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…
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.
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.
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 kids in tow.
Michelle 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 www.mishlockwood.com Follow Michelle on Twitter