I think I get it from my mama. I like to go places. I am not kidding when I say about once a month I get the itch to go somewhere. Now of course, that doesn't always happen. But I have made a practice of regularly scheduling little get-aways for my family. Our "vacations" are typically one or two night outings (unless my mama plans and take us) and nothing fancy or extravagant. But that's not the point. The point is to go somewhere that is not our house and have new experiences and make memories as a family. It is always worth it!
I think some people avoid planning get-aways for their families because they don't have the time or money to plan something "big," like a week-long beach vacay. But that's why I've gotten quite comfortable with smaller trips. Honestly, with small children sometimes two days feels like a week! :-) Some examples of places we've gone are to Dallas (to stay with friends), camping at Heber, Buffalo River Log Cabins, Pine Cove mother/daughter retreat, and Branson multiple times. We always look for the cheapest hotel we can find (or free in a tent!) and we don't spend big money on activities. But we make memories and have flat tires and try new foods and get the four-wheeler stuck in the mud so daddy has to push it out and gets covered from head to toe. These are the experiences my kids still talk about all the time. They'll never forget the time they found a sucker in a candy store in Branson made with a real bug inside it. Or the time they tried to feed hamburgers to the cows grazing near our cabin (bless those poor cows' hearts). I might could have forgotten about these experiences, but they won't let me.
So I encourage you, Mama, plan a get-away for your family this summer! Unfortunately, we are tied down at the moment. Daddy started a new job and Mama is severely pregnant. But come fall, we'll go somewhere! Your trip can costs as much or as little as you want. You can even go camp in the woods! But the memories you create as a family become equity in your relationship with your kids. They'll remember them forever. And you can't put a price tag on that.
This post is my first in the "Be The Mom" series I'm doing with my friend, Amanda Farris, this month. Hop on over to her blog and find out why you should "Be The Mom Who Takes Her Kids to McDonald's for Ice Cream." We'll be hosting this series every Monday in June. Our hope is to encourage and challenge you to make the most of your "mom role" this summer. Leave a comment on any of our "Be The Mom" posts this month and you'll be entered to win the book "Be The Mom" by Tracey Eyster, one of the best mom books there ever was!