We experimented this year and did something we have never done before . A long weekend get away on a massive budget .
Usually for us vacation is the opposite - we save money for it and spend it there . We have drinks when we want and food and treat ourselves .
This year because we are going to Bali with Bear in June we didn't plan for a family vacation or a weekend away as a family ( we usually do a family vacation week every two years and a skiing or long weekend away as a family every alternate year )
So we booked Miami south beach for the Easter long weekend And tries to make it as cheap as possible by :
- driving to platsburg USA for the flight
- - taking a flight at 3am there and 2am back ( aka losing 2 nights of sleep )
- Being on a plane with no reclining seats
- not having any luggage with us and only a small knapsack on our back each
- - having a room of two queen beds for 4 people and bringing a camping mat and sleeping bag for the 5th . And concealing the fact that we are even 5 in a room
- - not having drinks during whole vacation except one Diet Coke on beach and one piña colada Virgin for beauty
- No snacks except bought from grocery store
- Cheap shared meals except one nicer supper
- No souvenirs
- Walking everywhere vs taxi
- Uber on way back to airport
- Breakfast in room bought at Walgreens
- - 4 beach chairs instead of 5
- Way way more I can't think of !
It's fun to do cheapskate ! When beauty got her piña colada and hubby got his Coke on the beach they looked as if they won the lottery !
Lucky for us there is a couch in the room that is big enough for one kid to sleep on alternating each for a turn so we don't even have to use the camping mat :) still have to hide one toothbrush from the cleaning ladies though
One thing I can say above everything else is that when you have older teens abs young adults it really feels like a big treat to get to have them for four full days . It's an amazing luxury . And often people with same age kids ask me don't they get annoyed with the family time after a few hours - but not at all . We have always been a family I think because of the cottage where a lot of togetherness is enjoyed and very much expected . Lots of fights and irritations but among it all loads of fun and laughs and time together
And the kids seems to be loving every minute of their time here . They all study and work so hard . Like really really hard and it's fun to watch each of them unwind in their own way. Chase works a lot on his computer for planning his events and schoolwork on the plane , on the beach .. everywhere . But he looks like he is having fun doing it . Amazing to see bear just relax ( this is a very rare occurance as either studies or works out or at boxing )
And beauty schedule is just so full of dance and competition and studying that just nice to see her be a teen for a bit
It's not all roses either people ! Bear and I had it out at midnight , they are messy , they scream at us when we eat Krispy cremes and they are highly irritating to me as put me in a small room with 4 other people ( three of them under 25 ) and this brings out the worst in me ( and the best of me ) in many ways . It's hard to do for me and brings out the nagging in me a lot and the control freak but after a couple of days I calm down ( and then it's time to come home )
But man do I love his bunch and our times together
We all love miami south beach . For us it is the perfect balance between big city and great beach . The kids love all the fast and fancy cars and the night life that when they are 21 they want to be part of . Every second person you see truly looks like a movie star . It’s very cool for a long weekend away
One of the Cool things we got to do while we were here was to see hubbys beautiful niece who lives in Naples . One of her daughters is his go
D daughter and was so cute to watch them bond . Her hubby and other adorable daughter too all met us for a great pizza dinner on Lincoln for the evening and was so fun to get caught up with them all . Hubby ended the evening at Dilans candy store with the three girls ( Daniela , Sofia and our baby girl ! )
Today we had trouble deciding what to do with the day . I am not a great Person to plan it out as I would be happy everyday with nice weather to lie on the beach and read . Chase had his big interviews to prep for and so bear and beauty and hubby headed off on bikes on the boardwalk and intercostal . I got my irritating and annoying self out of their way and headed to the beach alone with a good novel and chase joined me later on .
They had a super bike ride and stopped for some nachos on the pier . We all had a light lunch together and a swim in the ocean all five and then did our own stuff in the afternoon ( of course hubby and I slept half the afternoon on the beach which feels so good )
Man have we lucked out on weather this trip ( for once ! ) as hot sun everyday and evenings warm and lovely without even wearing a sweater . Feels so good .
Tonight we are heading for a loooong walk to the holocaust museum and then wanted to go to our one fancier dinner at a super meditarian place that my brother and I had found when we were here a couple of years ago . The museum which was a very sobering and humbling experience for us all as we looked at the sad sculpture and read the thousands of names of the people who died in the holocost . At one point it all just so sad as did a group hug in the middle of the place . I love my family and it's moments like this that bff savvy calls "thin moments "
ChAnge of plans and didn't go to the tapas place and found a seafood steak resto on Lincoln road and had a great dinner . I love seeing the kids eat and love what they eat ( lobster and steak at decent prices was nice too ! ) Really good conversations about life and everything and was just really really nice
Stopped for Starbucks coffee for bear and hubby ( I find it very endearing that bear likes a coffee here and there and love that he and his dad share this passion ) and then some frozen yogurt for the rest of us .
Walgreens again for a few items and thankfully for our waistlines they were out of Krispy Kreme donuts
My fave part of this vacation is disconnecting . For a girl who loves her phone I am very disciplined . Usually I or hide it away but this time family needs it as the only phone that has a USA plan and loads of data because of my work . So they all use it and I don’t ! Turned off all my notifications and beeps and icons and just relaxing my brain
I have so much going on in my work and life all the time that I need to just think of nothing for a bit . I also find that since we found out about beauty surgery I have felt more distanced from my usual life which I am sure is not uncommon . Many days I feel disconnected from my life and other people's lives too . It feels so good here to be just us five . It’s something my heart has missed a lot these days
We are trying to figure out a way to possibly own a condo in Miami one day . Fun to dream !
This cheapskate trip ( which is turning out to be not so cheapskate as we are cheating a lot on the food part !! )is really just good for us . Perfect timing and great togetherness . There are many things I love in life , but having all five of us together in a relaxed setting like this is really top of my list
Ended vacation getting home this morning at 4:30am . Skipped our early morning classes and work and all got up around 10am so at least had a bit of sleep
|Best Bali bed ever . will be in my dreamhouse one day!|
Back to the grind ! Loved our Easter weekend in Miami . Will celebrate next week a dinner at my moms for late Easter with some chocolate egg hunts . I think in this family as they get older and older Easter weekend might just be the perfect time to escape the five of us . Excited to do another cheapskate vacation like this again one day !