We just wrapped up our first-ever staycation. Here’s what we did.
Value Village & Goodwill. No spontaneous purchases or amazing finds, but Jason got a pair of scotch glasses that he’s thoroughly enjoying with his Glenlivet.
Sewing projects. During Ian’s nap time I made curtains for our bathroom window and worked on a dress for Alaythia.
Picnic at Kerry Park and a walk around Queen Anne. This was just when the weather started getting warm & sunny.
Whidbey Island. We went with Tim VanOss to Mike Jovich’s memorial service and then visited Lakeside afterward.
Mounger pool. Ian loved going down the curly cue slide. Sorry, no photos as we were all immersed in the water having fun.
Family bike ride along Lake Washington to Seward Park and back. Again, no photo documentation. But Ian was a trooper for sitting in the trailer for three hours. We routinely appeased him with gummy bears.
Kiddie pool and popsicles. Just trying to beat the heat. The popsicle was more popular than the pool.
REI, where we loaded up on gels, shot blocks and a new BPA-free water bottle for our upcoming triathlons.
Hike to Poo Poo Point in Issaquah. It was pretty strenuous, but we were in the shade most of the time and Ian was excited about all the dogs we saw on the way.
Sounders vs. Dallas. They tied. I was thankful we were in the section where we didn’t have to stand the entire match AND that food was included in our tickets! And also, of course, for Tim & Ashley who hung out with Ian while we were gone.
On our way home from the Sounders game Jason & I reviewed our staycation and decided it was a success. Here’s what we liked about it:
- Beforehand I asked Jason what would make the staycation relaxing for him. He said “If you let go of your expectations.” Right. If one thing goes wrong I tend to get an “It’s ALL ruined!” attitude. So I tried to keep that in check.
- At the beginning of the week we brainstormed the activities we wanted to do and then put together a loose schedule. Having to come up with something to do on the spot every day would’ve been stressful for me.
- We had one outing every day and the rest was free time to stay home and lounge or go out and do more. This was a good balance for us.
- I prayed for summer weather and God answered that prayer.
- While Ian was napping Jason & I could work on projects at home, which we wouldn’t have been able to do if we were traveling.
- I cleaned the house beforehand so there was no temptation to spontaneously scrub down the floors. I also did grocery shopping in preparation. I kept chores to what was absolutely necessary and our dinners were simple so we had minimal clean-up.
- We didn’t see very many people. This wasn’t intentional, but in the end I think it was the best thing for us. We regularly host people into our home, so it had a recharge effect for us for more hospitality.
- It was cheap! This really cut down on the stress for me. Most of our activities were either free or nearly free, with a few splurges in there because heck, it’s vacation!
What we would’ve liked to do differently:
- Staycation longer. It wasn’t until halfway through the week that we started to relax. Extending it would’ve been hard to do (it would mean no vacation days the rest of the year), but maybe someday . . .
From the Haggards to you, we highly recommend you take a staycation.
Here’s more photos.