Vacation from Sanity

“Well I’ll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun. I’m gonna have fun and you’re gonna have fun. We’re all gonna have so much … fun we’ll need plastic surgery to remove our … smiles.”

– Clark W. Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation



[vey-key-shuhn, vuh]


1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday: Schoolchildren are on vacation now.
2. a part of the year, regularly set aside, when normal activities of law courts, legislatures, etc., are suspended.
3. freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.
4. an act or instance of vacating.
–verb (used without object)

5. to take or have a vacation: to vacation in the Caribbean.



Husband and I have not taken a vacation since before we left for basic training.  Just to clarify this, we have not taken a vacation in almost nine years.  Nine years.  We had no honeymoon because Husband had to go back to work three days after our wedding and then was deployed to Afghanistan two months later.  He was gone for a year.  I was deployed twice during my military career and Husband another two times.  Then Husband began his current profession as a Secret Squirrel.  Because of this he had to move away from me and into our current home in DC.  We were geographically separated for almost two years.

So for nine years serving our country, deployments, illness, surgeries, hospitalizations, protecting national security, the Appalachian Mountains, second jobs, fertility treatments and family obligations prevented us from vacations.  Oh and lets be clear, I do not count traveling to visit family as a vacation.  Because seriously, that is not a vacation.  And yes I do feel sorry for us and so should you.   But all that is about to end.

This December is our five year anniversary.  We are finally going on a vacation.  A honest to goodness vacation. With just the two of us. Our honeymoon anniversary-moon.  No family and minimal phone contact (well you can try but I doubt we’ll answer).  Just.  The.  Two.  Of.  Us.  And where are we going you ask?  Well we’re going to the happiest place on earth.  No, not Denmark.  We’re going to Disney World.  Yes, Disney World.  Because I want to that’s why.  Having grown up in and out of Europe, my family didn’t really do the Disney thing.  And more often than not our family vacations were more National Lampoon’s European Vacation and less Cheaper by the Dozen 2.

So our vacation is going to be insane.  And I am crazy excited.  No expense has been spared, no detail overlooked.  And yes I’m bragging because I am excited.  And really glad that we can finally afford to pay and take the time off for a vacation.  We are going for ten whole days of absolute child-like joy and fun.  And we’re staying in a super posh hotel, uber lush suite with room service.  And I am so going to be ordering room service.  I don’t care if I have to pay 14$ for a bottle of water.  We are ordering room service.

But I’m most excited about being able to just spend ten days in row with Husband.  We’ve been so busy with life that its almost as if we’ve put our life on hold.  But  no longer.  It will be ten days of food, fun, excitement, relaxation and Mickey, Minnie and the gang.  Because seriously, we’re such big kids anyways.  And I’m most excited about it being the Christmas season during our trip.  I’ve watched so many Travel Channel shows on Disney that I am practically an expert.  But my favorites have always been the Disney Christmas programs.  I cannot wait for all the extra special food, the decorations and everything else they do above and beyond special for Christmas.  I’m so completely giddy with excitement because Christmas is my favorite holiday.  I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to go on a luxury vacation and enjoy a Disney Christmas and then come home and enjoy an actual Christmas at home.

This vacation I think is a huge turning point in our lives.  It’s exciting because we’ve never been able to spend too much time with each other over the years.  Finally living together again helped initially with that issue but taking vacations allows us to become normal adults.  Luckily, this is the first of many adventures we will take together and our life together will finally be, well, be together.

So dear readers, here’s a question for you.  Tell me about the best time you’ve ever had with your significant other alone.  Was it a vacation?  Where did you go?  What made it memorable?  Share your story so the rest of us can live vicariously through your adventures!


7 Responses to “Vacation from Sanity”

  1. Enjoy those 10 days! That is great news! have fun!

  2. We also never got a honeymoon – we were both also in the military, with deployments and such. After DH’s regular deployments were over, he still did TDY’s 3 weeks every 2 months. Our first vacation was to Europe – he had a TDY there and took 2 weeks off on the tail end. I flew out and met him in Germany, then we flew down to Italy for our friend’s wedding reception and then took the train to Venice, Vienna, then back up to Munich. We still don’t count it as a honeymoon, since we weren’t alone the whole time…but it was a true vacation. The week we spent in Capestrano, Italy was the best week of my life. Hands down. Staying with locals, doing nothing but drink espresso and wine (out of the cask in the cellar!) and sitting out on the piazza until 3, sleeping in until noon, lazy afternoons by the river or hiking up the side of the mountain. Yes, best vacation ever. The rest of the time was amazing as well – exploring Venice with DH was pretty romantic, as was Munich.
    That was 5 years ago, and our “vacations” since then have been 3 funerals, one wedding, and several other family non-vacation type activities. Not a whole lot of fun, as you know.

    • yeah… i refuse to call anything involving extended family a vacation… because while it may be fun its never relaxing. Too many people + multiple opinions = massive headache – vacation

  3. Make me a niece or nephew while you’re there. If he/she comes out with red suspenders and big, black ears, though, it may raise some suspicions! Seriously, I’m so glad for you. I’m so glad you can put “life” on hold and be you and Husband can be Husband and Amelia will probably have a massive heart attack………Daddy? Mommy? Canz cum bak now plz?

    Chris and I have never been farther than Myrtle Beach. I hope that one day we can and will have our honeymoon. I suppose it will be after an actual “wedding” where, ya know, you invite people and such. In particularly you, who will be in my “wedding” party. Or “renewal” party, if we shall be calling it that. When that happens, I shall let you know how it was.

    Europe, however, I save for you and me. Can’t do Italy without my bestie. Duh.

  4. Happy vacation! You certainly deserve a great one after such a very long wait. One of my most memorable vacations with my husband wasn’t one where we were totally alone together the whole time. It was a motorcycle trip to the Smoky Mountains. Beautiful scenery, good friends, alone time when we wanted it. Heh, we need to do that again one of these days!

    Thanks for visiting me for ICLW 🙂

  5. Using this post as my Blogger Bingo day 8 future post…

    I was about to give you recommendations for places to go in Denmark, then it registered that you’re NOT going to Denmark. Can’t help you with Disney recommendations, sorry.

    Our honeymoon was a 3-day weekend in the U.S., and though it was nice, that definitely doesn’t top the list.

    For the first 10 years together, we didn’t take any vacations for the sake of taking vacations — always work or family/friend obligations with some sightseeing thrown in. For our 10 year anniversary of being together, I borrowed a friend’s beach house. It was only a weekend, but it was wonderful to be somewhere just for the sake of being away together. In the five years since then, we have taken many elective international trips, mostly to Europe, sometimes with work reasons included and sometimes just because we wanted to go. I highly recommend it.

    Bon voyage!

  6. There is more art and architecture to ascertain in Italy than one person could conceivably go through in a lifespan.

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