Staycation not so successful so far

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by Lisa Roberson

It was supposed to be the week of my children’s dreams.

They would have Mommy all to themselves for seven straight days and enjoy nothing but fun, games and sunshine. No work, no school and definitely, no daycare. And, bedtimes would be negotiable.

Well, let me be the first one to say this staycation has not been a dream come true. I won’t go as far as to say it is a nightmare, but pretty close.

First, Monday’s trip to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was canceled after my 3-year-old lost my car/house keys in the apartment and it took all of two hours to find them hidden under a pile of clean clothes I had days earlier told my 10-year-old to hang up. I was so ticked off, I told them ‘no, monkeys for you’.

Let that be a lesson to all you kids: Do your chores because you have no idea what the consequences will be.

But a trip to the local library to sign up for the summer reading program and lounging by the pool seemed to dry up all the tears and pleas to go somewhere.

Tuesday, which was supposed to be pool/picnic day sort of played out just like I planned minus one thing — the picnic. They just wanted to grab Wendy’s and head to the pool. Thank God this complex has a pool because without it, I would be up a creek without a paddle or a prayer.

Now, today – Wednesday – was supposed to be a day spent at the greatest place on earth. In Northeast Ohio terms that means none other than Cedar Point in good ole Sandusky. Its a place where 17 roller coasters tower over the entire park, daring thrill seekers to take a spin.

However, Mother Nature had other plans. She felt the need to sprinkle our neck of the woods with a little rain. Make that a lot of run and thunderstorms, too. Rain and amusement parks do not mix, in my opinion, so we canceled that trip as well.

But Cedar Point is a kind and gracious amusement park king and agreed to honor our tickets for Thursday.

So, tomorrow we will try again and in the meantime, I will once again rely on the biggest lesson I have learned thus far this week: Plan and improvise when that plan falls through.

I think I hear Cinemark calling my name.

Now, I just hope my 3-year-old is OK with settling down for a movie and popcorn.

–Lisa Roberson

  1. Smurry Said,

    That is so funny. I started calling all of my mom’s today offering them a Stay-cation. I’d never heard the term before until I received an email from a friend today, and now I’ve heard it twice.
    I’m offering a Mary Kay Staycation. What your Mary Kay STAYcation includes is the pampering of
    our Tropical Pineapple spa treatment (can you just feel the tradewinds blow thru the palm trees!), refreshing anti-aging simple summer skin care, and finishing off with a quick Summer “I’ve just been to the beach” look!

    I’m offering this to all of my girlfriends and customers. Maybe you would like to do something like this for yourself and your friends. When planning Stay-cations, we always focus on our kids, but forget about ourselves. I thought this would be a fun way to get girlfriends together with our kids, but take some time for ourselves.
    I’m sure your girlfriends would love it.
    I’m also throwing in babysitting. I have 3 tween girls who are always up to earn a few extra bucks from me.

  2. Julie Wallace Said,

    I think I’ve decided that a staycation is simply a new term to explain the fact that we’re all too poor to live it up. You know — try to make a cheap vacation sound like a fun vacation even if it really isn’t. Fly to Disney? Yeah, right. Having checked out my dwindling 401k statement, flying anywhere right now doesn’t exactly seem to be the best use of funds.

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