I never knew growing up that people went on vacations every year or that was normal! That is not to say we never did anything!

We did alot of traveling growing up and I was thinking of some of the things I enjoyed the most and which things I avoid now!

Camping is something my mom really enjoyed! I  am not a big fan, but my children really like it.  One way we worked this  out was  we found a nearby campground, we fixed a lot of food and we went to the campground early in the day. We spent the day hiking, doing camping things, playing, riding bikes, whatever, and then as evening started to come, I said goodbye and left my husband and older boys there to sleep and eat breakfast, and went home and slept on a real bed!!! It worked out perfectly, plus we found a campground that still had cell service, so they could call if they needed something.

There are a lot of out of the way places that many people miss out on, because they are not on the top of the tourist list. I remember when we lived in WA, visiting the underground Seattle, and I have since found out that many, many towns have undergrounds that many people do not even know are there. My own included! Many of the towns out west have alot of history, some of it is a little shady….but  I laughed to see that our old City hall used to be a brothel, until they turned it into the jail! = )

I think we discount the simple pleasures of having picnics,  reading on the edge of a lake, skipping rocks, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, and spending time visiting with friends. Those things do not cost much money, and some of it can be done in your backyard! There are ways to make that cost more too, but keep things simple!


Here are some fun ideas too…..

Old Fashioned homemade ice cream party- We used to do this sometimes. We made homemade pizza and homemade ice cream.  Joy in my kitchen has some great recipes. She has homemade ice cream on there, popsicles, smoothies. Homemade ice cream sandwiches would be fun too!



Some fun summer recipes……

Taco in a bag

Ice cream in a bag

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Burrito Pizza


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