Well, I have SO failed on my 31 posts in 31 days mission. But, maybe I’ll try again in April. We shall see.
I just got back from a mini-vacation (two days) and we had a great time. So, I’ll relate today’s Thumbs Ups to items related to my vacation:
1) TAKING VACATION! We aren’t really the vacationing type of family. We try to do one major vacation a year with Bean, but we often fail in that effort and end up doing some short trips or visiting family and not really doing anything “special”. We’ve done two vacations that I would call total successes – one with my in-laws to Lake Almanor and one to Oregon. Both were really a lot of fun. But, they are stand outs. And I love to travel and do family trips. So, we did a mini-vacation this Spring Break. We drove just an hour to our destination (which made it easy to do and not waste a lot of time driving) in Redding CA and we stayed in the Oxford Suites and we used my DD’s gift from our in-laws (annual passes) to visit Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Museum three times while there! We also swam in the hotel pool two times, ate breakfast at the hotel each morning and then meals out the rest of the time (which, unfortunately weren’t great, but hey, I didn’t have to do the dishes). We played Candy Land as a family a couple of times (we bought the nostalgia version at the Museum gift shop and it is awesome). Overall, it was great and I am so thankful to have time together and away from home and just to relax. I didn’t open my laptop while there (which is incredibly unusual for me and I’m proud of myself for that), which means I will need to do some catch up on grading and blogging and email, but that’s okay. It felt good to just vacation. I read over half of the book that I’m currently reading (The Girls of August) and it was blissful.
2) TURTLE BAY EXPLORATION PARK. This isn’t a new place to us, but there is always something new to discover there. If you’re ever in Northern California and can make it to Redding, CA, consider visiting this place. It is best for people who love animals or plants and/or who have children between the ages of 2 and 12 (about). There are a ton of things to do in the area – the Exploration Park includes a museum that has two exhibitions showing. Sometimes there are fun ones (like the candy one we visited today) and some are more artistic (like the other current exhibition which is a photography show featuring Northern California landmarks), but they are always interesting. We had a great time all three times that we went this weekend. Our favorites are the Lorikeets, my DD loves the play area and water feature and the animal show during the summer months is great, learning fun!