Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Weekend Mini-Vaca

Do you ever go to another city that's close to home just to have a little break?

My husband is a major sports nut, and always has been.  Growing up he earned a scholarship for baseball, in college he became an avid MSU fan (basketball and football), and now that he's an adult, there's not many games he misses on the radio, TV, in the news, or when he's got time, in person.

The man is a walking sports statistic machine too.  I never doubt how much knowledge the human mind can hold when he starts talking to one of his friends about sports.


Right now brackets are big in the house.



And it's Fantasy Baseball season.



Draft night for the Fantasy Baseball was last night, in a city that's quite the hike from our house, so we decided to make a night of it.  We dropped my husband off at the drafting site, and off we went to explore the hotel, the pool, and then to take in our first ever IMAX movie (we finally saw the new Oz movie).



And then we finished up with silly pictures in a photo booth for good measure.


This morning we're meeting up for breakfast with friends that live this a'way, and then we'll be headed home.

The hotel was free (from points we've accumulated) and it was nice to get a break from cooking, cleaning, and "things to do."  A short but sweet mini vaca, juuuuust away from home.

Quite honestly, I don't think we've ever done such a thing, and we probably won't again any time soon, but it really was refreshing.

Do you ever mini-vaca close to home?

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  1. Chris & I do that fairly often. We only live about 20-25 minutes outside of Boston and we'll make a night out of it sometimes. It's nice to get away for a night or two once in a while.

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    1. Your area does seem ideal from what I've seen in your posts.

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  2. We used to do it a lot actually - but haven't in years - you make me want to plan a mini holiday now!
    XOX

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    1. Well deserved with the work you've been doing. :)

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  3. How was the Oz movie??? Should I see it?
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. I thought it was solidly good. My 5-yr. old loved it so much he wanted to stay until all of the credits were done, just in case one more thing popped up. :)

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  4. We do that too! At least once a month we try to go away for at least an overnighter. Sometimes it turns into more nights. I think it is a lot of fun to do.

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    1. If there wasn't school tomorrow, we might have stayed an extra night, just because hubby's off tomorrow. But we're home now. :)

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  5. Not many places to go around here I fear, so I stay home with Cassie and the little rhyming rear haha

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    1. Home is where the heart is. :) I like to get out, but I like to be back too.

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  6. How fun ... that would be a fun little mini vacation. Although we would need to bring a babysitter for Reagan because it would be my husband and I doing brackets and fantasy.

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    1. Brackets are fun, and I like Fantasy Football. I don't pay attention to baseball enough to be good at picking the players for that one.

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  7. Oh that sounds like fun! How was Oz? I have heard mixed things.

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    1. I give it a solid good. I didn't get bored or want to leave, and the visuals were really pretty. The little one l.o.v.e.d it!

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  8. I haven't had a vacation in 10 years, mini or not Would love to though! Having someone else cook for me and do my bed would be a dream! I'm happy for you both! :0)

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    1. You need a little spoiling, you're entirely overdue. :)

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  9. sounds like a perfect getaway! "staycations" are so nice. steve and i took one two summers ago and did things (stayed away) close to home and loved it. how was oz? steve wants to see it! sounds like him and your hubby have a lot in common...steve is a huge fantasy sports fan. he just had his baseball draft last weekend.
    sending love and wishing you a relaxing rest of your weekend!
    xoxox
    maria

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    1. It was nice. Oz was solid, they did a good job with making the visuals outstanding.

      Hope your hubby got a good draft! Mine said his was 'eh,' but he's usually pretty darn good at picking. ;)

      Wishing you a relaxing weekend too. :)

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  10. Yes! There's this big lake, a signature attraction to the local area, only 5 hours driving from the city and the trip was enjoyable. I think mini-vaca is very good to keep our mind refreshed.

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    1. Everything kept while we were out, and it was nice to get away. :)

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  12. Hey Rosey,
    I do vacation close to home, often!!! We do it often enough that I developed the Staycation in a Box product line and launched it last week. Stop by to check it out! You might just take mini-vacays a little more often! :)
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    1. There's a bunch of good ones in there, Karen!

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  13. We've done weekend getaways but not in awhile. With the kids being grown, it's not as imperative to have a getaway.

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    1. That is so true... of course we're big dummies and take ours along, lol. ;)

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  14. Grant and I go away for the weekend, like once every year for our anniversary. Glad you had fun on your mini vacation. We saw OZ yesterday too. I thought it was good. I thought Johnny Depp would have made a great OZ. James Franco was pretty good though. :)

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    1. I can't wait to see The Lone Ranger when that comes out. I think Depp will do a great Tonto. The makeup for Kunis was great, I could not even recognize her as the witch.

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  15. Wow Rosey, I envy you...I really need a mini-vaca!
    I have a 4 YO daughter and.... I'm so tired!!!
    MammaNene

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    1. Mothers of toddlers everywhere are agreeing (including me). :)

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    2. Tell me about it! :D *momma of two boys (4 and 3 yrso)

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  16. No, but now that you mention it....I like the idea very much!

    Glad y'all got to have good fun and in a different place too!
    I think it's a very good idea!
    We always think to go far away for vacations :)

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    1. It feels different going far away (more adventurous and fun) but it was still nice. I was just happy not to cook and clean for the day and night. ;)

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  17. That is so nice to get a break like that:) I haven't had one so close to home in awhile. The photo booth is so fun. I haven't seen one of those around in so long, but I'm glad they're still there. Photo booths and bowling nights with the family are things I miss. All of the girls are grown now. The youngest turned 25, 2 days ago.

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  18. I like those ones, we have some lovely things in our area that rarely get appreciated because we're too busy to just play :)

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    1. I lived in S. Florida for 18 yrs and never went to The Everglades or Key West (still kicking my beeee-hind for both), so I can totally relate. :)

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  19. Brackets are big here too, for everyone except me. Last night I watched a movie while they were watching basketball.

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    1. LOL, you should have been the one to play, seems like the one least interested in the games ends up winning it all at the end. :)

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  20. Sounds fun! Yes, sometimes we do take mini vacations. It's hard for us to get away for a week at a time, so we like to take day trips or weekend trips. It's good to get away every now and then!

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  21. I LOVE BASEBALL and can't wait for it start. One more week. (PS: thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi). :)

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    1. You and my husband both. I like to see a game in person here and there. The ballparks are always fun.

      Thanks for the visit back. :)

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  22. Most of our vacations are mini :) We try to leave the kids for a day or two with family and go away, just two of us. My husband is a walking statistics machine too, especially when it comes to college football :)

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    1. Amazing all they remember about the players, teams, plays, dynamics, etc., isn't it?? :)

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  23. we did a couple times (to chattanooga) it would be nice to do it more often...

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    1. Chattanooga is a great place to have close by for a mini! :)

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  24. We love mini vacations...a great way to make fun memories without a lot of expense. Good for you!

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    1. Agreed! :) I think even the kids enjoy being refreshed like that...and swimming when it's cold outside is always a big bonus. ;)

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  25. Mini-vacations are so much fun! :)

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    1. So are those big ones like you're on. :)

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  26. It's nice to take mini vacations once in a while. We took one about a year ago, and it was nice.

    We also saw the new OZ movie this weekend. The girls and hubby really liked it. I thought it was just ok. A little too long for my liking.

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    1. We're pretty close to Chicago like I think you are, but we don't get over there near enough. That's a great place for a mini-vaca. :)

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  27. We often do that when the kids have a short 1st term school break for only 1 week. In fact, we're heading for the beach (about 2 hours drive away) soon!

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    1. The beach is the BEST mini vaca, hands down, always. :)

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  28. We never stay away for the weekend, but we often times will take get away for the day. Our favorite spots are the Smoky's and Blue Ridge Parkway. There is nothing like escaping the normal grind to a place of pure serenity to refresh one's mind and body. I think it's time for such a get-away now, as it's been way to long since we did this last.

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    1. The mountains are a great place to refresh. :)

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  29. I'm racking my brain but I don't think we've done anything like that. My parents are 4.5 hours aways. So if there's any jumping on the road for a quick trip, that is where we go. If it's just me a Christopher it is a mini-vaca for me.

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    1. That's nice that they live so close!

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  30. Normally our overnight stays close to home mean my husband is stuck in a conference all day. Elliott and I have fun, though. Haha. We've only done it a couple of times, because the stuff usually starts on Friday, and I'm not one to pull Elliott out of school unnecessarily. Both times we've done it, it's been to Bismarck, which is still nowhere near a large city, but it's bigger than here, so it's something different. :) Elliott spends a lot of time in the hotel pool, and we do some shopping at places that we don't have available in Minot.

    We're planning on going to Bismarck overnight this summer, though, when my husband is actually available to do stuff with us. We have driven down there to go to the zoo anyway (it's actually a really nice one, and much larger than the one in Minot), so this year we are going to go down and do the zoo, and spend the night.

    We're also considering spending a night away from Elliott in Branson this summer while we are at my parents' house. Elliott will either stay at my parents' house, if my mom is off that night, or have a sleepover with one of my sisters who also lives in the area. :)

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    1. Sounds like both trips will be fun! It's nice that you have sisters in the area to watch your son. I've heard Branson is really fun!

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  31. Well, I DREAM of stay-cations, or vacations, or long showers without someone pounding on the door, but alas it's just a dream. I'm PEA GREEN with envy!
    nancy
    http://nancyvnjourney.blogspot.com/

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    1. lol, we had the mini-vaca, but I never get a peaceful shower (even on vacation). :)

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  32. we went for a weekend getaway to a nearby island just 1 hr away recently.. would love to do it more often!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. That does sound like a nice get away. :)

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  33. The mini ones are the best in my opinion. Staying close to home is great! There's a lot to do, you know your way around, and you can go back home if you need to.

    We had a stay-ca-tion a few years back. We didn't know if my nephew Emerson would live. I didn't want to go far away. My husband was surprised at all I found for us to do. We stayed in a hotel, so it wouldn't feel like we were home. We went to a national park; my husband didn't know existed. Then we drove an hour away to go to a different children's museum. It was really pretty fun.

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    1. You know what, that IS one of the great things about a mini-vacation, you get to experience things right in your area. We tend to overlook the things right in front of us sometimes, don't we? :)

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