We recently went on vacation--we took the boys camping. We had a lot of fun and the husband and I especially enjoyed the fact that it is so cheap compared to staying at a hotel :p Our tent was actually free through one of those debit card rewards points programs. We brought a cooler and bought food for meals for a fraction of the cost of restaurant eating. The husband found a camp stove for 5 dollars at the flea market so we didn't have to buy wood and build a campfire for every meal. Most of our entertainment was free--hiking, waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, parks. We had a great time and The Boy has memories that will hopefully stick with him :)
Before we left, we made sure the house was clean and ready for us to come home. But once we'd unloaded the car and unpacked the bags, you'd never know it. Where did it all come from? How did the contents of one very small car make such a mess? We've been back for several days and although there's been a lot of washing and putting away, its still a mess :p *sigh* Reality has come back with a vengeance!