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3/17/14 4:20 P
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Our family vacations were mostly to a lake or a mountain top to go camping. My dad used to participate in the Pony Express re-enactment, so a few times we followed the Pony Express trail. We did lots of out-door cheap things, and everywhere we went, there were things to learn (both my parents were teachers). One of my favorites years was 7th grade -- we were required to to a Utah History Scrapbook that included family history-- we spent the year traveling all over Utah by car, horse and motorcycle to learn about our pioneer history. Another summer, my dad was invited back east to judge a national contest, I know now, my parents had to really scrape the bottom of the barrel (and I think both sets of grandparents helped a bit) so he could take the whole family to Boston with him -- we spent 2 weeks touring every historical site we could drive to.

I didn't make it to Disneyland or Disneyworld until I was nearly 40.

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3/17/14 2:03 P

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Good point Woubbie. Our vacations when I was a kid were a week at the lake or a week in the Black Hills, and yeah we pretty much figured out what we doing when we got there, and there weren't a lot of options (fishing, swimming or seeing the little town nearby). Made the reservations for the next year before we left so didn't even have to call.

Yes, I love being able to look at a place online, see the rooms, find the exact location and distance from attractions, things to do, weather, etc. But when there are hundreds of options I find myself unable to make a decision! I feel like I have to look at everything to know I'm getting the exact type of room I want, for the best price. What if something better is out there??? What if I pick this location and then find out a different one would be better??LOL. Too many options paralyzes me.

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3/17/14 8:52 A

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I don't think, when we went on family vacations, that we expected to be endlessly entertained, so we looked for places that had basic attractions. Niagara Falls had, well, the falls. All the resort-town things would be surprises. Atlantic City had the beach and the boardwalk. We'd find out what there was to do when we got there.

The first "modern", immersive, "theme park" styled entertainment I remember from the early 70's was a trip to, of all places, Colonial Williamsburg! I think it stood out from any other trips we took precisely because there was a whole lot of "organized" stuff to do! My mom had let me plan our entire trip, and I spent hours in the library pouring over their resources! We wouldn't have dreamt of using AAA or (heaven forbid!) a travel agency! Working class folks just went to the Mobil station on the corner and loaded up on maps, lol!

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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3/17/14 7:13 A

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FitKris, you are doing a GREAT job keeping the 'money pit' and making a home that will create memories for your children. Hugs

Before the internet, a life that is beyond understanding for a BIG share of our population, the AAA was coming into bloom. Travel agents were a necessary if a big vacation was being planned. Also, the United States Mail was our resource. There were 4 kids & 2 adults. Letters were written to their family members living close to our destinations. Materials were mailed from the motels. Long distance phone calls were 'EXPENSIVE'. Somehow we all survived.

I think that time is NOT wasted on dreaming and researching. In our times today, we have so many pressures and it has an affect on our enjoyment. I know that when I was raising kids, pets, husband, job, his job, and attempting to travel . . . OMG . . . I almost had an aneurism. I waited for family to reply in letters, I didn't know how to put it all together. I used a travel agent but my family was booked in a horrible place. Memorieeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss!

Enjoy!

Hugs to Surround Us All as a Group! Connie, in WI
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3/17/14 1:13 A

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FITKRIS,

I remember vacations with my parents, driving to the next town with no hotel reservations, then bouncing around quite a bit checking on vacancy, price, what the rooms look like.

Today I want my Internet access so a I can search on what to do in a town, and have a virtual look at the next place before making a reservation.

James

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3/16/14 9:55 P

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I've been researching vacation places to stay this summer and wasting entirely too much time at it. How did we ever find a place to stay without the internet?! I can't even remember but I know it didn't take this much time.

I'm tired, even with a short nap today. I think the Sunday night blues have set in. Blah.

I've been counting down the years until my youngest is out of high school. I want to move out of this money pit so bad. 2 years to go, and the next place probably won't have room for kids to move back home except for a temporary stay if necessary. I want to downsize and upgrade at the same time. Smaller, nicer, newer.

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Whew! Just got back from the VERY LAST Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner I'll have to do (at least with THIS generation of kids!) Such a relief! My legs are just throbbing from standing in one place for too long much of the day!

The days of the "nuclear family" living in their own home without multiple generations under the same roof (like in the 50's and 60's and 70's) were more of an aberration than what's really normal. Multi-generational situations are much more common world-wide (and in the US before the 50's as well) than the single family model. That's a marker of a certain level of affluence that has passed us by with the increasing gulf of income inequality.

I'm wondering where I would put my two, though, if they came back with spouses and kids. The place just doesn't have enough rooms for more than 4 of us!

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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3/16/14 3:13 P
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Glad Greggy is doing better. Love and patience work miracles. When I look at picture of Spirit when we first rescued her, 3.5 lbs, respiratory issues, hair so thin we could see her skin and scared of everything, it amazes me. She is a healthy, big, playful -- definitely queen of our household.

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3/16/14 2:31 P

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Walked Chaser in the rain this morning - he was pretty disgusted but he needed the exercise and so did I. I just did a fast cleaning job on my poor car and now I can drive to a client's office this afternoon feeling like I accomplished something for myself. Chaser's car blankets are in the washing machine, and by the time he and I are headed back to work tomorrow morning, the whole car should smell better.

Emailed financial statements to one of my last minute clients, and he emailed me back "thanks, I'll review them". What did he think I sent him draft copies for two days ago?! It feels like some of these people just want someone else to be responsible. I just want to cross something off my list and send them an invoice!

Next job is to figure out which of the Starbucks gift cards I've been carrying around in my wallet are fully depleted and can be tossed... I've been paying with a phone app and think it's the coolest thing ever.

Yay, Greggy!! Glad he's learning food is a good thing!

Leslie

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Oh Jeanne, the statistics say that more adult children are moving back home. It's great that the children are invited back home so as not to be homeless. I have friends that have had children, with spouse & their own children, move home. There's lots of adjustments and the adjustments are embraced by all under the roof. Good luck!

When my husband was drafted during Nam, I did move in with his parents. I worked off my butt. I was a hard worker and didn't want to be a burden to anyone. My husbands internship was completed at the time he was drafted. I followed his directives. OMG! I wish I had gone home to my Grandparents' home. I took it literally that when I married I left my parents & followed my husband. Seriously??? If I would have thought for myself, I would have made a different decision. LOL! The time with my in-laws (3 months) was a time to get to know each other well. I still miss them. They were hard workers and devoted to their family. They were NOT warm & cuddly. It was a opportunity to have an influence on each others cultures. Amen!

Hugs to Surround Us All as a Group! Connie, in WI
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James, me too! UP a bit today. Will be down in a day or two.

I just heard from my daughter in Florida. Her program is being cut and unless she finds something in the next couple weeks, she is moving home to look for work. I think we are never finished raising our children. She is 37.

My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.


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3/16/14 10:33 A

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I was eating on track, but gaining weight over the last few days. But I'm down 3 pounds today, so it was all just water. I hate that.

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3/16/14 10:26 A

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Hope everyone has a nice day.

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3/16/14 9:56 A

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Greggy ate on his own overnight! Yesterday I sat on the bathroom floor with him on my lap and squirted food into his mouth. The second or third time, he ate a few treats if I put them on my lap next to him. (It's a good thing I have a big lap - he's a big cat!) The last time, he ate quite a few bits of food and treats. And then last night he actually ate from his bowl! I still haven't noticed any lowering of the level in his water dish, but he doesn't seem to be dehydrated, as far as I can see. If I still don't see that he's drinking, I'll take him in again tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure he'll be drinking too. That dry food is really dry!

Other than that, I'll be working in the nursery at church this morning, then going to Walmart to get my burned out headlight fixed (I hope - I have to be out again in the middle of the night tonight and don't want to get pulled over again!), then waiting around for the ATT guy to come and fix whatever needs to be fixed. And spending lots of time loving Greggy!

Here's wishing a great day for everyone!

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