Wonderful Reasons Why Vacations Make Families Closer plus Spring Break $1000 Giveaway!

Ten years ago, when my fifth child was a baby, my husband announced that he wanted to go out of town for the long weekend. I looked at him like he was crazy. Our children were 6, 5, 3, 2, and 8 months. But we did it, and had an amazing time! We still talk about that trip, and I realized that there are wonderful reasons why vacations make families closer.
Wonderful Reasons Why Vacations Make Families Closer

Annual Road Trips

 We then made it a priority to plan a week-long road trip every summer. Our family has gone to some incredible places, like Mount Rushmore, Maine, the Smoky Mountains, several beaches, and the Colorado Rockies. We even flew to California one year (for my Mom’s funeral), and did a road trip through that beautiful state.

Lessons Learned

 Our kids learn such valuable lessons on these trips: how to pack, how to live in tight spaces, how to try new foods, and how to be kind under stress and less sleep. We see the beauty that God has made in His creation in different parts of the U.S. and Canada.

Read about some of our favorite vacations here:

Now, if you’re hoping to go on a vacation with your family, some cash would help, wouldn’t it? I’m excited to be co-hosting a Spring Break $1000 Giveaway. See the details below.
Spring Break $1000 Giveaway

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Spring Break = Project Week

This is our spring break.  I’ve been looking forward to it and dreading it for weeks! Why dreading?  Because my main goal for the week was to go through all the kids’ clothes.  It is such a a stressful activity for me, because usually what happens is that I’ll spend hours putting the clothes in different piles; then the toddler will come in and mess it all up in a matter of seconds.  Well, that didn’t happen this time, and I finished ahead of schedule!  The girls were done Monday, the boys Tuesday, and today I’m finishing up washing and storing the winter gear and will go through all the shoes this afternoon.

Finishing ahead of schedule means that I got to start on my other project.  I’m making a rag picnic quilt, large enough for our whole family to sit on.  It will be denim on the back and flannel on the top.  I’ve decided not to fill it, so sewing it up should be quicker than I originally planned.  Is it possible that it could be ready for Saturday’s soccer games and picnic?  Well, we’ll see!

(I really should do one more job while we’re off school this week: clean out both refrigerators.  But I really don’t want to! )

My oldest son still had band practice this morning, and we ran a couple of errands afterward.  We went to Joann Fabrics to pick up some more denim for the quilt, candy melts for making candy for my son’s birthday party, elastic for a nursing cover I want to make, and a cute fabric for a car-seat cover.  Next stop was a resale shop where I found soccer shoes for my littlest girl (we had just resigned ourselves to letter her wear tennis shoes), a cute ballet costume, and a Chicago Bulls t-shirt for my oldest.  Then we picked up 6 donuts for $.75 at a nearby bakery (too good a deal to pass up, and they were delicious!) and the movie Rio from the library.   Last stop- my OB for check-up.  Baby and mom are doing great at 30 weeks and counting!

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