Passion Diva: October 2012: A Romantic Vacation… With KIDS?

Vacation With Kids

By: Michelle Lockwood

Passports. Bikini. Ocean front destination. Kids???????

Hubby and I decided that our 12th wedding anniversary deserved a trip away together, and nothing screams romance more than a suite overlooking the ocean.

Imagine it, salty air flowing through the patio doors, long moonlit walks along the shore, lazy mornings in bed, room service, housekeeping and spontaneous adventure.

Nice image isn’t it? Now hit ERASE on that image.

The reality was a little more along the lines of coolers packed with juice boxes, car ride filled with arguments over the dvd player, nights of being kicked in the ribs by a mini human, and three days of vomiting thanks to a stomach bug that decided to tag along.

Not exactly the romance you had expected this Passion Diva to be writing about. Right?

So how does a couple sneak in romance while on vacation with two children??

Is it possible, or is it a pipe dream??

I think it’s all in your expectations before you leave home.

Knowing that one-on-one time is near impossible, that child-friendly site-seeing is mandatory to eliminate boredom & temper tantrums, and that early mornings and early bedtimes are a given (for both kids and adults), will eliminate disappointment. So plan with those facts in mind…

Accommodations: A resort with Child-Minding/Kids Clubs are a MUST if you would like to include PASSION in your vacation itinerary. Failing which, Suites (our personal choice) or adjoining bedrooms are a nice way to sneak in a little x-rated snuggle time.

Site Seeing: I happen to be very lucky, and am married to man that is a whiz at sourcing out activities and tourist attractions that are interactive enough to keep the children amused, allowing us to stroll hand in hand right behind them and soak in all of the interesting things, together as a couple. Fodors is a fantastic tool that has led us to many “off the beaten path” spots that were fantastic treasures.

Romance: Hoping for a long candle lit dinner with champagne is preposterous. Our children are NOT the type to quietly sit through a meal like that….fart jokes and conversations that consist entirely of “did not. did too. did not. did too.” do not make me quiver with excitement. Quiver with frustration perhaps.

However, holding hands on the balcony, watching the lights of freight liners far out on the ocean, and drinking cheap ultra-light beer (all that the corner store had in stock) is going to be a moment captured in my heart forever.

Like Robert Brault said: Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the BIG things.

So, is it possible? Yes, Hubby and I enjoyed a stress-free, romantic vacation to Virginia Beach, WITH TWO kids in tow.

Michelle LockwoodMichelle is a Passion Parties Independent Consultant, suburban housewife and mother of 2. “I fill my weekdays with playdates, library visits, grocery shopping, laundry, learningABCs, potty training and more. However, on the weekends, that is my time to slip into my sassy jeans, put on some mascara, and turn into a PASSION DIVA. Every weekend I walk into the living rooms of other women and spend 1.5 hours sharing all of the fabulous & exciting ways that they can enhance the passion in their relationships in a fun & educational format.” For more information on PARTY BOOKINGS, BECOMING A CONSULTANTor to SHOP ONLINE visit Follow Michelle on Twitter

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!