There was a glorious time in the human existence when there was no such word as staycation. Words like this put a cutesy bow on something that would otherwise be construed by the general population as boring. Therefore, we try and make chilling at home sound more extreme, than it is.
There are a whole host of these words, all of them causing me to judge millenials for having to make everything epic.
Snowmageddon. It’s a weather system.
Bromance. Two guys are friends.
RomCom. Gag me.
Glamping. Camping with all your shit. Otherwise known as camping with any sane person.
These cutesy combo words, I think get to me not only because they are so cutesy but because as a writer of words, I have a bit of angst about not inventing my own yet.
The kids and Brian were both off at the same time for Spring Break. This hardly ever happens. We probably should have gone somewhere, done something, planned an epic adventure (epventure?). We did think about it. We talked about tackling a big home project. We thought about maybe taking a few day trips or perhaps staying a few nights somewhere.
In the end, however, it just seemed better to relax in our home. So that is what we did.
This is something that I don’t think as a family we have ever done together for an extended period of time. I take that back, we did do that, but our kids don’t remember any part of it. It was like we were transported to the time when we had newborns in the house, and the only things on the agenda for the day were to shower, eat, and take care of the kids.
We were happy to just be present, in our home with no plans on the calendar, no alarm clocks, no schedules.
We ate out, played cards, went to the park, slept late, watched movies, took naps, put together puzzles, did crafts, read books, colored. The only thing that dictated what we did was the weather. Every minute of it was relaxing and glorious, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
The memories made, the conversations had, the laughs, the giggles, the snuggles were all moments I will hold onto forever. These kids aren’t getting any younger, and they aren’t going to want to hang out with Mom and Dad at home for much longer, either. So, I was grateful for this time spent altogether.
I am sure that it sounds pretty lame to people who spent their time away somewhere warm, or traveling seeing sights, or even organizing and executing some awesome project. However, to us it was just what we needed.
We aren’t ashamed of spending most of the last 10 days playing cards in our jammies.
You say Staycation, we say Best Spring Break ever.
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