With the Smallfoot movie, a family movie about a big adventure, I am reminded of our own family’s dream.
We started talking earlier this year about going to Europe as a family. I was raised in an army family, so travel was normal. My mom took the opportunity of living in Germany to take us all over Europe. We saw castles and landmarks that many only dream of seeing. This summer, our 17 year old daughter had the opportunity to travel to Europe this summer to study music abroad. She stayed in Salzburg, Austria for most of it, but also got to visit parts of Germany and France.This got our ideas flowing and we started dreaming about taking a whole family trip to Europe.
Our big dream is to spend four weeks in Europe. I am hoping one day we will be able to take the children to see all the iconic landmarks I saw as a child, and that we read about so extensively in our history, in literature and see in movies. I want to let them eat the food native to those counties, to drink tea all over the countryside, to meet people, learn small amounts of the languages, and experience the world where a country that is only 200 years old seems young.
We are in the very beginning stages of dreaming this dream, but ideally could start making plans to make it happen in the summer of 2020, after Anne Mary’s College Graduation. By then our younger children still at home will be Rebecca, who will be 7, Daniel will be 10, David will be 15 and Anne Mary will be 20. All will be old enough to remember the trip, will be easy travel companions, and have good stamina required for travel. We have traveled quite a bit with the children, but never for more than two weeks. And not in foreign lands. I think this will grow us in many unexpected ways and be a delight. It has been my experience that the children are terrific during travel and seem to have a sense of adventure and family togetherness that I really enjoy. But travel is also exhausting with children, who are used to their space and their belongings to keep them occupied, so I will be doing some creative thinking to be sure we have plenty of opportunity to nurture our relationships without taxing them unnecessarily.
This week, I will have the opportunity to travel to a nearby city for a Women’s conference. Grace Hill Media has graciously given us a family pack of tickets to see the movie: Smallfoot. Duncan and his father will have the chance to take them to see it. Here is the trailer for the movie, which looks to be a great family movie:
An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.
News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.
“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum (“The LEGO® Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films) , Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax,” Oscar nominee for “Erin Brockovich”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), and Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish”). It debuts in theaters on September 28.