A lot of factors went into planning for this year’s family vacation. We knew February school vacation week would be a good choice since for the first time ever Nicole didn’t have to work and/or Brendan was in a show.
Last year we went to Italy – an adventure. This year we decided would be a vacation. Also known as beach, pool and no plans. Even better for a February trip.
Puerto Rico was a top choice because we wanted to support tourism there as the island continued to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017. Brendan has clear memories friends shared during Merrily We Roll Along about the devastation and lack of relief and resources.
We were lucky that the Parisi’s also wanted to get away! We spent time relaxing and swimming. And getting sunburns. We stayed in Dorado which was beautiful and took a day trip on a boat to a private island. It was the perfect escape. We also celebrated GiGi’s 6th birthday too!
For several years now, we have ended our summer with a trip to the Cape Codder. The kids love this tradition. This year we enjoyed time in the water park, visiting the inflatable park and going once again to Water Wiz.
I’m not sure how many more years they will want to go with us, but seeing how much they have grown every year (and now making their own s’mores), is a reminder of all our summer fun and traditions we have created.
For years we have taken the kids to the Big Apple Circus. Chris’ parents enjoy coming with us as well. It had been on City Hall Plaza and our adventure involved taking the bus (always fun with little kids). Last year there was no circus as the Big Apple Circus filed for bankruptcy. We missed going and the kids even mentioned missing the tradition realizing the spring past without our trip. But this year it is back- at a different location- but still the same circus we have enjoyed for years!