I love vacation…who doesn’t really though???! My husband is a teacher so our lives function on the traditional school calendar. We drive each Christmas, Spring Break, and Summer to visit my family in northern California. It’s a great adventure for our kids and is a insanely cheap vacation for us to take. We put a little (a VERY little) bit of money aside each month that we can spend when we are on vacation. Often this means a lunch date for Eric and I while the kids rest at Grandma and Grandpas’ house, or an afternoon family ice cream date while on vacation with Eric’s family.
This last summer we went camping for the first time, with my parents for support. :-) We had a great time and I am convinced it’s partially due to the prep work my mom put in beforehand. She had several, SUPER SIMPLE, activities for the kids to do each day during the afternoon so that we could stay in camp and rest, without a couple of not-quite-four-year-olds running all over. Really simple things like bringing army dudes from the dollar store for some good ‘ol dirt play and a glue gun for some nature craft/mobile action. It was great and the kids ate it up.
We aren’t too sure what our family style of vacation will be in the long run as of yet. Every family has their own preferences and style of vacationing. Vacation with my family is a LAID BACK experience, whereas vacation with Eric’s family is a GO GO GO vacation full of once-in-a-lifetime type of back-to-back adventures (could it be anything else with EIGHT kids under 6 years old??). I’m really thankful that our kids are able to experience vacations with both of our families right now. I know that memories are being built and relationships are being strengthened with each break we take from the norm…and I am thankful for that.