It is no secret that we live for summer. I’d be thrilled with summer weather year-round, but there are some favorite moments and activities that I have grown to love from each season over the years. During the Fall, I love the cold and crisp mornings, bold and colorful leaves, a warm mug of apple cider, sunflowers, apple picking, and watching my kids at the pumpkin patch. A sunny Fall day is a perfect day to get outdoors and explore. When Madison’s first professional development day from school fell on a wonderful sunny day, I couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to take the kids to explore at one of the coolest farms in the Vancouver area — the Apple Barn. It was too easy to spend five hours there with all the activities available: a playground, apple picking, massive jumping pillows, maze karts, a corn maze, hay rides, a pumpkin patch…it was hard to get the kids to leave!
Take a look at this beautiful sunny adventure:
I love having my kids around, always ready for an adventure. It has been a bit of a change having Madison in Kindergarten this year — adventures take a lot more planning now since I would not want her to feel like she is missing out all of the time. I am totally not one of those Mom’s who would celebrate kids going back to school to get away from them. A little peace is nice, but it definitely is going to make travel with them a little more complicated. There are fewer days to just load up the car on a whim and go adventuring. I’m sure there will be more peak season travel and finding adventures over long weekends when we can. In January I’ll be running in the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World and it falls after Christmas break is already over, so some school will be missed for that. I do believe that they learn SO MUCH when traveling so missing a little school is not a bad thing, but it definitely can’t be a regular thing.
If you have kids that go to school (are not homeschooled) and travel a lot, how do you work it into the school year? When will you take your kids out of school for travel? What are your limitations? Keeping in mind that I am fully capable of helping them “keep up”. We would love to hear your experiences!