This is the age we feel where the kids still love hanging around mom and dad and they start to gain their own special interests. This is a great bonding time before they get into tween age. It’s a memorable age where we celebrate and do something fun with our 9-year-old. Sometimes it’s with just mom and dad and sometimes we take the whole family. Each 9-year-old trip has been a memorable experience.
- The first 9-year-old trip tradition started with Klailea. When she turned 9 years old she flew from Hawaii to Utah by herself. She earned the money to go. She spent weeks with cousins & grandparents in Utah. After Klai’s trip, we decided to keep this tradition going with each of our children. This year is bitter-sweet as we get to plan the last 9-year-old trip with our youngest, Cora.
- Rykel’s 9-year-old trip was a fishing trip with dad in Alaska.
- Shae also wanted his 9-year-old trip to be an Alaska fishing trip with Jase.
- Wyatt picked a trip to Legoland with his brother and wanted to bring along his brother.
- Evee chose to swim with dolphins and play with the sea creatures at Discovery cove in Florida.
Cora wanted to go skiing for her 9-year-old trip. She has only gone one other time. Jase took her to the ski resort for the day to teach her how to ski. The day started with buying breakfast, then to the ski resort. Jase is always full of surprises and today he went skiing again after 30 years. The only way he could teach Cora how to ski was by doing it himself. Cora was so brave. She overcame her fears of skiing down a big hill.
To finish off our last 9-year-old trip we had a few more surprises for Cora:
- relaxing in the hot tub
- After (Jase, Cora & I) got ready for our date with her
- Went out to dinner – we let her choose the type of food
- Lastly, we went to a movie – We watched Sing 2. Cora was so excited about this!
I can’t believe this is our last 9 year old. We are so excited to have done this experience with her. We look forward to doing more one-on-one trips as the kids get older. As Klai is turning 19 we’ve decided this will be the next age to go on another one-on-one trip. She has decided to go to Europe this year.
Stay tuned, we will be sharing that trip as well.
Come back for the next blog where we will break down the best tips and trips for planning your one-on-one 9-year-old trip with your child. And if you are planning to fly to a destination I have a few helpful ideas that will make your trip much easier.