Vacation From Vacation

I always hear people saying they need to rest when they get home from vacation and I typically feel the same way, but it’s because I’m traveling with my kids and that is usually exhausting.

Ryan and I went to Chicago aloneon Thursday and got home this afternoon and I feel like I need to sleep for a week.  This may be better illustrated with photos.  See if you can spot the common theme.  Enjoy!

My Iowa ladies.

The Cubs Crew. I swear that is water spilled on my shirt – not beer.

Go Hawks!

I have to give credit to Kellie for letting me wear her hat – I think I invented an alternate personality when I had it on.

I kind of surprised myself at not riding the bull – that seems like something I would be doing without an ounce of hesitation. It must have been the hat. Ryan, on the other hand…well, let’s say we had a bit of a roll reversal.

And I’m done. I slept for 2 hours on the plane – that mouth agape, drooling sleep. No picture of that.







We have finally made it on a family trip that isn’t in combination with some other event.  We have absolutely no obligations so I’m not going to waste my time blogging, but since I am still under a daily post requirement, I have to post something.

Our patio is going to get used a lot when we aren’t at the pool.  This is what it’s been used for in the last hour.

Watching golfers...they were further down the fairway.

Eating popcorn - AKA sneaking snacks.

Reenacting the Corona commercials.

We Need A Vacation!

Kamryn has a week off from school at the end of February.  The school district calls it “Ski Week”.  This isn’t her spring break, that is another week in April.  I don’t know who declared this week in February a week to ski…we live in Southern California, not Colorado.  Before I get too hung up on the name of this week off from school, the bottom line is that we could use a bit of a vacation.

We aren’t great at planning trips unless they arise out of necessity.  The last trip we went on was to Iowa for our good friends’ wedding.  This is how we ended up going on a honeymoon too.  Another friend, Kelly, was getting married in Riviera Maya the March after we got married and so we used her wedding as our honeymoon.  Kind of sad that we couldn’t even plan our own honeymoon, but we also moved to San Diego a month after we got married so that was our excuse.

Tonight Ryan and I decided that we should take advantage of this Ski Week, not to go skiing, but to take a few days and just get away.  After about an hour of looking at different hotels and resorts in and around Palm Springs, LA, and anywhere else that I consider to be within driving distance, I got distracted by watching the end of Titanic.

I’m sure this will be on my radar for the rest of the weekend and I would welcome any suggestions.  Since it’s a little too late to book a flight anywhere, we would have to be able to drive.  And here in lies the problem.  I despise driving in the car.  My limit is about 3 hours in a car…maybe a little more, but I do not like to stop.  I just want to get where I’m going.  I have suggested to Ryan that I may enjoy it if we had a motor home.  If I could lay in a bed or on a couch and watch TV while someone drove my ass around, I don’t think I would mind the driving so much.  Unfortunately, Ryan isn’t a big fan of my motor home idea.

Hopefully in a couple of weeks I’ll be blogging from some poolside resort and my children will be splashing around in pool.  Did I also mention I’m pretty cheap?  I’m not going to drop $300/night for a place to sleep.  So if you can suggest a place that meets my criteria, I just may send you a postcard!