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Staycation Success!

For those of you waiting on the promised report on our recent "staycation" let me apologize for the delay. That may be a window into how things went after taking 3 days off from the daily grind.

Even thought it took a little extra work getting back into the swing of things, I will gladly share that our staycation was perfect! Thursday afternoon until Sunday afternoon was the time frame for our at-home getaway. As I mentioned before, this could be a great experiment for families looking ahead to spring break in a few weeks. There is no reason you can't have a little vacation even if you are just staying at home. With some planning, you'll be on your way to some fun and relaxation!

Here's what we did:

  1. We kicked off with pizza and games on Thursday night. Simple. Easy. Fun.
  2. Girls (mom and daughter) had a sleepover. Boys (dad and son) had a sleepover. (Ie. slept together in different rooms - beds full of stuffed animals!)
  3. Friday morning included a trip to Lamar's Donuts and a hike around Chatfield State Park. Followed by a simple lunch at home.
  4. Friday afternoon was "mom's day out." Since no vacation is complete for me without a trip to the spa, I decided to make time for myself on Friday. Had an amazingly relaxing and rejuvenating treatment at Avalon Day Spa at Aspen Grove. (I had the Carribean Body Therapy, but all of their massages and body treatments are truly fabulous - and I love sipping on their hot tea in a quiet room!)
  5. Friday night was dinner (Freddy's - so fun for families) and a movie night. Our kids opted for an at home movie because they weren't particularly excited to see what was showing at the local theater. Since movies can become costly for a family, don't forget to hit the grocery store for movie passes instead. If you're seeing a movie that's been out at least two weeks, you can use the passes and save yourself about $3/ticket! (We still included candy and popcorn in our movie night but as an at-home bonus we were able to watch in our pajamas.)
  6. Saturday morning was sugary cereal morning. Kids had picked out the cereal I always say "no" to at the store and loaded their bowls to the brim! Cartoons were watched and pajamas were on until noon. Nice.
  7. Saturday also included spring planting (indoors, of course). We worked together to plant seeds which we are now watching daily for signs of growth!
  8. Saturday night was another dinner out - Jack and Grill - a must try for the "wow" factor! Eating out is another key to feeling like your on vacation (especially for moms who do all the cooking). If you feel bad about spending the money to eat out, just remind yourself how much money you are saving by not staying at a hotel. :)
  9. Sunday morning was church followed by a slow re-entry into our normal routine. It really was a glorious break from the everyday.
Notes: Yes, the phone and computer were turned off for the most part. There were very few dishes to do or messes to clean up. I did a thorough cleaning before the staycation so that I was not distracted by "to do's". There's so much to be said for taking a few days to sleep in and forget that there is work to be done!

I highly recommend finding a few days to take a break... Tell us what you would do on your staycation.

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