Starting after my Fox 2 debut yesterday, I am off work until next Wednesday. It’s a solid week with my kids with nothing to do but what we want to do – and most of it will be spent within an easy drive of our home.
I don’t know about you, but throughout the year we are so busy that we don’t get to do the fun stuff our town has to offer. Of course, it was the same when I lived in big tourist cities like New York and Washington, D.C. I only went to museums or Times Square when people came to visit.
So this week, the kids and I are exploring the places near our home. Yesterday, we picked strawberries at Spicer’s Orchard. Tonight, I’m going on a date with my eldest, to the movies. Tomorrow, we are walking through Greenfield Village and hopefully having lunch at the old-time tavern (circa 1850s).
On Saturday, all of us are going kayaking at Kensington Metropark. I’ve needed a slow Saturday morning to do it. But today – today will be interesting as, after yoga this morning, my kids and I … staying home.
We’ll change the sheets. We’ll sit on the family room couch and read. (Why does summer consist of so little bedtime reading? Perhaps because we are so exhausted from swimming and playing until nightfall!)
Maybe we’ll bake. Maybe we’ll play in the yard. Perhaps we’ll paint, bringing canvases and acrylics to the patio to catch the day in art.
One of the things I know I want to do is go through all of our family pictures over the last three months that I haven’t had time to edit or to order. The kids will help me and maybe we’ll play with Photoshop and make them fancier than first glance.
This already sounds like my favorite day of the week, though every planned activity is something I’ve been looking forward to. But the opportunity to stay still, to be together, to quiet the noise and just meander through the day – that is the quintessential definition of vacation.
Many vacations we’re going going going and that’s ok if it’s what we paid for.
But this time, I’m all about quiet, serenity and time to just be. Together. In the moments.