Every year my mom and I take a mother daughter trip, this annual ritual became important for us after I moved to NYC. With my sister being so close and still in Dallas they see each other often and while I am home in Texas regularly it comes with splitting my time between family and friends so the annual mother daughter tradition was started as a way for us to spend some quality time together even if for just a long weekend.
Since birth my mother has made sure that I was a beach bum, sun loving kind of girl ensuring that she would always have someone who would venture to the beach or pool on any given day. With our shared love for warm weather and sunny skies we typically find ourselves heading to a beachy destination during our mother/daughter trip but this year’s trip was a bit different. Given that we spent a fair amount of time last year in Mexico thanks to Stephanie Malin’s nuptials we changed our trip style up this year and ventured back to Europe together.
I have been fortunate to travel all over with my mom, we’ve done a number of trips to Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean together so this year we opted to head to two places she had never been. Following my Parisian getaway with Strong Travels (so much goodness to come soon from that!) my mother met me in Ireland for a three-day adventure and then off we went to the Cotswolds and London.
While exploring Dublin a lady looked at us and asked if we were sisters (this happens all the time and yes, I think we could pass for them and yes, I hope that I got her good genes and not my fathers!) but when I said “no this is my mother” her reply was sweet, she looked at my mom and said “cherish this moment, not many girls her age would travel with their moms.” We both know how lucky we are to have one another in our lives and I cherish our mother daughter trips, it’s a special time that we can spend together. Sure we may want to kill each other at times – trust me, driving a stick shift on the opposite of the road may test your true love for one another – but I wouldn’t trade these trips for anything.
To say that I am lucky is an understatement. My mom is my biggest cheerleader, supporter and encourager. She has made sure to raise two very strong, intelligent, independent women.
So thankful for a fun loving mom with an adventurous, spontaneous, spirit who is always up for the unknown!
Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Love you to the moon and back!