around here // staycation

April 15, 2013

So as much as I hate the word “staycation,” that is exactly what I had last week. Or I guess you could call it my own personal spring break. And it was awesome! I am not even upset about being back to the grind this week because I feel so accomplished and refreshed (although it’s as if Meredith knew I had to go back to work and chose to sleep horribly last night – but that’s what coffee is for). I took a week off for the specific purpose of being productive on crafts & personal projects, and that is exactly what I did.


meredith closet

at the zoo

feeding the giraffe







With my time off, I managed to:

>Visit a wildlife refuge with the family

>Deal with a flea situation, which meant baths & medicine for the dogs as well as lots of cleaning & spraying of the house

>Attend church life group

>Have several family get-togethers

>Organize Meredith’s room and closet, switching out clothes that no longer fit her for new hand-me-downs

>Spend a full day at the zoo

>Purge my own closet of clothes I don’t wear or that don’t fit

>Hang the “home sweet home” cross stitch that I already showed you

>Go to the dentist

>Browse a local antique store

>Catch up on my podcast listening

>Build a “loom” and start on a weaving project

>Stop by to see my brother’s new house and to celebrate his birthday

>Take Meredith to visit David at work

>Watch many episodes of 30 Rock

>Totally catch up on Project Life

>Get some upcoming blog posts drafted

>Go on a date to see a play with David

>Take a few really good showers

>Visit the new Farmer’s Market

>Weed and rake the entire yard

>Go on lots of walks

Everyone should take a week off like this each year to recharge. I’ll definitely be repeating it in the future when I feel overwhelmed. In the meantime, I’m going to take a day once a month for myself, and start to plan a long weekend getaway just for our little family, probably to a nearby small town. It’s always good to have things like that to look forward to. :)

Happy Monday!

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Comments on around here // staycation

  1. 1

    From lauren w:

    this looks like a great week! makes me want to use my days off more productively!

  2. 2

    From Kim:

    A week at home to tackle my ever growing to do list and just enjoy some free time would be amazing!

  3. 3

    From kapachino:

    Make it happen! It’s sooo worth it. :)

  4. 4

    From Stacie:

    This actually sounds so much better than going away for a week! You get things done that needed to be done and that is just as refreshing as sitting on a beach pretending there’s nothing you SHOULD be doing at home!

    Ok…it’s almost better, I’m still looking forward to my week of doing nothing on Cape Cod :)

  5. 5

    From kapachino:

    They are both awesome in their own way. Now I am craving a getaway like yours!

  6. 6

    From Nora:

    Love all of this! And in case you don’t already know this, Meredith is absolutely gorgeous; the one where you are in a hat and she’s holding your sunglasses is just breathtaking!

    Recharging sounds lovely. Knight and I are getting away to Florida later this week to see friends and enjoy the beach a bit. As much as I love getting away, sometimes staying home and ignoring “real” life for a few days is just as grand. I may need to plan some time like that for myself soon!

  7. 7

    From kapachino:

    Aww, thank you! A mother never tires of hearing it. :)

  8. 8

    From Cait:

    Whoa! You accomplished so much. Also, every time you post pictures of your cross stitch it makes me realize I seriously need to get back into that. It’s so relaxing.

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