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Empty Nest Syndrome–Say What–AGAIN???

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We live a three hour plane ride away from our youngest grandchildren, so it’s pretty exciting when they come to visit. One of the good things is we live about thirty minutes from Disney World, so it’s a quick trip there. Of course the downside is that we don’t get to see the kiddoes as often as we’d like. It’s like loving popcorn and not getting all the popcorn you want.

 

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On this trip we did our usual Disney trips, but we decided to head to Key West as well. I don’t mean to say this was brave of us, but we were traveling six hours in a car with boys ages six and ten, with no technology–I repeat no technology. Yikes! I do not need to tell you this was a long trip, a long trip indeed. I yearned for those days when our daughter was that age and we’d let her loose with toys in the backseat, and no seat belt. And we weren’t even arrested as unfit parents!

 

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I have to confess while I absolutely love Key West, I don’t exactly consider it a ‘kid’ town. But we have found the first week of June is a good time to go if you’re taking children. Key West is a crazy, fun town, and it has festivities throughout the year, but I would definitely consider some of these celebrations to be much more on an adult level. It’s a wonderful place to visit, but it’s not a bad idea to check the calendar before you book a hotel there, but if you love crowds and craziness, don’t worry about it and just go!

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One thing we’ve discovered, as I’m sure all grandparents before us have found, is that you don’t have to worry about entertaining grandkids so longĀ  as the hotel has a pool! We also found paying to get around via the Conch Train was invaluable, and we actually got two days when we paid for one. The kids rode for free, which was fabulous.

 

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We discovered kids are pretty easy to please and spending time with them is priceless. I hope and pray the times we’ve shared with our grandkids will be memories they keep with them always.

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The empty nest part comes when the boys leave us and go back home. I find for a couple of weeks after they’ve gone I’m searching the grocery store for things they will like to eat. Things go back to normal, but the house always rings a too quiet for a little awhile. I love going through Facebook and seeing the pictures of my old friends’ grandkids. I know many live in close proximity to their grandchildren, and I hope they know how lucky they are.

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Oh well, I can always look forward to the next visit. Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share!

Bren

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