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I have a confession to make.
Sometimes my kids drive me up the wall.
You too? Thank God I’m not alone!
Life can be tough when you have small kids… and when I look back, I have no idea how I managed to get through it. Bring snacks, bring toys, bring drinks, repeat. Yes, fellow moms, my best friends in those days were concealer and Visine.
But, one thing has always stayed consistent over time, and that was the importance of family time. Most moms are natural planners. We plan activities, meals, play dates, you name it. So planning family time is a given, but it’s not always easy to come up with activities that everyone will like. This is where the ACTUAL planning takes place: knowing your kids well enough to look for activities that they will enjoy. It’s a double-edged sword now that they are older and more self-entertained. I miss them being little but I’m glad I don’t have to cart all that extra stuff with us wherever we go.
That being said, when they are a little older, it’s a fantastic time to take a trip to a city you’ve never been to, or have been to but never really had the time to explore. These days, information on what to do in another city is so readily available, and sometimes, you have a final destination, but some extra time to stop and see things along the way.
Case in point, we went to Ottawa last summer. And the summer before that, but each time we go, there are new experiences, and new things to see, mostly because you don’t have time to do it all. So this past summer, we started out by heading to my husband’s best man’s place in Newmarket. We spent the night there, catching up around a bonfire. It was great because we don’t get to see him and his wife often. That led us to a little flea market just ten minutes away that had REAL LIFE Transformers. We didn’t know about the place until we saw him!
Our next stop was Kingston, to pick up our older son, who was at the military college for cadet training… but we went a day early so we could explore the city. We walked around downtown, visited City Hall, enjoyed a rooftop lunch, and checked out a few shops.
Lastly we ended up in Ottawa to visit a beloved cousin, who unfortunately had to work all weekend but we made day trips to two different museums, one being just inside Quebec. One of the museums was the War Museum, and our oldest son is a history buff when it comes to the War of 1812, so this was perfect for him! We enjoyed our evenings by catching up with our cousin and her kids. It was tough to leave!
We were tired on the drive home, but happy, because we got to see so many people and places and do things we might not ordinarily do.
It doesn’t have to be a long drive, a neighbouring city will do just fine. Or, if you really can’t get away, explore your own city. I’m willing to bet there are tons of things you haven’t had a chance to see, practically in your own backyard. Give it a shot, I bet you’ll have fun!
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