Here is how we spent week one of
I have talked about all the great things about a Staycation but to be honest there are some serious pitfalls.
One: When you Staycation you are not at a hotel with housekeepers that make your bed every morning and you are not eating out every meal so you still have to shop for food, prepare the food and clean up after the food.
Two: When Staycationing I like to tackle a few house projects since I have Tim around 24/7. I love being able to check a few things off my list. Tim does not, but he loves me so he helps out anyway. It is a great feeling to tackle some of the bigger projects that take time and extra hands but in doing so we are sacrificing time that could be spent on Staycation Adventures or just sitting around relaxing.
We cleaned out under the deck and power washed it, we did major yard work, cleaned house and I started a furniture refinishing project.
Three: We are still at home so we need stay on top of all our regular appointments. The first week of Staycation had a pretty full schedule. We took Elise to the Dentist, Patrick went to Kindergarten Readiness M-F 9-12, swim lessons for all three kids and soccer for the boys.
Those three pitfalls really cut into play and relaxation time. And our first week of Staycation was packed full of all three of those pitfalls. There were a few random trips to the park and we ate out a couple of lunches but that was it on the Staycation front.
In the middle of the week Tim and I celebrated 8 years of marriage by cooking a nice meal together, making our favorite dessert of apples, brie and jam baked into a pastry and watched a movie together cuddled up on the couch. If you are looking for a great date night movie that everyone will love check out Salmon Fishing in Yemen.
It was a great anniversary but Tim thought that was all we were planning on doing. He had no idea that Beth and I had been scheming for over a month to help fill Tim and my wildest Staycation dreams. More on that later.
All photos on this post are from my Instagram feed.