What I Did On My Spring Vacation

By: Lauren Keeling
By: Lauren Keeling

Lauren Keeling's back from vacation and back into the daily grind. But, like most Americans will do this summer, she enjoyed a "stay-cation" that provided memories to last a lifetime!

I'm used to vacations that, quite literally, take me away.  For example, last year, Jim and I went to Texas and New Mexico.  As a child, my parents and I traveled every summer to the beautiful beaches of Duck, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

But this year, we did something a little different.  We took a "stay-cation."  Meaning we stayed at home to enjoy a vacation from work.  Now, that's not to say nothing happened and we simply sat around the house lazily.  No, no, no my viewer friends.  We were packed to the gills with activity.

My husband's dad and mom, Bob and Donna, flew in from Texas to spend a few weeks with us.  From the moment they landed in Columbus, it was an adventure.  Jim and I will likely never rely entirely on our GPS system ever again.  But, we made it home in one happy piece...and started to enjoy our time together.

Bob and Jim did some major renovations around the house, and effectively turned our yard into the equivalent of Fort Knox in order to keep our crazy dog from escaping again.  From concrete in front of the walkway, to a fancy new light in the bathroom, I could never say "thank you" enough to those two for all the work they did.

While the guys were busy crawling underneath the house, Donna and I went on the hunt for the perfect Easter dresses for the girls.  Do you know how difficult it is to find three dresses for girls aged 3-7...that are similar, age appropriate and perfect for Easter?  It's HARD.  But we sure had fun doing it....and naturally, found the perfect trio of fancy frocks.  We also consulted the Easter Bunny so our little chicks would have an awesome Easter basket waiting for them Sunday morning.

Somewhere in the middle of the house fixing and shopping, we were able to meet up with my parents for dinner.  I know they enjoyed getting to know Jim's mom and dad.  And Bob and Donna got a great memento from my hometown- Wellston Rocket t-shirts!

Of course, we had a movie night- Jim and I missed Marley & Me in the theater, so we rented it to watch with Bob and Donna.  What an amazing movie!  For anyone who's ever owned or loved a dog- it's a can't miss.  Let me warn you though- the book is EVEN BETTER.

Madison, Kiersten and Taylor got to spent six big days with their grandparents and Jim and I...we painted the barn, read books, made sugar cookies, build a candy bunny house, painted Easter eggs, hunted said Easter eggs, tried to recover those eggs from the jaws of Winnie the Easter egg eating dog, hunted more Easter eggs and watched Nim's Island about....oh, three hundred times.  (which, by the way, is a super cute movie!)  The girls were an absolute blast...and I'm pretty sure they had an absolute blast.

I came back from vacation completely exhausted...but totally satisfied and happy with my time off.  I could never spend enough time with my husband, but the week and a day we did get together was certainly wonderful.  I'm lucky to love my in-laws- they're kind, thoughtful folks who are a lot of fun to be around.  And of course, I adore the girls- Jim and I were so happy they got to spend a whole week with us.

This was definitely a vacation well spent.

And in the process, I learned that a vacation doesn't have to physically take you anywhere...as a matter of fact, sometimes, staying home can be the best experience of all.

Lauren K.


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