Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Keeping it Real

Slumped on a bench instead of looking around

My friends tell me that my kids are lucky to be so well traveled. If you read my previous post about Villa Vizcaya - Old World Opulence in the Heart of Miami, then you know more about Vizcaya than my kids do. My daughter will most likely get around to reading the Vizcaya post, but my boys never read this blog because, as they claim, they experienced it in real life.

We had just disembarked from our cruise that morning after staying up late the night before for a special 10:45PM, Thursday night release of the live action Beauty and the Beast. If you've ever been on a cruise, you know that they kick you out of the cabins super early so that they can prep for the next round of guests. The whole family was sleep deprived.

In any case, the kids could not muster up any interest in all the elegance surrounding them. When we were upstairs in the villa, they parked themselves on a bench in the passageway and didn't move. (I suppose this is better than having them touch every single breakable antique which is what I had to watch for when they were younger.)

They perked up in the fresh air of the Formal Gardens, drawn towards a Maze Garden where the hedges only reached as high as their thighs. So, it wasn't a total wash. 

Entering the Secret Garden

I just wanted to keep it real in case if you envisioned my kids being completely enthralled by everything we visit. I suppose they did repeatedly thank us for taking them on the cruise, so that's something.

If only I had figured out the Iron Man 3 connection beforehand.

What do you do to keep kids engaged?


  1. Even though they don't appear to be engaged, it amazes me as to what the kids remember about places we have visited. They can remember the most interesting trivia and never forget that special sweet or chocolate down to the minutest detail :)

  2. Gotta love 'em. We have litterally had to drag our son to places kicking and screaming. A year later he has forgotten that part, he only remembers visiting the attraction and what he learned.

  3. I love the reality check you provided. I've been thinking of a similar theme for a future post on Greece - it isn't just the sunsets and good food. Sometimes the reality sets in. Our kids sound like good sports and team players. . .even when tired.


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