For the past 15 years, our little family, along with my husband’s large side of the family, has been gathering on the white sandy beaches of Captiva Island for our summer ritual of fun and relaxation. One week spent in the same time share, for over thirty years, first began with my husband, his brother and sister, and his parents. A once small, but traditional family vacation, has now turned into a great gathering of friends and family where we share food, wine, laughs, game nights, ice cream, burgers, and more wine.
When my husband and I were just my husband and I, it was the summer vacation we longed for all year round. Now that we have a son, not much has changed. Well, maybe a little has changed. There are, for sure, three times as many things to pack but now that we have a second generation of Captiva goers (our son and his 2 young cousins), we also have impatient young minds who don’t always grasp the idea of having to wait.
If we even mention the words family trip, summer vacation, or Captiva, my son is sent into a frenzy of crazy, impatient toddler meltdown mode. He immediately thinks that if we say the ‘C’ word that it means it’s time go right now. Sometimes, it goes on all day. Every 10 minutes he’ll ask if we’re going to Captiva and every 10 minutes I have to say soon—soon we’ll go to Captiva.
Soon? Does a toddler even know what the word soon means? I don’t think so.
I do want J to look forward to his summer vacation just like the rest of us but in a more healthy way. I’d like to skip all the meltdowns when he realizes that we still have a month to go so I decided to make a Vacation Countdown Calendar for our summer Captiva trip. This Vacation Countdown Calendar can be themed to fit any family vacation. Check out Amazon or a local learning store for different types of cutouts.
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I assembled my calendar about 2 weeks before our summer vacation was going to start. As each day passes, we visit the calendar and he takes a ‘day’ down. We have a short conversation about how many days are left until our family trip and all the fun and exciting things we’re going to do. This colorful calendar has surprisingly eased his pre-Captiva woes.
I used suns on my Summer Vacation Countdown Calendar to represent our family trip and where we’re going, but you can use anything you want to fit the theme of your family vacation.
Do you have a family summer vacation coming up? How do you prepare your kids? Please share your ideas and comments below.
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Meagan has been married for seven years and is a proud new mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 18 years ago in high school; they got married 11 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her one year son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and fishing dog food from his mouth, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbeque anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.