Spring Break 2010: Our Last as a Family of Nine

by Amy Hilbrich Davis

in Family Travel,Parenting


Our family went to Sandestin Resort in Destin Florida for Spring Break 2010. We had such a great time together in Sandestin, yet in the midst of games of scrabble, bike rides, and sand castles on the beach,  I had  to fight off little twinges of  melancholy, or shall I say the reality that this will most likely be our last Spring Break together as a family of nine.

2010 will mark the beginning of a new era at our house… college. Before I know it, the days of all of us hopping in our car and heading off to spend time together will be gone.

It sounds so cliche, yet where did the time go? I feel like it was yesterday and I was bringing home Johnathon from the hospital — all nine pounds nine ounces of him. And then eighteen months later, Evelyn joined the mix, and then Connor, and so it went for many years. That has been my life. It’s what I do, and what I love doing.

I look back now and hope that amidst all of the  dirty diapers, baskets of laundry, chaos, and hugs that I can hold on to all of the amazing memories. I’ve enjoyed raising all seven of my kids. Some days, I forget what we had for dinner! Most of all, though, I pray that the  kids look back on their time together and remember the great times they shared, alongside the wackiness of growing up sharing, taking turns, and fighting over who’s turn it is to sit by the window on one of our cross country trips.

Senior Day – New Family Tradition

Well, no time to let our growing family make me too sad especially on Spring Break, so in honor of our number one son, we’ve created a new family tradition — Senior Day.

The goal: honor the oldest and make one day during their final Spring Break extra special. The premise is simple. The senior is in charge and can do anything, go anywhere, and live a life (only for a day) where they don’t have to consider anyone else — truly a luxury in our house.

On Friday, Johnathon got to pick the menu for the day, plan the days’ activities, and we had to take his lead. I had so much fun watching him  plot out his day.

Our first official Senior Day. Breakfast was home-made Crosissant/egg sandwiches, sausage and juice. Not the usual morning fare for the Davis family — I’m sure the boxes of cereal were missing us! Next a morning bike ride, followed by an afternoon of tennis. I packed a lunch for all of us and off we went. We returned home and then quickly back out again for an afternoon at the beach. It was a great day.

It may not seem like a big deal to many of you, but imagine the daily compromises in a family of nine. Rarely, if ever, is the sky the limit at our house , yet on Senior Day, your wish is our command and Johnathon loved it! We ended the day celebrating dinner out at Cheeseburger in Paradise, and grabbed a Redbox movie for those who could stay awake.

The perfect ending to a really nice day — one in which our amazing senior ruled. Compromises took a back seat and he was honored. I like that. Ultimately, Johnathon and I were the only ones who stayed awake to watch the movie. There we sat, just  my baby and me, up past midnight — some things will never change. :)

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