Having 3 kids and living 1,000 miles away from every single grandparent means that each year we have the challenge of deciding whether to make a trip down to Miami for Thanksgiving. As you might imagine, 5 plane tickets anywhere ain’t cheap; let alone 5 plane tickets during the busiest travel weekend of the year. So for the most part we stay put. My mom generally comes to us which is great. This year we toyed with the idea of heading to Hubby’s sister’s house in Atlanta. We had found cheap fares! Only $235 round trip. It sounded good at first but things quickly started to add up:
- Airfare ($235 x 5) = $1,175
- Baggage Fee = (3 bags/$70 each way) = $140
- Car Rental (4 days) = $252
- Airport Parking in Maryland = $40
- Food & Incidentals = ~ $400
And all of a sudden, we were looking at a smooth $2,000 for the trip. Right before Christmastime when Santa needs to go shopping and right after Mom went part-time at work. We considered driving down, but 12 hours each way with 3 small kids? No thank you ma’am. Because we only have 4 days, it’s not like we could stop overnight on the way down and on the way back to break up the driving the way we did this summer on our Montreal roadtrip.
And so. Home Sweet Home is where we’ll be. And we’ll have a wonderful holiday, no doubt. Hubby has even announced that he is making a dish (which will be a FIRST!) The problem is the hurt feelings from family members who were looking forward to our trip or who adjusted their plans based on ours.
It’s for reasons precisely like these that I wished we lived closer to family. I am really aware of the fact that my kids are growing up far away from cousins and grandparents and aunts (with the exception of 1!) and uncles. Both Hubby and I grew up living close to our relatives, and the fact that our kids aren’t bums us out. The DC area has treated us well in terms of jobs and housing and social networks. But sometimes I wonder if we made the right choice to live up here. At the end of the day, isn’t family what’s most important? Just how many more years are we going to have to do this Turkey Trot?