COVID definitely put a hold on this years trip to LA. We were going to see LA Angels versus Toronto and hike the Hollywood sign, all Jaxson’s wishes:) Its a bummer we aren’t going, but Jax has such a good mindset about it all and it’s ok. He rolls well with the punches of life and also the MLB could be on strike for all we know with all that’s going on with them. It’s a mess and I hear Jax and Chris daily having talks about what’s going on. Honestly I have no idea 😂.
Jax and his papa did pick up a new friend in Orenco while playing the other day, a semi pro baseball player from the Dominican Republic. I love how they are always meeting new people, this one especially. I love the culture and baseball things he’s learning. We will definitely look into making our next trip for 2021 to the DR for a baseball trip, they have some super cool camps and retreats put on by former MLB players in the DR for teenagers and their families. Chris loves baseball too so it would be a neat trip and somewhere that’s on our list to visit anyways:) Here’s what I found that we will look into, one of my friends took her twin boys to DR for a baseball camp and trip and ever since I saw she did that I have wanted to go give Jax and experience like that. This is what I found that we will look Into for our 2021 travel trip-
My favorite thing to do at Christmas is buy a few small gifts for Jaxson, but then we give him a baseball trip each year as a present. We love to travel, so it gives us a destination to travel too and Jax and Chris love baseball and to travel, so it is amazing to combine the two loved and travel to a baseball game. It’s one of my favorite trips every year. We used to do the San Francisco Giants each year, sometimes on top of our yearly baseball trip since we had a place to stay close to San Fran. Now we no longer have that place to stay, but we have flown down and stayed in San Fran Hotels as well, just as much fun! We went right before my accident in April 2018 to Boston to explore the city, visit one of my friends who moved there and to catch a couple Boston Red Sox Games at Fenway, which happens to be my husbands favorite team. It was Ana amazing trip and so fun. Boston was awesome and we were able to do some fun things while there, like explore the Paul Revere trail and get some history of the city. So fun. We of course did a tour of Fenway Park, we try to do this on each of our trips. We haven’t got one at ATT Park where the giants are because I messed that one up, I thought I had booked tour tickets over Labor Day when we went in 2018 shortly after my accident, but I messed up the times and we didn’t get to do it. I guess that can happen when you book stuff and have a recent brain injury 🤦🏼♀️
After my accident, about 13 months after it happened, we went to New York City and some Yankee Games. This trip was also amazing. I had been to New York before, but was so excited to take my son and husband there. The Yankee games were great. The trip went well. I learned a lot about myself and travel with TBI that trip, traveling is such a passion for me still and I’m so lucky to be able to do it, but it is very different and a constant learning process for me. We had planned for 2 games, but Jax had an amazing honor roll report card right before we went so I added on another game, so we went to 3 in a row. Could be part of what wiped me out! But it was worth it and he deserved it. My rule of travel I have learned with a TBI is that I can’t do multiple things a day, one thing a day. That’s a general life rule now, but on this trip I also learned ideally a day of rest every other day would be ideal, or if doing 3 days of games in a row have one day of rest, but I’m not good at that when experiencing somewhere else and paying all the money to go. So I just know when I return home I need a good week or two to rest and catch up. I pay for it. But I have to make sacrifices for my kiddo and family in the name of fun:)
The other amazing thing that happened this trip, that we did not plan for but we did it and it was kind of insane and exciting all at the same time is we bought a new house, sight unseen! I had told my husband I wanted a house in a specific neighborhood, the houses cost way less than the house we were currently in and it was in school district for Jax so he could ride the bus, which was huge since I no longer drove and we were on an out of district transfer. It was less than a mile from our current house. Well the day we left a house popped up on Redfin for sale in the neighborhood we wanted. So we called up my realtor friend, she went and looked for us and sent us a video walk through and we made an offer. Kinda crazy but we trust Mikisha and her style, she knew my style and what we wanted and I’m so glad we had her and did it. Our offer beat out 3 others, we got the house and the owners at the time wanted to rent it back as they were moving out of state and not ready. It worked perfect for us as we didn’t have our house on the market yet, it gave us time to get ready to move and we got rental income from them for a house that we plan to make into a rental eventually, so it was perfect.
So basically our love for travel works into our life well, like making Christmas gifts an experience that all 3 of us can enjoy. We have had some super fun baseball trips and will definitely have lots more along with other travels every year. I used to pull my son out of school to travel, because you learn so much exploring other cultures and the works but 7th grade was the last time we would do that and at the request of Jax. He does not want to miss school, which is amazing. So now we plan our travels around when he is not in school if he is joining us on the trip.
Travel is important to us, but it’s so great to incorporate it into our life as in making it a Christmas present each year the whole family can enjoy together, nothing beats fun and family time from experiences.