This post is very bittersweet for me because it’s the conclusion of an amazing campaign and partnership that I’ve had with Alamo throughout the year. My partnership with Alamo kicked off this past fall and has gone throughout the seasons – winter, spring and now, the summer! The goal of this Alamo partnership was to inspire family travel, provide solutions to family travel issues that may arise, show how family travel can increase family bonding and celebrate the laughable moments of motherhood and family travel. If you follow my blog and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube… you know that we’re not short of any laughter in the McClelland family!
Growing up, travel was always part of my life. My parents really did instill in me a love of family travel. The memories that were created throughout the years with my family when I was a child, these are memories I will hold in my heart forever. I want the same for my family, too. I’ve always felt that traveling as a family is the best way to bond and the best way to be together. It’s a special gift to be able to give your children. So truly… this year with Alamo, it’s been amazing. It’s really made me concentrate on going beyond basic travel and make travel experiences this year memorable for me and my family.
This past weekend – thanks to Alamo – I had the chance to celebrate a SUMMER KICK-OFF PARTY with friends and family. Sunday (June 21st) was very appropriate for a summer kick-off party because it’s the OFFICIAL first day of summer! The party was very meant to be because we had horrific rain storms ALL morning, but they completely cleared around 4PM for my 5:30PM backyard summer party!! I’m not kidding, I was beginning to panic because everything I had for my party was centered and geared for outside. When I saw the rain stop and the clouds begin to clear… it was the perfect way to celebrate this amazing new season.
We spent the morning — in the rain — prepping for the summer fun! The best part for my guys!? Blowing up the balloons with our very own helium tank! And hoping for the rain to stop!
When it came to planning my summer party, I knew that I really wanted to hone in on 2 things – 1) friendship 2) no technology for the kids. Since my travel resolution was ALL about no technology for 24 hours, I wanted to have that same experience for my sons and their friends, too. I wanted the party to be fun and exciting and special for the kids, I didn’t want to see them all glued to the TV in my living room or to their iPads. I really wanted them to be outside – laughing, playing, running, jumping, swinging and doing some FUN summer things! I went out and bought a new whiffle ball set, Jarts, NERF toys, a new football and some water toys for the kids, too (and Victoria!). I REALLY wanted to amp up the outside summer fun with NO technology. (I actually took all of their iPads and hid them.)