Aloha Friday Follow – Vacation Edition

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From Kailani at An Island Life:
In Hawaii, Friday is the day that we take it and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays let’s take it easy on posting, too. Ask a simple question…nothing that requires a lengthy response. It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

It’s been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to participate in Aloha Friday – since I’m still getting into the ‘normal’ routine of things after having been gone for two weeks on vacation, my question for you this week is:

Do you take an annual vacation?

Growing up, we always went on vacation each and every year.  Since my parents couldn’t afford big exotic trips, our typical vacation was going camping.  My dad had about 3 weeks vacation, so we’d split the time up and spend 1-1/2 weeks camping in the mountains, the other 1-1/2 weeks camping at the ocean.  That was the beauty of growing up in Washington State – either are just a half day drive away.

We would always bring our bikes with us – we even have old movies of us kids back to tricycle age dragging boxes behind our bikes and trikes collecting fire wood.  When we camped in the mountains, we’d always tubing down the river, and when we camped at the ocean, since it’s too cold to play for any extended period of time in the crashing waves (according to my mom, anyway – we always protested having to leave the water), we’d spend time on the jetty fishing.

Lots of good memories, lots of .  I’ve pretty much stuck with that ‘’ now that I have my own family – although getting my hubby to actually go camping is like pulling teeth.  His idea of ‘roughing it’ is a hotel room with room service.  Though you sure didn’t hear me complain the few times we ‘roughed it’ at an all inclusive resort in the Caribbean.  He won’t have to twist my arm to go back there again, which we will do in the next couple of years.

I have convinced him that camping would be an awesome experience for Princess Nagger, so maybe next year we’ll get him out in the wild.  For now, I’m content with the annual road trips visiting friends and family in other states – that’s been a good experience for Princess Nagger too.

Next week you’ll finally get to hear all about our trip to Iowa – I took over 700 pictures.  Ahem. I’ll try not to inundate you and overload your brain.  What about you?  Do you ‘do’ vacations?

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About Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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28 thoughts on “Aloha Friday Follow – Vacation Edition

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  2. We take short vacations 3 or 4 times every year. JR is talking about flying to Seattle over my Christmas break. Me: If I’m going to Seattle it will have to be in late August. That’s about the only time the weather is nice. I love my family and friends but I hate December weather in Seattle.

  3. We take a vacation every year. This year we will be going to Canada.
    Our family,Husband side has started a yearly family reunion.So this is a new tradition for us.

  4. nope, with hubby being in the Army, we really do not plan too much!! 🙂
    but, when he returned from his deployment this year, we took the boys to disney

  5. We also went camping every year when we were kids, a tradition that my brother and sister keep today with their kids and grandkids (when we were in Texas, we joined in on the fun, too). These days? No annual vacation, I’m afraid – we’re just too darn busy with this business – but we get away when we can.

  6. Hi Stacey!
    Good to see you back!
    Yes, we usually go to Fla in the late fall or winter.

    Not sure I saw you on AH linky.

  7. I have started taking annual vacations since 1991 when I first met my husband. Prior to that maybe one or two only because we couldn’t afford too. Ever since I met Dave who is a roller coaster freak we have been all over to try these coasters. I can no longer do it, but I still love to see my husband’s face when he gets off of one. He’s such a big kid. ~hehe~

  8. No vacations when I was growing up but I did take my kids on regular vacations. Most of the time camping for a week in a different state and sight seeing while there. They grew up on camping and they were great campers.

  9. We don’t take regular vacations. Mostly, we plan something when I can’t take it anymore and have to get away. As far as camping is concerned, I refuse. I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl.

  10. We have been saving up for a family vacation but something always comes up. I wish we could afford to take vacations. I guess “staycation” is a way of describing what we do.

  11. I always tried to do a couple mini vacations every year. To tell you the truth, I would like to start doing a month long vacation a year, that would be awesome…I think I would spend too much money doing that though.

  12. We really didn’t have yearly vacations when I was young. That’s why I made sure we did with my family now. However, with money being tight, we make smaller staycations now instead.

  13. We went camping a lot when I was younger too! Only we never got to go to the ocean because it was too far away! We did spent a lot of time in the mountains though!

  14. Last year was our first family vacation ever. Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford to duplicate it this year. Hopefully next summer we’ll do it again. We went to a cottage on Lake Michigan. It was heaven!

  15. We love camping. We have a pop up camper & just took our annual 4th of July camping trip – another one planned at the beginning of August. Your daughter would love it – my kids do 🙂

  16. Now that our kids are getting a little older we are trying to put some family vacations in the mix! Usually they are not to far away from where we live, and yes camping in August is starting to be added to the mix! Your camping trips when you were little sound like a bunch of fun!

  17. Growing up we went to a summer home in Michigan, Union Pier. Then when my kids were growing up my father had a summer home in Antioch, IL. For about 12 years now we go to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a week each summer. We finally got into a cabin that we like and it’s ours the same week each year! Going there soon and I can’t wait. I can’t hike like I use to so I read all day.

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  19. We have so many family events around the country that those trips tend to be most of our vacations. We try to fit in a bit of sightseeing while we are in the different locations.