Our Canada Extravaganza

photo by Breanne of This Vintage Moment

Recently, Hubs and I celebrated ten years of marriage. Over the last several years, we’ve talked and dreamed of a ten year anniversary trip. We even had one pretty well planned until finding someone to watch our littles became a challenge (we envisioned a week-long childless trip to best say “happy anniversary”).

Happily, I can say I only pouted for a short while.

(Realizing I’m not entitled to a week-long anni trip helped).

Hubs and I back in '04; he was 24, I was 21.
Hubs and I back in ’04; he was 24, I was 21.

Not wanting to completely forsake time away with Hubs, we figured out a weekend trip to a favorite town on Lake Michigan; dear friends watched our babies.ย  It was perfect.

But that left a chunk of vacation time and funds we’d set aside for the big anniversary trip. What to do?

In the words of Hubs: “How about we go on a two-week family trip to Canada? After all, we can always fly to Vancouver or Scotland, but who knows how long we’ll live this close to the Canadian border.”

Though I might take issue with his assessment of flights to Vancouver/Scotland, he’s right about our proximity to Canada.

Prior to last fall when I visited a friend in Nova Scotia, I didn’t think about Canada much except during the Winter Olympics. I have since become completely intrigued by it: old European-looking cities, beautiful wilderness, fantastic coastlines and beaches, Anne of Green Gables…

Green Gables1

So we planned a trip through Quรฉbec, Nova Scotia, and Maine.

We call it our Canada Extravaganza.

Yes, we’re taking our two and four year old. Yes, there are at least four ten+ hour drives. Yes, we’re spending the night in multiple cities/houses/hotel rooms. Yes, I am twelve weeks pregnant.

Yes, we may be crazy.

But yes, I think it will all be ok. Not perfect, not always easy, but with the right perspective, prayer, good snacks (essential), and a decent amount of sleep–I think it will be good.

We travel fairly often with our kids and have done so since they were both tiny babies. Our daughter has been on 14 flights and both have done multiple 15+ hour road-trips.ย  So while this is the longest they’ll have ever been away from home, it isn’t completely our first rodeo.

They’ve had their share of midnight scream sessions in hotel rooms, carseat freak outs, mid-trip sicknesses, and restaurant fiascoes, but generally? They travel really well.

kids at ballet recital1

So I’m hopeful about this trip. Even if the babies freak out, we’ll still be seeing beautiful places, eating great food, and experiencing a taste of life someplace new. After all, this is my year of living boldly.

And we’ll all be together, without the usual distractions. In what has been a super full season, I’m most grateful for that.

So, the next few weeks here at ASH might be a little quiet. I was tempted to blog my way through the trip, but I think I’ll better soak up our time away without much screen time.

If you’re headed anywhere fun this summer, happy travels! If you’re staying home, I wish you a most restful, simple, joy-filled summer.

Before I go: I’m collecting road-tripping-with-children wisdom. Got any to share? ๐Ÿ™‚

*Top photo by Breanne of This Vintage Moment


About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • That’s awesome! Good luck ๐Ÿ˜‰ no advice to share, we’ve only done short flights. We celebrated our 5 year this year and we are going to start to save our pennies for a 10 year anniversary trip to Europe. However, we are fully anticipating some sort of snag, like not being able to leave a nursing baby or something. We’ll probably end up taking the whole fam damily somewhere, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • ooh 10 year anni trip to Europe–do it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ and depending on potential baby’s age, maybe pumping while you’re gone would be an option? I’ve done it with a 9 and 11 month old. Not completely ideal, but do-able :).

  • Thanks for this Jenn. My husband and I went to P.E.I. on our 20th anniversary. What a wonderful trip–at the time we were stressed in our jobs and it was so peaceful we wanted to move there!

  • Julia Stockwell Reynolds

    Yeah! Have a great time! My advice would be that nothing allows kids to burn off energy and allows some familiarity and freedom to them as a simple playground. So, while you may be tempted to stay in the car or keep going to your next destination, if you see a playground somewhere, stop and give yourselves 15 minutes to play!!! Enjoy your trip!

  • Anne

    I think that sounds great and adventurous! I just finished Tsh Oxenreider’s Notes from a Blue Bike, and her section on traveling with kids was inspiring. I think she’d be cheering you on! I am looking forward to hearing about it (when you get back). (Yay for Anne!)

    • Thanks, Anne! Your enthusiasm is encouraging. And we’ve definitely had days so far where I’ve needed cheering on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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