Why we didn’t go to Europe… yet…

When we started this epic adventure we had announced that we were going to Europe. We had every intention of doing so before our oldest started kindergarten, which is fall of 2018. We aren’t going and here is why…

The trip started easy enough in January 2016. We would spend a few months in South Carolina, finish my contracted weddings (I was a Wedding Planner) and then head to Europe. Insert…

Life excuse #1: Our dogs, Chloe and Carter would be in tow so we took them for a final check-up. Turned out Chloe needed a surgery but her liver wasn’t functioning properly so until her liver numbers improved we couldn’t do the surgery. We started her on medication and waited to see improvement, while we explored South Carolina. Months passed and she did improve, we did the surgery and Chloe recovered but in the meantime my husband was asked to be in a wedding.

Life excuse #2: ¬†one of my husband’s best friends would be getting married in August with a bachelor party over the summer. It was March, we were going to Nicaragua the next month so by the time we would arrive in Europe it would be summer. Flying a family of 4 would be expensive and flying back and forth would be even more pocketbook breaking. My husband rightfully didn’t want to miss such a big event in a good friend’s life so we stayed and waited. Summer came and he went to the bachelor party… by this time we had decided to buy the Airstream and drive around the USA. We were in Washington state in the small town of Brinnon and…

Life excuse #3: A bun in the oven… we were pregnant!!! We were very excited but with the wedding keeping us state-side for another month and then me getting even more pregnant we decided to stay the course and explore more of the states and some of Canada.

Our plans had changed but we said, “Oh we will go to Europe after the baby is born.” Well, the baby came and we searched for tickets and looked at visa’s and it just didn’t feel like the right time. With now 3 small children and 2 dogs and the price of tickets we have put Europe on hold. It isn’t difficult to travel with children if you set the right expectations but it is pricey. No matter how you slice it, 5 plane tickets are 5 tickets.

We love the idea of going to Europe for several months and one day we will, but today we are enjoying the roaming expanse that is the USA and looking for our forever home. We are enjoying our silver home on wheels. We have penciled Europe in for 2020 when all of the children can walk and somewhat remember the experience.

Oh, and when we do find our forever home I am sure it will need work… who wants to read on the blog about home renovations?