May 22, 2009

Vacationing at Home

Jer and I have this week off from work! It turns out to be the perfect week for it, too... it's been such a beautiful one! Instead of going on a vacation, we opted to stay at home and spend the week doing fun things together and relaxing. Here is our little itinerary:

Saturday: Kade had swimming lessons in the morning. He put his head under the water for the first time, so we took him to McD's playland to celebrate! After playing and having lunch, we went to the pet store and got some supplies for Po, and also got a new hermit crab to accompany our other two. The rest of the afternoon was spent with our little pets, re-arranging their homes, etc.

Sunday: After church, we went letterboxing! We went to a few different parks, had a picnic lunch, played on some awesome playgrounds, and found three new letterboxes.

Later that evening we had a movie night. We set up Kade's little tent in the living room, made up the futon for me and Jer, and watched movies! We ate pizza and had popcorn and ice cream. Jer and I fell asleep by midnight, but Kade kept going past 2 am!! Then he woke up bright and chipper the next morning at 7! Kade really got a kick out of the "no bedtime tonight" rule, and took full advantage of it.

Monday: We took Kade to his grandparent's house for the day, and he got to have a sleepover with them. Jer and I went to see Star Trek, and then treated ourselves to dinner at the Olive Garden. It was really nice to actually go on a date, just the two of us!

Tuesday: Kade got out of school at 11:45, and since it was cloudy and drizzling, we went home. Jer and Kade played Mario Kart Wii (Kade's favorite game) all day, with the goal of unlocking all the tracks, vehicles, and characters. I worked on a custom order. It's not done yet, but here is a sneak peek:

(Yes, I know it's odd looking! It's a character from a 1957 childrens book. Do you know which one?)

Wednesday: Every year we like to take a nice day trip over the mountains to Leavenworth. It was pouring rain when we left in the morning, but we ended up chasing the sun and found it again in Leavenworth, where it was sunny and warm all day! We ate crepes at our favorite restaurant, wandered dozens of fun little specialty shops, walked down to the park and explored an island, and lots more. Here are a few pictures from the day:

Thursday: After Kade got out of school, we had a picnic and played for a few hours at Lake Tye Park. The rest of the afternoon/evening was spent relaxing at home.

Friday (today): Kade is spending the day with one of his grandmas. I am going to help my sister redecorate her room, and Jer is going to hang out at home.

We have more planned for the weekend, but I'll share that after it happens! It is turning out to be a great week. It is so much less stressful than going on a big vacation somewhere and having to plan out plane tickets, hotels, packing, and spending tons of money! It's nice to just have a break. In July we have one more week of vacation that we're going to spend camping at Dosewallips State Park. Other than that, maybe a few camping trips here and there on the weekends.

Speaking of stuff that is coming up- it's almost my birthday! To celebrate, I'm going to host a giveaway on my blog!!!

It will start May 27th and will be open until the 31st. I'll be doing a special giveaway post on the starting day with more details, and you can also head over to May Giveaway Day on the 27th for your chance to win hundreds of other prizes from other bloggers! Go check it out!! :)


Riahli said...

Wait a minute, it's your birthday and you are giving someone else a present? Can you get any sweeter?

I knew your birthday was coming up soon, but I suck so much that I don't know the exact me and let me know, I know I'm a lame friend...but at least I am brave enough to admit it, does that count for anything?

Looks like you guys had an awesome week, I am so curious about that letterboxing thing, we have to talk. :)

Tom, Lynette, and family said...

Sounds like a fun time! We've recently taken up geocaching as a family, and are really enjoying it. Thanks for the link so I could learn more about letterboxing!