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I can't believe it's already been one whole week.

Sometimes vacations are over in a blink, but other times vacations move slowly to enjoy every moment.  That's how this vacation is going - slowly, but with so much to enjoy.

Of course, it is hard being away from home and the every-day-usual, but what I have truly enjoyed the most is the evenings.  After the girls are tucked in bed, it becomes my time to do what I choose to do because I have NO to-do list!  Nothing!  No cleaning, no laundry (thanks Mom!), no dinner (thanks Dad!), no dishes, no nothing.  Instead I have guilt-free time to read books, browse Twitter, catch up on blog reading, scrounge on Pinterest . . . or write a slice of life.

The moments my girls and I (and Grandma and Grandpa too!) enjoyed together last week:
  • Playing with a few of our favorite toys from home
  • Throwing the ball to Max, the dog, and watching him wonder why we are playing with his toys when we brought our own
  • Taking Max for walks up the big hills and back down again (Mommy doing all the work pushing the stroller)
  • Reading book after book after book
  • Reading the same book over and over, including a new favorite: Piggies by Audrey Wood and Don Wood and I Love Trucks! by Philemon Sturges
  • Visiting the local library for story time and making a craft 
  • Discovering a park with big slides and a spinning merry-go-round 
  • Listening to the girls talk and sing and say silly things
  • Finding and fighting over Grandpa's truck and tractor magazine
  • Stopping by the fish hatchery to watch thousands of trout swim and splash about
  • Attending church, sitting, reading, coloring quietly through an hour service - only adding an 'amen' after everyone else said it
  • Spotting many deer nibbling on Grandma's bushes or the dry, crunchy, thin grass
  • Meeting lots of Grandma's and Grandpa's friends, but we're not too sure . . .
  • Swimming, floating, lounging, splashing in the warm lake
  • Skyping with Daddy and seeing that he is (barely) surviving without us!
Many memories captured through words (and lots of pictures!) and moments to always remember all from just a week.


  1. So glad you could enjoy "to-do-list-free" evenings. That is wonderful and deserved for any mom. Sounds like your daughters (and the adults) had a fabulous week.

  2. This sounded especially good to me: Swimming, floating, lounging, splashing in the warm lake...and also this: Listening to the girls talk and sing and say silly things. And I love the idea of a week of NO to-do list! This is my first week of summer, perhaps I need to toss away that list?!

  3. This is truly a vacation from home responsibilities! Savor your time, soon it will only be a memory.

  4. It sounds like you had a great time with grandma and grandpa!! Good job with the hills ;-)..I remember those days...reading a favorite book over and over and over and loving every minute of it!!!

  5. Long and lovely list. It's great to have some time when cooking and cleaning are not on the list.

  6. Oh, I miss that a bunch. I'm so glad you had such a lovely week at your parents, & I'm sure they loved every minute with the girls, including you, too! Great list to help remember, Michelle.

  7. I loved sharing this vacation with you and Max. It's been fun seeing the vacation from both sides. Now if the girls would just learn to write, we could get their perspective!

  8. We've also enjoyed all the snuggles and squeezes before naps and bedtime. It's been fun having you & the girls visit us for a couple of weeks. It was fun watching them discover new things (and remembering them). What a delight they have been! Love ya M & D

  9. This sounds wonderful Michelle! This is the sort of vacation that makes you feel good - not the kind you feel you need to recover from! I'm glad you were able to enjoy the time and all that it involved. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I like this best...the NO to-do list! That sums up,summer vaction to me. Enjoy.

  11. Ahhh... no "to do" list. That's nice. I need to give myself permission to not have a list some days.

  12. A no to do list sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing the joys of your really does seem like time flies when we're home. Soak up as much as you can hold!

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  14. Such delightful little moments! Loved your list... and am jealous of your NO "to-do" list! This is just what summer is all about!

  15. Awesome! SO glad you are enjoying yourself, and I'll be sure and invite Daddy to dinner or DQ one night to check up on him!

  16. This list was the perfect way to capture so many 'small' moments that are really huge inside your heart. I got a little pang when I read about you skyping with your husband. It has to be tough for him to be so far away from all his girls!

  17. Sounds like a wonderful time! Enjoy the last few days. I wish we had been there to swim, splash and play in the lake too! Daddy must be counting down the minutes until you return.

  18. So special to have this time with your parents and your daughters. The writing will help cement the memory.

  19. I'm glad that your week has been so eventful. It sounds very enjoyable and refreshing - a perfect way to spend your summer break. Enjoy the rest!

  20. Glad to hear that you are relaxing and making choices that are to your liking and out of necessity! I am sure "daddy" will be oh so happy when you arrive home, but until then, keep enjoying.

  21. I love that the girls love the truck books! Lucky you and lucky grandparents too. I can't imagine the sweetie pies saying 'Amen' at just the right time. Fun post !


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