Wind Down Day – Perfecting the Vacation
One of the problems with vacationing with kids is that sometimes after the vacation is over, I don’t feel like I’ve had a vacation. There is the freedom from dishes, laundry and cooking, but often we focus on doing kid-oriented activities. Then we rush home, run the washing machine for 24 hours, scrub the kids and get ready to go back to school. I start out the next day feeling like I need a vacation from my vacation.
This year I told Spouse that no matter what, I wanted to get home on Thursday so we could have Friday as a wind down day. (Saturday Number 2 had a soccer game and I was going to a baby shower; Sunday we go to church and would be getting ready to go back to school).
We didn’t get home until 10pm on Thursday night, but I woke up on Friday full of anticipation of a lazy day. I pretended we were still on vacation and did not unpack the suitcases, run the washing machine, or even really cook that much. I picked up the dogs from the kennel and then went to my riding lesson. I took a little snooze on the couch and then worked in the yard all afternoon (my therapy and form of relaxation).
The kids spent the better part of the afternoon building an opossum trap to catch the visitor we had last week. It consisted of a rock, a block of wood, ribbon, scotch tape and an egg as bait (a store-bought one of course, not one of our precious home-grown ones).
For dinner we built a fire in the fire pit and cooked corn-on-the-cob, hot dogs, bratwurst and s’mores. The kids ran around the yard and Spouse and I snuggled up in a single chair with some wine.
We debated whether it would be worth it to go on an official camping trip this summer; it seemed like we were already camping and had the benefit of crawling into a nice warm bed at the end of the night.
It was the perfect wind down day and a great way to end a wonderful vacation.
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