My favorite time of the year is the summer. Not so much for the extreme heat and humidity of my town, but for the relaxed atmosphere and time off that many of us can experience for at least a little while. Especially if you have children, the school year is full of, "I have to be here at a specific time, most often with a lunch packed and a snack as well." Summer often means that the living is easy, the bedtimes and mealtimes are more relaxed and you might even take a vacation.
Yup, a vacation. Often referred to in my house as, "Mom doing the same amount of work in a different location."
Once upon a time, my husband decided that we'd take our kids - we had four at the time - to Disney World. We weren't flush with money, and so we needed to do this trip on the thrifty side. Somehow we ended up in the cheapest Days Inn possible, with mold in the shower and on the carpet. We were so cramped that we slept three kids sideways on a double bed. We went to a timeshare presentation for free Disney World admission tickets, and I'd be a liar if I didn't tell you that I really lobbied hard to buy that timeshare - the thought of putting the six of us in the room with two double beds for one more night was that unappealing.
Vacations are all about memories, and that one created a special set, right there. From then on, I had a specific set of requirements for any future vacations. Clean and quiet hotel rooms with plenty of space top the list.
Last year I spent three weeks driving with five of my kids from Virginia to Texas, stopping in several places to visit with friends. It was a great trip, but at the end, we were all ready to be home once again. This year we've decided to stay home and let everyone come to us. It might not be any cheaper, but it's definitely less crazy making - at least for me. So-called "Staycations" can have their own appeal - in years past, we've mounted a piece of poster board on the pantry door and made notes of enjoyable activities. Movie stubs, flyers and other memorabilia have also been glued on - with the end result an enjoyable reminder of our "staycation summer o'fun". It's neat to reflect back on all the things we've done. In the end, vacations are all about creating special memories with the ones you love the most. Doing it in a resort or theme park just puts icing on the cake.
If I had all of the money in the world, I'd probably take my kids to Sandals or Atlantis in the Bahamas - somewhere all inclusive with children's activities - but until that happens, you can probably find us at the pool.
Will you take a vacation this summer? Where will you go? Or will you enjoy more of a staycation? If you planned a dream vacation, what would it entail?
by MadelaineJune 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM
by KaylaMillarJune 20, 2012 at 12:03 PMWe won't go too far this summer. We have a bunch of family coming to us! Yay!
by LuvingRNJune 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM
My husband and I are taking a little trip on our own but as for a family vacation, all of us are taking the Disney Cruise to the Western Caribbean in February. I can't wait :)
June 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM
We do not have a vacation planned
by BmatJune 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM
We are going to the beach.
June 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM
We will be taking a trip to visit DH's family in Texas and one to visit my family in Denver. Other then that we may do a camping trip here or there close to home. If I could plan a dream vacation it would be to California to visit Disney and maybe SeaWorld and such.
by dusky_roseJune 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM
We bought a tent trailer so we are planning on going camping this weekend. We are headed over the mountains, hopefully to the sunny side of Washington state and giving my FIL a break from us. I know what you mean about us moms though. It sometimes seems I never get a break. LOL
by .Angelica.June 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM
my dh really wants to go to atlantis! we will probably just do normal summer activities at home.
by Bob192June 20, 2012 at 2:38 PM
No family vacation this year. We are going to visit relatives for a long weekend. I would love to take the kids to Disney World.
by aneelaJune 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM
no vacation...dream vacay would be back home in the caribbean :)