I totally have you all believing that all we’ve been doing is working on the new (to us) house, haven’t I?
Actually, five days after closing on the house, we took off on a much-deserved mini-vacation. We had planned the trip before our closing was scheduled, and we decided not to cancel it despite the fact that we were definitely itching to work on the house.
Because we only get so much vacation time each year, this was definitely the best decision for us. Neither of us were keen on the idea of using all our vacation time working on the house. So, we didn’t. At least, not for three of our vacation days. We did work a little once we returned.
And, this was such a great decision for us. It allowed us to relax and come back refreshed. And, now we’re even more excited to get back in the house groove.
But, we had a great getaway. We met my parents along with my brother and his girlfriend in the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. For four days, we swam, boated, tubed,
attempted to wakeboarded, mini-golfed, Ski-balled, slept in….
So, all-in-all, it was pretty fabulous.
(Although, as a side-note, I apparantly have pale-girl syndrome now. I used to always tan easily. Now, I reapply 50 SPF multiple times and STILL burn. What the heck?)
After four days, we took a detour to Southern Illinois to see Shawnee National Forest.
We stayed in a lovely Bed and Breakfast, the oldest continuously-run hotel in the state of Illinois – The Grand Rose Hotel Bed & Breakfast. If you are ever that direction, you should stop here. The rooms are lovely, the country breakfast is amazing and the view, perfection.
The plan was to stay in southern Illinois for another night, but we decided to head home after one day of hiking and seeing the sights.
It is always great to have a little time away.
Did you vacation this summer?