We are winding down on summer vacation and thought that this would be a great time to take a mini break right here in our own backyard.
We love to travel, however going somewhere far away with all 5 of us did not happen this year (actually has never happened!), so we wanted to make the most out of the warm weather that’s left and enjoy more activities than we normally would in and around Colorado Springs.
Day 1: Mom’s Day Off! I spent most of the day at the gym (mostly by the pool). Erick and the boys had a boys day playing Legos at home. Erick and I had date night at Odyssey Gastropub (yum!).
Day 5: Daddy and older boys first tent-camping, mommy and 1 yo swim date
Day 6: Camping trip, mommy and 1 yo swim date (again- this time with some of our favorite friends!)
Day 7: Kim work (I know, I know, it’s a stay cation! But I only work in the office 1 day a week and I love my job, and missing one week throws off my schedule quite a bit), Erick home with boys
Day 9: Visited TWO new parks that we have never been to before- this one and this one. Homemade pizza with friends followed by these amazing M&M chocolate chip cookies that my 3 year old helped me make
Day 10-12: Quick trip away for Erick and Kim to see Coldplay at the Rose Bowl. Grandma and Grandpa had a blast taking the kids to our neighborhood park, Whit’s End, and Cottonwood Creek Park playground
Day 13: Re-entry, last day of stay-cation (day at home to get the house back in order and prepare for back to work)
Tips for a Successful Staycation:
- We planned ahead of time what activities we wanted to do and put them on our calendar
- Eat out a little more than normal (I don’t mind cooking but it’s the cleaning that gets me every time)
- Do something new every day. Going on a vacation involves so many new sights and experiences, so do things around your own town that you wouldn’t ordinarily do.
- Have realistic expectations- what is really possible to do and take a break from while you’re at home?
More great tips can be found here.
Boys’ ages at time of stay-cation: 5, 3, and 1.