Why for this mom, a vacation is not always a vacation

Why for this mom, a vacation is not always a vacation
It's a 10 mile hike down into the Grand Canyon from the Hualapai Hilltop to Havasupai, and another 4 miles out to these, the Beaver Falls. There is nothing relaxing about my adventure vacations!

I love to travel. I love going on vacation. My love for seeing new places and experiencing new things was instilled in me by my mom; she loved to travel.

However, sometimes, for this mom (me), a vacation is not always a vacation.

Why? Because, when we go on vacation, we never leave the house empty. A family member stays at our place and takes care of our dogs. Totally cool, right?

No kennel fees, no worrying about the dogs catching kennel cough; it's really a huge blessing.

However, that also means I need to clean my house. I mean really clean my house.

I have kids, too, so everything I do is undone faster than I can say, "My house is clean!"

For example, I took the time to clean up the "OK" room. (We call it the "OK" room, because it's supposed to be a great room, but we didn't get the extension, so it's just "OK" not great - but I digress).

I cleared the coffee table, folded the blankets, put away all the books, dusted and vacuumed. It took about an hour. I know, it should have taken about 20 minutes, but I have pugs and kids and a husband so everything takes 3 times longer than it should.

Twilight dragon

The Twilight dragon

Anyway, I had the room cleaned and cleared for about 5 minutes. I went into the kitchen briefly, then returned to find a large stuffed dragon toy sitting in the middle of the coffee table. Seriously?

It took every ounce of self-control not to go totally wiggy on my youngest who left it there.

Besides cleaning my house, I have to stock the place up with food for our house guest, I have to make sure the pugs have enough food, and I have to have snacks for the car ride (or plane ride).

Sometimes, depending on who we are visiting, I bring goodies from our area that family members can't get where they live - Portillos, Lou Malnati's, good cannoli's, olive bar samplings, etc.

It all means a lot of shopping; some of it at the last minute for peak freshness, all while I'm doing laundry, and packing, and cleaning and.....oy, I need a vacation.

Oh, right, I'm getting ready for one!

My girls are finally old enough to pack themselves, but I do need to guide them. My oldest would have spent a week away from home with zero changes of underwear had I not reminded her to pack some. <heavy sigh>

Often times, while on vacation, I don't have ready access to a computer or the internet.

Hey! I have a blog to write, people, and a Facebook fanpage that needs daily devotionals posted. So, I have to take time to write ahead of time and schedule blog posts and Facebook posts while I'm away.

Betcha didn't know I was gone all last week, huh?

Pasta with veggies and shrimp

Homemade pasta dish with shrimp and veggies

I'm also a really good cook. My family knows this. My extended family knows this. SO, if I'm visiting family, or if we're staying somewhere that has a kitchen, guess what I get to do while on vacation?

Even if I'm going away by myself on one of my adventure vacations, I have a ton of prep work to do.

All of the above stuff has to be done so that my hubby can "manage" the household while I'm gone.

The adventure vacation is, by definition, an active, adventurous time. I've hiked, biked, kayaked, ridden horseback, swum in the Boiling River and white-water rafted. Rest and relaxation come at the end of the day out of sheer exhaustion.

I love these vacations, but I need a week off to recover from most of them!

I won't even get into what my work load at work looks like when I get back. Oy.

So, for my family, I leave you this....if you want me to have a relaxing, wonderful vacation, you can all go away somewhere together. I'll stay home in my quiet, clean house, come and go as I please (with the pugs in mind, of course), cook when I want, eat Chinese carryout when I want, play the piano without "bothering" anyone, and do whatever I want to.

I don't want you to go away forever; not at all. I just want you to go away for a few days so I can miss all of you. That would be a great vacation.

Mark 6:30-32 (NIV)

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

Ecclesiastes3:1 (ESV)

3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

Source: Biblegateway.com

What's your idea of a great vacation? Are you a beach bum? A museum buff? A cultural seeker? A stay-cationer?

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