“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
|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.|
|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!