLY fixated on Belize! Not sure where that came from. Maybe Spanish class research?)
Ivan: Domestic– also Maine! (Guess we are planning a trip to Maine in the near future). International– Denmark (He has been obsessed with wanting to go to Denmark forever now.)
Then it was my turn…..I hemmed and hawed for a long time and finally answered, “Domestic– Hawaii, I think. Just because it’s so iconic and I’ve never been there!). International.…. (deep breath): Greek Isles, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Vienna & Prague, Iceland, Edinburgh, Scotland, Thailand, Fiji, Machu Picchu. Oh, and Poland. And I’d love to see Russia!”.
They were all like, “Um that’s 12 places.”
I know! Hahaha!!
But it feels impossible to choose. 🙂 I honestly still don’t know where I would go if I absolutely HAD to pick one place to go on an all expenses, paid trip or something like that. It’s kind of fun to think about, but also overwhelming- and sad to realize I’ll probably never make it to a fraction of the places I’d love to go in my lifetime. I am blessed though and grateful for the many places I HAVE visited. I know I’ve been very lucky to travel quite a lot already in my life.
What is your “one place”- domestic (wherever that is for you!) and international?
I am grateful for a good night’s sleep last night, and that the grocery store was surprisingly not a zoo when I went to get more cookie ingredients.