Stay-cation or Getaway

What kind of vacationer are you?  Can you make the most of your home and local area to make a day at home feel like a getaway?  Do you need to be completely removed from all things at home to disconnect and unwind?

We like to have the best of both world.  We learned as newlyweds, young parents with a budget how to make the most of having fun at home.  Way back when the term “staycation” was yet to be born.  It is a great gift to be able to unwind, have fun and still wake up in your own bed without prices at the pump or traffic taking their toll on your day.  It doesn’t take much to pack a picnic lunch, some beverages, hit your yard, or waterways turn on the music and have fun!

We equally love our vacations and getaways.  These take more planning, scheduling, if kids are joining us, boarding the dog etc.  In our new role this fall as empty nesters our goal will be mini vacations, overnights, or a few days away.  

The best part of whatever you decide is to embrace the day and the company.  So much joy can be had in a few hours, days, or weeks away.  It really is a  mindset.


Revolving Door

It has been a busy couple of weeks.  We had the newlyweds on the East Coast for a visit which included splitting time between both families, seeing friends, having friends over and a wedding.  The hub bub of excitement was a lot of fun.

The youngest has received her dorm and roommate assignment for college.  The shopping has begun for all things needed for the small confines of dorm life.  She moves in one month from today.  She has been coming and going with HS graduation parties, work and summer living.

In the crazy of it all we had a fun family Sunday dinner which included face time with our middle child living in the lone star state and her boyfriend.  It is not my ideal way of having everyone at the table together but I would not change it for the world.  In the excitement we planned and booked our tickets to Texas for Thanksgiving and will attend the Dallas vs Eagles game.

We will not always be under the same roof, but the family is always together in the heart and thankfully to technology we can call, text, FaceTime and stay in touch.

It has me thinking of how busy the house is right now and in thirty days it will be quiet.  I am realizing that when I wake up I will be planning the day with myself first.  It will be the first time in 29+ years that the Mommy will be Michele.  It is hard to imagine that hubby and I can come and go without worry of who is at home.  It does not take away the worry of our children but it makes us feel like kids coming and going!





Sands of Time

Home from vacation, it was a fun girls trip and gave me a lot of time for fun and reflection.  It was only the second time in my marriage I have ever been on a vacation without my husband.  I cried when he kissed me good bye at the airport terminal, but was looking forward to time with our youngest and our two girlfriends.

I cherished the early morning sunrises, watching the waves in the Sea of Cortez and strolling Medano Beach.  One morning as I returned from my walk and I tried to step in my own footprints I found it uncomfortable and awkward.  It had me thinking the whole day and still days later.

The sands of time are every moment of every day.  I was no longer the person on the return of my walk as I was when I started the journey.  My meditation and reflection allowed me to embrace all that I love of my life and gave me insight to some changes on the way.

I promised myself to allow, embrace and enjoy all the changes that are coming our way.  The trip enriched my love and appreciation for my husband and all that our love encompasses.  

I look forward to walking hand in hand making new footprints and seeing where our love and adventure will take us.


I am headed on vacation this coming weekend. It will be my second girls trip in my life. I get anxious leaving part of the family behind. I worry about decent meals being eaten, getting the laundry done, taking care of the house, yard and dog. It might go back to my being a bit of a control freak when it comes to “My Office”, some of you might refer to it as my home.

The last few days as I try to get everything in order I realize. I’m so lucky, I will have seven days of a staff putting all my needs first. They will cater to my every whim and this being a “girls” trip I’m certain there will be a few.

I will wake, stroll the beaches, enjoy the pool, admire the beautiful flowers and have decadent meals prepared for me. The villa will be cleaned for me and I will not lift a finger less I choose to. This part of travel brings me great joy, the part where I treat myself like my family. I put my needs, wants first without any guilt.

I will miss my husband and my home. Hopefully he will miss me and all the little things I do to make his day so smooth on the home front. I hope to come back fully rested and recharged because then then our son and daughter in law are coming to visit. I’m looking forward to seeing them, but lets be honest I will need all my energy to cater to their every need!

I am going to refer to this trip as a culinary inspiration for my Cantina, it sounds so professional!