We decided a few years back to dial it back and make vacations meaningful and fun for the kids. We didn't need to travel a bazillion miles or spend an ungodly amount of money. There are TON of things to do that are not very far from home. It is shocking really. We are lucky enough to have my folks who are totally on board for making the memories alongside us. They are amazing and the boys love them so very much. Here is a look at Summer 2010
Last year, we did travel a bit too far. Remember, we are in the motor home so there is only one driver. We have to be conscience of my dad and not overdoing him. I don't want him to be exhausted and not be able to have fun on vacation. The magic number this year was 6. We could go anywhere within a 6 hour drive of us. I did some looking around, talking to tons of friends, lots of Googling and ended up picking St. Louis.
Chaz was SOOOO excited when we told him. One night I pulled up some of the places we were going to visit. He simply couldn't contain his excitement. He asked me everyday when we were going on vacation. Why do I constantly do this to myself??? HA!
We headed to Mom and Dad's Thursday evening when I got off work. Needless to say, he was very disappointed when I told him we weren't leaving until the next day. The next day.... he was ready to go. We were going in and out of the house, loading things into the Motor home and I lost track of Chaz (Yes, Mother of the Year award right here, folks!!) Anyways, this is where I found him. Shoes off, sidekick Build-A-Bear Spiderman dog, colors and coloring book in hand, favorite pillow... in the back bedroom of the motor home. He was ready.
There was a cute little fence with little peep holes in it. Chaz was all about them and trying to catch a glimpse of Yogi.
And out he came!
So if you have ever been to the arch, you probably know you shouldn't park on this side. Well, we forgot.. or didn't know or whatever. We had to hike this. In retrospect we probably should have gotten back in the car and driven to the other side, but oh well. The boy thought the stairs were very cool (note: this is really one of his few shining moments of this afternoon)
NY and wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty. What is this big city crap of a line for a line?? Whatever. Obviously, with these little bits and lunch quickly approaching, we didn't waiting in either line.
Stay tuned for Part 2