Ah, to escape. Get away. Vacation. Summer is all but over for the family with kids. I won’t pretend you don’t hear my sigh. But I haven’t been able to make it through a single blog post without three or four interruptions. And, I mean reading YOUR posts, not working on my own! That’s an entirely different story.
So… when the opportunity arises, I grab it. Of course, lately those opportunities have been somewhat limited. Would it surprise you to hear my most recent escapes are to the privy? That’s right! The washroom, water closet, restroom lavatory, john, toilet, loo! It’s the one place I can get some peace and quiet (for a few minutes, at least) in an otherwise crazy day. I’ve begun to hide books in there and now when the kids think mommy is having a moment, mommy is actually reading! Shh! Don’t tell them or my secret will be ruined.
But HEY! I did get out a couple times this summer. I took the kids camping for their very first time. Woooo, that was super fun! We had Auntie Michele with us to help us through the days. She is an expert. She runs the kid’s YMCA summer camps and really knows her stuff. Not only did she make sure we didn’t starve, but she made sure we ate in style.
(Whispers) Guess what? Thor hid in the car and came along for the trip. We had no idea until after we had set up camp. It reminded me of that time when I was a kid and hid under the blanket in the back of the neighbor’s car. Silly Thor. He was right at home, hanging and singing by the fire.
It may not be considered a vacation by some (after all there was a lot of learning involved), but my chance to attend this year’s RWA Conference was a real treat and a fun escape, while it lasted. I met so many great writers and bloggers friends that I had only met online, up until that point. But you’ll never guess who managed to sneak along on that trip too. That’s right – Thor! Every morning he had fun playing games of “find me” with the hotel cleaning staff. And, at night, he hung out at the lounge with all the cool people. *wink*
But, like I mentioned earlier, summer has come to a close. Does that mean your chance to holiday is done? Not in the slightest. My family always takes our annual trip in November or December simply based on the nature of my husband’s job. For many locations, the weather is at its best. Where would you go if you were to hit the road for your next trip? What places would you recommend? I asked the question a few months ago and here is what you said:
August McLaughlin finds Mammoth to be the perfect getaway for the mind, body and soul.
Melinda VanLone believes that, once you see Niagara Falls the experience will stay with you forever!
If you want the perfect paradise to forget it all, Ted Strutz says Hawaii is the place to go.
Relaxation, sun, shade, activities. Kristy James will tell you Higgins Lake has it all.
Feeling adventurous? Check out Coleen Patrick and her family in Maine!
Jansen Schmidt has a heart after my own kids. She loves the Magic Kingdom!
This is where I want to go! I want to join Emma Meade in Dublin. Packing my bag!
Recommendations from me? Sites abound in Washington D.C.
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That’s our list so far. Is there someplace you’d like to add to this index? Go ahead and write your recommended location and tell us something about it in the comments. Thor is dying to hear all about everyone’s favorite.
Speaking of Thor… would you like a chance to have Thor visit you? He is looking to visit the world and would enjoy a little blogging tag action while he’s at it. If the idea of the Thor blog tour interest you, simply say, “Aye!” You don’t need to have a blog to participate. Just ask me how.
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