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Key West, May 2011 (Part 1)

Begin At the Beginning

Jay and I love to travel. We both feel that we don't get to do it often enough. When we were younger and had the time, our income limited us. Now that money is no longer an issue, time has become the limiting factor. For the first time in our lives, summer is no longer a viable option for family trips. With camps, sports, and band requirements, every week and part of each weekend is booked for the entire summer. I practically had to bribe the band director for permission to take my daughter to the Outer Banks for half a week in August for our bi-annual extended family vacation. I suppose I am whining and I apologize for it. I just have not been able to embrace this season of our lives with much gusto. It is crimping my style and I'm not happy about it.

This Key West trip is about as spontaneous as we get. I am a planner. As a matter of fact, I get almost as much pleasure out of researching and planning trips as I do going on them. If my sister is reading this, she is probably rolling her eyes right about now. I planned a Disney trip for my entire family a few years ago and pretty much ran everyone ragged. She might have even called me the Disney commando or Nazi or some other very sisterly term like that. I like to have months of preparation time for planning and saving money. This Key West trip was different. About February of this year, I was sick of life. It was a brutally cold winter. I had written approximately twenty-five papers of various styles and subjects related to my accelerated degree program. Our home looked like a war zone from remodeling projects. The family schedule was out of control and relentless. And I was beginning to get cranky because I hadn't been on an adventure that was longer than a weekend in over a year.

And so it came to pass that I began whispering sweet nothings into Jay's ear. Things like warm sunshine, snorkeling, quick flight, cheap airfare, uninterrupted relaxation, no kids. He is so easy! It was like selling cream-filled doughnuts to a carb addict. By the end of the month, we had purchased our airfare and made hotel reservations. And I still had a few months to lurk on the Tripadvisor forums for the best Florida Keys advice on activites and restaurants. Bliss! We were a bit careless in choosing the dates for the trip, unknowingly picking the five busiest days of May for our vacation. It took the skills of an air traffic controller to make sure the kids were cared for and chauffered to baseball games and formals. It all came togther in the end with the help of family and friends. For their efforts, we are eternally grateful.

Some Reasons Why Key West Became a Necessary Measure to Maintain My Sanity

1. Family Drama
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2. Home Renovations
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3. Dedicated Guitar Player with Very Loud Amp
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4. Crazy Scedule
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Posted by sjyoder 18:50 Archived in USA Tagged key_west

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