Marriage Monday: Fellowship

by Andrea Cooley

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Last week we took our first family vacation! The best part was that we went with another family. We found a condo at a resort in Wisconsin and had a blast relaxing and hanging out.

Before we had Emerson, Adam and I were fortunate to be able to travel a lot. We love exploring new cities together, trying different restaurants, and seeing the country! We knew we didn't want to stop traveling when we have kids, but we also knew trips would look a little different with a little one in tow. This wasn't the first trip we've taken with Emerson. We've actually flown with him twice, but neither trip was really a vacation. One was a quick visit to friends and the other one we tagged along on a work trip. This trip was all about fun!

We've spent a lot of time with the other couple and their little girl (she's about 10 months older than Emerson) and before we had kids we talked about how fun it would be for our kids to grow up going on vacations together. I'm so glad we made it happen!

One thing I didn't expect from the vacation was how encouraging it would be for our marriage. There's something about living with another couple (even if it's only for a few days) that opens your eyes to things in your relationship. Does anyone else feel that way? It's interesting to see how another couple interacts and responds to each other. It makes me look at myself and think how I would have . I don't mean to say that I'm comparing our marriage to theirs, but learning from it.

It was also great to be with another family because they understood that Emerson needed naps during the day and woke up early. The kids' schedules didn't always coincide, but that was OK. We spent lots of time at the pool, taking walks, having impromptu dance parties, and napping with the kids!

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One of my favorite parts of the trip was being able to have a mini date night with Adam. We agreed beforehand that since the kids go to bed early it would be great to take turns babysitting. You can't beat free babysitters! We didn't do anything fancy. We walked by the lake and watched the sunset. I realized how much I've missed our evening walks since Emerson has been born. We go on lots of walks with him, but he's always in bed by 7, so we haven't walked after the sunsets. There's something special about walking at dusk, holding your honey's hand!

It's always hard to get back into the swing of things after time away, but it's definitely worth it! I'm already thinking of ideas of places to go for next year's vacation!

Has anyone else taken a vacation with another family? Did you love it?

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