You may have noticed I have been very absent from the online world. I haven’t looked at a computer in several days. I have 102 unread messages in my e-mail. I was on vacation. I used to think that going on vacation had to involve sand and an ocean. I didn’t think you could call it a vacation unless you walked barefoot on the beach - until this past week. When my husband suggested we go to Branson, Missouri for vacation I wasn’t too sure especially after going to Hilton Head, SC last year.
We stayed with my in-laws in Springfield for most of the week and we also went to Branson for two days. We went to a water park and to Silver Dollar City and the kids loved it and so did we. Another great thing about vacationing at my in-law’s house is that my mother-in-law loves to do laundry so we came home with 90% of our laundry done and ready to be put away (thank you so much MJ!). We visited family and let cousins play. My in-laws also live a few doors away from my BFF and her husband (who is my husband’s good friend). We would put the kids to bed and my in-laws would watch them and after we would walk over to my friend’s house and just visit with our friends that we miss so much!
We also loved visiting my husband’s extended family. Most of them live on some land and have big gardens that I had to tour. You should see the size of the my husband’s aunt and uncle’s onions. They are huge. I am definitely ordering from where they ordered next year. My kids got to see chickens and cows - even pregnant cows which my daughter loved. She loves all things babies. My son got to drive a tractor (with help of course).
This past week definitely has changed my definition of vacation. It was by far, one of the best vacations I have ever taken. I was reading a definition of “vacation” from this magazine I like called Living the Country Life and the author (Brent Olson) says, “ . . . if a vacation is when you’re at a place where you would go if you could go anywhere you wanted, them I’m on vacation all the time.” And I definitely agree - for me being with family is the place that I want to be. So I guess I would have to say that I’m on vacation all the time (I just have to do my own laundry).
And since my cousin won’t read a post unless you have a picture in it - here is a picture of my kids and my in-laws at Lamberts (a restaurant that throws rolls). It was hot that day (like it was all week).
P.S. I will be sharing more stories and pictures later this week.