Block, Klukas, Manzella & Shell - January 2019

January 2019 815-726-9999 | THEBKMS BULLETIN

Don’t Miss Out What Makes the Ultimate Family Adventure?

“THIS YEAR, I WANT TO SPEND MORE QUALITY TIME WITH MY FAMILY AND HAVE ADVENTURES TOGETHER.” I think there are a lot of people in the same boat. If we are fortunate to find people we love in life, who are there for us when we need them, it’s the greatest thing in the world. But life can get busy. Sometimes we blink, and the toddlers running around our legs are suddenly in middle school. My girls are growing up fast, so this year, I want to spend more quality time with my family and have adventures together. My wife and I would love to take the girls to Disney World. We went a few times when they were younger and had a truly memorable experience. It was great to see the magic in their eyes. They were in awe of everything. At one point, while we were exploring Epcot, my wife and I took the girls through the shops in the France area of the World Showcase. The girls had so much fun getting their makeup done and trying fancy perfumes. I really cherish that memory and would This year, my New Year’s resolution doesn’t have anything to do with getting a gym membership, starting a diet, or picking up a new hobby. No, I have just one major goal for 2019: spend more time with my family.

love to capture those sweet moments again before they’re grown. Though to be honest, my oldest daughter, Macy, is far more interested in visiting Universal Studios. She’s a big fan of Harry Potter and would love to run around the Wizarding World theme parks in Orlando. When you have kids, theme parks can be great because they really do have options to keep the whole family entertained. But when it comes to trips, I’m all about genuine experiences. Epcot is fun, but I would love to take my girls to the real Paris one day. I love trying new restaurants, meeting people, and learning about new cultures. One of the best trips I ever took was when my wife and I went to Maui for our 10th wedding anniversary. Sure, I got seasick while snorkeling and ended up “feeding the fishes” as they say, but I also got to explore the entire island. We spent the whole trip talking to everyone. Each person had great stories, and they told

us about secret places where we could experiences the real Maui, away from the tourist traps. This was before the kids came along, and my ultimate vacation wish list is to get back to Maui and share all those adventures with my girls. The new year is a time to reflect on what’s really important in our lives and where we want to be at the start of next year. I would like to look back on 2019 and remember it as full of adventures and time spent with my loved ones. That might mean we finally make it back to Maui, or maybe we’ll go camping, or perhaps we’ll take a great staycation where we just watch our favorite movies all weekend. As long as I’m with my wife and my girls, I’ll call it a successful resolution. Here’s to a great 2019. May you and your family have plenty of good times together in the new year.

–Brya n Shell

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