Day 15 // Vacationing

This series is getting tough. I'm starting to run out of ideas. But it's not a bad thing. It's forcing me to stretch my brain a little bit. I'm pushing through the writer's block. Here we go.

Today I want to talk about vacations. I could really use one right about now. Seriously. Our life is parked in the train station of 'crazy town'. This is not normal for us. We are usually a pretty low key family with not a lot of commitments during the week. And we still don't have a lot of commitments but adding another child to our house has been quite the adjustment. He started school this week so now I'm taking him and picking him up from school five days a week. At the same time I have a two year old who needs to get a nap in at some point within those same two and a half hours that the other child is in school. I've yet to figure it out.

Anyway, I really value vacation time. I love to travel and see new things and spend time with friends that we don't normally get to spend time with. It's all so refreshing.

But when we do go on vacation we tend to try and keep it as cheap as possible. We are able to set aside some money each month for our 'vacation' budget, but it's not a lot. So when we leave town for a few days or a week we usually head to a friends house, out-of-state, who is willing to have us:)

When our friends the TeSelles lived in North Carolina we drove out twice to visit them. We also have friends who have a place in Pigeon Forge, TN and we've been blessed to stay there a couple of times. My family lives in Des Moines, IA so we usually travel there a few times a year. Because of the TeSelles we now have many friends in the Charlotte area and we spent a week there this past summer staying with our friend's Natasha and Greta and their families. It was a GREAT time.

We aren't a Disneyland or Cancun or Ski resort kind of family. Maybe one day we will be. But for now we just like to pack up the van, take a nice long drive, and hang out with people we love.

So there you go. That's how this Laib family 'lives with less' when it comes to vacationing.

Now I'm ready to start planning one.


  1. Totally on board. We won this Wisconsin Dells trip last year, and we have no plans, just to chill, maybe hike at one of the state parks there, and swim in the hotel pool. We also like to use vacations to visit people we wouldn't ordinarily, so that's why cousin Dave is on the agenda. Way to vacation "with" us!

  2. I love the way you guys vacation - cause I get to see you some:)

    One time my mom and I couldn't afford to travel somewhere and stay in a hotel and we decided that the hotel part was actually our fav - so we did a weekend in a hotel in our own city:) It was fun.