What I learned on summer vacation

Its been a while since I’ve had to write the famous “back to school” essay – complete with picture. So I thought I’d let you know what I discovered on our end of summer getaway.

Since Big John was traveling so much this summer we weren’t able to take a family vacation together until Labor Day weekend. In Georgia this means that the boys were already back in school, so we pulled them out for a couple of days and made an extra long weekend at the beach.

Here are my insights:

1) My daughter might actually live to her third birthday. She is currently two and displays this fact to everyone around us by asserting her independence in creative ways. In other words, I’m sick of the tantrums and ready to throw one myself. On this trip however she was as cute as a button. Cuddly. Sweet. An angel. She reminded me why we were stupid, I mean, smart enough to have a third child. I think we’ll keep her.

2) Being together matters more than where you go. My kids favorite night of the trip was our frozen pizza and Camp Rock 2 celebration. Had we been at home we would have done exactly the same thing, but for some reason I didn’t worry that the kitchen was still dirty (it wasn’t my house after all) and I didn’t have a laptop to constantly check. It was really quite nice.

3) The occasional side trip can be educational. On our way home we made a few stops. We RARELY stop but for some reason our driver (John) was in a good mood and made three. The first one was to an “Indian River Fruit Stand” ie orange stand. But there are no oranges this time of year in FLA. But we could get Vidalia Onions or peaches (both of which come from GA). The next stop was to Doughnut King in Eufala, AL. While they aren’t really King in comparison to Krispy Kreme, they are in the Duke, Lord, or Baron family. Worth the stop if you pass through. Finally we stopped at Shelton’s Fireworks. We learned the difference between shoots sparks and sprays sparks (height vs width). New Year’s Eve party at our house!

4) Cha-cha really knows her stuff. For those of you who don’t know cha-cha go to chacha.com. Ask any un-philosophical question and you’ll get a good answer. We are now addicted to it.

That’s about it. It was good to get away. Now back to transforming lives.

Until Everyone Hears,


  1. Anonymous on September 9, 2010 at 5:39 am

    What I miss the most about summer vacations is the 'nothing-to-do-ness' of them and not having a sense of time wasted. I'm not sure at what point in my life I decided that it all had to be action-packed and purposeful, when I started to feel guilty about reading books outside of time trapped in airplanes. But that can't be a good thing.

  2. Unknown on September 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Shannon, this is your official welcome to RevGalBlogPals! I introduced your blog at our Meet 'n Greet today. You have our widget in your sidebar, but I hope you will also add our "button." Thanks and welcome!

  3. Mary Beth on September 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Mmmm, I love me some Vidalia onions! Welcome to RGBP…

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